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Xbox One backlash was a ‘useful source’ for PS4 strategy, says Yoshida

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:18 GMT By Dave Cook

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.

Thanks Polygon.

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23 Comments

  1. Pytox

    in b4 fanboys :p

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mithrandir

    I don’t trust MS, and I long didn’t trust Sony either. However, both have now whown their true color, and I don’t like the way MS thinks they can handle the gaming industry.

    I think Sony has long had a vision of out-performing MS based on raw power, but made a wrong gamble with the PS3, which had more power, but a too exotic architecture. They payed for that for nearly seven years, tailing in sales compared to MS.

    Today, I think MS has made the wrong decision, and while they made their 180 pretty early in the next-gen lifecycle, it will take them a long time to recover from this one. So, first round is definitely for Sony, and MS has had a count until 8, but it’s not a knock-out.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. redwood

    in b4 msbots!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Kanok

    Sony prepare to announcement DRM as well, but MS did it before them. This is simple plan.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Telepathic.Geometry

    Well, personally I don’t trust Sony to do the right thing by the customers, but I do think that their strategy is to win us over with a good and easy to understand service, and allow us to transition into the – let’s face it – inevitable digital future at our own pace.

    In other words, they know that we’ll be where MS wanted to put us on day one soon enough, and are content to keep us happy until then, when we’re two generations deep in trophies and friends lists and have no possible way to escape their clutches. 😄

    So for now, I’m patiently waiting for Sony to do a Boromir on me. Until then, I’ll stick with Sony…

    Of course, I’m planning on getting a Valve box when it comes out, and if I haven’t moved on to the PS4 from the PS3 by then, maybe I’ll go that way.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. JavelinX

    After tried the DS4 and the OS and after MS dropped the DRM, I can say that X1 is my next gen console 100%. Sony is always two steps back, at the end of the next gen PS4 will have a great value and then I will buy it. Like ps3 today.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. silkvg247

    (removed)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    Looking forward to jumping MS’ ship and getting a PS4 in 2014.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Francis O

    Still haven’t seen any “next-gen” games from MS or Sony. All of the games have the same gameplay with better slightly better graphics. In some cases the gameplay takes steps back (Ryse)

    Sony and MS should focus on making better experiences instead of focusing on the PR battle day in and day out. It’s getting old.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Animeboy413

    Wow, So Sony admits they used negative PR to win E3

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Animeboy413

    @4, Plsystation Fanboys are too blind to see that

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @9
    Why don’t you also include Nintendo in that? They are a year ahead and haven’t shown anything “next-gen” yet either have they?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Francis O

    @12 For the sake of not starting a huge flame war….I left them out. But it you want my honest opinion.

    Bayonetta 2 and X are both true next gen games. Graphics + gameplay wise. Bayonetta ran in 1080p 60 FPS and is the sequel to the greatest action game of all time in my opinion. What Platinum Games showed off at E3 was nothing short of stunning, gameplay wise.

    Monolith Soft’s X does so many things, in a wide open world. The gameplay looks revolutionary. Combine that with the scale and scope. X is the true next gen RPG we’ve all been waiting for.

    I also think Final Fantasy 15 is a true next gen game because of the gameplay and scale. However, it doesn’t have the flying mechs like X has.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @13
    “For the sake of not starting a huge flame war … I left them out.”

    Sounds like you left them out because you think they are showing “next-gen” by applying different rules to them. That’s how you do start a huge flame war isn’t it?

    It sounds a lot like games I like = next gen, but other titles not so much. Upgrade to 1080p/60fps for a game you like = next gen but for a game you don’t fancy it becomes “slightly better graphics”.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. The_Red

    @13
    That’s the problem. Bayonetta 2 is probably my fave game from E3 but it was NOT a next-gen game. Nothing about it felt like something that I couldn’t have done on PS3 or 360. Same goes for PS4 and X1. The same goes for X. It looks freaking awesome and probably better than most PS4 / X1 games but again, nothing that screams next-gen / new to me the same way you are criticizing Sony and MS.

    If anything, I’d say Tearaway is the next gen for handhelds. That’s it.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. xAKUM3TSUx

    I dont care what Sony’s PR strategy was or what it was going to be before E3. They didn’t announce anything about PS4 policies until E3 so I’m not going to assume they were going to follow MS. Especially when they revealed their console whole months before X1.

    This being said, I dont trust MS as much as I used to. Being a MS and 360 fan, I should NEVER have to say that trust is an issue. But I’m not a fanboy and the way MS treated me as a gamer before changing their shitty DRM policies makes me sick. I’m happy they corrected the issue so others can enjoy their games but now they’re doing exactly what Sony did in 06′: playing catch up.

    Although I doubt they “really” care, Sony has won me over just for caring more about the gamer. Plus buying PS4 comes with benefits and Sony IMO is finally ahead of MS this time around. So yeah PS4 day one for me…and as a 360 fan I’m sorry to say, I’ll get X1 when they lower the price and it has more games like Titanfall.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ps3fanboy

    Well, we all know that the xbone isn’t the greatest, at the moment the xbots are worrying about it’s future. The xbone will be micro$hafts demise in the gaming business, that i am sure of. Because the xbone is bad for many reasons, but with the announcement of the PS4. There will be no problem for gamers in the future. We will just have to let the xbots do their grief. When they are ready to accept their mighty micro$hafts xbone fall, everything will be as before. The memory of the the xbone will be in the past with what was not meant to be.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Lengendaryboss

    @17
    http://www.funnypictures24.com/fp/funny_animated_pictures/funny_animated_picture_29.gif

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Arcnail

    Biggest thing I’m taking from this whole console vs console thing is that Sony has better PR then Microsoft.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. wildBoar

    Microsoft willingly handed Sony their asses on a platter.. And fanboys were wildly urging Sony to play the angle they did. Not reassuring their fans would’ve been a huge mistake and part of doing that was kicking Microsoft in the balls. Simple as that, Micro’s fault. Sony did what they had to.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. fearmonkey

    Sony was arrogant and got humbled, they returned with a different outlook and attitude. MS started out hungry and did right by their supporters, and slowly stopped listening and did what MS always does, get on top and then act like they can do whatever they want. The next gen hasnt even started and they have been humbled, I hope they learn their lessons from this or they will lose the next gen.

    I am so happy that consumers didnt take whatever MS thought they could dish out, MS backtracking was wonderful to see.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    @The_Red that is the thing tho, nothing I have seen from anywhere screams next gen to me. I agree with Francis on this one. I see very little to get excited about. Everything is a little crisper, little shinier, little nicer. There is no Battle Arena Toshinden(PSx) or Ridge Racer(PSx) here, moments from games that could NOT be done on the previous gen of hardware. Games that made you really feel like something special was happening (gamewise).

    I just ain’t feeling the next gen yet.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Maabren

    Excited about PS4, price and games. :)

    #23 2 years ago

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  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

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  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

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  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

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  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

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  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]