David Cage keen on PS4 Share button’s “water cooler effect”

Monday, 6 May 2013 01:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Quantic Dream is famous for packing plot twists into its narrative-driven games, but CEO David Cage isn’t worried about spoilers.

Speaking to Kotaku, Cage said he’s not at all “scared” of the PS4’s Share feature, because it will help foster the kind of buzz which benefits Quantic Dream’s games.

“We want that ‘water cooler effect’. We had it on Heavy Rain. People talked about it, and they said, ‘I did this. What did you do?’” he said.

“The only difference is that now they will be able to capture and share it with their friends. That’s fine. People bought the game. They are free to enjoy it the way they want.”

Cage did recommend that players try games on their own first before “going back and talking too much to other people”.

“Just keep the experience unique,” he said.

The famed designer had more to say on the PS4, declining to discuss the studio’s new project but giving some thoughts on the new console in general.

“What’s certain is, yes, everything is open today. Everything is connected. There’s a new controller. We need to look at this new controller’s functionality and adapt gameplay to it. But we also need to see these new connectivities. We need to find a way to embrace, not only the available technologies, but also the new habits of players. Yeah, we’re thinking a lot about it right now,” he said.

“One of the features of the PlayStation 4 controller is the touchpad, for instance. These new features are very interesting to us because we think that we would like to bring casual gamers or occasional gamers or even people who don’t play at all to the medium.

“I think we can only do that through what I would say are non-conventional gaming paradigms. The controller has always been to a certain extent a barrier to those non-gamers to jump into the gaming space. We’ve seen more and more people embracing gaming through those mobile devices. That’s something else that we’re watching very, very carefully. We’ll see in the future what this means.”

In the past, Cage has described the PS4 as “the PC of the next year“. Its secret PS4 project has inspired technical advances in its next release – Beyond: Two Souls, which is due exclusively on PlayStation 3 in October.