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Why PS4 will alter the gaming landscape: Cerny speaks

Friday, 12 July 2013 14:45 GMT By Dave Owen

PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny tells Dave Owen why he feels Sony’s next-gen console will fundamentally alter the gaming landscape at launch.

Mark Cerny & PS4

The architect of PlayStation 4, Mark Cerny has proved instrumental in crafting Sony’s next-gen console, and has consulted developers to gauge what they wanted from it.

Cerny recently discussed his career history and the creation of PS4 at the GameLab conference in Barcelona. Watch his full ‘Road to PS4′ presentation here.

During the Develop 2013 conference this week, Cerny discussed his latest game project Knack, and the PS4 tech powering it. Watch the session here.

Here’s a new video called “20 things you didn’t know about PS4′, it’s full of console insight and facts.

There are few figures in games development with a history as closely tied to PlayStation as Mark Cerny. Amongst a wealth of achievements he’s played vital roles in introducing us to Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Jak & Daxter, and Nathan Drake.

It was wonderfully fitting that his new game – Knack – was the first PlayStation 4 title we ever set eyes upon. This followed his introduction as lead architect on the console. As Sony aims to bring us a golden age of gaming, there are few more qualified to lead the way.

The console’s genesis is well-known by now. In 2008 Sony began asking developers what they wanted from the next PlayStation. Cerny told me at a Sony event, “For hardware architecture we focused on the current business partners of the company. We went through the top 20-40 games and spoke to those teams.

“We didn’t stop there. We kept going on and having conversations as we developed the system software and the like. So what that means is, starting last year when dev kits became available, those conversations expanded to essentially everyone making games in the industry.”

‘Everyone’ is not an exaggeration. The PS4’s keyword is accessibility. Sony wants the system to welcome gamers and developers of every shape and size. Most prominent has been the push to entice indie developers, an approach that came too late to really impact on hardware development.

“The hardware is based on custom chips that have a tremendously long lead time,” says Cerny. “So when we were discussing with developers what these custom chips [should be] it was 2008-9 – we didn’t have the indie phenomenon you see today. So the integration of the indie community on a technology level is really recent.”


Jonathan Blow’s The Witness underlines Sony’s strong indie approach.

Fortunately the hardware’s focus on accessibility and familiarity made it easy to incorporate indies. Cerny always aimed to nurture creativity at any level. “We wanted the focus to be on the games that the creative directors wanted to make, rather than the minutiae of the hardware. That’s universal,” says Cerny. “That’s true whether you’re talking Destiny with their 400-strong team or you’re talking one guy doing everything. They want to focus on the creative vision.

“At the same time we have to balance that out with a rich feature set that they can use in the later years of the hardware. The hardware has to grow over time. That’s why I refer to it as a super-charged PC architecture – there’s more in it than what you find in a PC.

“There are all these customisations, such as what we did to the GPU and other parts of the system to ensure that they would really be these systems that programmers could dig into in year three or four of the console life-cycle.”

The move toward PC-like architecture has caused some to declare the redundancy of home consoles. Cerny sees some key differences that set consoles apart from PC gaming. “The developers really have a chance to study that architecture because it doesn’t change for many years,” he says. “They can learn its secrets and get progressively better performance out of it.

“Consoles also provide a stable platform. This is really important because some developers need five years to create a game. The fact that during that five year period the target hardware doesn’t change really allows them to bring titles to the world that couldn’t exist otherwise.”

Long development cycles produce new problems however, namely huge budgets that have created a risk-averse market in danger of smothering variety. Cerny looks to indie games, at the other end of the spectrum, as the answer.

“I look at this historically,” he said. “PlayStation 1 was a really magical time because we had a tremendous variety of software. Really good games were made by just a few people for just a few hundred thousand dollars. So we had titles like PaRappa the Rapper at retail and it was really embraced by the game playing public.”


Incoming release Proteus shows Sony is serious about the PC indie scene.

The power boost of subsequent PlayStation models amplified the scope of games, which left us with the swollen teams and budgets we see today. Cerny identifies a positive in this: a large team forces people into narrow roles where they might not be satisfied for long.

