Yoshida talks all things PlayStation 4

Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida discusses The Last Guardian, 4K and 3D support, and unlikelihood of PS Vita price drop.

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NEW YORK CITY--Today during a roundtable session with media, Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida fielded questions about a range of topics concerning the just-announced PlayStation 4 and the growing PlayStation ecosystem.

During the hour-long talk, Yoshida opened up on a range of topics, including why Sony decided not to show the PS4 hardware during its announcement last night, the rumors of the PS4 blocking used games, why 3D is no longer a focus for the company, and the status of The Last Guardian, among other things.

Check out Yoshida's comments on a host of topics below.

On possibility of PS4 blocking used games

When you purchase the disc-based games on PS4, it should work on any hardware. So that's what I'm saying.

On whether or not the PS Vita price cut in Japan will become effective worldwide

No, it's not. It's a region-by-region-based decision. Always.

On activation codes for secondhand PS4 titles

It's a publisher decision. We are not talking about it. Sorry.

On Sony's decision not to show PS4 hardware during the announcement

I'm sorry we did not show the hardware. But we have plans from now--in February--through the year for the launch. We like to disclose things based on what we think we really want to communicate first. And next time we will talk about these things.

On 3D support for PS4

No, it's not a focus, but it does [support 3D]. More games will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second, so it's an easier and better experience when you watch on 3D TV. We like what we can do on PS3 using 3D, but now the consumer electronics side [of Sony Corp.] has shifted focus from 3D TV to something else, so if they are not talking about it, why are we?

On 4K support for PS4

The official answer is the PS4 supports 4K output, but does for personal content like photos and videos, not games. PS4 games do not work on 4K.

On support for legacy platforms now that the PS4 has been announced

So we have Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls coming out this year; these are pretty big titles. And after that we haven't announced any new software for PS3.

On the possibility of bringing PS3 titles to PS4

It's an interesting concept. We've been upgrading PS2 games to PS3 with better resolution and better frame rate. And people love it. So I think at some point it makes sense and it's great for developers to be able to develop some things that they missed or couldn't get working properly on the older hardware because of the performance to be able to make it better for newer hardware. So we are open to look at that.

On Gaikai integration for PS4 launch titles

So we are saying virtually every PS4 game will be playable on PS Vita via Remote Play. I would be heartbroken if it doesn't day one. On day one, my expectation is that we have to have all games work on PS Vita.

On whether or not Sony would acquire Quantic Dream

We don't look at developers in the world who are making great games for some other publisher and say, 'We have to acquire them." We never do that. The way we acquire developers, when we do, is the natural evolution of the relationship that develops. When it makes sense, we sign a deal. In terms of Quantic, we worked with them on Heavy Rain, and we are working with them on Beyond: Two Souls, and they are showing something very interesting on PS4. So we are definitely developing that stronger relations and we love them as well.

On possibility of PlayStation App store

Personally, I would like to see that. Our PlayStation Mobile is really targeting to do that so smaller developers can really publish from the countries we support. But on the console side, for the PS3 and PS Vita, we still treat publishing like our disc-based model in terms of certification, approval, quality assurance. So we are discussing internally how we can make it a bit more open or a bit easier especially for smaller developers to publish. Because we totally believe in the importance of supporting these smaller developers because they provide really unique and interesting ideas to the platforms.

On what the PlayStation 4 Eye Camera is capable of

The PS4 Eye has two HD cameras, and these two cameras can be used in several different ways. One way is to use it for triangulation, so that space in front of the camera can be measured so that when you do this [motions with his hands] the game knows you are doing this. The other way is to make the augmented reality games like Wonderbook, using one camera for the video streaming, the other camera to…optimize for that task.

"We totally believe in the importance of supporting these smaller developers because they provide really unique and interesting ideas to the platforms."

On whether or not the PS4 will be region-locked

I know the answer, but I don't want to be quoted and get a call from my PR guy saying, 'What did you say?'

On whether or not PSN will remain free for PS4

We totally believe that we want to provide more functionality and more services and more content on the network. And so we are looking at how we are going to structure that. And we are not ready to talk about that.

On possibility of backward compatibility for PS3 discs

No. You can quote me on that.

On whether or not the PS4 will make another appearance before E3

[Looks at PR rep] I hope not (laughs).

On whether or not The Last Guardian is still a PS3 game

I’m not ready to talk about it. Sorry. Because we've broken promises [before], we are waiting for the right time to reintroduce The Last Guardian.

On status of Rockstar's Agent and Square Enix's Final Fantasy Versus

You are asking the wrong person. I have some knowledge, but I'm not in a position to talk about it.

