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Sony's Jim Ryan interview: "[Probably don't] feel the need to buy outright exclusives"

At Sony's Gamescom conference this week, he revealed that the PlayStation 4 has now sold 10 million consoles in less than nine months. A remarkable sales record that establishes the PS4 and the clear frontrunner in the next-gen console race.

Yet despite this, when we met with him at Gamescom, he assured us the figure could have been even higher had it not been for the stock shortages that followed the console's launch in some region

Update:

I've updated the title to reflect his quote better. The old one was very flamebait and not true to what he was saying. ~cgoodno

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FITgamer714d ago

Good interview. Title comes off as arrogant though and is not what he said.

randomass171714d ago

I think Sony simply earned a ton of support, exclusive or not through great hardware and marketing. That was more than enough for developers to put their A games on Sony platforms without the need for exclusivity deals.

xHeavYx714d ago

Clickbait title, but good interview

JGMoney714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

Except hell blade, no man's sky, destiny dlc, etc....

Christopher714d ago

Don't go based on the title, he didn't say that exactly.

The quote is: "Do we feel the need to go out and buy OUTRIGHT exclusivity? Probably not."

None of the items you listed are outright exclusives, only timed and one is not even exclusive since it's on PC as well on Day 1.

AngelicIceDiamond714d ago

Hell Blade's multi.

I love how these days devs, pubs, manufacturers are strait forward these days.

Instead of beating around the bush PR nonsense they get strait to the point.

Sony doesn't need to buy 3rd party implying what everyone knows, MS bought ROTTR.

JGMoney714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

The title has it in quotes .... so who said it then?

I just assume it was said, but not listed in article due to title already saying it. Why else have it IN QUOTES?

EDIT: title was changed, so basically they put in quote something that was not said. That is sad to see a site working so hard for hits.

Regardless saying "Do we feel the need to go out and buy OUTRIGHT exclusivity? Probably not" he implies others do, which isn't the case any more than looking at Sony's purchase of GTA 3 to san andreas and final fantasy 7-10.

MightyNoX714d ago

Sony helped the devs of No mans sky and it's still coming to XBone. Class act, if you ask me.

Christopher714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

***I just assume it was said, but not listed in article due to title already saying it. Why else have it IN QUOTES?***

Poor journalism. If you notice, I've updated it to better represent what he actually said.

***Regardless saying "Do we feel the need to go out and buy OUTRIGHT exclusivity? Probably not" he implies others do, which isn't the case any more than looking at Sony's purchase of GTA 3 to san andreas and final fantasy 7-10.***

Sony didn't buy any of those, AFAIK. They were put on the console with the biggest audience and they made more money on console sales. In the end, these were internal decisions to delay release to PC. Not Sony buying them. Kind of like Destiny being consoles only, there's more money in consoles than on PC. So, they go there first .

***And lets not forget Bloodborne which is developed by From Software.***

It's being published by Sony. It's a Sony IP. It's not a third-party title.

Nightcyberspud714d ago

And lets not forget Bloodborne which is developed by From Software.

Skips714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

^Nightcyberspud

lol

Bloodborne is a completely new IP OWNED by Sony and is in collaboration with Sony Japan and From Software. -__-

JGMoney714d ago

@cgood "Sony didn't buy any of those, AFAIK."

The fact that you think that these devs are going to PS4 simply because they love sony, and no money (whether through dev cost or outright cash) is involved, well you are lying to yourself.

Sevir714d ago

HellBlade is multiplatform... But its Console debut is PS4 exclusively at least for a while.

HeWhoWalks714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

Um, Bloodborne is a Sony IP, not a 3rd party game. Just seems like you came in here to find SOMETHING wrong with Sony... The one "lying to themselves" is you.

OT: As the gap grows, I expect more exclusives from 3rd parties (be it Indie or otherwise).

