TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, has reacted to the news that Sony is set to release the PlayStation 4 later this year.
The PlayStation 4 has:
- powerful graphics and speed
- integrated social capabilities including Facebook
- innovative second-screen features
- PlayStation Network with cloud technology
Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, said:
“There is much potential for innovation with the PS4. It is certainly great for developers. The greater integration of social functions in the console, while not entirely new, is welcome. Developers will be able foster close communities around their games, gain loyalty and benefit from word-of-mouth promotion. The Share functions and the Facebook functions of PS4 are also good for developers: gamers will use these to help publicise their games. We have seen the effects social media can have on games such as Farmville and functions such as this will undoubtedly help when it comes to maximizing revenue opportunities.
“The potential for second screens – whether via Vita, a smartphone or a tablet – is also of great importance. Having already seen this working on the Wii U and Xbox 360 via Smartglass, it is clear a second screen can enhance gameplay. It is great that people can play games on a console and then continue that brand experience when they are out and about. Crucially, there are many emerging start-up developers in the UK who have much experience in the smartphone and tablet gaming space and their talents and creativity when it comes to small-screen gaming will prove valuable in the future in the console market too.
“It was inevitable, following the purchase of Gaikai that Sony would follow a path of cloud gaming. Having older titles available to gamers will keep revenue streams open for developers and ensure a longer life for their games. Streaming of games from the cloud will encourage a greater take-up of games too – it goes beyond digital distribution because even the barrier of waiting for a download is taken away. Instant gaming and the ability to try new games without such a wait will lead to experimentation on the part of the player. They may find themselves enjoying a new genre or they may try a new game out of curiosity. Either way, developers will be in a great position.”