Developer American McGee says ‘meh’ to PlayStation 4


The PlayStation 4 strives to be a next-gen console that focuses on being developer-friendly. With the announcement of its release, Alice developer American McGee has said that he isn’t excited about the PS4 and thinks that it will have a hard time competing against the mobile and online games. It looks like the DualShock 4’s touch pad isn’t enough to wow this developer too.

“I was hoping for innovation in control input. Didn’t see anything meaningful, so ‘meh,'” he told Forbes.

“It’s nice that they’re moving towards what looks like more developer-friendly hardware and indie friendly distribution. Remains to be seen if the appearance matches reality. Overall, I think this generation of consoles will struggle painfully against the momentum of mobile/online games we’re seeing globally.”

McGee says that the interface of a gaming platform is the most important thing when it comes to what people want. He considers the convenience of mobile gaming and the immersion of the Oculus Rift a game changer.

“Ultimately, people are going to choose based on power, size and convenience – and I think we’re going to see devices emerging which change their form, function and interface depending on where or for what they’re being used. More than anything it’s interface that’s going to drive the most significant change – things like Oculus Rift will radically change people’s demands and expectations – that’s where the real revolution is going to start.”

“Nothing will be able to compete with full immersion and seamless interface being powered by a processor stack in your pocket.”

I can’t deny that I’d like to be immersed in a world using the Oculus Rift, but I think it’s going to need a nice price point for consumers to gobble it all up. But will the rise of mobile gaming and a new tech really be enough to kill next-gen consoles?

A lot of gamers have been ripping the launch for EA’s SimCity and Blizzard’s Diablo III. McGee defends both companies and tells us that we shouldn’t be too angry, comparing a gamer’s fury to World War III.

“Do gamers or the media think EA or Blizzard wanted things to go so badly at launch? Do they think all the screaming and gnashing of teeth actually helped resolve those issues more quickly?”

“There’s got to be a balance to the relationship. Just because you’ve given a restaurant your business doesn’t entitle you to throwing molten cheese fries in your waiter’s face if your margarita comes out frozen instead of on the rocks. People need to relax a little and stop turning everything into World War III – Gamers vs. The Man. There are no winners in that scenario.”

The restaurant comparison isn’t really fair. When your drinks or food come out differently, you usually can get a refund or have the cook prepare you another meal. Also, you’re not waiting years to try out a restaurant’s main entree compared to let’s say waiting to play a triple A game.

On the bright side, American McGee’s developing studio, Spicy Horse, has succeeded in their Kickstarter campaign for Akaneiro, a free-to-play game.

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