Developer: PlayStation 4 was designed for American gamers

Japanese developer believes the PlayStation 4 was designed for American gamers due to its social features.

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ApolloTheBoss1859d ago

That's probably true. Why else would they announce it for the first time on American soil?

Abash1859d ago

Because America is the largest market for video games. There isnt anything "for Americans" about it's social features, they are simply making their online network have the features that social networks like Facebook got people accustomed to.

3-4-51858d ago

It's more like a PC, and PC gaming is much bigger / more popular in the US than in Japan.

xHeavYx1858d ago

I fail to understand how social interaction makes a console designed for American gamers. It's not like they won't try to find a freaky way to use those interactions on their games

Donnieboi1858d ago

What kind of logic? Having social integration isn't dependent on where the console is revealed. Even if some Japanese companies wan't to make up that kind of correlation.

ABizzel11858d ago

You didn't read it if that's your comment.

He said it's designed for American audiences, because of the push for social features (which makes no sense). It has nothing to do with the console-tech itself which again would be stupid because it's basically closed mid-range PC tech, with dedicated gaming features pushing it to a mid-high gaming PC.

Why it doesn't makes sense.

Most games are build on a PC, then moved to the console devkits for further programming. Considering the PS4's specs., game developers will be able to build the entire game on PC as if it were a PC exclusive and port them to the PS4, making games easier to develop for the PS4 for EVERYONE, which means more games to play like back in the PS2 era.

jetlian1858d ago

Abizzel get your PC nonsense out of here. Japanese don't use "SOCIAL" media like we do! All this share stuff is way more western focus which is what he means.

Has nothing to do with pc or game design outright

Monkeysmarts1858d ago

I bet we get Ni No Kuni 2 eventually. That won't suck.

Donnieboi1858d ago (Edited 1858d ago )

So because it has Social features, it must automatically mean it's American? Sounds like a cop-out. I think they are just saying that because an American designed the console. Social Networks are VERY popular in Japan. So, this whole idea that it is somehow "American" due to social features (of all things) doesn't add up.

I had a fealing some devs in Japan would take the fact that the PS4 was designed by an American, and revealed in NYC instead of Tokyo, as a slight. But they have to understand that when it comes to consoles, Japan has been lagging behind in online multiplayer. Internet is just as accessible there as it is in the West, so it's time they embraced Multiplayer and the option of social integration. Besides, if they don't want to use social integration, then don't use those features. Problem solves. I don't see what's so western about that...

Oh and that stuff he said about Facebook, makes no sense since it is OPTIONAL (like Uncharted 3 lets you use your facebook account in multiplayer if you want, or just psn instead). If the Japanese want to stay anonymous, than just use good old fashion PSN and Avatars.

Rearden1858d ago

Good points. I think they're a bit ticked off in general because the PS4 is designed by an American, where as PS, PS2, and PS3 were designed by Japanese.

SugarSoSweet1858d ago

Well their gunna have to deal with it nobody told them to make frustratingly difficult and time consuming architecture thats found in the PS3

uuaschbaer1858d ago

Even though a function of product is optional it can still be an indication that said product is designed for a particular market. In this case I think it's mostly an indication of idiocy among the financial types in Playstation's charge, at which the Japanese developer is hinting while presenting it as a cultural difference.

Cryptcuzz1857d ago

Imo, I don't think Japanese developers are ticked off at all that the PS4 was created by an American, as well as the reveal not being in Japan, but in the U.S.

Also given that the PS4 System Architect is Mark Cerny who works and lives in Japan at one point or another leads me to believe that it would be foolish for any Japanese developer to be disappointed at that.

I would assume he knows how to speak fluent Japanese too, since he operates out of Sony Japan Studios and are even good friends with the likes of Hideo Kojima.

Now Mark Cerny as PS4 System Architect, operates out of Sony Japan Studios, knows how to speak Japanese and friends with one of the best Japanese developer; What Japanese developer would be mad at that?

GalacticEmpire1858d ago

Yeah, because all Japanese people don't socialize. They communicate through telepathy and a form of pheremone dispersal; like psychic ants.

Who needs words anyway when you can communicate an entire sentence and convey emotional states with one monosyllabic grunt.



SilentNegotiator1858d ago

Well that comment totally doesn't add fuel to the suggestion that the Japanese are xenophobes.

GABRIEL10301858d ago

In almost all the world exist the internet, facebook, youtube and other social platforms. PS4 is a joint design of a lot of people of various countries inlcuding Japan and US. The console is designed to allow to the people get connected and to enjoy of the games together. You dont need to reveal your identity or if you want you can create a false identity. Ps4 will be a great oportunity to make friends¡ or foes (if you are ISA) :D

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