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PS4 launch lineup will be strongest of any PlayStation

Lead architect Mark Cerny says dev-friendly hardware will produce Sony's best debut to date

When the PlayStation 4 arrives this holiday season, it will boast the best launch lineup of any Sony system to date. At least, that's the claim of Sony's lead architect on the new hardware, Mark Cerny.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Cerny said, "The launch lineup for PlayStation 4--though I unfortunately can't give the title count--is going to be stronger than any prior PlayStation hardware."

According to Cerny, the key to that software support is the PS4's hardware architecture, which was designed as a "supercharged PC architecture" to ensure developers would be familiar with it. As a result, porting PC titles to the PS4 will take a matter of weeks, rather than months, the developer said.

"The biggest thing is we didn't want the hardware to be a puzzle that programmers would be needing to solve in order to make quality titles," Cerny explained.

While he's been focusing on creating the PS4 hardware, Cerny is also seeing what it's like for developers working with the system. He is also overseeing creation of the colorful platformer Knack, saying that the experience of actually working on software will help inform his decisions on the hardware.

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Latest comments (13)

Private Industry 3 years ago
I would say it will be also down to the fact that the gap isnt as big as previous generations with games like AC4, Watch Dogs and so on being released for it at launch and probably utilize the PC assets for the mext gen version. PS1, PS2 and PS3 launch you needed new engines because the gap between each platform was huge.

I will certainly get the next gen versions of all the games rather than current gen. I do feel that cross generation games could slow down sales of the new hardware.

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago
There where plenty of 360 launch /early titles that were released on PS2 and original Xbox (Gun, Tony Hawk's AM, Tomb Raider Legend, Lego Star Wars 2, Just Cause spring to mind, I'm sure there was more though) so I don't know that's any different to before.
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Private Industry 3 years ago
he difference is that those where exceptions and not the rule. The only big game announced so far that is announced for next gen and only current gen is GTA 5, all other games like BF, AC, Watch Dogs, etc. have been announced for both.

The PS2 to 360 era transitiin didnt see big major franchises cross generation releases not including sports games.
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I'm guessing its a day one release for sure. Roll on Destiny!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
Werner, in the US, the launch titles included quite a lot of multi-generation titles for both Xbox 360 and PS3.
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Private Industry 3 years ago
I dont remember any big non sports franchises last gen being released cross generation. I know CoD 3 came out for both, but it wasnt a huge franchise at that time.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
X360 multi-generation launch titles:
Gun
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Peter Jackson's King Kong
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Call of Duty 2
Plus 6 sports titles.
7 exclusive (or shared with PC).

PS3 multi-generation launch titles:
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
Call of Duty 3
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Tony Hawk's Project 8
Plus 4 sports games.
4 exclusive titles.
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Private Industry 3 years ago
Good games but not major franchises. King Kong being released multi generation or only next gen wouldn't have had a real effect on console sales. If AC4 would have been next gen only that would have an effect on console sales besides of your usual early adopters.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
On the one hand I don't think any of Sony's systems launch software was particularly strong except for arguably the PS2. The PS1 and PS3 were pretty lackluster to me. So the PS4 should have a stronger launch line up than those other systems just by default,

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Private Industry 3 years ago
I was very happy with the Vita launch games like Uncharted, WipEout or Escape Plan. Unfortunately the post launch software support wasnt great.

Still curious to see what Naughty Dog and Santa Monica are doing for PS4, what they managed to get out of the PS3 is quite an achievement.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Right now, I'd say Sony's first party games will make or break the launch lineup. Cross-platform games will get the usual unfair graphics benchmarking (when it's gameplay that should be the selling point), but for folks like me, I just want to see dev teams pushing the hardware from day one on all fronts and not just shoving out better textured updates to franchise standbys...
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Well, when i say "push' the hardware, I don't mean "max it out" or anything like that. It's the little things that mean a lot. Doors that can be opened, crap blowing around in the wind, in general, MORE interactivity and less invisible walls. Stuff like that. For me, it makes zero sense to buy a new system and see the same stuff I'm seeing on another console I already have but in a higher resolution (and with dot shadows, to boot)...
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange3 years ago
The PS and the PS3 launched with how many games, 12? The PS2 had 29, not sure how they could top that without making PS4 games look like they're just PS3 games. Quantity is nothing if they do not have a killer app.

Right now I do not see a compelling enough PS4 game that would make me want to buy the system since most of it is coming to other 8th gen systems, and even old ones like the PS3 and XBOX 360. The N64 launched with only 2 games but it only took 1 game to make it successful at launch, Super Mario 64. The Wii launched with over 20 games but most people bought it for the bundled game, Wii Sports.

SONY better show something exclusive that will truly make it a must have. It could either be revolutionary like Mario 64 or something so simple yet viral like Wii Sports, or both. But the way I see it, people will only buy a PS4 if the games' visuals justify the specs. Most people are hyped with Epic's overrated graphics engine, expect to see an overuse of particle effects and fancy lighting.
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