After having seen the Sony PlayStation conference today, I'm pretty impressed. Not necessarily with the system or the actual showing at the conference, but with the overall attitude Sony has this time around. Note, that I am not a console developer and never have been. I've never had access to dev kits and I've barely even been making games, but I'm currently trying to make one right now...
The biggest thing is it seems like Sony is dropping the hubris from the PS3 and now they're back on earth and really trying to get developers on their side. Do you guys remember those ridiculous demos from the PS3 unveiling? Didn't quite seem obvious at the time, but they were literally just doing massive smoke and mirrors and those entire conferences screamed "Hey, we're the best and there ain't nothing you can do about it." Mark Cerny leading the PS4 design? Seems like a fantastic choice. From what I've read about him, he seems like the real deal; someone who has been in the trenches to build games and helped a ton of people in/around Sony with building their games.
Maybe Sony has learned how important it is to get developers on your side this time around. The system is exciting to me from a technical perspective, at least, from the memory bandwidth perspective. Some of the connectivity services seem like they will get a lot more attention than the PS3 did.
Not a very coherent post, but when I was done watching the event, I was just really impressed by the way Sony handled the whole thing. Pretty well focused and it seemed very developer centric. Sort of a "Hey, we know we tortured you guys the last time around, but this time, we're going to do it right." I feel like the ball is totally in Microsoft's court now. Very excited to see what happens in the coming months from Microsoft.
What about you guys? Agree? Disagree? Impressed? Underwhelmed?