PlayStation 4 Will Take Sony Back To Its “Original Roots”
Well, if its original roots was TV, sports, sports, sports, TV, sports, sportsy sports, TV, television sports.
Alright, I really couldn’t help that one. Before the Sony fans attack, I love PS4, so chill.
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The story here today is that Sony Computer Entertainment’s president Andrew House has made a rather interesting statement in declaring that the PS4 will be a return-to-form for Sony.
In short, House believes that the PlayStation 4 is a return to a classic Sony.
House told the Guardian that, basically, consumers and developers were the focus of the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 when each launched, and now that objective is back with the PlayStation 4.
“I see our approach on PS4 as really taking Sony Computer Entertainment back to our original roots,” said House.
“When we first launched with the PS1 and certainly the PS2, the goal was to give the consumer more choice, and lots of flexibility at a time when the delivery mechanism of games, on cartridges, placed a lot of restrictions on the industry. And also, by shifting to disks, to give developers – and particularly smaller ones – the chance to take risks and build a business. I think you’re seeing exactly those kinds of principles applied to PS4.”
It was reported very recently that Sony dropped the PlayStation 4 Eye in order to beat Microsoft’s Xbox One price, although this has been a point of interest considering that the camera costs $60 and the PS4 undercut the Xbox One by a $100, which suggests a little bit more planning went into it than simply slashing the camera at the last moment.
Speaking about the Eye, House stated that while the camera delivers “great consumer experiences,” Sony is not “forcing that purchase on the consumer.”
House also went on to say that the strong focus on developers, including smaller indie developers, now partly characterizes what Sony Computer Entertainment is all about.
“We have a new development environment, that developers are telling us is significantly easier to make great games for, and we’ve undertaken a significant amount of outreach to smaller developers,” House said.
“And the net result is that we’re seeing a lot of developers coming out of the mobile space, and I think that’s a tremendously positive trend for console gaming. Essentially, we have access to a whole new set of talent in gaming that we didn’t have before.”