American McGee, the famous developers behind the magical world of Alice and the sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, have shared their thoughts on the reveal of the PlayStation 4 controller that took place last month and while many fans and other developers are more than excited about the controller, the titles and of course the future of the console, it seems that American McGee are seeing through all the glitz and glamor and calling the new controller “nothing innovative”.
They went on to say:
What are your thoughts on what Sony has shown with PS4?
“I was hoping for innovation in control input,” he told Forbes. “Didn’t see anything meaningful, so ‘meh.’ It’s nice that they’re moving towards what looks like more developer-friendly hardware and indie-friendly distribution. Remains to be seen if the appearance matches reality. Overall, I think this generation of consoles will struggle painfully against the momentum of mobile/online games we’re seeing globally.
What do you see the next generation of consoles opening up for you as a game developer?
“At present just looks like another distribution channel with not much to differentiate from other outlets (aside from sheer horsepower).”
As you can see, the developers are indeed feeling underwhelmed by the presentation albeit the fans and many other developers who are already on board for the PlayStation 4 are excited. Perhaps their criticism will be taken note off for Sony to improve on?