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Sony: Xbox One Backlash Helped Inform PS4 Strategy

Jonathan Lester
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Sony: Xbox One Backlash Helped Inform PS4 Strategy

The gamer backlash following the Xbox One reveal, let alone the now-retracted DRM and online check-in fiasco, apparently gave Sony a masterclass in what not to do.

"There were lots of people who gave their opinions on that issue to my Twitter account before E3," SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Famitsu Magazine [translated by Polygon].

“It’s not that our hardware policies are decided strictly based on user reaction like this, but when we were thinking about what we had to bring across and how to bring it across, it was a very useful source.”

“As of now, I feel like we’re getting a very positive response," added SCE Japan Asia president Hiroshi Kawano. "For this system, we made a list of what people expected from us, debating over each point, with user feedback forming the main basis for the list.

“The software makers are also telling us that they feel like they really make some fun stuff with it. A new platform always provides the basis for new forms of play, so I’d like to see it connect to a revitalization of the marketplace.”

The PS4 certainly made sweeping gains at E3 with its killer price point, but it will be interesting to see how the launch window game lineups balance out.

Okay, so, let's ask a silly question. Which next-gen console are you more likely to buy... or will you hold off until we've got a clearer idea of what they're capable of?

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Quietus  Jun. 26, 2013 at 13:18

PS4 for me. I wasn't decided beforehand, but Microsoft left such a sour taste in my mouth that I was swayed.

Also, please, for the love of all that we hold dear, stop using 'killer' as an adjective. It makes me want to self harm.:(

phil16  Jun. 26, 2013 at 13:27

Ps4 for me (assuming I get one - I still prefer PC gaming)!

Late  Jun. 26, 2013 at 14:00

If I had to pick one today I'd probably go with ps4, mainly because of the price difference and the way microsoft have "flim-flammed" over DRM etc. (including the worrying notion that at any time they could decide to switch on those features they recently decided to switch off).

I'm in no rush, though. I'll have a better idea of which I want by November/December this year, but will likely wait until next summer before picking from xbone/ps4/steambox.

stevenjameshyde  Jun. 26, 2013 at 15:13

Not going for anything day 1 - I'll make the jump when the next-gen version of Dark Souls 2 is released (or about 6 months after the current-gen version of Dark Souls 2 if the next-gen version doesn't exist)

Breadster  Jun. 26, 2013 at 15:23

PS4 for me, the Xbox 180 wasn't enough to sway me back, the damage was already done.

@Steven I'm pretty sure FromSoft has said that Dark Souls 2 is current gen only.

DivideByZero  Jun. 26, 2013 at 16:01

Yeah, I ordered my PS4 based on MS not getting their s*** together.

Quietus, killer is apt here, as in killing the competition.

Quietus  Jun. 26, 2013 at 16:14

'Killer' is apt here in any context. It's just the inhumanity of it all. To even hear somebody say it makes me cringe.:)

Realhoneyman  Jun. 27, 2013 at 07:55

It has opened the possibility of picking up an Xbox One in the future at some point, but a PS4 will be my first next-gen console.

Sorry Microsoft, you've sown the seed of distrust and will have to work for some time before that is restored. In the meantime I look forward to seeing what SONY have prepared for the next few years.

Anarchist  Aug. 12, 2013 at 21:31

I've been a 360 fan since its launch. I had an xbox just a few months after its creation.



There is more at stake with this than the future of gaming. That probably sounds really cheesy, but Microsoft dominate far too much of the entire IT industry.

They screwed their users over with Windows 8, completely ignoring what all their users want, thinking that because they have a monopoly, that users will have no choice but to go with Windows 8. And they are right - they don't.

They screwed their users over with Office 2013/365, completely ignoring what all their users want, thinking that because they have a monopoly, that users have no choice but to go with office 2013/365, and they are right - they don't.

They tried it with Xbox. The same bullying, **** on your customers attitude, thinking that users have no choice. But we do.

If people teach MS a lesson, to not **** with us because they don't control the whole world, it can only be a good thing.


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