Sony CEO Reminds Us That The PS4 Is About Games, As If We Didn’t Know
As everyone talks about Microsoft’s entry to the next-generation scene, it seems as if Sony is feeling a bit left out. Majority of talk has been about Microsoft’s ‘used-game policy’, as well as issues on whether or not the console will put ‘gaming first’.
Certain industry participants have come out and said that they do believe that the Xbox One is indeed a gaming console, first and foremost. One notable person who said this was Activision CEO, Eric Hirschberg.
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Fast-forward a few days since then, Sony has stepped up. They have been largely involved in ‘No DRM’ campaigns on Twitter, and the like. Fans all around the world have attempted to battle Microsoft’s actions by publicly raving about Sony.
Oddly enough, Microsoft’s console was and will continue to be pre-ordered.
The latest news from Sony, however, shows that although they are enjoying ‘No DRM’ publicity, they want more. They want to be called the ‘gaming machine’.
Since the company’s reveal of the PlayStation 4 in February, no one has ever doubted that it is a gaming machine first and foremost. In fact, we have all believed this since we saw the array of games and gamer-related features shown at the reveal event.
In spite of this, Sony’s CEO, Kazuo Hirai, came out to reiterate the point: they have put gaming first.
“The most important thing we need to make sure we do at least initially is that we all agree and understand that the PS4 is a great videogame console that appeals to video gamers,” Hirai said in a off-stage briefing at All Things Digital.
“If we miss that part then I don’t think we get the initial establishment of the console. That formula has worked for us with all our consoles, including the PS3.”
Although Sony will have some sort of approach to media–because it is an entertainment device, after all–the company wants fans to know that games will come first. Applications will be revealed thereafter.
“We take a look at this first and foremost as a game console. We don’t want to end there. That’s an area we will obviously reveal and talk about in the coming months,” said Hirai.