American McGee: PlayStation 4 Is Meh

Famous game designer, American McGee is not really impressed with Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4.

"I was hoping for innovation in control input. Didn't see anything meaningful, so 'meh,'" he told Forbes.

"It's nice that they're moving towards what looks like more developer-friendly hardware and indie friendly distribution. Remains to be seen if the appearance matches reality. Overall, I think this generation of consoles will struggle painfully against the momentum of mobile/online games we're seeing globally."

American McGee believes that the real revolution will take place on mobile where new devices and interfaces are being introduced every day.

"Ultimately, people are going to choose based on power, size and convenience - and I think we're going to see devices emerging which change their form, function and interface depending on where or for what they're being used. More than anything it's interface that's going to drive the most significant change - things like Oculus Rift will radically change people's demands and expectations - that's where the real revolution is going to start."

"Nothing will be able to compete with full immersion and seamless interface being powered by a processor stack in your pocket," pondered American McGee.

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Mobile gaming will NOT replace a console on a big lcd tv. I Don't want to play games on a small screen. Yes ps4 Is a mehh and ps4 are only doing what xbox live does. Plus uploading Videos while playing online is impossible with massive lag.


Innovation has to come from software, the story and the whole experience. Mobile games are rubbish, those are just(!) games. I'm sticking with my keyboard or controller. Touch is ok just for certain games. Can anyone imagine an RTS on a tablet? It would be a nightmare.

you all missing the point of

you all missing the point of what hes saying. blah blah power blah blah games. hes saying its "innovation". its lack of creativity, being able to do more. to create a better experience. which sony never had or care for. look at its controls never changed. only change is only its power. and he is right ps3 and 4 is MEH !!!!

you all missing the point of

you all missing the point of what hes saying. blah blah power blah blah games. hes saying its "innovation". its lack of creativity, being able to do more. to create a better experience. which sony never had or care for. look at its controls never changed. only change is only its power. and he is right ps3 and 4 is MEH !!!!

They should use cloud gaming

They should use cloud gaming on all mobile devices and have console Bluetooth type controllers that work with the mobile device so you can dock it to your tv and also play it on the go. It's doable. So just do it.

not taking away the momentum

not taking away the momentum of the ultra mobile pocket computer(smart phones are a joke) , but sony is not intending to make a mobile device like the ps vita their making a component to a home entertainment system, which for many includes a 42'+ tv, speakers, couch, ect which can not fit in you pocket

not in this case their making

not in this case their making a ps4 and as much as i want to play ps1 games on a tv through a phone the xperia play is designed for mobile use, the games are dated and i can probably get a better gaming experience emulating the ps1 on my comp 2 tv

Have you used the oculus rift

Have you used the oculus rift? Been developing for it and its been something that will change they way the game industry interacts with games. It works so good its kinda scary how much u feel like you are in a new environment.

Is this guy important?

The only thing I know him from was that American McGee's Alice game from 10? Years ago? Also I only recognize his name because it was in the game title. Also never did play that game just read about it in magazines. So is he a famous game developer? What else has he done? I don't think consoles as a whole are impressive, they simply go under your tv and my last console was a Super Nintendo.


huh????????? sometimes you just want to sit and play? not always"on the go" So with his logic....computers are meh aswell? **** fool. Who want to replace their pc or console for a handheld? NONE OF YOU! Because its not about replacing...its a freaking substitute! Consoles and Pc's are not going anywhere, and by the way....Sony and Nintendo have handhelds....and they are getting more and more what the holy **** is the point?


xD yea.. 20GB on mobile device xD that would be pretty awesome.. but.. wait... PS4 still sucks cause its still cant move forward with graphic and performance xD

This is an old story, plus IF

This is an old story, plus IF mobile is the destroyer of things such as consoles and PC that won't be for quite some time, at least after next gen. People already said this guy is full of it. I don't see smart phones doing 30 plus players with amazing games. I don't see huge open world games on mobile devices. Wonder how many cool 20GB games are on a mobile device

I think you need to take a

I think you need to take a look on the google market place they have GTA 3 and vice city HD remakes theres also a port of counter strike that supports 16 players its early days but they are catching up fast

I agree, mobile needs small

I agree, mobile needs small form factor to be mobile look at laptops there are sort of Half mobile and yet give around half the performance .funny how a good gaming laptop is around Half the size of a pc. so now they tell us that phones are the way forward. i think not a phone has around 1/50 the size perhaps 1/100th the size to fit things into .the size constraints will only lead to power loss and it does mobile games are a joke the fact that people are taking them seriously now is cos they are saying ooohhh look its not that far behind a 360 thats a amazing.. NO ITS NOT PEOPLE!!! the 360 and ps3 are older than the hills . lets see how people react 1-2 years in to next gen when people get used to a new level of graphics and phones are left coughing up blood in the corner

You don't seem to get the

You don't seem to get the gist of it. Mobiles are improving at an incredible pace, they started off with their slow 60mhz processors, moved to 200/300 mhz and from there they rushed past 500mhz to 1ghz and multi cores in just a few years. Thats faster than PCs, consoles etc... the prediction here is that in a few more years they'll catch up completely. Once there is no difference in specs/performance between a phone and a good PC then why would you ever consider a console if the phone can plug into the tv as well? The only issue remaining is the controller but really, why have a box at home when you can just have a tv with a cradle in it where you slot your phone in, grab the bluetooth controller and start playing.

Mobiles are merely catching

Mobiles are merely catching up to the core stacking and pipeline stretching that PC and Laptop chips already have. It doesn't matter how many clock cycles per second a low voltage ARM chip achieves, it just won't compare to its current generation full power PC counter-part. Until we re-discover Tesla's Aether current we must fight the heat caused by electron current. And in an ultra-mobile platform that battle is a nightmare. The only way a processor can survive in a phone is to sacrifice most of its potential with voltage caps.

It is amazing how mobile

It is amazing how mobile devices have evolved but its not enough. Then there is battery life if I play them as much as a pc or console I'd have to have those things plugged in and some of those aren't long enough. I do like how some of them can be hooked to a TV with a controller. Its going to take more to push PC and Console to the side, well at least console cause PC will pretty much last forever. Nintendo may be the 1st to vanish. You kids can hate all you want but I like Sony and would like a PS4 as well. YOu can't play some games unless you have a PC but the same is said about Playstation, Wii, and Xbox so **** off. If you a fanboy there is no point in speaking.

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