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Yoshida: PS4 Version of Multiplatform Games Must Be Considered the Best

Posted by Sammy Barker

Sony's getting aggressive with its next generation console

It’s probably fair to say that the PlayStation 3 was dealt an unfortunate hand when it came to multiplatform games. The complex architecture of the console meant that most third-party studios struggled to get to grips with the machine, resulting in plenty of dodgy ports – especially in the system’s earlier days.

However, with the impending PlayStation 4, Sony is hoping to eschew that problem with a more traditional architecture and plenty of horsepower. It’s an attribute that Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida deems particularly important, as the platform holder strives for the best version of all multiplatform games.

“We need to make sure users consider the PS4 version to be the best and the one that they want to play,” he told Japanese publication 4Gamer.net. “That might mean that the graphics are better, the controller is more comfortable, or the point I mentioned earlier about the console being more user-friendly, like you don’t have to turn the power on and off or you can switch between your game and Netflix at will.”

Indeed, Yoshida believes that ease of use is going to be equally imperative in the next generation. “On portable smartphones and tablets, you can start playing as soon as you want to and quit whenever you like,” he said. “PS4 will be a home console that can do that too.”

The impending platform’s simplistic architecture and outrageous specifications should give it an advantage in the multiformat face-off, but we’ll need to wait until 21st May to see how Microsoft’s machine fares before we can be sure that the PS4 will get the best version of most third-party games.

[via 4gamer.net, edge-online.com]

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User Comments (11)

Zetrayrus

#1

Zetrayrus said:

I think that should be true unless there is a PC port...PC Ports can always rely on the brute force of the PC to provide a better performance than consoles even if poorly optimized I bet. But the cost to get that kind of results? Probably not worth it.

Epic

#2

Epic said:

Before saying please see what your competition has to offer.(Wait for Next Xbox Unvielment) and PC will always be stronger so please Yoshida before saying these kind of things just wait I don't want to see him apologizing later for not being the best.

CrazyOtto

#3

CrazyOtto said:

I'm sure Yoshida didn't have the PC on his mind when he said this, because PC gaming is almost non-existant in Japan.

Philson

#4

Philson said:

the only thing that stopped ps3 from being my favourite console of all time was the ports that were inferior to the 360,i refused to buy any of them,if the ps4 is at least as good or better than the next xbox for every single multiplat along with the usual brilliant exclusives and some great retro and indie gaming via downloads i will be in heaven

Kayoss

#5

Kayoss said:

@Epic
Why do some people keep bringing in PC. Everybody with a quarter of a brain will know that a really good PcC can out perform any console. Ps4 and next box are consoles so stop comparing them to pc.
Of course the president of Sony will say their console is the best. What you want them to say that the ps4 is only second best? Is like the united state president saying the U.S is only second best. I expect Microsoft to say that their next console is the best.

Ps4all

#6

Ps4all said:

microsoft contractually obligated devs to make tge 360 version of cross platform games equal or greater than ps3 or they wouldnt release. kotaku did a article on it a few Years back. If this remains the case, there will not be an advantage for ps4 software-wise, only hardware. which is probably why he mentioned things like the controller, and the quick start functions that are built into the console.

Stuffgamer1

#7

Stuffgamer1 said:

To be fair, he made no promises. These are simply stated goals. And I believe lvnlavitaloca is correct...Microsoft's BS contracts are likely to be the BIGGEST problem here. Various console makers' rules about ports make releases a pain in general. The only reason Rayman Legends was pushed back is that Sony wouldn't take a port without added content and Microsoft wouldn't take it AT ALL if it released on Wii U first. People blame Ubisoft, like they could have just released the Wii U version no problem...but it sadly isn't that simple.

But there is hope yet! I hear tell that at the rate Microsoft is going, the next Xbox is likely to flop hard enough that more developers will be willing to go exclusive on PS4, just like they used to on PS2.

Gamer83

#8

Gamer83 said:

Well, if Sony is going to have any chance to gain marketshare back in North America it needs third party games to be significantly better than on the competition and just as importantly it will need to let people know it has the definitive version.

charlesnarles

#9

charlesnarles said:

Well yeah, PCs have CPUs and GPUs, while consoles combine them.
But, it's cool to hear that Sony wants to be tangibly better than Microsoft lol

Hetsumani

#10

Hetsumani said:

I think that the specs that were originally announced are going to change as soon as Microsoft unveils the NextBox's specs, and Sony is not going to tell us about it until a couple of weeks before the PS4 launches.

RiseUp44

#11

RiseUp44 said:

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