With the release of God of War and its industry-wide critical praise, We at Culture of Gaming been thinking about what PlayStation has done over the past 5 years.
because they deliver their promises and don't talk to much. Back in 204 when PS4 had its slow start everyone was questioning them because they would not say much, and the ''PS4 has no games'' joke was at its peak back them. Shuhei once said, ''Silence is gold.'' That was taken as an excuse for their slow start, but Shuhei knew very well what he was saying. it only took two and a half years to pick up and spoil us with games starting with Bloodborne, the highest exclusive of current gen game in its time. And look at how far we've got with God of War and yet 3 more AAA on the way for this year. They are the very opposite to the competition: No talk, much action, and no twisted priorities.
The thing is, PlayStation has been known for taking some years to build up its quality exclusive lineup in a generation. Back in the same year that PS4 launched, Sony was still supporting the PS3 with games like: - God of War: Ascension - The Last of Us - MLB 13: The Show - Puppeteer - Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time - Beyond: Two Souls - Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus - Gran Turismo 6 (and that was just the retail games) Even the Vita had a notable year of dedicated first-party support in 2013: - Killzone Mercenary - Tearaway - Soul Sacrifice 2013 was one of the most productive years from Sony's studios and partners, so I don't know how people expected more than what we got in the first couple of years of the PS4. The same might be said for the early PS5 lineup, unless Sony has found some magical way to increase productivity twofold. Sony has also been giving their studios a long amount of pre-production time to make some high quality and ambitious games and new IPs for PS4, which is why it took so long for them to release off the back of the PS3 as well (getting used to x86 too). I'm very much anticipating the cycle repeating itself and the wilfully ignorant from piping up yet again without context.
But Microsoft says we want SERVICES!
They listen to gamers, period. No company is perfect but Sony places gamers first. They know how to entice and excite customers. I've never been happier with my PS4. There's always unique games available to play.
Microsoft says services are better than listening to gamers. Who wants more service! I know lets RENT to NEVER own. (sarcasm kidding)
Sony succeeds because of the talent of their 1st party studios. Also we cant forget 3rd party developers too because even though Bloodborne was Sony exclusive it was made by a 3rd party studio. The new Spiderman game is being made by Insomniac which is a 2nd party studio. Obviously there is no point of talking about 1st party studios because they are always top notch. So what I am trying to say is Sony succeeds because of the talents of all the developers making stellar games. And I hope all the developers making games on all the platforms keep making amazing games because at the end of the day as a gamer I want quality games.
Why look at only the past 5 years? Just look at the past 23 years to see how PlayStation is consistently able to find success in the console space as that’ll paint a far clearer picture.
the answer is one of the most easiest answers in the world : They produce amazing video games that are timeless. always.
Because they aren't console's that cater to one or two demographic's. I always feel that Playstation consoles are the easy choice for gamer's because they give you a lot of everything. Nintendo has always been about targeting the Japanese audience and kids. Microsoft goes for the western audience and adult gamers. Sony mixes them all up and gives you a bit of everything. Sony's concept is actually very simple, it's no surprise that it works.
It prioritizes game over service. It prioritizes art over product. It invests in the areas that truly matter to the gamer. And it focuses on the globe and not just a limited demographic.
They offered what gamers wanted, not tried to make us like what they want to offer.
Games, its always about games, always has been, always will be.
The answer: a vision for the future of entertainment that goes beyond games for little children but also for the growing gamer that can only be achieved by creating a platform for all the game developers and publisbers around the world to express their vision of what games should continually evolve to be.
Sony focuses on delivering high quality games above all else.
Their focus is generally on entertainment, attempting to give you your money's worth for initial purchases, rather establishing a revenue stream. They aren't about making games a service or exploiting the mechanics, the community, of their consumer base.
It has exclusives that don't launch in beta form, and doesn't f with their fan base
Easy , by offering sauce, raw sauce, no ketchup, just sauce. By sauce i mean quality games. The exclusives go skkkrrrrrraa
So Sony has the secret sauce. :)
No 1 company is perfect but think about this. Ps1 105 mill ps2 157 mill ps3 90 mill ps4 80 mill and climbing. What other companies consoles can say they have had this much success. Long live PlayStation
Outside of the so called bad launch of the ps3 as far as price point (which the price was justified), what has Sony really done wrong? Since 95-96, that's 20 plus years, Sony has truly committed to satisfying the needs of gamers and helping gaming progress beyond what was seen as a childish source of entertainment. Sony has earned brand trust for the PlayStation branch. The consumers trust and value the name, because the consumers feel valued. Yes Sony is it to make money, we get that, but they have shown that they care as well.
1.The price point was far from justified. 2. PS3 PSN CC hack that lasted for weeks. 3. Kinda cocky going into PS3 era but ya that's really it.
The price WAS justified, it was the most powerfull console at the time, had a blu ray drive, at the time blu ray players were £1000. Had allsorts of memory card slots and full bc with ps1 and 2. The hack while bad was well compensated for. Cocky yes, but still managed to outsell the xbox from launch.
First one have to look at Sony for what they are as a whole, a multinational conglomerate corporation that specializes in four operating components: electronics (AV, IT & communication products, semiconductors, video games, network services and medical business), motion pictures (movies and TV shows), music (record labels and music publishing) and financial services (banking and insurance) Now think about it, why wouldn't Sony want to incorporate these core qualities in their 1st party games, Especially when it envolves, MUSIC, MOTION PICTURES. Epic cinematography seen in Games like, new GOD of WAR, The Last of Us, The Last Guardian, Uncharted series, Shadow of the Colossus, Horizon Zero Dawn, etc, etc...
Because exclusives matter.
By simply making great games
Yep, 23 years i have gamed on playstation, almost every year they bring out a game that makes you take notice, as long as they keep doing what they have always done then i will gladly buy into the ecosystem for another 23 lol
Easy answer, games games and games, i said it before i'll say it again PS and Sony were the best thing to happen to the gaming industry.
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