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Inside the PlayStation 4 with Mark Cerny

GamaSutra - Mark Cerny originally began to think about designing the PlayStation 4 in 2007. Over Thanksgiving weekend, a mere year after the PlayStation 3 was released, he began to read technical documents about the X86 processor -- the processor that ended up going into the system that was unveiled this past February, by Cerny, in New York City. (Mark Cerny, PS4)

raytraceme  +   973d ago | Well said
I have so much respect for this guy. Very calm, not arrogent, says the right stuff and he was part of making my favorite childhood game Crash Bandicoot. The senior architect of the ps4 and developer of Knack I am super hyped for the ps4.
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IcyEyes  +   973d ago
I totally agree with you.
Septic  +   973d ago
He's precisely what Sony needed and a far cry from what came before. He had the foresight as far back as 2007 to go around being proactive and get first hand testimonies of those at the forefront of this industry. Kudos goes to Sony for recognising his passion and letting him take the reins.

"I probably have more passion about the next generation than anybody inside the Sony Computer Entertainment world."

And that is why the success of the PS4 is ensured. As long as you have someone with that kind of passion as well as obvious talent in charge, you have a master in the field. Here's to a very bright future for the PS4.
IcyEyes  +   973d ago
You are right and I hope people realize that kind of passion come from a creative guy. From someone who spent his life to create games.

This guys know what is the most important thing we need : games.

That's why the Ps4 already look awesome, because talk about games.
DragonKnight  +   973d ago
Don't forget Kaz though. He said that he was going to bring in actual developers to get their input for the PS4 and obviously he chose the right guy as the overall lead man for PS4 development. A team of Kaz and Cerny spells great things for Sony's future in the gaming industry.
darthv72  +   973d ago
There are many similarities
with Sony's approach to this new platform and what Ms did with the 360. essentially listening to the developers to build the system made for 'them'.

Making it easy to code for and with the balance of power to be flexible with whatever they feel is the direction they want to take it. It was the right move for sony to make.

in the years following the PS1, sony used to go on record as saying they didnt want to make a system that was easy but one that would challenge the creative minds behind the games being released for it.

So it is a nice change of pace for them to make the PS4 much more developer friendly. An architecture that is so similar to other PC development can lead to a quicker turn around for games to be made/released.

Im not saying the more complex system sony generally took was all bad. It just meant there was a longer learning curve. this time we will more than likely see great games churned out on a much quicker basis.
MikeMyers  +   973d ago
It's actually nice to see a non-domestic person create a device that is much more open and easier to work on. For far too long Sony has made systems way too proprietary with an Eastern philosophy rich in culture and too stubborn to change its ways by letting engineers rule the roost which elevated manufacturing costs way too high.

This is why there is so much praise from developers who are working on it. It is way easier while still being very powerful.
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Muerte2494  +   973d ago
they took a western approach to the ps4. Crash Bandicoot was one of my favorite titles back on the ps1. I actually didn't know that he was the guy. Now that I do, I'll be paying closer attention the KNACK.
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abzdine  +   973d ago
i think it's great to go close to developers and ask them what they want, it could make things much easier in the short and long run.

but the killer app for me on PS4 is undoubtly GAIKAI. That thing cannot be topped by anybody in the industry.
The_Infected  +   973d ago
I really like Mark Cerny. He seems very smart and his work on putting the PS4 hardware together was great. Also his game Knack looked really good to me. He said developers wanted "unified" memory so he put 8Gb GDDR5 unified memory in PS4. He listens well and did what Developers wanted most. That earns a tremendous amount of respect right there.
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Cryptcuzz  +   972d ago
I agree all the way.

Mark Cerny is a true visionary and one I am glad in charge of designing the PS4.

One day, all will remember him as the one that took PlayStation back to the top. Just as Ken Kutaragi is known as the father of creating a gaming empire, Mark Cerny will be known as the father that lead its followers home. -Back on top.
TemplarDante  +   973d ago
Mark Cerny, what a great guy to be system architect!
Love the new philosophy and energy of the new system.
And looking at Sonys stocks, so do the investers.

