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PS4 attracts praise from Super Smash Bros. Wii U dev

14 March 2014

The director of upcoming Super Smash Bros. title for Wii U and 3DS has admitted he’s quite the fan of Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Speaking in a Famitsu column (via Kotaku), Masahiro Sakurai first turned his attention to the console’s aesthetics.

"First off, the console looks cool. As hardware evolves, people tend to make things more rounded or add more details, but [the PS4] is properly angular. This simplicity is really nice.

“Whether it’s Nintendo or Sony, Japanese or Foreign, I don’t care about picking sides. I work hoping that the future of games and the game business will be more fun.”

“If only I could play PS3 games on it, I could pack up my PS3 and my room would be cleaner…”

Sakurai-san also heaped praise on the console’s technical prowess.

“What I found most appealing was the machine’s power,” he said. “Looking over the various software, the screens are detailed and smooth. Load times are short and there are no slowdowns. Such performance right out the gate — this will help a lot of developers.

“Comfort is often overlooked. It’s subtle like air, and above all, hard to achieve and build.
It’s like ‘being healthy.’ It’s easy to forget that things that come naturally are the most valuable.
Take loading time for instance — you don’t think about it if there is none, but once it’s there, it’s an annoyance. Developers struggle to simplify such things. It can’t be helped, but there is a lot that needs to be done that has nothing to do with how entertaining a game is.

“This sort of ‘unneeded effort,’ should be reduced by whatever means necessary. That will lead to more robust content. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if raising a hardware’s specs lead to smoother game development?

“Of course, this is just a developer’s opinion and has nothing to do with the player. But it’s something that will most certainly come back to the player.”

We have to wonder if Sakurai-san has played PlayStation All-Stars for the PlayStation 3, as the game is essentially Sony’s take on the Super Smash Bros. franchise.

Let us know your thoughts on Sakurai’s comments below.


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