Sony Speaks On Xbox One Backlash And Japanese Developers
That’s probably the most neutral title that I can think of right now because the pure and simple derivation of it here is that Sony did in fact react to the way users reacted to the Xbox One, and Microsoft’s DRM policies.
What’s that?! Stop the presses! Sony wasn’t just all about the gamer after all?!
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Who knew, right?
In an interview, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida added that user backlash to Microsoft’s DRM policies was “a very useful source” when the competing manufacturer was busy finalising its own position on user rights. He does go on to insist that it wasn’t the deciding factor, only serving to reaffirm that they were on the right track, but really that’s like watching a porno where the female exclaims, “I’ve never done this before!” But even the cameraman’s daughter at home knows better…
“There were lots of people who gave their opinions on that issue to my Twitter account before E3,” said Yoshida. “It’s not that our hardware policies are decided strictly based on user reaction like this, but when we were thinking about what we had to bring across and how to bring it across, it was a very useful source.”
Strange, I’ve had so many people telling me that Sony cares about gamers? So it was just a political decision in the end? Well, fuck me.
SCE Japan Asia president Hiroshi Kawano added the following: “As of now, I feel like we’re getting a very positive response. For this system, we made a list of what people expected from us, debating over each point, with user feedback forming the main basis for the list. The software makers are also telling us that they feel like they really make some fun stuff with it. A new platform always provides the basis for new forms of play, so I’d like to see it connect to a revitalization of the marketplace.”
According to Kawano, the appearance of Tetsuya Nomura at E3 to unveil Final Fantasy XI was evidence that the Japanese game industry still has loads to offer the world.
“He received a wonderful reception at the conference, and that’s something that elates as well,” Kawano said. “People sometimes tell us that Japanese games are falling behind and so forth, but I think his presence signified that that’s just not the case. We also want to provide gamers with a wide variety of games, and that’s something that Japanese producers are good at. I think their presence will grow larger going into the future.”
Whatever that Sony press conference was, it was great seeing Kingdom Hearts 3 at long last, so I won’t start with Square Enix and my thoughts on their Final Fantasy development strategies. But I will say that we ought not to forget Konami, and specifically Fox Studios. Sure they weren’t at Sony’s presser, but we all know where they were instead, right? I’ll stop there before I start trolling.