Peter Molyneux worried about Sony's hardware efforts
- Posted June 13th, 2012 at 07:10 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 14 Comments
Fable father and former Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux has heaped praise over Sony’s efforts as a software manufacturer, though admitted he’s slightly concerned over the company’s endeavours on the hardware front.
Speaking with GI.biz, Molyneux, who quit the Microsoft-owned Lionhead Studios back in March, commented:
"Sony has always had a very strong first person line-up, which I think is incredibly smart. They've got good developers. They've got some very talented developers."
"The way I always feel with Sony is that if they double down on those first party developers, give them the headroom to be inventive and be creative, especially when it comes it any next generation platform, then they could pull lots of rabbits out of the hat,” he added.
For Molyneux, however, it seems Sony is slipping up when it comes to hardware. PlayStation Move, he observed, appears to have fallen behind both Microsoft and Nintendo’s efforts in the motion-sensing gaming space.
"I just don't know where they're going in hardware terms," he said. "They had the Move, but it wasn't as early as the Wii and it wasn't as innovational as Kinect. They seem to be third in line in that race. I have expected, every single press conference for the last year, Sony to bring out this magic rabbit out from a huge hat and say, 'Aha, world. You really don't realize what's going on.' And I do worry about them."
Do you think Molyneux has a pointed, PSU readers? Let us know in the comments section below.
Armonie Wilkins | gwking33
- 7:28am EDT - June 13th, 2012
I believe that Molyneux is absolutely correct. We as gammers never hear enough hype about how great the playstation move is. To be completely honest i see alot of potential in the move. It can beat the kinect and the wii if only its developers worked to upgrade it with all of sonys cutting edge technology. The kinect isnt perfect but its far from the worst, ive played it before and it is indeed fun and exerlerating. As for the wii nintendo made sure that this system was going to make a name for itself and blow the competition out of the water, sadly they suceeded in doing so. I am somewhat ashamed of the playstation move when it comes to sonys hardware. i love sony entertainment and the PS3 is like no other when it comes to gamming but the playstation move is in dire need of a major upgrade that will further prove sonys dominance over microsoft and nintendo.
- 8:21am EDT - June 13th, 2012
this guy = so full of himself he could live alone on a desert island and not know he's alone ; and he's Microsoft's puppet thus making his judgements biased anyway
Fable only sells because the big advertisement machine is there, nothing special about it
Equinoqs | Equinoqs
- 9:28am EDT - June 13th, 2012
The least-important aspect of any console is its movement control. Games, graphics, price, exclusives...everything else is more important.
- 9:35am EDT - June 13th, 2012
I don't believe Kinect is as much of an 'innovation' as people like Molyneux (and every Microsoft employee) would like us to believe. We heard about all the wonderful stuff it can do, but let's be honest, it's little more than an over-priced webcam.
At least, that's how it's being used in games. I've yet to see anything done with Kinect which truly sets it apart from the PS Eye, or even the EyeToy from PS2 days. A friend bought one, and I've had a go on it - I was left utterly unimpressed. Even he now uses it solely for head tracking in Forza 4.
The majority of the stuff being done 'exclusively' on Kinect in general games is nothing that couldn't be done on the PS3 with the PS Eye. Even the dashboard UI control could be done with the old EyeToy, and to an extent was actally done in the original version of EyePet/PS Eye on PS3.
Move is far better (especially in terms of accuracy and 3D detection) than both Wii and Kinect. The only 'fault' I can lay on it is that Sony haven't pushed it to anywhere near the extent Microsoft have with Kinect - but for me, that's a good thing. Sony have left Move support as optional, whereas Microsoft seem to insist that Kinect is worked into every game, even if it really doesn't belong there.
Sony's attitude has been: "We developed this cool new toy; we hope you like it and give it a chance."
Microsoft's attitude has been: "We spent a fecking fortune on this, and we'll keep forcing it on you until you like it."
- 11:02am EDT - June 13th, 2012
Permission to laugh at this guy.
I was at E3 and Kinect is laughable, and not just for me, but the vast majority were laughing at it and not with it.
How can this guy question Sony's HW, where has he been with all of MS issues. Anyway, Sony has one problem and that's the lack of persuasion; MS and Wii both with inferior products are far better in persuading gamers to use their products than Sony.
Don Oliveira | Other_
- 12:26pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
I'm worried about Peter Molyneux's software efforts.
- 12:31pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
what do you expect from an xbot? SONY is the best by far PS3 isn't about move is about unforgettable experiences move is just one of many options that the PS3 deliver, like Kevin Buttler says it's about the games.
- 12:43pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
Could care less about the move. They need to focus on the PS Vita right now. It has so much potential.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 12:49pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
Why is this guy worried about Sony in the first place? I think this dude needs to worry about peeling his lips of off M$ first.
- 12:53pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
The day motion-controller gaming > traditional gaming = end of my gaming career.
- 1:21pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
I think sony is also worried and they should be. Lets hope Kaz can pull them back up again.
Soldier 95B | Solder_95B
- 3:23pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
"The least-important aspect of any console is its movement control. Games, graphics, price, exclusives...everything else is more important." WHAT??! I will take movement controls over graphics, price and exclusives anyday.
- 4:56pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
Everytime I hear Peter Molyneux speak, I think my tea on the kettle is ready.
Nothing but hot air escapes his mouth.
- 8:51am EDT - June 14th, 2012
@4 is 100% right.
@12 Really? You think having motion control is more important than having a great line-up of games, remarkable graphics, and an affordable price? So, just to clarify, you would rather have a console that is lacking in quality titles, has unimpressive graphical capabilities and is incredibly expensive, just so you can get motion control?
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