In a recent interview Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida spoke about whether the PS4 will have a bigger emphasis on gaming rather than other applications, like media streaming, music, films, etc.
Yoshida acknowledges that during the PS4 reveal event that Sony really did focus on the gaming aspects of the new console, but that while it is their “biggest focus” they will eventually turn their attention (and the publics) towards non-gaming apps.
We know that people like these functions, such as Netflix, and use them a lot. And especially for those people who are not the person who purchased these consoles – like family members – they tend to use these non-game functions.
So it’s not like we are no longer going to do these functions, but especially for the announcement event, we wanted to show how the game experiences will change with PS4, because that’s the biggest focus for us. Once that communication [to the public] is achieved, then probably later this year we’ll talk more about what these non-game functions [are] that we are trying to bring to PS4 as well.
It’s good to hear Sony’s “biggest focus” is the games of the PS4. They showed off some great stuff like Drive Club, Killzone, and Knack.
So long as the PS4 has the essential non-gaming apps that people have come to expect out of a console like Hulu and Netflix they’ll be fine with a small selection of non-gaming apps at launch.
Focusing on getting great software out the door is key and they’ll have plenty of time to experiment with non-gaming capabilities of the system after launch.Sony: Our 'biggest focus' is on games for PS4, not non-gaming applications,