Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Hiroshi Kawano is obviously quite happy about the explosive success of the PS4 in the west, but the reasons behind his satisfaction go beyond simple sales, as he explained in an interview on Famitsu.com.
After mentioning his own excitement for the considerable sales in the West, Kawano-san mentioned that it’s encouraging game developers in Japan as well.
In fact I’ve heard many Japanese developers saying “this is very encouraging.” Considering that it’s possible for the PS4 to have this kind of momentum despite the fact that many were uneasy about what would become of home consoles in the future, many developers say “My motivation has suddenly been rekindled.” This makes me really happy.
And to be perfectly honest, it makes me happy as well. It’s hard not to feel relieved in seeing that both next generation consoles (not only the PS4) are doing very well, and it’s easy to understand why game developers would feel encouraged and motivated in their creativity.
It’s also good to hear that Japanese studios are ready to raise to the challenge brought to the table by the new consoles. Adoption of the PS3 was a little sluggish at the beginning of the last generation. Hopefully this time around things will be different.