He explained, “So we’re seeing a lot of people who want to contribute more broadly and deeply who are joining small teams. There are also small teams coming from PC. As a result we’re now getting that variety of titles. Due to the very accessible nature of PS4 they’re coming to the console and they act to balance out [triple-A games]. Variety of experience is key to PlayStation 4. I think we’re going to see an incredible variety on PS4.”

Once on board, indie games will have to compete for exposure against big franchises with big marketing budgets. Cerny is keen to stress that Sony will support these games on the business end by ensuring high visibility on the PlayStation Store.

Yet Cerny believes that support from the PS4 community will be of greater importance. Some have sniffed at the console’s social aspects and Share button, but, as Cerny explains, the implications for indie games could be huge. “The community is able to elevate the visibility of titles they find compelling,” he explained.

“So if you like The Witness you can post a video or say something in a feed. If you’re not sure about a game and see a friend playing it, there’s a headphone jack on the controller and you can call them up to get their opinion.”

It sounds like Cerny envisions a potted version of how indie games gain exposure now through social media. “The games community will not need someone outside to tell them what to play. They’ll figure it out amongst themselves.” The hope is that as more players support a wider variety of games, more developers will want to get involved.


DualShock 4 is more than just a controller. Its functions are vast.

The PS4 is not just about bringing more developers to the party. Alongside new experiences, Cerny wants brand new audiences.

“I started playing games in the era of the Atari 2600 – there was one button on the controller. The Dual Shock 4 has sixteen buttons, and triple-A games will use most of them. It’s not an issue for you or me because we had decades to adjust to the growing complexity of games.” For those whose only gaming experience is on a phone or tablet – particularly children – this can be a serious barrier to entry.

He continued, “I see this very large gulf between the skill-set of what those people are familiar with and what is required to play a triple-A game.” Cerny believes that PS4 can bridge that gap. This is one reason for the inclusion of a touchpad on the Dual Shock 4. “It’s a natural way to input. It’s also a way to bring someone [used to phones and tablets] into the console world.”

This philosophy extends to Cerny’s own PS4 game, Knack. On a harder difficulty it’ll provide a stiff challenge. Easy mode will accommodate console beginners. “It provides an on-ramp so that they can play a console game – very much a console game, a story-driven action/adventure – but in a manageable way.”

It is this spirit of accessibility and inclusion that Cerny believes will make PS4 the best gaming experience possible. He concluded, “We have the opportunity with PlayStation 4 to fundamentally alter the landscape of gaming. We can have the highest richness and variety of content.

“It really will be a renaissance of gaming.”

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32 Comments

  1. Animeboy413

    Wow, PS4 sounds so amazing

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Zensi

    To be honest .. This sounds like what the ps3 should have been… No “next gen” features to blow anyone away here …

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SlayerGT

    Wish this was a video..I’ll just have to do Cerny’s voice in my head whilst reading :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Tavarish

    How I have not missed all this BS marketing that comes with console generation change. So much fluff in all of that.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. tracyis300

    A guy that works under sony talking about how great the new console is going to be and how it benifits the industry. Ill belive all that when sony shows off a live demo of how there online interface works and how it games.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. hitnrun

    @4: Amen. I’m pretty sure I’m buying a PS4 but it’s hard not to hear “advanced Cell architecture” and “blast processing” in the back of your head and giggle a little when you read this stuff.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. koopa

    :)Ill be getting both, even thou PC is awesome; i don’t have the money or time to be keep upgrading or maintaining my current PC. Plus, I’m tired of breaking my back, fingers and being so close to the screen. I want to lay back, bone my wife and play games or movies and dab oil. The only thing I play on PC is Flight Simulator, exclusives are next to gone. I’m getting old(25)and I cant afford to be waiting my time. Quick fast easy

    #7 2 years ago
  8. KAP

    PS4 sounds incredible. I’m so excited by this truly awesome console.

