The PlayStation 5 could end up having even more game exclusives than previously imagined, as Sony hints at going on a spending spree.
Sony has offered another glimpse at their plans for the next generation, after yesterday revealing that they’re targeting hardcore gamers and high-end exclusives with their new console.
It seems they’re putting even more emphasis on first party exclusives than previously realised, with PlayStation boss Jim Ryan revealing that the company is ‘considering the merger and acquisition’ of currently independent developers.
‘Content is becoming more important than ever before’, he told Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun, as translated by Gematsu.
Ryan was keen to downplay the danger of competition from Google Stadia, stating that it would take many years before streaming completely took over from traditional consoles.
But he also emphasised that Sony’s experience and large number of internal developers, all of which can churn out exclusive PlayStation titles, put them in a very strong position.
‘Companies new to the games industry looking at the market with hope is something we definitely welcome,’ he said. ‘Sony Interactive Entertainment has 25 years of experience in the games industry and has big assets.’
Sony owns 13 game developers (referred to as first party, because they only make games for PlayStation) around the world and the success of exclusives such as God Of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Uncharted 4 have been seen as a primary reason for the PlayStation 4’s popularity.
Ryan pointed out that Google would find it difficult to compete with such a well-established infrastructure, especially if Sony start adding even more developers to their stable.
It certainly seems to be a point Microsoft agree with, as after years of downscaling their first party capabilities they’ve recently been on a spending spree buying up previously independent developers such as Obsidian Entertainment and Double Fine.
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