Shuhei Yoshida: 'Games are all about having fun, right?'
Talking to the official EU PlayStation forum, President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida discussed used games, making the PS4 a gamer-first console, bringing back PSOne-era excitement, and even working with Kaz Hirai and PS4 lead system architect Mark Cerny.
"We made this decision early in the process of designing PS4," he said in reference to PS4's openness toward used games. "There are still a lot of people who want to have the physical medium and the option to share with their friends. That's part of people's enjoyment of games today and that wouldn't change overnight."
Of course, PS4 games may be so good you won't think twice about buying them new. "The only reason people look to spend several hundred euros to get a dedicated games system is because there are experiences that are only available on PS4," Yoshida said. "That's the message we really focused on in New York [back in February 2013] . . . There's the kind of attitude that we used to have back in the PS one days. Games are all about having fun, right? So we enjoy what we're doing, whether it's making games or communicating about them."
Yoshida also discussed the very early stages of his career, when he greenlit legendary games and worked with industry legends. "Actually, the first game I produced was Crash Bandicoot for the Japanese market and since then Mark [Cerny] and I have a long history of working together with PlayStation. Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance: Fall of Man... So many years we worked together."
What do you think of his views? Are you feeling some of that original PlayStation excitement and energy around PS4? Is Sony's gamer-first attitude and everyone working in harmony enough to make you switch consoles? Let us know your thoughts and ideas.
Written by - Dane Smith, Japan editor for PlayStation Universe. When not out on the streets of Nagoya wondering why no one is looking for a Yakuza-style showdown, he can be found cracking open the newest RPG to hit the shelves. You can follow him on Twitter or read some of his past musings.