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PS4 Must Be the Best For Multiplatform Games, Says Sony President
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Several themes have developed over the course of this lengthy and dramatic gaming generation, one of which is the importance of multiplatform games. Exclusives have become less commonplace as developers have sought the increased revenue of releasing to more than one platform. Sony has taken note of this and plans to completely turn around the PlayStation's reputation as a second-rate multiplatform console.

While speaking with 4Gamer.net, Sony President Shuhei Yoshida shared his ambition for making the PS4 the leader for multiplatform titles. He said:

We need to make sure users consider the PS4 version to be the best and the one that they want to play.

He continued:

That might mean that the graphics are better, the controller is more comfortable, or the point I mentioned earlier about the console being more user-friendly, like you don’t have to turn the power on and off or you can switch between your game and Netflix at will.

Judging by early PS4 specifications and rumors of the next Xbox, Sony might be in prime position next generation. Its choice of going with a unified platform that ditches the conventions of the PS3's Cell technology were specifically decided upon with developers in-mind. Its advanced GPU is also likely to be the most powerful of the competition giving it the high potential it needs going into the future.

But there are other factors, too, one of which is the console's install base. Developers are increasingly conscious about whether or not their investment on a platform is worth it; some developers have already ditched the Wii U following poor software sales despite its 2GB of RAM. The PS4 has to sell well in order for its multiplatform titles to receive a healthy amount of attention during development. If it performs well enough then companies who have made Xbox their lead platform during the last generation may reconsider.

Sony is going into the next generation understanding how important the multiplatform edge is, and understanding is the first step to execution.



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GrgoljBlaster May 05 2013, 11:16 am EDT
They want to be the very best...
  finaleve: ...like no one ever was.
PerfectXtreme May 05 2013, 11:31 am EDT
Stupid press release "We want to be the best..."

Is that to say up until this point they wanted to be the worst?
260077 May 05 2013, 12:45 pm EDT
LOL "Best For Multiplatform Games"
Wrong......
Pc is best for multiplats...
  SubForce: Not true, as we all know most multi platform titles a…
260077: where have you been? only a few are ports rest are de…
Erandore May 05 2013, 04:52 pm EDT
X360 are the base of almost all game now. (i'm Ps3 fan) But for the next generation isn't the case. All are multiplatform "friemdly",all will have streaming, all are low-budget pc.
  Whisky: I refuse to be "friemdly"
finaleve May 05 2013, 05:57 pm EDT
Honestly? They need to be. One of the fatal flaws of the multiplatform scene was that when a publisher makes the game available to all, they cater to the 360 because of the disc space. Some games actually take a hit because of that (Look at Skyrim).

I myself actually played most of my games on the 360 (though I've moved on to PC as of late). When a game only comes out on consoles, I will pick it up for 360. PS3 has some exclusives worth noting but reality of it was, my 360 got the most use. Part of the reason why I personally wanted MGS4 to come to 360 (even though I bought the special edition on PS3 well before I owned one).

We'll see what happens with M$'s unveiling of it's next gen console. A lot hangs on that announcement.
thestewieman May 06 2013, 05:10 am EDT
Microsoft has already lost simply because they don't have any good first-party games to speak off...
Whisky May 06 2013, 05:16 pm EDT
I own both consoles (Wii doesn't count, LOL) and a high end PC.... and I have been playing a lot of PC lately. Borderlands 2 just simply reset all my expectations of what a game should be... I'm sure I will be unsatisfied from now on.
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