At the kickoff of Tokyo Game Show 2013 Sony held a keynote speech where the company’s big-wigs re-iterated their vision for next gen and how the PlayStation brand as a whole aims to entertain gamers in the future. We also get to see the President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios flick Knack off his phone into a game.
Andrew House talked about how the PlayStation brand recognizes the emergence of tablet/smartphone gaming as well as free to play model. He also said hardcore gamers can’t be viewed as a niche market any longer and underlined this statement by pointing at the massive sales GTA V produced on day one.
He continued that the game industry will continue to look more like Hollywood. The quality and scale of games will continue to rise while still offering room for experimental smaller scale experiences (indies). Sony aims to sell five million PS4 units at the end of 2014 by providing a user experience based on five core concepts
Being able to start playing games while the title is still downloading, using the PlayStation Eye for easy voice-, facial recognition and the share features are all derived from these values.
Shuhei Yoshida showcased how the new PlayStation app on your smartphone will work; providing updates, information on your friends’ activities and achievements are viewing their shared content. He also explained how smartphone/devices and tablets when connected to the PS4 become controllers, which he demonstrated by drawing Knack on his smartphone and easily sending it to the PS4 game Playroom.
During this years Gamescom gamers worldwide got a sneak peek at remote play on the Vita. At TGS Yoshida uses the recently announced PS Vita Tv to stream Knack via remote play. He did adress that when using remote play variables such as bandwidth and lantency should be considered, but he doesn’t foresee any problems when both the PS4 and the Vita are connected to the same home network.