American McGee wants new control inputs and more innovation for next-gen console
American McGee, the creator behind the Alice games and the leader of China-based developer Spicy Horse, isn't that impressed with Sony's next-generation PlayStation 4, as, while the new console looks to be more accessible and powerful, there aren't any meaningful improvements, according to McGee.Sony impressed quite a lot of fans last month when it revealed to the world the PlayStation 4, its next-generation video games console.
While the device wasn't actually showcased, plenty of games for it were presented and Sony confirmed different features, like cloud streaming and its technical specifications, which make it quite similar to a PC, prompting the applause of developers who were tired of the complex PS3.
American McGee, however, isn't that thrilled with the PlayStation 4, as he believes there wasn't any big improvement announced for the console.
"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."
McGee believes the next-generation consoles, like the PlayStation 4 or the upcoming Xbox 720, won't really be able to compete with the rising popularity trend experienced by mobile and online games.
What's more, the designer also highlights new control inputs like the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
"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," he said.
"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."
American McGee's next big project is Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, a free-to-play title that will appear on PC and mobile devices.