Sony to focus on power, 'hardcore games' and more exclusives for the PlayStation 5

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jun 30, 2019 12:11 PM

Sony is in a cocky mood these days, much reminiscent of the end of the PS2’s lifespan. It’s gone eerily quiet in terms of messaging to its fanbase while the competition continues to ramp up plenty of pro-consumer moves. We’ve been given the briefest insight into Sony’s vision for the next-generation of consoles though, courtesy of the company’s chief executive, Kenichiro Yoshida.

Speaking to the WSJ, Yoshida suggested the focus for the PlayStation 5 will be doubling down on large-scale, AAA ‘hardcore’ gaming. Sony wants more games, bigger games, and bigger partnerships. “Games have become more important than ever,” said Yoshida, although it appears Sony’s flag-waving for the indie scene at the start of the PS4 era has well and truly fallen by the wayside.

Less air time will be given to indie titles in general, according to the WSJ’s sources, with PS5 targeted at fans of “graphics heavy” and “hardcore” titles. It sounds as if they’re trying to target the same audience as high-end PC gaming, to be honest, so they’re going to need to back it up with some fantastic hardware.

Here’s where things get really interesting though, as it sounds as if not only will Sony increase the development of its own in-house titles but it will also be pushing exclusive content from larger publishers as it wants PlayStation gamers to “play high-quality games available only on that platform.” Those hoping the days of exclusives and moneyhatting were coming to an end, think again. 

As for the competition, Sony, aptly enough, still sees Microsoft as its biggest threat in the console landscape. Sony doesn’t even view Nintendo as a competitor due to the suggestion Nintendo consoles cater to a younger demographic. As for the likes of Google Stadia, Sony has relegated this to a mid to long-term threat but doesn’t see Stadia posing an issue in the short term.

2020 is starting to shape up to be a mighty interesting year. On top of the fantastic line-up of games that is forming, Sony appears to be pushing hard in terms of delivering top-end gaming hardware for the PS5. From the sounds of things, the PS5 being faster than Xbox Scarlett is a top priority. This could go one of two ways, with Sony’s stance eerily reminiscent of the days before the PlayStation 3 launch. 

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11:51 Jul-01-2019

YES! MORE ANTICONSUMERISM! **** YEA DUDE! LET'S GOOOOO!

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20:53 Jun-30-2019

Excellent, love you Sony! Even more exclusives will make my PS5 so much more usefull and meaningfull!

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20:59 Jul-01-2019

Because what we need is more exclusives and more division in the gaming world...

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14:43 Jun-30-2019

im more worried about what the trade war is going to do to the console prices(you can bet your ars it will effect eu and other regions as well)

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03:18 Jul-01-2019

Nah that's a US problem, EU and other regions has nothing to do with the trade war. China didn't raise taxes on everybody lol, only to US exports.

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13:31 Jul-01-2019

and you think the hardware makers wont make back their margins from the rest of us?

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16:20 Jul-01-2019

PS5 will use AMD chips. The PS4 is currently produced in China so if the PS5 also gets built there then the chips would be subject to the tariffs along with any other parts that are manufactured by a US company. It will be up to Sony to decide if they pass on those costs to the consumer.

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19:52 Jul-01-2019

sure the non profit company sony will take the financial hit

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14:17 Jun-30-2019

In other words grass is green...

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03:19 Jul-01-2019

In other words sky is cyan...

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14:09 Jun-30-2019

man do I hate the word "exclusives"

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20:51 Jun-30-2019

Buy a Playstation, problem solved. :)

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23:57 Jun-30-2019

Or don't. Saving money is better.

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03:21 Jul-01-2019

Or a second job might be a good idea, no? :D


If you buy a Playstation then you don't need to worry about money as you won't have to buy another console because all the games are on Playstation.

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04:37 Jul-01-2019

Orr you don't get a PlayStation if you don't want one.

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05:43 Jul-01-2019

Orrrr if gaming is your hobby, objectively spending money doesn't even cross your mind, that's why it's a hobby.

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10:53 Jul-01-2019

Orrrrrr you like being responsible with your cash spending and you don't want to blow a decent chunk on something you don't need even if it's a hobby.

