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Sony: PS4 Will "Fundamentally Alter The Gaming Landscape"

Is the PlayStation 4 only about better graphics? Of course not.

Sony's ambitious new console isn't merely about technical capability, it's about offering the "highest richness and variety of content" possible. This is what Sony lead system architect Mark Cerny told VG24/7:

"We have the opportunity with PlayStation 4 to fundamentally alter the landscape of gaming. We can have the highest richness and variety of content. It really will be a renaissance of gaming."

This "renaissance of gaming" is exactly what the industry needs right now, as overall sales have been declining month-over-month for quite some time. However, the digital space continues to grow and all game makers will be taking advantage of that. The PlayStation Network will be more robust and active then ever before in the next generation, and new features (such as playing while downloading) will enhance streamlined functionality.

But do you agree with Cerny's statement that the PS4 can "fundamentally alter the landscape?"

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, sony, next generation

7/12/2013 11:08:07 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Natalisrubbish
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:16:04 AM
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I don't know if it will be that revolutionary, however, it certainly seems to stand a greater chance than the PS3 ever did. The development cycles alone will be about as easy as they were in the PS1 days according to Cerny himself, so, that could increase the odds a bit. I just hope to see greater diversity similar to the PS1 days.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 12:14:03 PM

The ease of publishing on PSN will make that a reality.

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Shauneepeak
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 3:58:01 PM

PS1 like era of RPGs please = ).

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:30:16 AM
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This guy has passion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYeArDcfOJU

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White_Mocha
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 12:56:54 AM

Yes he does. That is what I'm most impressed with about Sony and why I'm extremely excited about the Playstation 4

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telly
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:43:32 AM
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I do believe it, because everything I've read about the system reaffirms the fact that the considerable processing power in the PS4 will do a lot more than amp up graphics. The new, vastly expanded toolkit provided by the PS4 is likely going to spark new ways of looking at development -- be that AI, genre concepts, player interaction, anything -- that current gen hardware has not. That's a reason to get excited, in my book.

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Solid Fantasy
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:56:45 AM

Good point. Lets just hope publisher fear won't hold developer ambition back with "only sequels" and "don't try anything new because it might not sell" policies.

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coverton341
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 12:45:48 PM

Luckily for that worry, indie developers can self publish to the PSN. They don't have to worry about a big publisher stymieing their creativity in favour of bland sequel profitability.

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Highlightreel
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 12:12:21 PM
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I hope he's right. Not sure what my deal is, not sure if I'm losing excitement, getting older, not seeing things that wow me, but I'm slipping off of the hype train for 'needing' a new console. That Killzone video didn't help.

The thought of the PS4 is great. I don't know if I need some new game or to see something different but I don't see the need to jump on one day one.

Maybe some peeps here can sway me?

Stay Classy PSX...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 12:16:33 PM

I honestly don't have any big reason to jump in on day 1 either, but that's not really important to what the console has the potential to achieve over its life. PS3 took 4 years to "hit its stride" I think PS4 will be a monster force after only 2 years.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 1:14:51 PM

I feel the same way. GTAV doesn't even spark. I'm jumping on day 1 though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 12:13:29 PM
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I don't think it's all hot air. I think with a Sony console being the world's leading platform again we WILL see a kind of renaissance akin to the PS1 days.

Why? Everything about this system screams stuff wide open for the masses. Old gamers, new gamers, people rising out of the casual crowd, developers, and a BIG TENT philosophy for small developers. The devs that got started last gen will be able to grow, first party studios will be able to develop in half the time it once took, and PS3 will have the largest VARIETY of gaming content with a more diverse install base.

I can feel it in my gut as a lifelong gamer, a feeling I never got from PS3.

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telly
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 2:20:07 PM

PS3 definitely had red flags around it prior to launch (not least of which that prohibitively expensive price tag.) Everything, and I do mean everything, about PS4 sounds great so far.

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ricksterj
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 12:38:07 PM
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Oui shall C

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Lordnicon
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 8:38:00 AM
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Nobody has really changed the way we play games. Opening the door for more indie devs I think is a great strategy. Getting the costs and development times down will allow people to push new ideas but the question is, will people bite?

I think those things are important but people have become afraid of different. Different doesn't always sell and there isnt anything major built into the hardware that I see revolutionizing gaming...yet.

I will say that at the price point, I am sold and interested to see what happens but ps3 is still bringing the heat so we'll see.

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Lunar_Miyuki
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 5:27:33 AM
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i must agree with Lord Nicon though ill point out the only Different game at the moment for gameplay would be FF15 yes i know its already divided FF fans
but thats not why i brought it up the gameplay from what has been shown seems to actually be a New combat system that no other game has

im saying this because i have yet to see an action game with Noctises Fighting style

for those that Love the original FF games don't be blinded by your Love for a few mins look at the gameplay and nothing else than ask yourself does that like New gameplay to you or not

after you answer the question then you can go back to liking or hating FF15 i honesty don't care once you answered that 1 question with a uncloude un biased Mind

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