"Sony is really in to win this one"
Sony have already dealt an early hand in the battle for next-gen getting the jump on Microsoft with their February PS4 announcement and placing the emphasis fully on gamers and developers, showcasing hardcore gamer services (social, streaming, and more), and a refocused commitment to indie development.
The whispers coming out of GDC suggest that Microsoft has a very different outlook, and that Sony are pushing developer relationships decisively with an eye towards nothing less than "winning" the next console generation.
"I think Sony is really in to win this one," Jared Gerritzen, studio head and creative director at Zombie Studios, who's been in heavy talks with Sony about getting Blacklight Retribution onto the PS4. "I'm good friends with a lot of guys at Microsoft, I'm under their NDA flag, and Microsoft definitely has a different outlook than Sony does. Sony, like they say 'Yeah, PlayStation 3 wasn't what we wanted it to be in comparison in the "arms" race.'
"So now they're going hard, man. It's pretty cool, on all points. I think that it will be really interesting to see what Xbox fires back with. It'll be an awesome E3. Sony is just like, 'GO! GO! GO! Let's make this hardcore! Let's get all these devs in and let's make it as good as we can.'"
According the Gerritzen, Sony are going above and beyond the call of duty, pumping money and resources into actively getting dev studios set up and sorted with kits for the upcoming console.
"They could have just been like, 'Yeah, put it on the PlayStation 4. Cool.' But they're sending us kits, they're sending us everything, they're pulling us into PR groups, they're setting up these events for us, and it's just awesome."
Given that MS have been firmly focused on promoting some sort of holistic, Kinect-driven, all-encompassing living room experience, the point about different outlooks is perhaps not surprising if true.
We're just rather praying that it's not, and Microsoft remember that gamers need some love too. [Destructoid]