Tue, May 08, 2012 | 03:18 BST
Chen: PS3 owners more likely to be artistic grown-ups
Thatgamecompany founder Jenova Chen has said PlayStation games are better suited to a more refined palate. Unsurprisingly, Sony agrees.
“Sony has a more artistic and adult-focused taste. They care about how grown-ups feel toward their games,” Chen told Gamesbeat.
“The player who owns a PlayStation 3 is more likely to be interested in artistic games compared to Wii and Xbox 360.”
Chen’s games include Journey and Flower, just two of a number of independent PlayStation Network releases with a more intellectual or artistic cast. Sony’s Jack Buser was happy to confirm that this is a market Sony is keen to corner ahead of the competition.
“Our primary PSN audience is indeed more adult, and many of our best-selling titles appeal to this demographic,” he said.
“Many PlayStation and PSN games have themes that require a user to think and feel about a deep, immersive gameplay experience, and we see that exemplified in the success of titles like Flower, Journey, and Heavy Rain. Titles like these can only be found on PlayStation, and our users enjoy the emotional and thematic sophistication of their games, especially with our digital offerings.”
Now let’s all have a semantic-ridden argument about whether art has value to games and what adults want. Go on.