PlayStation 4 will be bringing a lot of new experiences to the gaming industry, and the immediate feedback they receive from consumers will really help with post-launch adjustments.
According to a report from Edge on Thursday, "God of War: Ascension" lead combat designer Jason McDonald and lead game designer Mark Simon talked about the PlayStation 4.
McDonald said the development team is very excited for the PlayStation 4 and that they are looking forward to learning more about the Share button.
"Everyone’s excited about it for sure. The last hardware release was seven years ago so it’s not like this happens every couple of years – we’re ready.
"The spectating, in particular, is very new. You get a little taste of that on PC where people can just stream their games on PC – people like it so having a way to do that on a mainstream console is going to be big.
"With games like 'Ascension' people are going to get competitive and want to stream and see other people play," McDonald said.
Streaming and sharing in-game content will surely be a major aspect to the PlayStation 4 experience. Gamers have been doing that on their own for a while now, but this will be the first time the system itself supports such activities.
Simon then talked about the excitement in the studio and how they think the PlayStation 4 will definitely be pushing the social aspect more.
"Our studio is filled with gamers too so you have that buzz – we see the new games and thinking as a developer is almost secondary. You can see the possibilities but really you’re like ‘Man, I really wanna play this game.’
"I think they’re concentrating on the social aspect which is great, because we’re kind of delving into it now with [God Of War] multiplayer. We’ve found that it’s not like you develop the game and then you ask afterwards what people liked and didn’t like.
"Now it’s what’s working and what’s not working and we can fix that. So that’s the thing for the next generation hardware and PS4 that I think is exciting, that we’re embracing that and saying that that’s important and games are about having fun with one another," Simon said.
Social experiences in gaming definitely seem to be the major key for what the PlayStation 4 will be capable of.
That seems to be something gamers want as well. People want to brag and share things with their friends and now they will have a system that does just that.
PlayStation 4 is looking to revolutionize the industry with everything it brings, and so far, it has everyone's full attention.