Sony now finds itself in very rarefied company.
Why do so many people act like Sony didn't have good 1st party games till PS4? Thay ALWAYS had good 1st party games.
Every generation since the ps1 sony has had the most highly acclaimed exclusive games and the ps5 will continue that trend. Playstation is the future and the future is Playstation
This. When taken as a whole, the most games and the best games have always been on PlayStation. I don't expect that will change anytime soon.
i just finished GoT and Death Stranding, 2 perfect games..i hoped DS had the acceptance and the sales GOW and Spiderman had ...the game is amazing and a technical marvel on PS4 (probably the best photorealistc visuals on any system) . .Kojima was the only hand of help during the diffcult years of PS3 with his exclusive masterpiece MGS4 (which the article forgets to mention its importance back in the days) ...i hope to continue making games exclusive to PS ..his persona is the live unofficial mascot of Playstation
The vast majority of the best games associated with the PS1 and PS2 were 3rd party exclusives. Their first party has never been this good. This is them running on all cylinders after 4 generations of figuring this video games thing out and cultivating all of these studios.
Lol, the disagrees. So, were the PS1 and PS2 not huge due to games like Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, MGS, DMC, etc. being exclusive or nah? Sony's studios were great then, but a lot of the biggest games on the system weren't made by their studios.
@zeuanimals It's not black and white. They did have phenomenal 3rd party exclusives that didn't release elsewhere due to format and development differences. But, Sony did in fact always have incredible first party games. It's no different today. They still make amazing first party games and third parties still release amazing games, only they are now nearly all multiplatform.
@sinspirit: I can see that. A number of their smaller studios have risen in importance in recent years but some of their big studios then have closed since, like Zipper and Evolution.
I won't disagree with you but to me the reason why 1st party games on PS4 stood out in particular is because for the type of games they make (I would put Nintendo in a separate category) they annihilated the competition vs last gen, Microsoft was much more competitive especially early Xbox360/PS3 days.
May have something to do with the 360 being considered the winner of its gen, even though MS support for it dwindled if not outright failed.
Guess todays gamers started with the ps3.
Yep. It does looks like it. Sigh!
Every gen people like to pretend like playstation and xbox are on equal footing, but this has never been the case.
It's basic business sense. . Having usp's increases the chances of success. Having consistent, quality and variety of usp's further increases the chances of success. It didn't take Sony a decade to figure it out. Software and hardware are like yin and yang Respect both and you'll do better than those who don't
PS1 was definitely when Sony relied the heaviest on 3rd party. However they were just breaking into the industry so it was understandable. By the PS3 they really hit their stride with 1st party.
They mostly only had SOE back then, and they built a couple publishing houses which worked in teams. They knew the importance of software though, and did everything they could to get 3rd party exclusives as well as invest in 2nd party games.
I wouldn't worry too much about this piss poor ”journalism”
It really started with PS3
It started with the PS2
They stand out more from the crowd than they used to. Particularly this gen where most of the crowd decided to become GaaS focused marketing initiatives. MS lack of first party prominence also reinforced the talking points of sonys first party quality.
Sony Owns the most IP's out of any publishers(I think) They saw first hand how important was it owning quality IP's. Next generation Ms and Sony are taking different approaches we will see which will succeed 1. Sony traditional model we will make amazing games and you will pay $60 for it along with great 3rd party support and some times exclsuive games 2. We will make a lot of AA games and some AAA games. We will put everything on gamepass and overtime we will combine gamepass with live to generate money. We will not make any exclusives all our games will be available on PC and with X cloud on other platforms They announced remake of demon souls and internet lost its mind. They reinvented God of war and it won GOTY and broke sales records. It leveraged it's ownership of spiderman movie license (yes they own it) with marvel into exclusive usage of spiderman in gaming By middle of next generation Phil Spencer will be replaced with another Ms executive and Xbox fanbase will be sold the same wait and see line every E3. Say what you will don matrick understood what it took to compete with Sony and Nintendo and he achieved it somewhat. Ask yourself Phil has taken this generation selling a vision of next generation and now his vision will once again make sure Xbox Brand plays 2nd fiddle What has Phil achieved with all those resources? Closed studios and cancelled projects
Every time I see Mattricks name brought up, I'm always reminded of just how he actually ran the Xbox division. I didn't like the direction he was taking it, and certainly didn't like what he tried to push before launch, but if nothing else, the man was transparent about what he was going to do, and if he promised something, he followed through except on rare occasions. Didn't matter if the consumer wanted what he promised, he at least wasn't fluffing himself in place of delivering on whatever he was trying to sell. He had greenburg for that. Every game I was interested in for the X1, which made me buy an X1, my first Xbox console, was started under his reign. Spencer basically took that away, and despite coming in like a ball of fire....which got me excited for the brand because I felt he might do good, he ended up being a corporate shill. I didn't really care for Mattrick as a game exec, but I can at least respect he wasn't like Spencer, who seems more intent on selling an idea of greatness, instead of just delivering greatness, and to date, has obfuscated MS vision, which has been clearly stated, while trying to placate the average forum going gamer who generally holds dim views on half the stuff that he's been doing if it were coming from anywhere else. When I really think about it, Phil is like a more refined version of Greenburg.
