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Metal Gear Solid Creator Hideo Kojima Thinks That PS4 Is the 'Best Console'

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Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima appears to have fallen head over heels for the PlayStation 4. The legendary developer recently declared that upcoming prologue Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes would shine most on Sony’s system, and now he’s candidly admitted that the Japanese giant’s latest device is by far the best currently available.

“I think, between the home consoles available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best,” said the outspoken auteur. “It’s also excellent for graphics, being able to render 1080p at 60 frames-per-second with room to spare. Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It’s the closest to the photo-realistic quality that we are aiming at.”

Given the developer’s long standing connection with PlayStation platforms, these comments may not come as an enormous surprise – but perhaps the biggest exclamation point here is that Kojima Productions is a multiformat developer these days, with the abovementioned luminary even awkwardly appearing during Microsoft’s E3 press conference last year.

It’s interesting that he specifically mentions that the PS4 is capable of processing software in 1080p at 60 frames-per-second, as that leads us to believe that the studio’s aforesaid stopgap will run at such settings. Are you looking forward to what the studio can do with Mark Cerny’s super machine? Flaunt your hardware in the comments section below.

[via famitsu.com, dualshockers.com]

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charlesnarles

#4

charlesnarles said:

Gotta wonder why he let MGS go Xbox at all. Exclusivity is the perfect way to show us which console a studio prefers. Kinda wish it was still MGS on PS vs Splinter Cell on XB. I do like hearing that I made a good choice from someone who actually knows

FullbringIchigo

#5

FullbringIchigo said:

@charlesnarles it's not really up to him though is it he may make the games and be the original creator but the ip is owned by konami so if they say it goes multiplatform it goes multiplatform

all he could do is leave and that means someone else would take over

JaxonH

#6

JaxonH said:

Personally, I despise developers playing favorites in an attempt to strike a chord with loyal fans and sell more copies of the game. I see developers do it for Wii U also- for example Renegade Kid has made a habit of singing the right tunes in an attempt to seduce Nintendo fans, because that's the largest market for his games. And I don't buy it for a second. I like the console, but I don't wanna hear him play favorites to loosen up the grip on my wallet.

And unfortunately, that's exactly what Kojima is doing now. PS is his largest market, in fact his games have done VERY poorly on Xbox and Nintendo platforms. So I see this exactly for what it is- seducing PS fans who are on the more extreme end of brand loyalty, and will empathize with anyone who props the brand up on a pedestal for them. It's like when politicians wear a jersey for the team whose town they are visiting. Pandering to votes, just like this is pandering for sales.

The PS4 is, undisputedly, the most powerful console, but we don't need him to tell us that- everyone knows that already. He chose his words wisely, using "best" instead of most powerful. Best is a preference, while most powerful is a fact. That's the dead giveaway he's pandering, and pandering sickens me, regardless of which platform it's in favor of.

italodance

#7

italodance said:

He loves Vita then better to bring his latest game to Vita and stop stupid remote playing on Vita, we don't all own a PS4

eLarkos

#8

eLarkos said:

@JaxonH Isnt it just possible that Renagade Kids fav platform is Nintendo and Kojimas is PS? If revving up the fanboys is a byproduct of them prasing their fav platform, then so be it. I do hear ya but I think both of the developers you mentioned are genuine.

Edit: I think why renegade kid seems so over the top is because Nintendolife interview him every second day.

JaxonH

#9

JaxonH said:

@eLarkos

Perhaps. But even if it is their personal belief, why announce it to the fans unless you have a motive? I'm not naive enough to think these developers don't know what they're doing. They play to their base, the same way a politician will tell voters down south how big of a Christian they are and how they favor 2nd amendment rights. Now, in some cases that might turn out to really be true for them, but that doesn't change their motive for disclosing that information.

seeafish

#11

seeafish said:

@JaxonH normally I would agree, but I think any PS fan would buy the crap out of any MGS regardless of what Kojima says. He could say he had a gay orgy with Major Nelson and Phil Spencer and the other Phil, and that did it while filming it on kinect and all money shorting on to a pile of Xboxes....PS fans would still queue up for MGS.
I mean it's been part of PlayStation history since 1998.

JaxonH

#12

JaxonH said:

@seeafish

Eh, there's quite a few people, myself included, who are inclined to NOT buy Ground Zeroes. In fact, I had it pre ordered, and cancelled it. When you're charging $40 for what is, for all intents and purposes, a glorified demo, a little flattery and persuasion can help grease the wheels, if you know what I mean. It's cool, but I'm still not buying Ground Zeroes for $40... Ground Zeroes + Phantom Pain on one disc or case for $60? Now that I can do.

Gamer83

#13

Gamer83 said:

@JaxonH

Kojima's been singing the praise of Sony consoles for as long as I can remember. Early in the last-gen, I want to say circa 2006, he even went as far as comparing Sony to offering you a cinema-like experience, Xbox a home DVD experience and Nintendo being comparable to a television program. LOL! It's like Tomonobu Itagaki and his preference for Xbox consoles. I don't think there's any ulterior motives, it's just Kojima being Kojima. I am surprised Konami hasn't told him to put a lid on it yet though. In past gens it was ok because MGS was either exclusive or a lengthy timed exclusive to PlayStation. This time, the marketing team has to try and sell the game to an Xbox fanbase that hasn't gravitated towards MGS the way I'm sure Konami would like, so it already has a tough enough sell, don't need the creator of the game offending them with comments like this even if it is just him re-iterating a long-standing position he's had. I'm sure the decision to bring the game to Xbox wasn't his.

benrawr

#15

benrawr said:

He did say a few weeks back that there's barely any difference between the two... Pressured by MS for that one perhaps?

JaxonH

#16

JaxonH said:

@Gamer83
Right, which serves my point well. There is no way the PS3 was like bluray while 360 was like DVD. The Wii being like TV, that I won't argue. It was 480p- and much weaker hardware (don't get me wrong, I loved the Wii, some of the best games I played were ON the Wii, but it was substantially weaker). But as far as PS3/360 goes, we all know there was barely any difference in game quality. Some 360 ports looked slightly better (key word, SLIGHTLY), some PS3 ports looked slightly better (again, SLIGHTLY). Trying to find a difference between those 2 consoles is splitting hairs. For all intents and purposes, the games looked and played the same.

In this instance, he's right. The PS4 is the most powerful console to develop for. But it wasn't always that way. The 360 was right on par last gen, and before that the Xbox, Gamecube and Dreamcast were all more powerful than PS2. And yet he stood by them, regardless of it being "the best console to develop for", as you previously stated. See where I'm going with this? He talks up power now, but power wasn't a deciding factor for him in the past. Only when Sony has the most powerful console, does he talk it up. He uses power as reasoning of being "best to develop for", but power wasn't always on Sony's side. But, power DOES seem to be most fans' reasoning for owning the console, and he knows it. Which is why he's propping it up.

But all that's getting way too philosophical. When does the full game release? That's what I'm interested in knowing...

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