Sorry, Sony, SharePlay Won't Sell PS4s
It's no secret that at this point, the first-party software for PlayStation 4 is fairly limited.
And after Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and the Ratchet & Clank re-imagining got pushed to 2016, the holiday season is looking sparse as well.
Speaking during Sony's annual Investor Day Conference, PlayStation president Andrew House admitted that the PS4's first-party lineup is a little thin this year. That's why they'll have to lean on third-party titles for the time being. And he added:
"Rather than seeking for complete exclusives, we have looked to publishers to really try to maximize the use of the feature-set on PlayStation 4 versus the competition. And I think that the use of Share and SharePlay functionality, those have been sort of defining platform features which can be seen not just in first-party content but across the whole range of titles."
That's nice, Andrew, but very few consumers are going to opt for PS4 as opposed to Xbox One because of Share and SharePlay. It's simply not a deal-breaker or deal-maker. Uncharted 4? Yep, deal-maker. Exclusive software has always been PlayStation's bread-and-butter and there's a darn good reason.
I mean, it's nice to see Sony admit the lacking right now but let's not hide behind hardware features. No matter how many bells and whistles a game console has today, one fact remains: People still buy them for the games.
5/27/2015 9:31:59 PM Ben Dutka