    Getting one after this…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    @2:

    +1

    #9 2 years ago
  10. illuminatusv

    @5:

    +1

    #10 2 years ago
  11. super3001

    2

    +1

    sony is standing still and somehow proud of it.

    jealous sony sheep saw xone forward facing features and complained to get removed.

    ps3.5 is outdated piece of shit. sony has no vision

    #11 2 years ago
  12. broomburgo

    @4 BS marketing?

    If you didn’t, watch this video

    http://www.vg247.com/2013/06/27/road-to-the-ps4″-watch-mark-cernys-gamelab-talk-here/

    in which Cerny explains how things have actually changed in Sony from PS3 to PS4 (hint: PS3 was a hardware searching for a software, PS4 is the other way around)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ps3fanboy

    @1

    +1

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Lengendaryboss

    Filled to the brim with Xbox/PlayStation Fanboys/Trolls/Elitists/Defenders.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. xxJPRACERxx

    I don’t want to pay $400 to have gfx like it’s shown here. I think I still have a 486 in my closet.

    Games is what’s important. Launch games are much better on the Xbox One, that’s why I pre-ordered one instead of the PS4.

    I’ll get a PS4 in 2014-2015.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. sebastien rivas

    Fanboys @ war, Beware everyone ….

    #16 2 years ago
  17. stealth

    Big talk. From the games I have seen that isnt true

    ““We can have the highest richness and variety of content.” Other than tendo maybe

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Djoenz

    @15
    You are still a dumbass if you preorder either one.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. lexph3re

    I guess things just won’t change for how people can’t let go. I’m looking forward to a game console that multitask GAMING correctly. The suspend mode is a great feature that I felt psvita does so well. I am excited for next gen because regardless what people think last gen “should have been” This tech is still miles ahead of anything that this gen is doing.

    @15 you know that exclusives wise only 5 games are releasing on xbone in it’s launch window. That’s Killer Instict, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5,lococycle and Ryse Son of Rome.

    PS4 has 5 being Shadow Fall, Knack, DriveClub, War Frame and DcUO. 2 of which are free out the box to play.

    If you measure the titles together with 3rd party I’m not seeing how PS4 doesn’t have any good launch games. Because those are some really good looking games.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. xxJPRACERxx

    @18 Ok, I’m a dumbass because I want to play some games… There’s a lot of dumbasses here then, you included!

    @19 I mainly want Forza 5. I’m more of a GT guy but Forza is really good too and what they’ve shown at e3 was great. I really liked what I saw of Dead Rising and Ryse too. Then later there’s Titanfall.

    I don’t like Killzone and DriveClub is not my style. I don’t care about the other games. But I really do like inFamous so I’ll get my PS4 with it.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ps3fanboy

    @14 Lengendaryboss, you hot topic poser poster. your filled to the brim with your own hypocrite.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Lengendaryboss

    @DJ
    Context would help here instead of blasting off attacks.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Lengendaryboss

    @PS3fanboy
    King hypocrite calls me a hypocrite: the irony and hypocrisy at the same time.

    Edit: Also “own hypocrisy” Good grief even other fanboys aren’t this bad with their language and punctuation.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DarkElfa

    A console architect talking about how great and game changing his console is is like some guy talking about how amazing he is in bed.

    “You won’t believe how good I am at sex babes, my cock is so huge….”

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Sang2

    I trust Cerny, he has bags under his eyes. No person is that dedicated in the industry anymore. He also has a huge backlog of experience and a wonderful voice. I trust in PlayStation and waiting for Gamescom to see what are the other 15 exclusives they are gonna reveal.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. backup

    it already did
    killed PC and X1 at the same time before console is even released lol

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Malmer

    Alter the gaming landscape? It’s a new graphics card and a touchpad. Don’t see much innovation.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Reddpayn

    The games are the ones which matter not the gimmicks. Whit better specs developers can create new innovations and better gameplay experiences and they dont have to worry about lack of power

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Drewidian

    Nothing personal, but what’s new about the PS4 from the PS3? I get the whole “it will be easier for developers to port/develop games”, but what NEW experiences will we see? Can someone give me some examples of some new experiences we will see on the PS4? Personally I’ll believe it when I see it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Touchpad control for Angry Birds?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. OrbitMonkey

    Who are these strange people asking for “new experiences”?

