Codemasters Exec: PSP User Experience Not Right

Codemasters Exec: PSP User Experience Not Right

Gavin Cheshire, vice president of Codemasters Studios, has told us that negative user experiences will put people off using Sony’s PSP.

Asked about the handheld’s future, he told us: “Well, speaking as a person who bought a PSP, the problem was that I always thought, because it was a better screen than iPod’s, that I’d be doing more with it. But it was such a bollocking useless waste of space; just getting stuff on it was ridiculous. That was its downfall.”

Other staff members at the British publisher have had similar problems with Sony’s latest portable, PSPgo, Cheshire said.

“Relatively speaking, we didn’t do too badly on F1 PSP. But regarding the future, I think they’ve got – well… no. PSP Go’s a lovely device, really smart, but our senior VP bought one the day it came out and has a great story, because he ended up on some customer support line just trying to do basic stuff. He had to re-download his software, do an immediate firmware update, and that’s your user experience. Sony just hasn’t got it right. Stuff like that will make people leave it alone.”

Cheshire also explained why Codemasters isn’t currently working on any games for Microsoft’s controller free gaming project, Natal.

“I’m sure there’ll be games attuned to Natal and that’ll be great, but what you can’t do is back-engineer it into something you’re currently doing. And that’s where it’ll fail. There are a lot of companies saying they’ve got Natal stuff coming, but it’ll be bolted on to something they already had in development, probably.

“We’re never going to say no, but to be fair to us we’re focused on other priorities right now, and we’re not big enough to just try out a few things on Natal. We’re certainly looking, and we’ve got some great ideas, but it’s how you implement them.

“Sony’s sticks are quite good, too,” he added of PS3 Move. “They’re fun, and something physical you can hold in your hand, which I prefer to just your hands in the air. But it’s the same thing for software.”

During the same interview Cheshire also revealed that the company’s working on racer Dirt 3.