PS4 not “designed in an ivory tower” like PS3, devs say

Thursday, 28th February 2013 01:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The PlayStation 4 was built in close consultation with game makers, developers have reiterated, painting a very different picture to the PlayStation 3′s production.

In The Guardian‘s report of a round-table event following the PS4 reveal, Guerrilla Games co-founder Herman Hulst said PS4 system architect Mark Cerny came to visit Guerrilla several times during the console’s development.

“We got the entire group of core developers together and gave deep feedback on everything system-related. It’s no longer designed in an ivory tower somewhere in Tokyo, it’s shared with us, with Naughty Dog, with Sony San Diego – and together we’ve built the machine,” he said.

“As Mark said at one point during the launch event, it’s a console for gamers by gamers.”

Hulst said the PS4′s PC-like architecture is going to make things a lot easier.

“If you look at the transition between PlayStation 2 and PS3 and the launch titles on the latter machine, then look at the launch titles for PS4, I think you’ll see a much more impressive leap in quality,” he said.

“I think the console and the ability for us to work with it has shown that we can make that leap much faster – we as developers are much closer to the insides of the thing.”

Evolution Studios’ Matt Southern said developers were also invited to give feedback on the Dual Shock 3 ahead of its successor’s debut. The racing-focused team asked for better tilt controls.

“We all had a secret meeting after E3 last summer and shared our own prototypes, we called it our science fair,” Southern said.

“There was lots of very open feedback and constructive criticism from a wide variety of studios. That was important because it meant we could build a controller that was a design classic but also embraced a new age.”

At the same round table, Hulst said next-generation development costs aren’t as “scary” as expected. Ubisoft CEo Yves Guillemot also shared some thoughts on what the publisher had contributed to the new console’s design – that it be more like PCs and mobile devices.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. melonbuster1

    See when you become king you dictate the terms. Then you get dethroned! !! Sony was the king .. Microsoft is the new king. How will they rule? ?? Only time will tell. . But seeing how both systems look so close to the same it seems Sony will have to wait until the generation after this one to get a real shot at the throne.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. tmac2011

    its designed as a fridge to keep beer in

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Christopher Jack

    I’d hardly call MS the king (unless you’re referring to Windows OS). This generation everyone did ok, Nintendo won in hardware sales,first party software & add on accessories, MS won in 3rd party sales & the profit margins of XBL & Sony wasn’t completely annihilated by their own incompetence entering this generation.

    The PS4 is so far looking pretty good, still on the fence about it myself, I don’t see why anyone would rush out to buy one at this point however I think if they intend to beat MS this time around, they will need to be more competitive on price & hardware specs while drastically overhauling PSN to a friendlier more robust service.

    If Sony can keep PSN free to play online, that could be key to defeating MS if both consoles are similar & Sony redesigned PSN well enough to make current X360 users switch over. I don’t see the problem myself but according to them, the several hundred they’ve each spent on XBL Gold over the years was worth it (I think long term & that’s why I detest subscriptions, renting, lock in contracts, etc).

    #3 2 years ago
  4. WENDiGO

    @1 MS king? In a popularity contest maybe it won this gen but lets be honest here, Playstation offered a lot more than XBL when it comes to gaming. Playstation had quality and quantity with their first party and even third party game exclusives that XBL just didn’t have as much this time around. Since we are all gamers here I assume we would agree that the quality (or amount) of the games would be the reason why we buy a console/build a gaming PC, instead of these little things like popularity and features such as party chat. There’s also some of you that love to complain about controllers even tho it differs between hand size and personal way of play.

    My point is playstation delivered on the gaming side of things this gen (just like before) and since that is why a GAMING console should rule, your assumption that MS “dethroned” Sony is not very justified in that case.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Clupula

    MS is only king of America. They didn’t even sell 500 of MS’s system in Japan last week.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Vice

    PC-alike? Hmm maybe making emulators for next gen will be easier…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    Just make the console look sexy as to where when I have company over the first thing they realize when they see my entertainment center they notice the PS4 first.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. redwood


    #8 2 years ago
  9. stevenhiggster


    #9 2 years ago
  10. noamlol2

    @3 hardware sales don’t mean shit
    when your hardware is utter shit

    nintendo is nothing but a gimicky company

    last gen it was motion controls

    now it’s just a big ass tablet controller with crappy games to chose from

    admit it dude, without the 3DS the nintendo brand would have failed

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Bruno

    @#5 That’s because they’re all busy buying all the WiiUs over there…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. fps_d0minat0r

    @1,3 and 4
    according to vgchartz, both are on 77.4m units.
    The fact that xbox has a 1 year lead, a lot of xbox’s died at the beginning and were repurchasd, and that the PS3 has always been the most expensive console, to me, means that the PS must be more popular.
    By the time this gen really ends (when all 3 systems are discontinued and no longer in production), I wouldnt be surprised if the PS3 tops the wii.
    The wii is pretty much finished and nintendo have bought the wii u to its knees while in the same time the PS3 is still going strong and soon will release ‘the best game of this generation’ (the last of us).
    What makes you think sony isnt still king?

    #12 2 years ago

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