SCEJ president: NGP has “got to receive support from gamers”

Wednesday, 16th February 2011 17:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan president Hiroshi Kawano has told Famitsu that NGP “isn’t something that’s driven solely by us at SCE.”

According to Kawano, not only does the device need support from developers, but “it’s got to receive support from gamers.”

“We visited a number of companies to discuss this because we wanted to know and care about what the creators and front-line developers thought, ” he said. “This started last spring, right around when I came to SCE. We received all sorts of opinions from developers, and they liked some things and didn’t like other things. That debate process was something I think was extremely important for us — I think a lot of creators, not just the ones that spoke at our conference, really feel like they were an integral part of the NGP’s hardware design process.

“When you think about how to make a platform popular and exciting, eventually it all comes down to how the users are participating in the thing. We need more than ourselves and the software companies — we need the users, and we also need the media contributing. If we have a clear vision and drive on how to expand our platform and the industry in general, that allows us to expand our ideas and get down to the core of what we’re doing. We wouldn’t leave everything to the users’ whims, but we can turn an eye to them, at least.

” I want to be able to absorb what users think of the things SCE and the publishers are doing, and I think we’ll be establishing a project like that.”

Kawano believes though that just because a company has achieved success with something, is no reason to sit back and have a good rest because there are always more challenges to face, especially in the gaming industry.

“If you hit with something, then you’re reluctant to change anything later on,” he said. “The game industry is no different; it’s facing tough challenges partly because of the successes it’s experienced in the past. Whether we can overcome those challenges or not depends on how adaptive we decide to be.

“The thing is, though, we have all the technical skills, the people, and the resources we need to manage that. That’s why I think the PlayStation has a bright future ahead of it.”

Thanks, 1UP.



  1. Erthazus

    Thats a very good decision because now maybe they will avoid Playstation 3 disaster.

    Because hardware is a piece of crap. No, more like the system is a piece of crap. + it’s overpriced.

    With NGP, future for them is looking good so far.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. GwynbleiddiuM

    @1 Well I dig you no console fan, and can’t say I love console gaming either, but an opinion like that is just unfair. PS3′s hardware is not crap, it just has a different architecture and therefore making a game for it is a different experience than PC and 360. Hardware is no crap, it has its short comings but it’s no crap.

    And as far as NGP goes it’s a huge step up in comparison with PSP. PSP had many potential but sony decided to put so much restriction in it. Lack of social experience and app market a simple machine for simple tasks. Today people demand more off their gadgets and devices, we want a portable device that can do tasks beyond gaming and offer a wider entertainment value rather than just games, musics and movies. So far sony is making all the right moves, whether or not it’s gonna be a successful machine, remains to be seen.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Goffee

    Was his message code for “don’t be pirating games?” Because, I’m afraid my faith in theiving scum changing their ways is non-existent.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Crysis

    @2, HE only cares what can give him more pixels, if he could he would inject pixels right into his blood stream :P

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Aimless

    Is it just me or is Erthazus becoming more and more anti-console the closer we get to Crysis 2‘s release?

    Anyway, it’s interesting to see Sony’s transition from the auteurist Kutaragi days to a more group think methodology. I can see the PS3′s successor, whatever form it takes, being a wildly different beast.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. PwnedHaxor

    #5 Yepp, Erthazus, Pretty much worships Crysis series apparently. Good for him.. Good for him!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @Guys, i just don’t like consoles of THIS generation because of too much bullshit. I like PS1, PS2, Nintendo 64 and etc…

    NGP looks awesome too.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Dannybuoy

    I’m sure NGP will gain support from gamers if the price is right and the said gamers can all afford it.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Kuwabara

    Way more better games on consoles than on Pc. Keep spending money on ur computer Erth, playing average games. If the ps3 is crap, then what is a Pc? There arent any games on pc that are better than mga4, uncharted series, gow3, heavenly sword, demons souls etc.. just keep playing ur RTS games as u wait for crysis 2, thinking its the second coming of christ. It will end up losing to Killzone 3.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. back_up

    every hardcore gamers will buy NGP
    and casual noobs will buy 3ds

    #10 4 years ago

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