"We set our target at 10 times the PlayStation 3's performance, because that's what we felt we needed to achieve in order to differentiate the titles," Cerny said.
"When I did pitches to developers about the hardware, I talked about what I call the Akihabara test. Akihabara is an electronics district in Tokyo, it's just full of stores where you can buy just about anything you plug into a wall socket.”
“I knew that at some point, there'd be out on the sidewalk a PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and they might even be showing the same game, and the PlayStation 4 had to be powerful enough that when people walked by, they had to look at the PlayStation 4 and say, 'Wow, I have to have that.'
Cerny said he believes that the PS4 achieved that level of performance.
"I mean, the million pre-orders we have is, I think, speaking to that,” Cerny said.
The PlayStation 4 drops in North America on Nov. 15 and in Europe, the UK and Australia on Nov. 29.