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Analyst praises Sony’s “unrivalled” indie support, plays down price difference

Tuesday, 11th June 2013 06:36 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The console wars are still to be decided, EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich has warned, but Sony definitely won a few skirmishes today.

“I doubt the console wars will be settled anytime soon and we believe that both Microsoft and Sony will succeed in the next-generation,” the analyst said.

“Five years from now, it is unlikely we will look back and claim an outright winner. Both are likely to succeed in their own manner and both are likely to achieve their long-term strategy.”

Divnich said Sony’s promise to support used games, lack of online DRM, and commitment to indies are the PlayStation 4′s selling points.

“Sony has actively listened to the feedback from the gaming community and has made this feedback a core part of its PlayStation 4 strategy going forward,” he said.

“Sony’s support for the independent development community is unrivalled compared to other console manufacturers. The fact that Sony is actively courting, signing, and giving the independent community a voice on their platforms shows that Sony is attempting to create a profitable and vibrant independent community on the PlayStation platforms.

“Sony didn’t release full details on the ability to self-publish, but the fact that it exists is a monumental step forward for independent developers.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s commitment to first-party content is the Xbox One’s selling point.

While Divnich acknowledged the PS4′s lower price would be an advantage in the holiday season – the Kinect bundling drives the Xbox One price up, he said – he believes the two consoles are different enough that most core gamers will eventually try to own both for their respective benefits.

“It’s clear that both Microsoft and Sony have different strategic visions, but we firmly believe both are appropriate and achievable for what each are trying to accomplish long-term,” he said

“In fact, the differentiating strategies may act as a beneficial catalyst for the industry and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have differentiated themselves enough that consumers may own both consoles over-time. Multi-console homes isn’t a new concept, it has played a crucial role in supporting our industry over the last 20 years, but going into any new console cycle there is always an overarching concern that if all gaming hardware delivers the same experience there is no need to own multiple consoles. Multi-hardware ownership is a benefit that few industries receive.

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  1. CyberMarco

    And don’t forget, Kingdom Hearts 3!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Damn, I still can’t catch some sleep. Damn you Sony for hyping the 13years old kid inside me… :P

    #1 10 months ago
  2. fearmonkey

    “he believes the two consoles are different enough that most core gamers will eventually try to own both for their respective benefits.”

    Actually Jesse, you couldnt be more wrong, at least in the short term.
    When the average gamer sees that they can get a Ps4 cheaper, that alone is a big deal. When they find out the Game restrictions on the Xbox One, that will change many minds. When they realize it needs to check in ever 24 hours, that will change many minds. Most people don’t care enough about Kinect that they have to have itm especially when they can get an PS eye later if they want.

    @1 – haha…your still up Cyber? I know how you feel, but luckily its stlll not too bad here.

    Gamers might get an Xbox one when its cheaper, when it has more exclusives or the important games, but many will not make it their primary system. PS4 is going to be my main system, maybe ill get an xbone one day…..maybe…..

    #2 10 months ago
  3. TheBlackHole

    @2 actually, I think the average gamer won’t even look into that kind of thing. They’ll watch the advertising and make a call based on who has exclusive content for CoD etc.

    I’m very curious to watch how Microsoft defends itself now from a drm perspective. I still thought the Xbox had a much better games showing though.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    I think that that $100 makes a hell of a difference, but for COD players maybe the online infrastructure and their existing friends list eclipses that?

    #4 10 months ago
  5. machy

    @1 it gonna be multi-plat just like FF15 aka FFversus13

    #5 10 months ago
  6. CyberMarco

    @5

    Who cares, anyhow DRM-crapbone1 can fail for all that I care.

    Long Live Play!

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Clupula

    @5 – I love how you people all cling to that, when it’s not even confirmed. So silly. So desperate to find a negative.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. jevonski

    we still have 3 days left for new info yet as well ^^

    #8 10 months ago
  9. Llewelyn_MT

    The XBone will be popular with NFL fans. Few people care about the American not-football outside North America. Sony gained many converts since yesterday and is bound to gain a much better momentum with niche groups. Ability to lend games, no always on DRM, no region locks, indie support, free-to-play titles, user swappable HDD. You have to be very shortsighted not to notice the impact this might have on client satisfaction. I’m a PC gamer myself, but people ask me about technical issues. I will root for PS4 every time a friend shows interest in buying a console but is not going for a gaming PC.

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Legion

    Xbox One will still win North America and that won’t change. Anything outside of that will be how MS chooses to establish themselves in each Region with their Cable service and Advertisement.

    MS will not push into Japan and I would factor they might not even offer it in Japan anytime soon. The fact that they won’t offer something in Japan makes it a want item. And they will get as many import sales as they could with a distribution in Japan itself.

    Might find it funny… but the Xbox fans in Japan are mainly FPS niche group of gamers. And they are dedicated. I was a long time gamer in Japan and still have many friends there… they still love their Nintendo over Sony by a long shot.

    NFL is gaining ground in many areas outside of North America and you might be surprised how popular it is. Not that it matters as EA offers Soccer(football) in their line up also and it will available on PS4 and Xbox One likely at launch.

    Core gamers are a minority in gaming but are the most vocal obviously. Nintendo won the last Generation by pushing sales to the non-core crowd. You will see MS doing a similar process with their TV and Kinect push. MS knows how to advertise… Sony being the power house they are… still has not been able to advertise their games properly. Will that change? We will have to wait and find out.

    #10 10 months ago