Wed, Jun 26, 2013 | 17:42 BST
Xbox One backlash was a ‘useful source’ for PS4 strategy, says Yoshida
PS4′s inner workings and policies were not created solely to counter Microsoft’s Xbox One DRM and used restrictions, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has said, but he has admitted that the torrent of negative reactions from fans has proved a ‘useful source’ of what not to do.
In an interview featured in this week’s Famitsu, Yoshida commented on the negative reactions Xbox One was getting online, “There were lots of people who gave their opinions on that issue to my Twitter account before E3.
“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.”
SCE Japan Asia president Hiroshi Kawano added, “As of now, I feel like we’re getting a very positive response. 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.”
Another issue is the $100 price gap between Xbox One and PS4, although Sony has yet to announce price details for Japan. Kawano added that gamers in the country should look forward to an official announcement in due course.
“What I can say now is that we will have another full announcement for Japan,” he said. “However, I think everyone in Japan already has a solid image of the potential price range. We had assorted opinions within our group about the price, but in the end, what works for us isn’t as important as what will get us user support. From that viewpoint, this time the U.S. and European teams were convinced to set it to that price.”
What did you make of the PS4 event at E3? Did it successfully counter Microsoft’s Xbox One event, or now that Microsoft has dropped its DRM restrictions is the next-gen playing field level once more? Let us know below.