PS4: Ubisoft requested a more smartphone and PC-like console

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 06:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said Sony asked publishers and developers what they wanted from the PlayStation 4 – and the plaform holder seems to have delivered.

“Because we’ve been in the industry for a while, what happens generally – before creating the specs and creating the machine – the manufacturers come to us and say, ‘What do you want on the next one?'” the executive told Kotaku.

The publisher gave quite a shopping list.

“We want social, we want all the things that exist on PC to be possible on a console. We want the mobile capacities to play short-term and to play from anywhere you want,” Guillemot revealed.

Although he didn’t mention better graphics, the executive later said that progress with visuals is equally as important.

“You need both, because, in our world, the fact that you can be immersed in new worlds with NPCs who can be emotional will help you to get into those worlds and be immersed,” he said.

“The other part that has been growing fast has been all the social – all the connections -the fact that you can update your content very quickly. All of those things we wanted them to bring in. We really pushed for them to make those things happen, because we think it’s the two combined that will make this generation a good generation.”

Ubisoft has formally admitted to just one next-generation game – Watch Dogs, headed to PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox 360 in late 2013. The publisher almost always has plenty to offer at new hardware launches, though.