Christopher714d ago

***The fact that you think that these devs are going to PS4 simply because they love sony, and no money (whether through dev cost or outright cash) is involved, well you are lying to yourself.***

Where did I say that I think that? And, you are being way off topic here. This isn't about how Sony or MS get exclusives, whether outright or timed. This is about Sony saying they 'probably' don't see the need to pay for outright exclusives.

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ATi_Elite714d ago TrollingShow
Blaze929714d ago

"[Probably don't] feel the need to buy outright exclusives"

Watch Dogs content?
Destiny content?
Agent?

A business is a business. Tired of all these articles paiting the picture like Sony is some heavenly god company set to do only good in this world while Microsoft is the evils.

They both do the same things when they need to.

imt558714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

DLC's is one thing, full game is another thing. I barely buying a DLC's.

Better to invest money in new IP's than buying a 3rd party game.

EDIT :
Yes, it is DIFFERENT THINGS! Don't put THE FULL GAME and DLC's in one basket. Who gives a shit about DLC's. I don't give a shit that Xbone owners will have COD : AW DLC first! WOW, a DLC. That's something biiig.

Blaze929714d ago

@imt558 - no, it's not. It's the same thing. Stop trying to make excuses by separating what is exactly the same.

cloud 279714d ago

@ Blaze, purchasing exclusive content on watch dogs and Destiny is nothing new, MS has done this on COD, Mass Effect and many more games.
Agent, nobody knows whats going with the game, is it exclusive to PS or multi is a question mark. If you watch the e3 2013 interview of Jack Tretton after Sony conference, even he doesn't know whats going on with that game. So until Rockstar and Take Two announce the game we won't know what is going on?

Yes a business is business, is Sony heavenly while MS is evil. To me they are both evil and good at the same time. Sony hasn't bought any third party games being funded by a publisher such as EA, UBI or Acti and made their game exclusive or timed exclusive, this isn't their policy. They have worked with independent developer (who makes AAA games) and funded their projects which are exclusives to PS, MS has done this with Epic on Gears, or Remedy on Alan Wake, and Quantum Break.

Studio-YaMi714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

Oh just drop it Blaze,you and I know how bad MS is doing right now & these stunts they do every now and then only backfire at them and does the complete opposite of what they hope for,they have more raged fans than happy fans now,this will only hurt the Tomb Raider franchise anyways,as for DLC?

Call of Duty says Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! :)

sashimi714d ago TrollingShow
Omegasyde713d ago

Hey Blaze, get back to me when Sony buys a known multiplatform title exclusive to a Sony console.

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DLC is one thing, since eventually the DLC does come out for the other consoles, but Microsoft started it. Look at GTA4, Call of Duty, etc.

Who started the exclusive DLC (timed)? Yep, MS
Who started the paying to play online? Yep, MS
Who wanted to come out with a console with DRM and require you to always be online? Yep, MS.

Please retort.

Petebloodyonion713d ago

And everybody is forgetting that Destiny is exclusive to ps3 and ps4 in Japan!
Sony has yet to answer is this is a time exclusive or full time exclusive.

http://kotaku.com/destiny-i...

ziggurcat713d ago

@blaze:

DLC is not buying outright exclusives, and sony didn't "buy" agent exclusivity, R* owed sony for completely botching GTA IV.

but while you're at it:

*all* COD content?
Fallout 3 content?
Oblivion content?
Skyrim content?
Titanfall?
Tomb Raider?

shall i go on... ?

morganfell713d ago

@Petebloodyonion,

Did it ever occur to you this a decision by Activision, Not Sony? That Activision feels right now that localization and continued support for servers, etc in Japan is not worth the money? That MS didn't pony up the cash for the extra costs Activision felt ewere not recoverable they apparently do not feel it is worth it either? All equal possibilities.

Petebloodyonion713d ago

@Morganfell

No it never occurred to me for the simple reason that:
"In the West, upcoming shooter Destiny is a multiplatform game. In Japan, it's not. It's a PlayStation exclusive, Sony announced today"
http://www.scei.co.jp/corpo...

morganfell713d ago

I still fail to see where Sony paid for this rather than availed themselves of the current situation.

