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Kaz Hirai Asserts the PlayStation 4's Focus on Games

Posted by Sammy Barker

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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.


User Comments (10)



shingi_70 said:

So its the same thing as the one? good to know?

For the majority of the wider audience they really don't care if it focuses on games, as long as it plays it which Microsoft is counting on.

Still not sure why people would be agitated about the xbox one event however. Microsoft was pretty up front that the Reveal was for Hardware and console features and that this was going to be a three part story that would be finished at E3 and Build 2013. Hell Jeff from Giantbomb said that there were more mainstream/tech press at the xbox reveal than gaming press.

Still I think Sony's all games focused story is going to play up well ,leading up to launch at events like E3, Gamescon, and TGS. I'm not so sure how it might face u with everyone else as the idea of a gaming centric device while not dead is though of as such.



AaronYeager said:

@Sony_70 The things that irritates me the most about Xbox One is the always on crap, and privacy issues surrounding the Kinect. Personally used game fees doesn't bother me as much though I don't agree with that also, and lack of backwards compatibilty doesn't matter to me either as I've never owned an Xbox, though I can understand the frustration of 360 fans. But having to log into the system every 24 hours and always being paranoid that MS is collecting data on me with Kinect is a problem I don't need. It doesn't matter how good the games are, Xbox One's own features are deal breakers.



shingi_70 said:

The 24 hour connection thing is the only part that bothers me and that's just rom the perspective of knowing someone with a 360 who doesn't have internet.

The Kinect being always on is something I quite like but I've heard there's a way to turn it off. Honestly I use google now and I hate that I have to go into the app to use it. I wish there was a way my phone was listening so when I say hey google it starts up.



Jaz007 said:

@get2sammyb You have just provided unrefutable proof that Sony will dominate next gen with that GIF. Kaz Hirai will dominate the world with PS4.



charlesnarles said:

Show me what Bethesda and BioWare have been working on for the next gen. I'm sure E3 will be crazy full of new stuff, cause we need games to play the same hour we receive our systems



BlueProxy said:

I'd say yes, they are doing the right thing. Multimedia is there, the machine is absolutely capable, and there's other TV network companies Sony can make deals with down the road. Priorities first.



DoublezZ01 said:

It is supposed to be a gaming console ayer all... so heck yea they have got the right idea!... as far as other non game related features as Long as the are a few steps up from the PS3 version I'm all for that aswell! In other words, (personal thoughts) as long as I don't feel like I'm using the same media interface as the PS3 in good with it! I would like to see the YouTube app get some more features on the PS4 though and also maybe a free app to watch dubbed anime

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