Kaz Hirai Feels Faint, Needs To Lie Down

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We saw some fairly conclusive evidence last night that Kaz Hirai needs a good lie down. Today, though, we got some more, as the rest of his Official PlayStation Magazine interview hit the internet.

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You'll find two things of interest. Here's one:

This is not meant in terms of numbers, or who's got the biggest install base, or who's selling most in any particular week or month, but I'd like to think that we continue official leadership in this industry.

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And here's another:

We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that [developers] want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years?

Shine on, Kaz, you crazy diamond.

Hirai: We're the "official" industry leader [Eurogamer]

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No, No, No... Hes got a point, he's just not making it very clear. The point (i think) is that to go out of your way to use technology that is relatively unsophisticated and accessible will get you good software off-the-bat, but with an upward potential that rises and plateaus pretty quickly. On the other hand, Sony has opted to use technology that, while more difficult to program for, will ultimately provide developers with more sophisticated options which can be tapped by using sophisticated means which yield more options to the developer in the long (10 year) run. In a nutshell, the "power" of the PS3 resides in the complicity of its structure which takes a bit longer for developers to get acquainted with. The more time you spend with it, the more you can do. The same can be said for the PS2. I mean, look as some of those later-generation titles...