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Yoshida Explains Lack Of Hardware At Playstation Meeting

Matt Gardner
Games consoles, PS4, Shuhei Yoshida, Sony

Yoshida Explains Lack Of Hardware At Playstation Meeting

This is fast becoming something of a trend for next-gen. Once again, we had a glimpse of the future, and all of the focus appeared to be on the controller rather than the console. Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida has responded to disappointment in that uarter, saying that really the PS4 itself is "just a console", and reiterating that what next-gen is really all about is the games, and the way in which we play them.

Speaking with Polygon, Yoshida said, “The console is just a box. The controller was very important to show because it has the share button, but the console is just a console.”

Asked if the press would finally get to see the PS4 console itself at E3 this year, Yoshida replied, “We’re still trying to decide that.”

Personally, I'm not too bothered about not seeing the console. We have the specs list, we now know what the controller looks like, and we got treated to a number of game reveals (although there were some notable franchise absences). I'd like to see Sony continue along this path and just show us more games please.

And maybe remind David Cage that gameplay is actually rather fundamentally important if you're making a game.

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gunnx  Feb. 21, 2013 at 15:57

What is looked like used to be important for sure, since it was something to show off in the living room.
Are consoles going down the line of being just "black" boxes.

Gabes  Feb. 21, 2013 at 16:58

People don't realise the controller houses all the memory, cpu and GPU and Bluray drive. The controller IS the console ;)

DivideByZero  Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:00

People used to care what consoles looked like, then the Xbox was released and people came to accept things that looked like shoe boxes into the gap under their TV.

The box above looks awesome to a geek like me though, would love that!

JonLester  Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:10

We need to know what it looks like soon IMO - at the moment, the PS4 is an amorphous blob of interlacing services that's impossible to visualise. It's really exciting, but investors and consumers alike need to see a product too.

We had the same concerns about the Wii U after its 'reveal'; yes the games are paramount, but not seeing the 'thing' itself can be problematic.

Then again, apparently the Sony president hasn't even seen the finalised PS4 design yet.

CarlPhillips  Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:22

The box above looks awesome to a geek like me though, would love that!

If I still had the old Technics Hi-Fi rack I had years ago, that dev box would fit into the unit rather snugly I feel!

JonLester  Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:25

Also loving the Wii dev kit stacked on the top. Looks like whatever studio leaked that picture liked to break up their work with a bit of Wii Sports every now and again.

Or perhaps they tried to make one UBERDEVKIT with some duct tape and hot glue. There could be a Durango dev kit sellotaped to the top of the Wii...

Last edited by JonLester, Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:27

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