Sony Found It “Very Odd” That People Were Suspicious Of Their Stance On Ownership
I have to say that after the buzz of E3 has worn off, I do laugh at the fact that Microsoft made us all so paranoid of Sony’s silence. My PS4 predictions on the day of E3 turned out to be almost fully correct, and I’m happy about that. However, it’s kind of funny if you think back to February when Sony revealed the PS4, they pretty much confirmed you can use the PS4 “old-school” and be “totally offline”, and also stated that you can play used games. But because of Microsoft, we all were biting our nails with worry.
Now, Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, recently speaking to Yahoo! Games during E3, spoke about the company’s policies on ownership, saying “if you buy it, you own it.”
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House rightfully said that there is an “increasing nervousness” about what content ownership means, and also said that Sony doesn’t think of this issue as a “storm in a teacup”, adding that it takes these matters very seriously.
“You could argue that it’s a storm in a teacup – a very vocal minority of passionate gamers,” House commented. “This huge outpouring of feeling around the concept of ownership of content. But I have to say I don’t see it that way.
“I think we saw a lightning rod for feeling that has been bubbling up – that doesn’t just apply to games, but to entertainment overall. I think there’s an increasing nervousness about what ownership of content means. In the absence of physical goods. When that nervourness was starting to migrate into control over physical goods that consumers have purchased, that was a bridge too far.
“I want to be very clear about where we have been on this issue: I think there’s a danger we could be seen to have reacted and capitalised on a situation. When we first announced PS4 in February, people were saying, ‘Oh, Sony’s being coy’ – almost with some implicit suspicion.
“It struck us as very odd. We had no intention of changing our position – it hasn’t changed from what it’s been for the last fifteen years. We believe that if you buy it, you own it, you’re able to do with it what you want.”
With all this said, it remains safe to say that this year’s E3 will go down as one of the most memorable in gaming history. It’s become a bit of an inside joke to label it as “The Red E3”.
Next-gen is definitely exciting though, and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on a shiny new PS4.
But I’m doubtful of it arriving in SA this year, and we might only see it out early next year.