Videogamer.com sat down with the head of PlayStation UK (SCE UK MD) Feral Gara, and talked about the cynicism received after the press conference last week. The gaming community’s reception was generally cold in part from Sony’s decision to reveal the console’s features and not the console itself.
“[There was a] bit of cynicism over ‘we didn’t see the box’ and that kind of stuff, ‘we don’t know quite what date and quite what price’. I understand that frustration but frankly, a box is a box. Is that really the most important thing?”
“So right, it wasn’t available to show last night, it wasn’t considered appropriate to show it last night. So what? It’s much more important to see what the damn thing does. The shiniest piece of black, green or purple plastic ever, you know, whatever, so what? It’s not the most important thing.”
As the interview continued, they asked Gara why they didn’t show the hardware, and if they regret not doing so. To summarize, he said that people were going to expect more news at E3, and they have to think about gradually think about the story and to make decisions this far out.
The precise release date was an example he cited. They are working on “all sorts of production schedules and all that kind of stuff”.
He then went on to talk about what they did show at the panel, a “rich catalogue of games” and “a rich feature-set of new things that’s going to allow creators to create what gamers want.”
Finally he think’s they’re they got the message across in some of the UK markets and that they “went a long way down that road last night in whetting the appetite.”
With E3 less than four months away and the holiday season on the other end of the calendar year, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer.