Sony Exec Talks PS4 Hardware, Connectivity, Games
February 26, 2013 11:13 AM
comment(s) - last by
He envisions playing PS4 games on all his devices, with the main experience on the big screen and smaller sections on mobile screens
PlayStation 4 event last week
shed some light on the new console, but also left many questions unanswered. But a Sony exec recently sat down with
to fill in some of the gaps.
Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's head of worldwide studios who helped with the development of the PS4, talked about the PS4's role in the console ecosystem, the relevance of consoles in an increasingly mobile world and why Sony didn't produce hardware at last week's event.
According to Yoshida, the PS4 will be all about connectivity. This means that social aspects will be included in the gaming process through one simple application download, where users with iOS and Android devices can easily connect. Having
access to the PS4
from anywhere on any device can help in other areas of gaming too, such as downloading a large, 50GB game. If one were to do this at home, it would take hours before the gamer could actually play. But if they connected to PS4 while still at work and started the download then, it will be ready for them once they arrive.
"In a couple of years I'd like to be playing PS4 games on all my devices, with the main experience on the big screen, and smaller sections on mobile screens… It will all be connected," said Yoshida.
While mobile devices can help create a connected environment for the console, it's a growing popular belief that the console doesn't even need to be apart of it since gaming, social networking, etc. can be accessed on the mobile devices themselves -- on the go. Yoshida said consoles still play a major role in gaming as long as the console is better than the tablet, smartphone, etc. as far as gameplay and graphics.
"Seriously, unless we show something unique and amazing, consumers won't be interested in dedicated hardware because they can play on devices they already own,” said Yoshida. “So if the experience on PS4 is not greater than tablet, why bother? It's our responsibility to provide that, with the hardware and system features as well as game development."
Yoshida said Sony is definitely working on gameplay for PS4 by offering titles beyond just driving and shooting games (which still dominate the console) and then offering titles of interest to the gamers based on past preferences.
Games are definitely a huge part of PS4, but there was one burning question that many gamers had on their minds after the PS4 event: where's the console?
"We have not finalised the hardware yet and decided not to try to get it finished in time," said Yoshida. "Also, it's a long time from February to launch, we have to design our communication in phases. Our focus here was to show some games and talk about the key principles – we wanted to save the unveiling of the actual console."
Sony announced last week that the
PS4 would launch in November
of this year for a starting price of $429.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Good starting price
2/26/2013 12:53:21 PM
I don't get why so many people like you reason that just because the company pays less for a product then you should too...
It makes sense to judge the price you're willing to pay based on your alternatives, not based on how much it cost the company. So what if they get the GPUs cheaper since they're integrated, it makes no difference to you.
If a company stumbled upon a load of gold and was selling it for half the market price would you be unwilling to buy the gold just because the company paid nothing for it?
RE: Good starting price
2/26/2013 1:06:09 PM
No. That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that for Sony to make the right number of sales they need to to stay relevant, they can't sell the PS4 at a 600$ starting price. Not with how affordable PC gaming can be anyways. 430$ is a good starting price for THEM to get to the position they need to. The fact that it benefits us as well is just a coincidence.
I'm not complaining that they get cheap GPUs. I'm saying that AMD and Sony are both in a tight spot - they need market share and simply to MAKE a profit. Selling with super high margins will just crush sales because they don't have the market share to do that. Selling at 429$ is good for them and good for us.
"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
Sony Announces PS4, Loves on Developers, Unveils Mobile Vita PS4 Gaming
February 20, 2013, 7:01 PM
Report: Sony PS4 to Start at $429, Launch in November
February 20, 2013, 2:01 PM
Microsoft Launches Budget Lumia 640/640 XL; No High-End Devices Until This Fall
March 4, 2015, 9:10 AM
Finished Apple Watch Expected to be Showcased at"Spring Forward" Mar. 9 Event
February 26, 2015, 12:17 PM
Google Preps Pixel 2 ChromeBook, New X Server Replacement "Freon"
February 24, 2015, 11:12 PM
Report: Samsung Semiconductor Bounces Back w/ iPhone SoC and Memory Orders
February 24, 2015, 1:40 PM
Comcast Borrows Apple's Branding Flourishes for Its Remotes
February 24, 2015, 11:32 AM
NVIDIA Bows to Outraged Overclockers, Will Restore Feature in Upcoming Driver
February 23, 2015, 12:30 PM
Most Popular Articles
Windows 10 Adds USB 3.1 for Dual-Role Peripherals, External Display Support
February 27, 2015, 11:39 AM
FCC Bans Data Discrimination, Defies Comcast, Adopting Net Neutrality Regulation
February 26, 2015, 4:03 PM
Australian Engineers Successfully Developed 3D-Printed Jet Engines
March 2, 2015, 11:08 AM
Samsung is Bringing Sexy Back w/ Launch of Razor-Thin Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
March 3, 2015, 2:25 AM
Lenovo Vows to Drop "Adware" and "Bloatware" From Its PCs
February 27, 2015, 3:09 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information