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PS4's social functions grab Hideo Kojima's attention

28 February 2013

The creator behind the Metal Gear franchise has shared his thoughts on Sony’s recently-unveiled home console, PlayStation 4.

Speaking with IGN, Hideo Kojima, who admitted he didn’t watch the machine’s reveal last week at the PlayStation Meeting, said he’s particularly intrigued by PS4’s social-oriented features.

“I can say that with every new generation of hardware the capabilities of the hardware increases. But up to this point it’s always been very much of a vertical evolution – of course, you expect things like visual fidelity, audio, frame rate. New features such as 3D capability, etc, etc. These things are a given. They come with the new hardware,” said Kojima.

“But what I’m really more interested in is other ways of expanding into the next generation – a more horizontal expansion, where you’re going to be doing things online, more of a social aspect. People will be able to interact with the game through various devices, through various media – such as tablets, smart phones, etc.”

Furthermore, the Kojima Productions boss said he’d like to implement some of these features into future Metal Gear titles.

“I think it’s this new type of interaction – this new ways of interacting with the game world – that’s more exciting to me. And I want to bring the Metal Gear franchise into that new wider world of interaction.”

Kojima-san is currently working on the next chapter in the Metal Gear franchise, titled Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.


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