MS Boss Applauds Sony For Investing In "New And Creative Things"
Even Microsoft has to applaud Sony for certain things.
During a recent OXM interview with Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer, the executive praised the competition for various reasons.
For instance, he called Nintendo's IP catalog "amazing" and then proceeded to give Sony props for their "stick-to-it-iveness" concerning new franchises that aren't immediate hits:
"Sony - and I'm focused on first-party because of what I do - I really respect their focus on investing in new things and creative things, what they've done with David Cage and Quantic Dream around Beyond [Two Souls] and Heavy Rain; they stay committed to franchises even if they don't sell 10 million units, they'll stay committed to things.
I think that long-term commitment to franchises is important, where it's easy to pull off the Band-Aid and move onto the next thing [if it doesn't sell]. I respect their 'stick-to-it-iveness'. I'll say, they've done a nice job with PS4 [...] When I think about their announcement, their clear focus on a customer, leading with the value proposition of what they're trying to do, staying true to a vision, I think they've done a nice job in how they defined the PS4."
There's no doubt that first-party software is Sony's bread-and-butter; they're often responsible for delivering the most innovative, highest-tech new IPs to market. Heavy Rain is only one example and if Sony can continue to keep things fresh in the new generation, the PlayStation 4 should be in good position. It's also nice to see Spencer applaud the PS4 for catering to the customer. This is precisely the reason why that system was so well received when it was first announced.
We'll have to see how things shape up down the road.
1/3/2014 9:15:17 PM John Shepard