Kaz Hirai: PS4 “first and foremost a video game console”

But there will be non-game stuff, too.

PlayStation 4 is “first and foremost a video game console,” Sony CEO Kaz Hirai told reporters at the D11 conference in California today.

“The most important thing we need to do is agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers,” Hirai said (via The Verge). “If we miss that part, I don’t think we get the initial establishment of the console. That formula has worked for us with all our consoles, including the PS3.

“I fundamentally believe that the initial market that we need to make sure we appeal to with any new platform … is really the gaming audience,” Hirai added (via VentureBeat. “They will be the supporters of your platform and they will help propel the installed base.”

Microsoft debuted Xbox One last week as an all-in-one entertainment device. And while PlayStation 4’s core focus is games, it will have non-game functionality, as well.

“Providing other non-game content is an area we will reveal and talk about in the coming months, but it’s first and foremost a video game console,” Hirai said.

“For us, it’s all about the gamers.”

PlayStation 4 is due out this holiday.

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