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Discussion

1435 comments
drod0756
drod0756

This has to be one of the worst interviews I have ever read. He barely answers a single question upfront, everything has a maybe, i dont know, wrong person, or cant say attached to it. What is it with these developers not knowing anything about their own systems. Seems like this generation is being rushed and pushed out the door faster than intended.

MindMash
MindMash

PS4 can play ps3 game,can't it ?

rann89
rann89

"When you purchase the disc-based games on PS4, it should work on any hardware. So that's what I'm saying." --- The way he says "so that's what I'm saying", makes me wonder if he's purposely leaving a detail out; like that CDs will work on any console, but that you'll need to sign in to your name on that console to play that CD.


"I know the answer, but I don't want to be quoted and get a call from my PR guy saying, 'What did you say?'" ---  In other words, yes, it is, and he doesn't want to start a PR nightmare by giving people a reason to get mad.

"We totally believe that we want to provide more functionality and more services and more content on the network. And so we are looking at how we are going to structure that. And we are not ready to talk about that." --- They want to charge, but they're trying to figure how much they can get away with.

Other than that, the guy seems like a douchebag. "They're not talking about it, so why are we?" wtf? Seriously?

neoand12
neoand12

"On status of Rockstar's Agent and Square Enix's Final Fantasy Versus

You are asking the wrong person. I have some knowledge, but I'm not in a position to talk about it."


Man...I want Versus to be on PS3 and PS4 so bad. I just want the game period...

csward
csward

On whether or not the PS Vita price cut in Japan will become effective worldwide

No, it's not. It's a region-by-region-based decision. Always.

Translation: It's selling too well outside of Japan to initiate a price cut. I'm not sure why though, given its poor library (imho).

csward
csward

"We've been upgrading PS2 games to PS3 with better resolution and better frame rate."

Wow, Sony is finally going to do what emulators have been doing since, well, they came out. 'Bout time.

snake3rules
snake3rules

Did they say if it will play blurays? I would imagine so, but I haven't seen any specific mention of it.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

For all the people that have bought 3D tvs and care Sony I say ******* to you right now.

Viridianzealot
Viridianzealot

No backwards compatibility? Again? Not even the PSN titles? WTF Sony? I love the PS4 but... WTF Sony?

blooodravens
blooodravens

not backwards compatible!? I don't want to run 2 consoles Sony....


Godly_Cure
Godly_Cure

I'm glad they aren't focusing on 3D but I hope PSN stays free.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

I'm so glad Sony finally admitted 3D is crap and not the future. Phew. 

"I have some knowledge, but I'm not in a position to talk about it." 

I want to be this guy's best friend for a day to get all this info out of him. =(

ccusick
ccusick

They may be fighting the last war.  Human nature... 

((Let's check everybody's shoes.  Then a guy hides a bomb in his underwear...))

I'm not saying they won't make other mistakes.  I'm just guessing as they seem determined not to make the *same mistake*.   And, to be clear, I'm guessing.  But I watched/lived/ the product cycle pretty closely.   So it's an informed guess. 


cjc


supermarioooooo
supermarioooooo

i love sony and playstation family. cuz its not only a gaming machine its media center.

they suppoert phisical game copies which is so important for me. they support small developers. they still add an AV OUTPUT  in ps4. cuz sony knows not everyone have money to buy hd tv to their home. and playstation family always have same electricty and av input. you can still use your ps1 cables on your ps3. 

if you have any usb just plug it and copy somethings inside or watch your movies. u cannot do it on your wii


AS İ SAY İ LOVE SONY WHAT ARE THEY DOİNG WİTH PLAYSTATİON. 

Sword403
Sword403

It is actually not a good strategy to buy the new system on day one. There isn't a system out there that didn't had faults on day one including smart phones!!! And there won't be good bundles with the system. Not to mention the initial high price and your friends who can't own one yet. So why complaining? The PS3 has at least a good 3 years ahead. We still got good games coming out which are mentioned in the comments around here. I think the best time to get a PS4 would be next holidays i.e 2014 and after it has proven its worth. So stop hating & stop ranting. We still have time to judge and decied and thats a lot of time.

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

so the last guardian is not coming this gen...no backwards compatibility...PSN may not be free anymore....and dude has a smart-ass attitude.  those are the points that stuck out the most for me.

Dice2119
Dice2119

I hope The server's for the ps3 stay on so i can transfer my Future (Platinum's)

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

I'm done with Consoles this Gen! the quality is not equal with PC and the Cost is too high, so why not moving on to PC! Also It was too soon to let the PS3 go! when they can  make games like Uncharted 3 with PS3 It means they still can make some really nice games with It, now all of the good titles have moved to PS4 and they've simply just forgot about PS3! force us to buy a new console....

