PS4 architect: “now is the best time in the history of gaming”

PS4 Sony Architect Mark Cerny

Doom and gloom predictions for console gaming are misplaced, says Sony's Mark Cerny.

Mark Cerny, the chief architect behind the technical design of the PlayStation 4, has doused concerns that the growing tablet and mobile gaming spaces will kill home consoles, saying the industry's never been in a better place.

In a tech-focused interview with Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, Sony's designer was asked why his outlook on the future of home consoles was so optimistic when many others predicted doom.

“I think that right now is the best time in the history of gaming to be a gamer,” he replied.

Commenting on the statistics that show a falling percentage of people play titles on a home console, Cerny said the figures were misleading.

“That's a consequence of so many more people playing games than have ever played games before,” he explained.

“Thanks to tablets and thanks to smartphones, we have this huge audience that now enjoys games. As for what's bringing them to console, that heavy content I was talking about - Skyrim and Assassin's Creed - is of course key to the appeal and I think on top of that we're now going to have the richness of the smaller, nimbler indie titles that are coming in.”

 

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