    Their games consoles. Designed to play games. Better graphics & smoother animation, that’ll be your *new experience*.

    Its when console makers forget this, that things go awry.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Rockin a Jack D

    Why PS4 will alter the gaming landscape

    No. That would be the PC!

    The Sony PR bullshiter is in full force…

    #32 2 years ago

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  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

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  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

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  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

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  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

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  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

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  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

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  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

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  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

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  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

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  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

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  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

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  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

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  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

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  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

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  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

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  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

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  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

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  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

    Heists got a date! Come play GTA Online with us to celebrate. We’re playing GTA Online on PS4 tonight with whoever else fancies it. That means you. This week’s playlist is Happy for Heists, because we kind of are. The six jobs involved will last about 45 minutes. Anyone can turn up. Here’s how. We’ll […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

    Batman: Arkham Knight has a new trailer available that gives us a peek into Scarecrow’s plan to unite all villains against Batman. The trailer below has a different tone to the ones showing Arkham Knight. Instead, we get a look at Scarecrow’s team of super-villains including new footage of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. There […]

  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]

  • Destiny: how to make sure Crota stays down for longer

    If you’re familiar with the final encounter of the Crota’s End raid, then you know every second Crota is immobilised counts. Arekkz Gaming has a handy tip for anyone who’s played Crota’s End or anyone attempting it. The trick is simple to execute and will ensure Crota stays on his knees for longer, making for […]

  • NBA Live 15 added to EA Access just four months after release

    EA has added NBA Live 15 to the list of games available instantly to anyone with an EA Access subscription. NBA Live 15 has been added to EA Access’ Vault, EA has announced. As of today, anyone with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One can play it alongside other available games. NBA Live 15 […]

  • Deal: get Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One bundle + extra game for £299

    UK retailer GAME is offering a good deal on the Advanced Warfare Limited Edition 1TB Xbox One bundle and is throwing in an extra game. The retailer has reduced the price of the bundle to £299, which is the usual price for the standalone console. The bundle is of course Advanced Warfare-themed. The console and […]

  • That Metal Gear Rising 2 logo was for the second anniversary of the original

    Metal Gear Rising developer Platinum Games has confirmed, once and for all, that the “2″ logo we saw during Sony’s presentation at Taipei Game Show was definitely not for a sequel. Platinum posted this on Twitter earlier. デザイナーの趙&ニシイから、『MGR』2周年記念イラスト! ディレクターの齋藤( @PG_saito )が、開発スタッフブログでご紹介しています↓↓ http://t.co/IW1aOxAZQR #mgr pic.twitter.com/ZbNF3Jk1tF — PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) February 25, 2015 The illustrations were made by artist Yong-Hee […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 is formulaic and I’m okay with that

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  • Battlefield 4: double XP event live now through Sunday

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  • BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Rayman Legends free with March Games with Gold

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  • Telltale’s new IP will be a “super show”, bridges the gap between TV and game

    Telltale’s upcoming mysterious new IP will be produced in collaboration with Lionsgate and will be a hybrid game and TV show. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner to understand what’s a super show. “A “Super Show” episode combines one part of interactive playable content with one part of scripted television style content,” said […]

  • Next Mortal Kombat X stream to show Brutalities, new character

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  • PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 does not support offline co-op [Update]

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  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed, Sleeping Dogs, Thief, and more

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  • Snake looks very bloody in new MGS 5: The Phantom Pain shots

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  • Lethal Weapons: Battlefield Hardline and the buddy cop movie

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  • Mother 4 gets first gameplay trailer

    Mother 4 is probably never going to happen, but this unofficial fan version looks pretty special. The Mother series is probably best known to western gamers as Earthbound, which is called Mother 2 in Japan. Neither of the other two games have been officially localised, and thanks to its (numerically!) limited impact in the west, […]

  • Long lost Sonic X-treme demo now playable

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