So when you’re on top, you have all eyes on you, and for Sony, they’ve been in the spotlight this console generation. Now lately, they’ve been making some questionable statements that we’re going to talk about today. Of course this doesn’t mean I hate Sony or anything, but criticism is due. If you’re a big Sony fanboy, you may want to close your ears or eyes, because Sony has been a little wild after E3.
To start off, let’s talk about their statement on cross-play. So Minecraft is coming to the Nintendo Switch and with it will be the ability to play with fellow block builders on the Xbox One. There was also news that Rocket League devs were trying to implement cross-play as well, but they were waiting for the approval of Sony. With the news of these hitting the public came the question of why isn’t it between all three? That would be a huge landmark in gaming, something that we’ve been anticipating and wanting to happen for years upon years. Sony then released a statement as to why they didn’t want to implement cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and the other 2 consoles.
“We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe,” Ryan said. “Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”
So basically, they don’t want the PS4 master race interacting with the unwashed masses of Nintendo and Xbox. This is a response I expect to hear from Nintendo since their platform is geared toward children, it’s surprising coming from Sony. So if Nintendo is in, your statement is null, you’re not the kid friendly console, Sony, most of the toxic Overwatch videos I see on Youtube are recorded on PlayStation, those children have endured far worse.
In another odd statement, Sony talked about why indie games weren’t showcased during their E3 conference. In the words of marketing chief, Jim Ryan,
“One of the things we have realised is that these video collages of ten indie games shown in a minute, is almost meaningless. Nobody can really learn anything about the games in that sort of time. It is almost viewed as wasted time.”
He continued: “There was a time and a place, in the early stages of the life of PS4, to make statements. It was more about making a statement that we are serious about the indies, and that we are doing this and that with the indies… It is less relevant now. We have VR to talk about now, for example.”
First of all, indie games are much more relevant than VR games. Go to a friend’s house and see how many indie games they have bought recently compared to VR Games. This statement is especially ludicrous seeing the huge surge of indie games over the years since the last console generation. Indie games are getting critical acclaim. Not saying that you shouldn’t show off your VR options, but indie games will likely be much more relevant than VR, partially due to the accessibility. Not everyone can even play VR, some people literally can’t use it due to pre-existing conditions, so it’s safe to say that VR isn’t your trump card.
Now for something I think they should make a statement for, these trash games coming onto the PlayStation store. For some reason, it looks like PSN is taking Steam Greenlight’s place in terms of garbage indie titles like Life Of Black Tiger coming to it. It started earlier this year with Black Tiger and has continued with games like Skylight Freerange 2, which has actually appeared on Steam Greenlight.
These are real video games available on the PlayStation 4 for real money in the year 2017.
There was even a game called “5-star 1000 Top Rated”, which is only available to get PlayStation trophies from. If you like this game’s page on Facebook, the developer messages you telling you how to beat the game in 20 minutes and get all the trophies. Did Sony fire their quality control department or what? I seriously want to know what’s going on.
Now Sony, you guys have been a little odd lately, but get well soon. You guys are in the spotlight too often to be this strange. What do you guys think about what Sony has been up to lately? Do you think they should focus in VR more than indie games? Let us know below.