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He envisions playing PS4 games on all his devices, with the main experience on the big screen and smaller sections on mobile screens

Sony's 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 The Guardian 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.

Source: The Guardian

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RE: Good starting price
By SPOOFE on 2/26/2013 6:45:30 PM , Rating: 1
It's up to the retailers to make it easy enough for the "dumb" masses.

I completely disagree. No matter how you cut it, there are a lot of variables that go into building a PC. Most PC's, for example, will never be used to play graphically demanding games. This versatility of the PC space is both a great virtue as well as a major sticking point.

You think those services are offered to technology geeks?

I pretty much stated the opposite, so I don't know how this notion could have entered into your head.

Your post is even more useless than mine then since all you're doing is telling me how useless my post is.

OR I explained why it's not as simple and cut-and-dry as you suggest. Learn how to parse information and you'll have a lot less difficulty with basic communication, my hasty friend.

RE: Good starting price
By augiem on 2/26/2013 7:38:35 PM , Rating: 2
It's up to the retailers to make it easy enough for the "dumb" masses.

I completely disagree. No matter how you cut it, there are a lot of variables that go into building a PC.

You're clearly disagreeing just to disagree. Your entire previous post came from the perspective of the average consumer. You made the argument the average consumer will not go to the effort of building a PC. I then say the retailers must and have made PC purchasing easier for these users by offering pre-built systems and customized kits. Now you disagree and say the PC's variety of configuration options is a virtue. #1 You just disagreed with yourself if you now don't believe these "average" users benefit from having pre-defined choices built for them. "I completely disagree."

OR I explained why it's not as simple and cut-and-dry as you suggest.

First of all, you explained nothing whatsoever, as I will show below. Second, I posted a custom-built PC with specs similar to the PS4. I also stated that the option for non-technical consumers to buy custom-built PC's and low-end pre-built gaming PCs is available by many retailers. You most certainly can by systems like this without much technical knowledge. That is cut and dry. You do not have to know how to install a CPU or Windows to get one these days.

Learn how to parse information and you'll have a lot less difficulty with basic communication, my hasty friend.

I love it. Wrong, arrogant, and proud. Did you even read your own post? I read exactly what you wrote, which contains very little content whatsoever.

Let's re-read your post paragraph by paragraph:

Know your audience. Your entire post is preaching to the choir. People posting regularly to a tech site like this are well aware of both the How-tos as well as the relative cost/benefits of building one's own PC.

Paragraph 1:
"Your post is pointless because this is a tech site and we already know how to build PC's."

But to the average consumer, you lost them with the very first sentence. Lists of parts is a further deterrent. Worst of all, you mention Linux.

Paragraph 2:
"The average consumer is technologically uneducated and will not tolerate any level of complexity."

No, you're simply explaining why "people who understand and follow hardware" will always build their own PC's. It just simply is NOT an attractive option to the average gamer.

Paragraph 3:
"You have explained why readers of this site build their own PC's. The average consumer will never do so."

That's a wealth of information you've given me there. Explanations? Lots of explanation.

I pretty much stated the opposite, so I don't know how this notion could have entered into your head.

You stated nothing of the sort. You made no statement whatsoever about stores offering services of building customized PC's for the user. Point out to me the sentence where you mention anything about these store-offered services. It's not there. Re-read what you wrote yourself before you start making personal attacks and insults.

RE: Good starting price
By SPOOFE on 2/27/2013 5:03:53 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm not impressed by your ability to quote my own posts back at me to pad your post content, nor am I swayed by your attempt to conceal your complete lack of content under empty boasts and insecure verbiage.

Look at the numbers yourself and compare the shipments of boutique business vs. pre-made dirt-cheap PC's. Most people aren't interested in the things you mention. The fact is that most people buy the cheapest box and use it 'til it breaks and then they buy another one. The fact is that most people never seek graphics capability worth a damn. Your perception is skewed because you have some notion that you, and the people you regularly interact with in tech forums like this, are somehow representative of the average population. However, most people don't post to tech forums. Most people are not us.

These are simple facts. They are also fairly plain-faced assertions, despite your denial to the situation. You boldly announce how you're going to smash my assertions to pieces, but it's clear you don't even understand what my assertions are. They're pretty simple, because they're simply descriptions of the market, sales numbers, and other bits of hard data that anybody with any awareness of the tech world would have at least a passing familiarity with.

But by all means, feel free to quote my own words back to me and have a game of MST3K with 'em. It must be some sort of cathartic release on your part to spew so much ignorant bile in reaction to obvious reality. I don't know why your response to the obvious is so insecure and petty, but I do sincerely wish you all the best in overcoming your crippling character flaws. Have a nice day! :)

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