Opinion: What Does Xbox One Mean For Sony?

Spong: "We've all seen the Xbox One reveal or heard or read about it from our trusted news sources. How it went depends on your view of converging entertainment media. It's the aftermath that I'm concerned with here."

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The_Infected1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

It means Sony is laughing it up. Sony has no worries anymore Microsoft shot their self in the foot this time! Sony has games and told their fans games come first. Sony has Gaikai which is social for "gamers" far as streaming games etc. Also instant full game trials, play as you download games, and free online. Sony knows how to treat their fans Microsoft just shits on them

BigFnHooters1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

"It means Sony is laughing it up."

They've worked hard to be in a position to be able to do so.

Sony has been relentlessly building up their gaming efforts since they first entered the console market back in 1994 with the two fundamental pillars of console gaming:

1. Bleeding edge technology
2. Games, games, games

And all that hard work has payed off for both Sony and gamers.

The failure of the Xbox One is all one needs to see why Sony is the dominant console maker while Microsoft continues to fail:

* Sony's Playstation team are gamers
* Microsoft's Xbox team are beancounters

Microsoft's beancounters see the Xbox as nothing more than a device that they can extract as much cash from gamers as possible - being forced to pay to play online, shipping the crappiest hardware, ads everywhere, don't bother with first party studios - just pay off third party developers for lame DLC, and on and on

nix1582d ago

it also means they can make memes like this.

silverbeld1582d ago

It means Sony stock will rise all time high.

Once the Xbox one is out PS4 will sell like grazy.

MikeMyers1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Has Sony taken advantage of the huge mess Microsoft is in about used games? No. Which leads me to believe that yes, they are planning to do something along the same lines.

"It means Sony stock will rise all time high."


Sony's stock currently sits at $20.96. Which is what it was about before the Xbox One was announced. The day after the Xbox One event it rose to over $23. So as you can see things settled down and is the same as before. Sony's stock has plummeted over the years. Hopefully the PS4 can help change things around but it will take years and years for them to ever get back to their high's years ago.

Microsoft's stock was between $34-$35 before the Xbox One event. It sits at $34.27 right now. A small dip prior to the Xbox One.

Nintendo was at about $13.60 before the Xbox One event. It went to roughly $14 after the Xbox One was shown. It now sits at $13.04. They have dropped since last week.

What that means is both Sony and Nintendo didn't improve from the Xbox One show other than a day or two. Microsoft has dipped a tiny bit. It will be interesting to see what those numbers are after E3.

rainslacker1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )


If your competition is getting nothing but negative news from the media and the forums, and the social media, there is no reason to bring attention to yourself. You use that to your advantage. If Sony has plans for it, they definitely wouldn't want to be in this fray right now, and would probably be better off waiting till it settles down some(if it does). If they don't, then they would want to let this boil over for as long as possible.

Sony could easily announce some piece of news, some small positive thing about their console, but why do so? It would take the attention away from the Xbox. Right now that attention is making Sony look much better.

I don't think Sony is over at their HQ laughing though. The Xbox is competition to them no matter how much vocal outcry there is. But right now there is nothing that their marketing needs to do to help it. Sony is almost nothing but praises since the reveal and right now from the community itself.

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lastofgen1583d ago

Don't you think that if sony weren't on planning to charge fees in the same or a similar way that Microsoft is planning on that they would have taken this golden window of opportunity to make it known to the public by now via twitter or other media?? What if Sony is planning the same thing and has made similar plans with EA, Activision, etc.?

With EA having dropped major support to the Wii U, couldn't it possibly have something to do with wii u's support and no-fee-terms for used games?

All Sony said was that they aren't planning on blocking used games- a statement which leaves open for fees.

MariaHelFutura1583d ago

Sony said this "We will not block used games, that will be up to the publishers." If the publishers are on the internet, they should know what the smart thing to do is.

lastofgen1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

"Sony said this "We will not block used games, that will be up to the publishers." If the publishers are on the internet, they should know what the smart thing to do is."

So...since sony hasn't exactly clarified their full policy regarding used games, we can still assume that these publishers may still want to block used game sales or charge a fee for their access to another party of the same game copy, right?

And, considering the attitude of publishers these days regarding used game sales and negativity directed toward gamestop, can we assume that a good number of publishers may opt to completely block used game sales for the ps4?

loulou1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

ofcourse this is not unique to microsoft. i have said the exact same thing lastofgen.

if sony were not implementing the same thing, this would be all over the net... their silence is deafening.

e3 will be telling.

mariahelfuture. ofcourse sony know what is the smart thing to do... fall in-line with the major devs or see their 3rd party support die

loulou1583d ago

whats all this about i wonder... saint sony hard at work

grassyknoll1582d ago

I have quite a logical explanation why Sony may not do it. If any system would have had draconian DRM, it would have been the Vita. Piracy killed the PSP more than any system (bar Dreamcast). So I'm optimistic PlayStation 4 may just have online passes.

caseh1582d ago


They done the same thing right around the PS2 was released. Sony are a huge business and they will patent ANYTHING and EVERYTHING simply to protect their concepts.

Doesn't necessarily mean they will actually use it.

Skips1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

@ loulou

Try and keep updated kiddo...

"Interestingly, I also spoke to a Sony source elsewhere at the event this evening who told me that the anti used-game patent discovered last month was actually nothing to do with PlayStation 4 at all."

Your link = January (When the patent was discovered)
My link = February (After the official reveal)

@ lastofgen

"With EA having dropped major support to the Wii U, couldn't it possibly have something to do with wii u's support and no-fee-terms for used games"

Will you look at that! EA supporting a platform that doesn't block used games!

esemce1582d ago

Consider this the WiiU still has a very small install base and many WiiU owners did not buy the console for EA's games.

When the PS4 hits it will sell like crazy and have a massive worldwide install base therefore it is worth spending money on creating PS4 games as they will be very close or even ports of PC/Xbox versions.

rainslacker1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

If Sony isn't blocking then no. It gives their competition time to react. Since this is likely a software "feature" it could be stripped out of the final delivery, and MS can just say, we never had intentions to do all that. Sony would be better off waiting until MS makes it plan known, then they can play it accordingly.

Silence isn't a sign of guilt. Just means that they are waiting to reveal their plans. MS isn't in that position, because they've already let the cat out of the bag, so their silence is just making people not trust them, and taking things to their logical conclusion based on what was said.

Either way, even if Sony does want to restrict used games, I don't see how that is really relevant to it being wrong or right, or how it should change our views in any way. Perhaps you could explain that to us.

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Arai1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Sony is busy partying:

@ loulou, doing some research would have made you look less misinformed.

Omegasyde1582d ago

I can see them not blocking used game, however I am sure online passes will continue to be norm for PS4 that have a multiplayer parts.

Honestly though, I can see publishers justify the added expense as the additional 10$ will likely go towards server maintenance.

Now I am sure PS+ will go up in price, if they include a selection of Gaikai games. Cross game chat will probably be free(on vita its free), but game session-sharing/hijacking will probably be a premium service.

Off topic:
My real concern is if they make a Singstar PS4 edition and if my songs will migrate over. I am sure if Rockband 4 comes out, EA will charge a fee to migrate songs over.

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GamersRulz1583d ago

ummm...Something to crush?

lnvisibleMan1583d ago

It means plenty on space on TV shelve for PS4.

Foxgod1583d ago

Competition, plain and simple.
If you dont take competitors seriously, they could overrun you.
Sony is mature enough to know that markets change and evolve constantly.

Look at Nintendo and the Wii, they where completely disregarded by MS and Sony.

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