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PS4 Creator Wants to Bring Mobile Gamers to Consoles

Brendan Griffiths
Mark Cerny, Mobile gaming, PS4

PS4 Creator Wants to Bring Mobile Gamers to Consoles

Lead architect of the PlayStation 4 Mark Cerny, has been chatting about bridging the gap between the billions of people playing games on mobile devices and those playing on consoles. In an interview with MCV he said:

"I look at the world and I see two billion people enjoying games on a smartphone, and then a few hundred thousand on a console. Wouldn't it be nice if we could bring that larger audience into consoles?"

As well as designing the PS4, Cerny has also been at the helm of one of the upcoming launch titles, Knack. Understandably, he's keen to emphasise how his own game could be a great "on-ramp" to people coming onto consoles from mobile gaming:

"There is a skill gap between light or beginner players versus those who play triple-A console games. I want to build an on-ramp that looks like a 'console game.' Knack is a story driven adventure. It has gameplay which, when you turn it up to hard, satisfies hardcore gamers. but at the same time on easy it can be enjoyed by my eight-year-old nephew who doesn't play console games."

Hopefully the plans to satisfy the hardcore don't just mean giving players less health and more health to Knack's enemies, which is usually the case between difficulty settings on well, every game ever. Admittedly, Cerny has a strong history of helping to create mega-franchises like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and the first Uncharted game, so he definitely has form and industry clout. But will Knack be able to get people more used to basic touchscreen interfaces to make the transition through the intimidating prospect of a DualShock 4 control pad?

Matt got his hands on Knack a few weeks ago, head on over and have a read of his experience here.

Add a comment5 comments
GribbleGrunger  Jul. 21, 2013 at 12:54

A disaster genius with "proven" track records ROFL. New superior disaster in the making......target acquired ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). OMG HAIL HIM!

Korma  Jul. 21, 2013 at 13:34

"I look at the world and I see two billion people enjoying hamburgers in fast food joints, and then a few hundred thousand in a restaurant. Wouldn't it be nice if we could bring that larger audience into restaurants?"

People out and about want fast food because it's a convenience, not because it's the best eating experience. People who want a higher quality experience can take more time and get fully rounded multi-course meals with side-dishes and dessert.

Quietus  Jul. 21, 2013 at 16:58

I see another reply of mine has been gobbled by Dealspwn.:(

I was saying that unless I'm very much mistaken, gaming is still an industry with millions upon millions of consumers, so his argument about hundereds of thousands is waaay out.

Anarchist  Jul. 21, 2013 at 22:51

The whole disappearing posts thing is getting a bit silly now :(. I've had about four of mine disappear in the last week. It's getting to the point where I can't be bothered posting as its very likely a waste of time.

I think korma hit the nail on the head. Look at the reasons people game on smartphones - it isn't because the games are 'easy'. It's because it's convenient. They have the phone anyway. It's always in their pocket. It takes a second to fire it up, it goes with them, anywhere, everywhere. The games are cheap and easily accessible,

Making an easy game doesn't mean two billion extra players will suddenly buy a PS4 just to play it.

ovaldezl  Jul. 22, 2013 at 06:13

Funny fact, he helped to foundation of Naughty Dog, don´t haven´t seen a disaster there, Additionally he only worked in software at all those companies he never made the business decisions for them. The sole comment is completely out of context and seriously it is nothing but needless slander. If you like the other consoles just go buy them and period.

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