PS4 is leading because Sony “listened to developers”

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Right now, the PlayStation 4 is the darling of the console world. Gamers love it, developers love it and the very vocal people on the internet love it. It’s certainly starting to look like the PS4 is going to be the lead platform this generation. Not just in game development, but in game sales too. It’s because Sony listened to developers, says Sony, patting themselves on the back.

Speaking to Gamespot, Sony’s Fergal Gara  said that “never was a truer word spoken” than when PS4 lead designer Mark Cerny said that Sony had “spent five years listening to game developers, listening to what they want from the next-generation device”.

“It is as simple as that. [PlayStation 4] is much easier to develop for, and it is performing and packing the punch that developers want,” Gara said.

“We came up with the right product at the right price, for the right core audience to get us off to a strong start. We think we’ve done that very, very well,” he said.

“But that’s not the whole job. A strong start is invaluable, but it definitely isn’t the whole job. At this stage in the PlayStation 3 life cycle versus Xbox 360, we hadn’t even launched. We were 16 months behind.

“A lot can be achieved – million of consoles can be achieved – despite a poor start, and we certainly had that the last time around.”

In somewhat related news, the UK’s ChartTrack has revealed that sales of the current top-selling game in the UK, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, that sales are quite heavily skewed towards the PlayStation 4 version of the game. They reveal that the game – which has knocked FIFA off the top spot – has sold 69% of its tally on the PS4, and a significantly lower 31% on the Xbox One.

In South Africa, of course, it’s skewed a little differently. The Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition sales are 100% on the PS4.

Last Updated: February 4, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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