In a recent interview with 4Gamer, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida had much to say about the PS4 in 2016.
Even before launch, Sony’s PlayStation 4 was ahead of its competition. Its price was lower, it had a power advantage and it didn’t have the same bizarre online policies as the Xbox One. Because of that, the PS4 came out of the gate with a glowing public perception and it has the sales numbers to back it up.
Despite success shipping consoles, Sony continues to struggle delivering big AAA exclusives in a timely manner. Even PlayStation’s President Andrew House called 2015’s game line up “a little sparse” last spring. There have been great exclusives like Bloodborne, but many fan favorite games like Uncharted 4 and the perpetually delayed Last Guardian have been on the horizon for a long, long time.
Shuhei Yoshida has heard fans and critics alike and hopes to correct previous mistakes next year.
“2016 marks an unprecedented rush of big titles for PS4,” Yoshida said. “It’s also the year of the long-awaited launch of PlayStation VR. It’s the year PS4 users, and those who are on the fence on whether to buy it will absolutely think, ‘It’s good to have a PS4.’ Please look forward to it.”
While Yoshida’s sentiments are reassuring, it’s not exactly difficult to have an “unprecedented rush of big titles” when many PS4 exclusives have been small indie games.
PlayStation VR is another exciting yet concerning venture for Sony. While the tech shown at PSX earlier this month was a little less than polished, PS VR still looks like a respectable piece of hardware. Still, without a solid price point, it’s hard to gauge the success Sony’s virtual reality headset will have in the coming years. Will hardware north of $500 be a viable option for consumers who have already spent at least $350 one a PS4? Like all platforms that have come before it, the success of PS VR will ultimately come down to the delivery of innovative titles and strong developer support.
If the PS4 can deliver in 2016, it will likely cement itself as the king this generation. However, if it fails to deliver high-quality experiences for Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, Ratchet & Clank, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo: Sport and more, 2016 will just be another year of waiting for PlayStation gamers.
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