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Hideo Kojima excited by PS4's social aspects

"I want to bring the Metal Gear franchise into that new wider world of interaction."

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has shared his reaction to the PlayStation 4, explaining that it's the system's social aspects - not increased hardware power - that excites him the most.

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Speaking in an interview with IGN, the Kojima Productions head said he was intrigued by the "wider world of interaction" PS4's online features could offer.

"With every new generation of hardware the capabilities of the hardware increases. But up to this point it's always been very much of a vertical evolution - of course, you expect things like visual fidelity, audio, frame rate. New features such as 3D capability, etc, etc. These things are a given. They come with the new hardware," he said.

"But what I'm really more interested in is other ways of expanding into the next generation - a more horizontal expansion, where you're going to be doing things online, more of a social aspect. People will be able to interact with the game through various devices, through various media - such as tablets, smart phones, etc."

Kojima teased that these various gameplay experiences could eventually find their way to the Metal Gear franchise.

"I think it's this new type of interaction - this new way of interacting with the game world - that's more exciting to me. And I want to bring the Metal Gear franchise into that new wider world of interaction."

Sony revealed the PlayStation 4 at a New York press conference last week. The PS4 release date is set for "holiday 2013", likely across Japan, Europe and the US.

CVG also recently had the chance to attend a roundtable discussion with the MGS designer, and you can read the full transcript via our Audience with Hideo Kojima article.

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