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PlayStation CEO, Andrew House 'Surprised' By Xbox's Project Scorpio Announcement

Sony has responded to the Xbox Scorpio announcement. PlayStation executive Andrew House told The Guardian he was "surprised" by the reveal on Monday morning in part because of the timing. Also in the interview, House talked about why Sony itself is releasing a more powerful PlayStation system.

"I was surprised by the step of announcing something over a year ahead of time," House said, talking to The Guardian about Scorpio's reveal. "The dynamics of the tech industry are such that there's a much heavier emphasis on immediate gratification than there was. A lot of that is to do with how Apple has very cleverly and elegantly managed the 'available now' approach. So yes, that was a slight surprise to me."

Microsoft announced the new console last Monday, confirming a holiday 2017 release. It didn't, however, reveal the actual hardware, prompting House to recall the questions Sony received back in 2013 when it announced the PS4 without showing the console.

"We experienced this ourselves," he continued, "when, in 2013, very much in line with our previous strategies, we announced a concept and a name for PlayStation 4, and everyone said ‘where’s the box? How dare you?!’ That was the point we realised, well, we hadn’t changed but the world around us had."

Also in the interview, House spoke generally about its PlayStation Neo, saying its release does not signal the end of the traditional console lifecycle.

"This is an additional option; it's a high-end version of a PlayStation 4, let's be very clear about that, rather than a generational shift," he said. "I'm not suggesting we want to bring the games industry to an 18-month-two-year cycle because then you would lose an awful lot of the fixed platform benefits we've enjoyed that allow for these really great leaps in game experience."

Instead, Sony sees its PlayStation Neo as something that sits in the middle of the PS4 lifecycle and whatever might come next.

"We did think there was an opportunity to reflect on the traditional lifecycle, and on 4K technology, and say maybe there's an opportunity, within the course of a normal lifecycle to offer something else, something a little bit better, for a segment of the market that feels that this is important," he said.

House also said one of the key reasons Sony is coming out with the Neo is to help stop people from abandoning the PS4 in favor of PC gaming.

"We've traditionally seen that some of the core audience tends to gravitate back to high-end PCs at some point because these are the people who want the finest graphical performance," he said. "So here's a great opportunity to have them stay within our ecosystem."

Well for me, I'm not surprised that Microsoft has announced their Project Scorpio on their E3 presentation. Aside from announcing a few of their games like Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Sea of Thieves; they've got nothing else to announce so it makes sense that they just shared some info about their new console. Sony, on the other hand, has announced a LOT of games during their E3 presentation so they probably thought that a PS4 Neo unveiling would be better suited on future presentations to give way for these games. What do you think guys? Are you surprised on the Xbox's Project Scorpio announcement during Microsoft's E3?


Related Game(s): PlayStation 4 Neo

6/16/2016 2:16:28 AM Drew Constantino

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 7:11:12 AM

Announcements is more a strategy game than anything else. Pure strategy.
MS has already lost the race with their Xbone and Sony is shipping out a new updated console for "high end gaming". Of course MS had to respond with *something*, and that something had to be more than just games for the current console.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 7:34:06 AM

All the chaos was for Nintendo failing with the Wiiu and announcing a new console that it's more powerful than both PS4 and X-Bone this fast, I also think this Scorpio announcement it's more of a smoke screen, whats the point of a totally new console when they barely release good exclusive games for the current one?

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 11:08:45 AM

It goes back to the idea that Mr. House stated and the PC gaming world. There are some people who just want to be able to play the games. Then there are some people who want to play the games on the best hardware at the best resolution they can. It only makes sense that Sony and Microsoft go after those people too. If not they will go with the PC to get their fix.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 11:06:47 AM

Phil Spencer was actually pretty candid about the announcement in an interview on another site I read. He said they announced it mainly because the leaks surrounding it, and the desire to have it be an open discussion that they could possibly be in front of. Makes sense.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 12:14:25 PM

MS should be concentrating on providing better exclusive software.
So much of what they showed seemed redundant or tired. Gears 4 looked like more of the same with horrible dialogue. Forza games are annually released like any other sports game so no surprises there. Recore falls short of a AAA powerhouse at a bugdet price and from a director of a spotty portfolio. Scalebound looked fine but I question the gameplay quality. Looks chaotic. Then there was that co-op pirate ship game that'll probably flop hard.

The Xbox One S is a good value from a media player perspective at $300. That was the best part of their show. Scorpio is so far away with literally nothing to show other than calculation promises, that likely will be met with mixed results.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 3:54:20 PM

Seems like a waste of everybody's money.

I missed E3, did anything come out about Ninty's NX?

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 4:48:22 PM

I didn't notice anything more than the long awaited Zelda (now also for the NX. The system is still shrouded in secrecy other than the fact games are officially coming to it. Seems so backwards)

It looks sorta like a Zelda'ified Elder's Scrolls game btw.
Which should be good.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 11:11:51 PM

Plus we get Skyrim on PS4. Not sure if I'll get it but my gut wants it. The PS3 one had choppy issues, I just wish I could save my huge save.

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Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 5:17:16 PM

Skyrim really shows how far graphics have come for RPG's.
A month or two ago I powered it up on my PC with everything maxed (no mods) and it looked positively old. it was even running at a buttery smooth 60fps at 1080p. Still a great game, just shows its age.

Witcher and Inquisition spoiled me.

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Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 4:11:27 AM

I personally think that announcing a new console was okay. It sort of puts a bit of 'fun' and competitive pressure on the competition (Sony and Nintendo). What I don't think was a good move for MS was to cement the idea that the Scorpio would be THE most powerful console when it comes out. Even worse, MS backed this claim with specs for components that technically haven't been released yet! This for me, is a bad move for two reasons: 1) When Scorpio releases with these exact specs, I wouldn't be surprised if it actually isn't the most powerful console on the planet. 2) Sony just figured out how to beat the competition, yet again.

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