October 3rd, 2013, 23:56 Posted By: wraggster
SCE’s VP and managing director for the UK and Ireland Fergal Gara exudes an easy kind of confidence as we sit down to discuss PS4’s launchplan. UK preorders are strong, stock will be tight but shouldn’t be too scarce and Sony continues to present itself as the people’s platform holder. Here, we quiz UK boss Gara on the PS4 and Xbox One’s launch line-up, discoverability on PS4, stock concerns and how it’ll be positioning PS3 once its successor arrives.In our latest issue Phil Harrison says Xbox One is winning the games race. How do you feel about your software line-up going into launch?I feel incredibly strong about our set of games. I’d pick out a few things that are quite significant – first of all we’re bringing to market the only FPS that is developed only for the next generation in Killzone Shadow Fall. We’re bringing out the first demonstration of a truly socially connected game in Drive Club and we’re also launching with 18 digital titles – roughly half of which are independent titles – on day one or certainly in the weeks around launch.Actually I’d pick out another one which is the most hotly anticipated next gen game at the moment, Watch Dogs, and of course that comes with a significant PlayStation difference both on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. And then if we look down the line I’d pick out Destiny as a title that’s enormously anticipated and again we’ll have exclusive experiences to PlayStation.So while respecting the view of others we feel very confident in our line-up both at launch and beyond. I think we set our stall out very effectively as a broad church, that is, we’re for big publishers and we’re for tiny publishers and everything in between. I think right from day one we’ll be illustrating that – there are many games and experiences coming out that are PEGI 3 and 7 rated ranging from Knack and FIFA to the Playroom experience, which is a great example of what the PlayStation camera and DualShock 4 controller together can do. So yeah, we’re feeling in pretty good shape.
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