Xbox 720 vs PS4 race will be all about interface, Hitman Absolution exec claims

In an exclusive chat with TrustedReviews, Roberto Marchesi, Art Director of the new Hitman Absolution game coming out next week for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, shared his opion on the next-generation consoles. The iO Interactive executive revealed that he thinks the Xbox 720 and Sony PS4 won’t be so much about power, but rather about the controller experience they offer the player. He also said that Nintendo’s Wii family is already aware of this, including the Wii U launching in the US this weekend.

When we asked Mr Marchesi’s thoughts on the Xbox 720 and PS4, he replied: “Regarding the next-generation consoles, I really don’t think it’s going to be that arms race regarding the performance […] What I think will be the biggest challenge with [this next] generation of consoles is the controller, the interface the player has with the TV – that is going to be the limiting factor because games are designed around the joypad and the functions that the player has access to […] and that’s going to be more interesting than what’s under the hood.”

When asked if he thought the Wii U GamePad with its touch-screen was already breaking ground here, Marchesi replied: “What Nintendo has been doing so far with the Wii platforms has been breaking new ground […] that is what could create different types of games.”

This suggests that there will be so much power to play with thanks to the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 specs that raw horsepower might no longer be a constraining factor – as they certainly are on the Xbox 360 and PS3, even for iO Interactive’s own new Hitman game.

The success of the original Wii certainly proved that casual users and gamers alike are ready to embrace new ways of interacting with their consoles. Though the PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect have enjoyed more moderate success, this can certainly be attributed to these control systems not being integrated throughout the console and for every game, but rather optional add-ons that require a small selection of games to get the most out of them.

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