Following the stumble that was Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal, where hardly any gamers were shown, in an interview at D11 Conference hosted by AllThingsD, Sony bossman Kaz Hirai reaffirmed that, unlike its main competitor, PlayStation 4 is first and foremost a games console.
“I fundamentally believe that the initial market that we need to make sure we appeal to with any new platform … is really the gaming audience,” Hirai said. “They will be the supporters of your platform and they will help propel the installed base.”
At D11, Hirai was joined by Jed York, the chief executive and owner of the San Francisco 49ers, and they talked about the fan experience Sony is helping to create for the 49ers’ new high-tech stadium in Santa Clara. He made the remarks in response to a question from moderator Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal.
Sony acknowledged the proliferation of apps for consoles, but just as the company did with PS3, apps will get more attention “after we establish the platform as a video game platform. We want to make sure that we are there for the gamers with our PS4 as well. They will go beyond this, but they’ll definitely start with gamer first.”
Hirai concluded by saying, “for us, it’s all about the gamers.”