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Yoshida explains content disparity between the US, EU, and JP PS Stores

Friday, 19th October 2012 15:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s worldwide studios boss, has explained why the PS Store operates on a multi-regional system instead of one single entity such as Xbox Live.

Speaking in the comments section on the PS Blog Yoshida explained why there are sometimes huge disparities between the content offered on the service’s US, EU and Japan stores.

“There are both positives and negatives in the current regional approach, and I admit I have 3 PSN IDs for Japan, US and Europe, ” said Yoshida.

“Managing multiple small countries with multiple languages is much more inefficient than managing a large single country. You should be careful what you wish for. If you want all regions managed by one perspective, one view of the largest country, then you are not in for a good ride.

“Having strong regional representation with regional operation is a great thing to be able to cater to the needs of the market.”

PlayStation owners in Europe have long lamented the differences in content between the regions, and due to each Sony division operating independently, the store released vary by region.

The most notable content disparities of late were Retro City Rampage, and the absence of Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Walking Dead: Episode 4 – Around Every Corner was also released in the US a week before it was released on PSN in Europe.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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  1. Ireland Michael

    ” If you want all regions managed by one perspective, one view of the largest country, then you are not in for a good ride.”

    Other services seem to prove otherwise.

    It’s pretty bloody obvious the current approach doesn’t work too well. Yoshida (and most of Sony for that matter) needs to get their head out of their ass.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gadzooks!

    Total bullshit Yoshida. Typical insular arrogant Sony bullshit.

    XBL manages global releases every week, smooth as butter.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Normally have a lot of time for Yoshida but he’s clearly wrong here.

    “Having strong regional representation with regional operation is a great thing to be able to cater to the needs of the market.”

    Well there is this argument, but there isn’t strong regional representation. European representation is poor and a running joke even amongst the fan base. There are advantages to regional representation, but it doesn’t need to go as far as the segregation Sony uses. It’s crazy devs have to submit separately to each region.

    MS are well ahead of both Sony and Nintendo in this area.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Lord Gremlin

    I’m sure it’s a lie. I know for a fact he’s not an idiot. You know what? I’m in SCEE jurisdiction, in Russia. Seeing as I only use English in games I’d happily agree to be managed by SCEA.
    @2 Exactly. He just doesn’t want to admit that their service is archaic and shit, especially in territories where sales are strong. In SCEE territories PS3 outsold X360 long ago, but look at the quality of store. Disgraceful mongrels.
    I like Sony hardware. I just hate the morons who provide the service.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    the most disturbing thing is that Shuhei Yoshida is breaking his own eula. it is made very clear in the sony’s eula that you are not allowed to set up an account with fake information. Shuhei Yoshida dont live in usa or europe, he fake his account information.

    #5 2 years ago