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12:06 Jul-01-2019

I've got the solution: Buy a PlayStation if you want one and you want to play the exclusive games. Don't buy a PlayStation if you don't want it.

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13:59 Jun-30-2019

They can push these exclusives left and right. Won't be buying console anyway

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15:22 Jun-30-2019

You're losing out. Horizon Zero: Dawn, God of War, Spider Man and even Days Gone (these are the ones I played) were simply amazing, and it looks like the trend will continue.

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16:16 Jun-30-2019

Bloodborne. Must not forget Bloodborne!

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19:38 Jun-30-2019

And Unchartes

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16:25 Jun-30-2019

So true. Unfortunate but true.
What’ll I do with a great rig if a lot of the best games aren’t on it...
I will likely be sticking with what I’ve got and get a PS down the road

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11:28 Jul-01-2019

To me personally God of War is only PS4 exclusive I care about. Not interested in others so I wouldn't buy console just for one game

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12:07 Jul-01-2019

Is Days Gone genuinely worth playing?

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21:02 Jul-01-2019

Emulators. I've waited out the PS3 era and I'll wait out the PS4 era.... PS4 will be easier to run because the hardware is not a mess anymore and it's akin to PC, so...

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13:28 Jun-30-2019

Freaking yes! Both Microsoft and Sony have commited to making more exclusives with next gen consoles. Can't wait.

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13:25 Jun-30-2019

More exclusives...mind puke

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14:46 Jun-30-2019

its almost like thats the only actual difference left in the consoles... also pc now has exclusives as well. Soon every major publisher is going to think their netflix and start a subscription service

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12:53 Jun-30-2019

Sony has been doing an amazing job! Their teams are focusing on my favorite types of games and I can not wait to see what they have in store for us!

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15:08 Jun-30-2019

I mean, their exclusives are damn good, just a shame that they are.. well.. exclusives..

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12:36 Jun-30-2019

Yeah, focus on more exclusives... ffs

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12:52 Jun-30-2019

Because they'd certainly think it's a good idea to create multiplatform games for Windows PC and XBOX and share revenue with other companies instead of selling their console which has their own store! LOL!

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13:31 Jun-30-2019

Because you view exclusive games as an asset for profit, and they do not.


For Sony and Microsoft exclusives are a necessary liability as a marketing tool to sell their consoles, but at the same time this marketing unlike the regular one can become an asset if the exclusive is good enough.


In general Sony and Microsoft hope to lose relatively small amount of money or break just about even. And if the exclusive turns out to be great, they produce high quality sequels, which in terms becomes a profitable marketing, which is probably one of the few marketings that end up profitable. It's genious.

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13:32 Jun-30-2019

And since developers are given freedom, no pressure to make high profits and are funded, if the devs are good enough, they make fantastic games. Why do you think exclusives are some of the best games of all times?

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15:25 Jun-30-2019

I swear to god I know how to speak English but I can't understand what you said. As far as I can tell, we both agree that MS/Sony need exclusives to sell their consoles. I was sarcastic in my first post

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18:01 Jun-30-2019

It means that exclusive games made by competent studios become instant classics, due to Microsoft and Sony funding them and not expecting a profit in return and use them as marketing to sell consoles. If they make a profit and the game is successful and thus of high quality, they continue to make sequels of high quality.

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13:37 Jun-30-2019

As far as Windows is concerned can't they create their own launcher & store and thereby not have to share revenue? I know some folks think that everything should be available on Steam if it's on PC but that just isn't the case.

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13:39 Jun-30-2019

The microsoft store?

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Microsoft Store: "am i a joke to you"

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16:34 Jul-01-2019

Sorry Psychoman can't respond to your comment directly as there is no Reply button there. I was referring to Sony putting games onto the Windows platform as this is a Sony article and that was who I thought Ozone9012 was talking about. :)

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21:22 Jun-30-2019

Keep the sarcasm to yourself, I know why exclusives are there.
It's just sad (and more and more infuriating, personally at least) when they and others focus on more of them, for gamers of all platforms

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05:44 Jul-01-2019

If they are funded then it's not sad it's great. Chances are those games wouldn't exist otherwise or would much, much worse and much more monetized with more micro-transactions and DLC.

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