Petebloodyonion713d ago (Edited 713d ago )

usually a deal involve money or something beneficial for both parties involved in the deal.

and before you tell me that there's no deal between Sony and Activision regarding Destiny in Japan

"Sony and Activision reach deal to release Bungie's upcoming shooter only on PlayStation platforms in Japan this September."

http://www.gamespot.com/art...

http://www.polygon.com/2014...

http://www.dualshockers.com...

And Like I mention in a earlier post the situation was NEVER clarified about that deal (time exclusive or life exclusive)

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WorldGamer714d ago

With the number of units the PS4 has already sold, it will be interesting to see how that works vs. directly giving money to game developers for exclusivity or timed exclusivity.

While I believe your hardware should speak for itself and tantalize developers to want to work on it exclusively, when you need to make up ground in business I guess the rules are not that cut and dry.

Interesting comment overall.

Software_Lover714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

This is an edit:

TERRIBLE HEADLINE FOR THIS INTERVIEW. TERRIBLE. The remark wasn't as bad as the headline suggests.

2cents714d ago

Very stupid choice of words, just to make people angry.

Christopher714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

I've updated it to better represent what he was saying. Was definitely a poorly chosen title to use and likely done to get hits.

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Corpser714d ago

Yeah that "partnership"with Activision for Destiny timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Sony?

Enemy714d ago

Exclusive content isn't the same as buying a timed exclusive game. The amount Microsoft paid for Tomb Raider is probably just as laughably high as the GTA4 episodes that ended up on PS3.

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Christopher714d ago

@pongamasta: That was bad as well. No one is saying Sony is an angel. But, that doesn't mean MS/SE get a free pass now. Bad trends are bad trends.

Christopher714d ago

Don't respond based on the old title. They misquoted him. He was talking about buying outright exclusives, meaning buying games so that they are only available on their console rather than getting timed releases or exclusive/timed DLC.

MightyNoX714d ago

At least they didn't prevent the entire game from coming to other platforms like, say, with Titanfall and Rise of the Tomb Raider. ;)

Nightcyberspud714d ago

Yeah they did, they "bought" Bloodborne.

Nightcyberspud714d ago (Edited 714d ago )

And didn't they do the same with MGS4 last gen?

Sevir714d ago

They didn't Buy Bloodborne!... The IP belongs and was created by Sony Japan Studio, From Software was brought on as a collaborative partner for the project because they wanted something in the spirit of demon's souls.

They didn't BUY Bloodborne! its a fully owned and internally created IP that is collaboratively developed by an in house and a third party developer. Have several Seats...

Sony has downright fully acquired 3rd party exclusives before. MGS4 is one such game.

xxjabberxx713d ago (Edited 713d ago )

MGS4 Hideo himself said the reason MGS4 didn't come to XBOX 360 was because it would taken 7 dvds to fit.

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Omegasyde713d ago

Yeah that "partnership" with Activision for Call of Duty timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with EA for Battlefield 4 timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with Take 2 for Grand Theft Auto 4 exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with TAKE2 for EVOLVE content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with EA for Madden 15 timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with Activision for Call of Duty timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with EA for FIFA timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with UbISOFT for THe division timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with EA for DRAGON AGE timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Yeah that "partnership" with THQ for HOMEFRONT timed exclusive content , how much did that cost you Microsoft?

Omegasyde713d ago

Ironically instead of getting exclusive DLC, they could of made exclusive games.

This type of stuff STILL happens under Spencer, yet he gets a free pass because he unbundled the kinnect?

MaxKingoftheWild713d ago

Probably nothing to Activision. The deal probably involves sony taking up costs to market the game (hence exclusive marketing) which reduces the costs for Activision by millions. No company would pay someone to be allowed to spend money. That's just asinine. Which, anyone that says sony paid for Destiny content is saying.

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