At the recent annual Investor Day conference, PlayStation president Andrew House admitted that the PS4’s first-party line up for this year appears to be “a little sparse“. House went on to comment that this places an increasingly large emphasis on getting good third-party support.
With two high profile first-party games delayed until 2016 that include Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the new and untitled Ratchet and Clank game, the holiday first-party line for the PS4 looks to be noticeably less impressive than its Xbox counterpart.
In a new interview with Eurogamer, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida was asked to compare the PS4’s holiday lineup to the Xbox One’s releases, which Microsoft claims are the strongest in the console’s history. Yoshida responded to this by pointing out that potential customers won’t just look at first-party releases when deciding on which console to buy. Listing the vast array of third-party releases the PS4 will offer this Christmas, including: Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Star Wars Battlefront, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Yoshida proved that there will be no shortage of huge titles available to players.
People who are picking up a PS4 for the first time will also have a reasonable backlog of games to purchase, including Bloodborne and Until Dawn that are exclusive to the console. Whilst there aren’t any first-party AAA titles releasing this Christmas, Sony is extending its efforts to “smaller, creative games” such as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and The Tomorrow Children, among others.
Players looking into the long-term investments of buying a console will also notice Sony’s future lineups such as Uncharted 4 and The Last Guardian which is sure to be a large part of their decision making process. Yoshida commented:
“Consoles, once they’ve purchased it, they expect to use it for 5-6 years. Having exclusive, unique titles coming in the near future, starting with Uncharted 4, must play a role from a first-party standpoint, to help people make those decisions”
As for this year, whilst the PS4’s first-party lineup is admittedly a little lacking, Yoshida claims he is “very proud” of the games available for the console this December.
By comparison, the Xbox One lineup of first-party and exclusive titles for holiday 2015 is set to include a larger variety of games such as Halo 5: Guardians, Fable Legends, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Forza Motorsport 6. Xbox product manager Patrick Perkins described this year’s lineup as “stacked”. Whilst the console saw a slow start, Perkins firmly believes that this could be the best year for games since 2007, a time he referred to as the “golden era of gaming“.
The year 2007 saw the release of a huge number of bestsellers such as BioShock, Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Portal among many others. Patrick also pointed out that 2007 was the third holiday for the Xbox 360 and that 2015 will now be the third holiday for the Xbox One, claiming that at the start of a console generation, things take a little while to ramp up. According to the project manager, the third year is when developers begin to understand what the new technology can do.
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