PS5, PS4 First-Party Devs Won't Get Complacent Even if Competition Degrades | Push Square
12.02.2024 - 23:56
/ Hermen Hulst
One of the big talking points emerging as part of Microsoft’s rumoured switch in strategy is that a reduction in competition could result in complacency from PlayStation and its army of first-party developers. The issue, according to some, is that if Xbox were to abandon its own hardware – which, for the record, isn’t what any speculation is suggesting – Sony would have no real reason to compete.
This is nonsense, of course, because PS5 and PS4 will always face intense competition from not just Nintendo, but also all forms of entertainment, like Netflix, Spotify, and so on. Sony is fighting for your free time, and whether Xbox is in the race or not, it’s going to need to continue making compelling products in order to earn it. This is just common sense.
Robert Morrison, an animator at Days Gone developer Bend Studio, certainly doesn’t believe any perceived reduction in competition will affect its first-party teams. “At the developer level, PS Studios don’t compete against Xbox or Nintendo studios,” he said. “We are all driven by an internal desire to create the best work possible.”
In some sense, while PS Studios boss Hermen Hulst has nurtured a culture of shared knowledge, Sony’s first-party teams are competing against each other – in a healthy way, of course. We’ve seen the likes of Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studio, Sucker Punch, and Guerrilla Games all, quite literally, up their games in order to rival each other – and we don’t see that stopping any time soon.
A true PlayStation veteran, Sammy's covered the world of PS gaming for years, with an enormous Trophy count to prove it. He also likes tennis games way more than you.
the quality will not degrade because of microsft going 3rd party. it might degrade by sonys desire to not risk hundreds of millions on a game that is new IP.
with no competitor Sony could do what ever they want raise game prices to $100, raise sub prices. less innovation by having to match competitors offerings. we wouldnt have trophies if it wasnt for achievements, wouldnt have ps+ extra and premium if it wasnt for gamepass, wouldnt have PlayStation stars if it wasnt for Microsoft rewards
I appreciate you calling out the competition entertainment faces every moment of it's existence: it's not just against explicit market rivals, it's competition across literally every other thing you could do with your time.
People seem to not understand that our attention is limited. Companies must do everything in their power to get it and keep it. It's far too easy to switch modes and just do something else entirely.
Sony doesn't only compete with other videogame studios. It's also competing against the movie studios, music, bars, every attention sucking app on your phone, the entirety of