Kazunori Yamauchi Describes PlayStation 4 as “Blank Canvas”

Gran Turismo SeriesHardware 224 February 20, 2013 by

The PlayStation 4 was officially unveiled at Sony’s “PlayStation Meeting 2013” on Wednesday evening, and will be released at the end of this year (“Holiday 2013”).

Although Gran Turismo 6 did not make an appearance, Kazunori Yamauchi was featured in a video of developers talking about the console, where he described the system as a “blank canvas” while speaking about the ease at which content can be developed for it.

Even without an official GT6 announcement, some of the new console’s features create some exciting possibilities that will have a significant impact on how players will interact with the game.

Notably, players will be able to easily share and broadcast videos of their gameplay by simply pressing a “Share” button on the new DualShock 4 controller – a feature which should revolutionize the broadcasting and documentation of online racing.

The console will also be designed to work seamlessly with the PlayStation Vita by making it simple for developers to implement “second screen” functionality with the hand-held device.

Both features are similar to what Kazunori Yamauchi has been mentioning in interviews for several years now, from video uploading features in GT5 (which were eventually pulled before release due to PS3 memory constraints) to the possibilities of cross-platform racing he described in an interview with Joystiq back in 2007.

Aside from the DualShock 4 controller, the appearance of the new console remains a mystery. Check out the full press release for a closer look at the hardware’s specifications and features.

All eyes now turn to E3, taking place in Los Angeles this June, for more information on the new console – and Gran Turismo 6. Stay tuned!

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