The former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Ken Kutaragi is also known as the “Father of PlayStation”, as he was the one that heralded the creation of PlayStation and its successors PS2 and PS3, first as a young executive and engineer and then from the top of Sony’s ivory tower. Yesterday he spoke at the “Thinking of the Future of Entertainment” Kurokawa-Juku 10 meeting, together with former Sony Computer Entertainment Chairman Shigeo Maruyama. The event was broadcasted on Nico Nico.
During the Q&A session he was asked his thoughts about the upcoming PS4, and the answer was at the same time interesting and emotional:
This is really happening. I didn’t think I would live long enough to see it. It’s like being a parent seeing my children finally grown up, or the sense of wonder when your grandchildren are born.
He went on to talk about the evolution of the console, saying that PS4 is not like PlayStation used to be, as processing performance does not require a dedicated machine anymore and thinking about the Cloud, which Kutaragi-san wanted to make happen during the era of the PS3.
I thought that I was the only one who envisioned this, but times change, and now there are many in the world who have that same idea as a matter of course, even because the world is fully connected now. I hope that what the platform will offer will make you say “Wow!” in spite of yourself.
I wonder what the gaming industry would look like now if Kutaragi-san managed to implement the cloud on the PS3, but one thing is for sure: from his position as CEO of Cyber AI Entertainment, he’s watching over the birth of his grandchild — the PS4 — quite fondly.