Gaming industry veteran Peter Molyneux applauds Sony for their first-party development prowess, but is concerned about costs and hardware direction.
In speaking to GamesIndustry International , the Fable guru was asked if Microsoft is "constantly looking at Sony," to which Molyneux responded:
" Yes, very much so. Obsessively so. "
He then elaborated on what he perceives Sony's position to be in the market, and praised their "talented developers" while questioning the current "pressure on costs."
"Sony has always had a very strong first person line-up, which I think is incredibly smart. They've got good developers. They've got some very talented developers. The way I always feel with Sony is that if they double down on those first party developers, give them the headroom to be inventive and be creative, especially when it comes it any next generation platform, then they could pull lots of rabbits out of the hat.
What I worry about, with their corporate pressure and the pressure on costs, I worry about the ability to do that. More and more – and this is a personal thing – I just don't know where they're going in hardware terms. They had the Move, but it wasn't as early as the Wii and it wasn't as innovational as Kinect. They seem to be third in line in that race. I have expected, every single press conference for the last year, Sony to bring out this magic rabbit out from a huge hat and say, 'Aha, world. You really don't realize what's going on.' And I do worry about them."
Perhaps that rabbit will come at next year's E3 when Sony unveils the PlayStation 4. Well, at least that's what is expected. Analysts have been predicting we'd see either the PS4 or the new Xbox (or both) in 2013, and multiple pieces of evidence prove that major developers are already working on next-gen projects.
So how do you rate Molyneux's appraisal of Sony?