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Sony CEO: PlayStation 4 is a game console "first and foremost"

Hirai re-emphasizes the company's commitment to gaming

Today at the D11: All Things Digital conference, Sony Corporation chief executive officer Kazuo Hirai reiterated the PlayStation 4's focus as a gaming console. The audience at All Things Digital is probably more interested in the console as a media hub, but Hirai insisted that video games is the first step.

"The most important thing we need to make sure we do at least initially is that we all agree and understand that the PS4 is a great videogame console that appeals to video gamers," Hirai said in a off-stage briefing. "If we miss that part then I don't think we get the initial establishment of the console. That formula has worked for us with all our consoles, including the PS3."

Media apps will still be a part of the PlayStation 4 and Sony will be revealing more media-related features in the future, but games come first.

"We take a look at this first and foremost as a game console. We don't want to end there. That's an area we will obviously reveal and talk about in the coming months," said Hirai.

[Image via AllThingsD]

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.