Means sit back and see what happens and what kind of trends like 70bucks for a game unwinds
I would hope Sony knows what made them successful and will continue on the same path.
I paid 70 bucks for Ghost of Tsushima and it was worth every penny. But i guess when you pay 5 bucks to play games like Crackdown 3 or ReCore you get what you pay for...
PlayStation 1st parties could have set the PS brand back had Sony release iterations of their franchises and followed the $$$ herd. Uncharted series could have been on its 7th release with TLOU never existed. No reboot of GOW, just GOW 4. Killzone 6 on its way without ever knowing HZD. I'm just glad Sony saw the series fatigue problem early in the PS3 era and took that chance of change in the right direction. Also, you can see how much their 1st party teams have improved after every title released; it makes gamers like me excited for their next projects knowing that we will see improvement and they will deliver. Imagine Spiderman released broken with mediocre graphics and milking the fans with skins instead of unlocking them in the game. They sure have build confidence not only in themselves but also gamers like me in their brand.
also because games from sonys 1 party studios are passion projects so they put all their effort into making sure sony made the right call giving them that freedom
Not passion project, just willingness from execs to allow devs to be creative. Not set restrictive design constraints or mandates that supports something like online and subscriptions.
@Godmars290 "just willingness from execs to allow devs to be creative". I guess that what makes it a passion project. Guerrilla really wanted to make a new IP, Sony let them and they poured their heart and soul into Horizon Zero Dawn. 343 Industries "had" to make yet another Halo and it shows...
I dont want to hate on Killzone but man imagine a Killzone 4 or 5 instead of Horizon Zero Dawn? Killzone can still come back but damn Sony has talented studios I'm glad they aren't tied down to the same IPs year after year.
Another killzone game would've been awesome! I hope Resistance makes a comeback on ps5 as well.
I'd take horzion over killzone any day of the week! thank goodness they took this risk
I really believe if Sony was a 3rd party multi-plat publisher, and there was no console war attached to their titles, they'd be widely regarded as one of the best publishers in the industry by the consumer. While they have a wide range of games in quality and content, their high profile games are by far some of the best out there, and no other publisher has so many GOTY contenders or winners under their belt over the last two gens. But, because there is a console war attached to their titles, suddenly these high quality titles are held under a microscope, and to some, they just can't be good games, because that would be giving too much credit to Sony. I really hate this kind of thinking myself. I'm no fan of MS, but I will give them credit where it's due when they make good games, and even though I'm not that interested in their games, I will not say they suck if they don't, and if they do suck, I may mention it, but then move on like any normal person does when it comes to most other 3rd party games that suck.
Where have you been, Sony's first-party have been rocking it since the PS3, old news.....
It means more fab exclusives for the PS5.
They truely make awesome games.
Ever since 2006 from Sony, we have had knock out after knockout every gen.
it means more great games from Sony devs on the PS5.
Sony has been killing it with exclusives since the PS1 days. Few reasons why I believe Sony devs are amazing is that they push each other to be better, they share technology with each other (developers) and they have a passion to create amazing games. I'm so looking forward to PS5. Day 1 buy. Soon as pre orders are announced I'm ready to buy. Hopefully there's enough PS5 consoles (physical edition) to go around at launch.
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