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[WSJ] Sony Positions Next PlayStation for Hard-Core Gamers



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Sony sees Microsoft as its main competitor in the next generation, with Google a potential threat in the mid- to long-term as internet technology advances, one company official said.Nintendo Co. isn’t perceived as a major rival, the person said, because its main users tend to be younger than PlayStation’s core demographic.

PlayStation has been one of the most successful mass-market products of the past quarter-century; the PlayStation 4 alone is expected to pass 100 million units this year. Sony’s latest thinking puts less stress on overall sales numbers and more on the most-profitable segment of the market: the devoted fans who buy big-budget titles, such as Bethesda Softworks LLC’s “Fallout” series and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.’s “Red Dead Redemption.”

A second Sony official said the company believes people buy a videogame console to play graphics-heavy games.
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Sony is concentrating its attention on large software publishers as it gets ready for the next PlayStation, according to executives at Sony and software makers. In general, publishers want their games on multiple platforms to maximize sales, while console makers look to make deals for exclusive content or an initial period of exclusive sales.

Some executives at smaller game makers say they have felt snubbed by Sony, in contrast to Nintendo. At the Tokyo Game Show in September, Nintendo is supporting events to showcase independent game developers. Sony used to do the same, but isn’t planning to this year, the first Sony official said.

Sony still welcomes games from independent studios, the first Sony official said, but the emphasis is on strengthening relationships with large publishers since resources are limited. The thinking is, the official said, that people buy a console to play high-quality games available only on that platform, not smaller games also available on smartphones.

Full Article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/sony-po...rs-11561800603


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so "hard core gamers" = gamers who buy big-budget titles?

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so "hard core gamers" = gamers who buy big-budget titles?

Well duh. You can't be hard core playing low budget trash like Cuphead. You need to at least be on the level of Watch Dogs, Assassins Creed Unity, or Arkham Knight.

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so "hard core gamers" = gamers who buy big-budget titles?
These days hardcore gamers build overpowered, over-priced office PC's just to play badly ported AAA console games.


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What a joke. The only hard there is is in the title. Consoles are for casuals. Want to attract hard core gamers? OK lets enable modding to games, private run servers, 1440p 144Hz+ capable hardware on modern titles, competitive games with organized leagues, ditch the controller and use mouse and keys, ...
Plus nowadays there aren't even that many hard core games to begin with as most games have been dumbed down to promote sales to casuals.

Never bought a console, don't see why now I should Sony, really don't. You got nothing to offer other than money to developers to release certain titles only for your platform aka anti customer practices.
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I think 'hardcore' in this article will refer to the price of the PS5. Also:


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The next PlayStation will be capable of processing 8K ultra-high-definition graphics, said the PlayStation unit’s chief, Jim Ryan, in May.
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Never bought a console, don't see why now I should Sony, really don't. You got nothing to offer other than money to developers to release certain titles only for your platform aka anti customer practices.
Having a strategic partnership with someone from your supply chain isn't anti-consumer. It's just a partnership.

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people buy a console to play high-quality games available only on that platform, not smaller games also available on smartphones
I don't know, that seems pretty agreeable to me personally as a primarily PC user since I mean my PS4 is collecting dust right now just waiting for TLOU2 and Death Stranding.

Then again it completely ignores the 10s of millions who buy a single console for every single game they will play that decade. But on the other hand, how many of those are actually only playing fifa or cod or fortnite? And aren't they usually more likely to buy an Xbox?

I think when you get right down to it they might be right specifically about their own console, it's an exclusives machine. PS5 will sell because of GoW 2 and whatever Naughty Dog does not because a mobile or PC indie title got ported over.

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I think 'hardcore' in this article will refer to the price of the PS5. Also:



Color me skeptical.
It can probably only display still images in "8K mode".
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Wait so PS4 was for casual gamers only?
And all those 60$ games were just casual candy crash type games?

I guess all those hard core gamers got ripped off until now.


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