PlayStation 4’s quality surprised even David Cage

French website Jeuxvideo just published a video interview with some of the most prominent figures that worked and are still working on PlayStation 4: Mark Cerny, Lead Architect (and Designer of Knack); Tetsuo Sumii, who was responsible for the visual design of the hardware; Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment; David Cage, founder of Quantic Dream, which isn’t owned by Sony but still has a strong relationship with the firm, as proven by exclusives such as Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.

Cage’s statement was the most interesting of the bunch, as he openly admitted to have been surprised by the rendering quality enabled by PlayStation 4.

The Playstation 4 is a machine on which we’ve been working for a little more than a year now, at Quantic. Honestly, the machine surprised us. We obviously knew that it would be much more powerful than a Playstation 3, that we were going to be able to do things that were impossible before…
But now, really, the machine – on a first attempt, on this Dark Sorcerer demo – on which we worked quickly – gave us a level of quality that we didn’t expect. See, it’s a truly HD picture, it’s truly anti-aliasing, a picture that’s extremely stable, extremely fixed, and, more importantly, it throws polygons everywhere, there’s a rendering quality that’s rather unexpected and I think we’re really at the early stages.

I think people will be very surprised by the quality of the console and to what extent it will be a progress compared to the Playstation 3. One of the biggest differences between the Playstation 3 and the Playstation 4 is that Playstation 3 was quite arid in terms of accessibility for the programmers. It’s an architecture that was quite uncommon so it took quite some time for developers to really be able to use all the power of the console.

Beyond: Two Souls released last October for PlayStation 3 so it will surely be a while before David Cage’s next project gets in our hands, but E3 2014 could be an appropriate venue for its reveal. Are you hyped already?

Alessio PalumboBy Alessio Palumbo (859 Posts)

Gaming writer since ages, now Founder and Editor in Chief of Worlds Factory. Clan Leader/Guild Master of La Legione del Drago, clan/guild of heroes jumping from a virtual world to another for the most epic (?) adventures ever seen.

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  • Shu

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Dave was truthful in a 1% scale :)

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Very interesting how he described PS3 as arid…the term makes perfect sense. surprised he’s the only one who used it.


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