Speaking at the D11 conference yesterday, Sony overlord Kaz Hirai reiterated that the PlayStation 4 is a console designed for gamers. Microsoft agitated its core fanbase earlier in the month by focusing its Xbox One unveiling on everything but games, but the former SCE president insinuated that an emphasis on strong software is essential during a console’s early days.
“The most important thing that we need to do is agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers,” said Hirai. “If we miss that part, I don't think that we get the initial establishment of the console. That formula has worked for us with all of our consoles, including the PS3.”
However, the executive was keen to add that non-gaming functions will be included with the next generation system, and they will be exposed in the future. "Providing other non-game content is an area that we will reveal and talk about in the coming months, but it's first and foremost a video game console,” he added. Hopefully that doesn’t mean that we’ll be watching Netflix demos at E3.
Do you think that the platform holder’s right to focus on games? We’re still worried that Microsoft’s wider net will muscle the PS4 out of both sectors – co-marketing deals with Call of Duty: Ghosts and FIFA 14 will prove huge attractions for the Xbox One, even if Sony manages to put together a bigger and better lineup of software. Factor in the mainstream appeal of “TV, TV, TV”, and the company’s going to have a serious fight on its hands.