I have the feeling that Sony smells blood in the water. Speaking to reporters at the D11 conference, the president and CEO of Sony Kaz Hirai stated that:
“The most important thing we need to do is agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers. If we miss that part, I don’t think we get the initial establishment of the console. That formula has worked for us with all our consoles, including the PS3…Providing other non-game content is an area we will reveal and talk about in the coming months, but it’s first and foremost a video game console.”
Oh snap. Someone must have left their Xbox 360 on too long and tried to move it because that is a serious burn. I’m a little depressed that this even needed to be said though. It would be like if the appliance store was selling a microwave and had to tell you, “Yeah, see, this thing here is first and foremost something you use to cook food.” DON’T TELL ME HOW TO USE MY HAMSTER TERRARIUM YOU FASCIST.
Now, presumably this was a shot at Microsoft and their decision to reveal all the different ways you could use Xbox One to watch tv on your tv while you’re at your tv and watching tv. Microsoft clearly made a bit of a miscalculation as to what gamers would be most interested in (hint: its games), and Sony is all to happy to jump aboard the Microsoft sucks bandwagon that’s departing the station. However, it isn’t like the Xbox One isn’t going to play games, and Hirai specifically said that the PS4 will have lots of non-game content built in to it, so the eventual difference between the two most likely isn’t as substantial as Sony would like us to believe. Essentially, what we’re talking about here is one company marketing their product as a game machine that does entertainment, and another that is an entertainment machine that does games. While this is really only a matter of perspective, there is a subset of the gaming community that this message with likely resonate really well with.
While I’m all for mocking your competitors, however, I’d be more excited if Sony started talking about the specifics of their console before they sit down to laugh with us at Microsoft. Sony needs to clarify their policy about used games, always on connection, and what sort of exclusives we can expect before I start throwing parties for the return of the king. Sitting back and pointing at all the mistakes that Microsoft has made thus far might get you some points now, but they’re not going to mean anything if you just stumble through the same things a few weeks later. It is shaping up to be an interesting E3 at the very least, and I eagerly anticipate the moment when Kaz Hirai challenges Don Mattrick to a no disqualification cage match.