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

I love the new controller and I'm sure the form factor of the console will be pleasing... I'm buying an extended warranty though when I get the PS4. The industry needs to be brave and have the guts to tell MicroBRIBE to go to hell. XBROKE has destroyed the console scene so I hope PS4 isn't hampered even more than PS3. 

GTA-Like_Fan
GTA-Like_Fan

@MindMash Probably not, they decided that compatibility wasnt a lucrative idea for the PS3, I guess they'll go the same way for the PS4. At some point they'll let you buy downloadable PS3 games on your PS4 but I doubt the PS4 will play PS3 discs

TheThoughtless1
TheThoughtless1

@csward I doubt that's the case, it's a well known fact that handhelds sell better in japan (much better). Though the price drop could be related to the massive numbers the 3DS is putting up over there, this price drop should make it more competitive in that market. 

GTA-Like_Fan
GTA-Like_Fan

@DeViLzzz You forget that 3D doesnt depend on Sony but on game producers, why would Sony focus on 3D if most producers wont touch it ?

You will still get the big brand games in 3D cause you know at this level of production cost making it in 3D is a small step.

TheThoughtless1
TheThoughtless1

@DeViLzzz There will still be 3D support, but consumer 3D hasn't exploded like everyone expected it to, so until it does Sony will probably focus on more profitable ventures. 

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@Godly_Cure As much as I don't like PSN I can't believe their online service was free at all.  They should charge something for it and for anyone thinking it is ridiculous to say that look at all that is offered with it.

xaxbxab
xaxbxab

@Ripper_TV Never was anything cool about spectroscopic 3d. when holographic 3d becomes perfect, then people will care about it. For now, we are really just ok with our regular HDTVs

Sword403
Sword403

Yeah that scare the Shi** out of me too! :)

Heavenly_King
Heavenly_King

@Dice2119 those are attached to your account, and your account will be the same, so dont worry XD

Dice2119
Dice2119

@syler4815162342  

And to make you thought worse!!! they are still coming outwith other Ps3 models and bundles!!! Thats bull

bluespire1
bluespire1

@yixingtpot I can follow u with that I didn't get a warranty for PS 3 and it failed on me 3 times The Xbox only failed me twice...

rann89
rann89

@Suikogaiden Yes, Suikogaiden, because you're really doing something spectacular that anyone cares about.

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

@Suikogaiden Rofl you must live a horribly sheltered life. Run for your life from anything that looks foreign.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@DeViLzzz @Godly_Cure What's offered? The right to play online (No I don't need to pay for that. I already pay to my ISP AND for the game, fuck you), and a PlayStation Store which costs more?


OH RIGHT, PlayStation Home. LOL.

rann89
rann89

@DeViLzzz @Godly_Cure Looking at what's offered and looking at what people want are two different things. I don't want that Playstation World crap where you run around a mall or something with an avatar. Let other people pay if they want that; all I want is to be able to hit "multiplayer" on my game and connect to the game company's servers. I'm already paying for my internet to play online.

TURBO-BURNER
TURBO-BURNER

@RAGEofSTUNTS @prototype24red  

You can Thank those 3 PSN Hackers for causing problems by getting money off other Playstation Accounts, They where the ones who shut down PSN for almost a month, I couldn't stand it

snake3rules
snake3rules

@xaxbxab @Ripper_TV I gotta say I completely disagree ... I have a 55 inch 3d tv and buying and watching animated movies alone is worth it (forget gaming and live action films which also excel quite frequently), and easily outshines the 2d counterpart, little to no visual fidelity lost, and definitely not any brightness... That's a theatre-based issue, as far as I can tell... As I said, no loss in brightness, and you can even tweak your tv settings and make it brighter if you do find issue.... All in all, it's like everything else in online forums... People who don't have the tech, or experienced it in some lame or alternate form, and choose to damn the whole idea... Im sorry but you are wrong... 3d that is done well is more immersive, enjoyable, and has quite literally little to no downside.... And on bad 3d the 2d version still exists for all to enjoy ... So what's the problem again?

devastion913
devastion913

@xaxbxab @Ripper_TV 

Not to mention the visual quality that would have been lost by trying to add 3D to everything, especially after the console has been out for 5 or so years when we are running most (if not all) titles on 30 fps or less. 3D is demanding on hardware. I'm really glad they don't care about it.

griver_heart
griver_heart

@Dice2119 @syler4815162342 They're still releasing new IPs this year for the PS3 (ni no kuni, the last of us, beyond: two souls...)

I dont get this types of comments mentioning lack of support for the PS3 =/

bluespire1
bluespire1

@Dice2119 @bluespire1 @yixingtpot Sorry to hear that Microsofts technicians are good I didn't cost me anything to repair them it ran for two years after then the second one its still running fine...

Sword403
Sword403

It failed me once and whats up with the annual online fee?!