Dec 2012 trading at just over 8$.
April 2013 at $17.40
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Clover904  +   973d ago
Such a huge jump in a very short time. Well done Sony.
DivineAssault  +   973d ago | Well said
The PS4 announcement was the 1st time i seen this guy.. Good public speaker & seems very confident in this product.. Im sold
Drakesfortune  +   973d ago
Cn't wait for ps4
GABRIEL1030  +   973d ago
Mark Cerny did his homework very well, !Nice job¡
wenaldy  +   973d ago
Cerny is a prodigal, he went high school on 12, college on 15 and working on Atari on 17.. Genius man!!!!

Look all disagrees, lol you are no better than this (Cerny)guy..!!!!
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MysticStrummer  +   973d ago
By complaining about disagrees before you get any, you almost guarantee you'll get some. : )

He has had an impressive career, and his involvement with PS4 should excite any gamer.
madpuppy  +   973d ago
So, THAT'S why he looks like a lunatic!

Cerny, "when I'm not torturing women in a secret room in my basement." hahaha!
madpuppy  +   971d ago
quit kissin' this guy's azz. he's just a man....that happens to look crazy...
stuntman_mike  +   973d ago
has anyone noticed that it's a very western lead announcement. there's hardly anyone from Sony japan who has been promoting it especially the PlayStation meeting. i don't know maybe they will have a japan only reveal at some point, maybe at TGS.

It could be to do with the shift in the gaming market.
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Mr_Writer85  +   973d ago
I wouldn't say that, the head of the company (Yoshinda) did an interview the day it was announced. Plus Mark lives in Japan (or at least has done).

Also as many have said he is a quite capable speaker, and again he is passionate about it, who better to sell it.
stuntman_mike  +   973d ago
I wasn't saying that Mark isn't capable (which i think he is and he is an awesome developer). it's just usually big announcements like this are done in japan first, but like i said the gaming landscape has shifted to a more western developed approach.
Mr_Writer85  +   972d ago
Ahh fair enough I see what you mean.
WeAreLegion  +   973d ago
This guy creeps me out more than anyone...yet I can't stop listening to him. His work on the PS4 has been EXACTLY what we gamers were asking for. I can't wait!
Eyesoftheraven  +   973d ago
So does this mean he's already designing the PS5?
fsfsxii  +   973d ago
He's no Ubisoft...
Eyesoftheraven  +   973d ago
Well it says he was thinking about PS4 in 2007, which was about a year after PS3 was released. Soon as 2014 and he'll be 'thinking' about PS5.
rainslacker  +   972d ago
They'll probably give it a year to really gauge reception of the PS4 before making plans. Keep in mind that work on the hardware didn't really start in 2007, it was mostly just research into what kind of system to build. After that they sought out the hardware and technologies that would go into the final product.
Eyesoftheraven  +   972d ago
Yeah I know. He's just expressing how passionate he is. To be so lucky, huh?
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izumo_lee  +   973d ago
Smartest move Sony has done to begin next gen. Instead of having some electronics engineer with little to no gaming experience designing a gaming console, they have asked an actual game designer to do it. So far from everything that we know of the PS4 the choice has payed dividends.

Mark Cerny is one of the most respected game designers in the industry & his knowledge of what it takes to make a successful console comes from his experience in programming for one.

Also being in the industry for as long as he has, he has probably made a lot of friends. The past few weeks seeing all this developer support for the PS4 has something to do with Mark Cerny & the respect he has.
DwightOwen  +   973d ago
I'm glad Sony elected to go with a PC-like architecture this go-around.

A more familiar architecture means less development time of high quality titles, which means devs save money and publishers don't have to sell 20 million copies to break even, which means we get more sequels to our favorite IPs and more publishers are willing to take financial risks on new IPs, which means gamers win.

Still waiting to see what that clickpad is going to be used for though.
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