PlayStation Boss Doesn't Understand Why Some People Only Want to Play AAA Games

Shuhei Yoshida acknowledges that some gamers only want big-budget games, but says he doesn't understand why that is.

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PlayStation worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida doesn't understand why some gamers only want to play big-budget AAA games. Speaking with GamesIndustry International, Yoshida acknowledged that some people gravitate towards AAA games exclusively, but said he wonders why people don't also give smaller-sized games a chance.

"I do realize that some people are only interested in big-budget AAA games. I don't really understand those people" -- Shuhei Yoshida

"I hear complaints [about the lack of AAA games]. I do realize that some people are only interested in big-budget AAA games. I don't really understand those people," Yoshida said. "I don't know if they've tried some of the indie games and decided they're not interested. Maybe they haven't even tried. That's a key question."

Yoshida pointed out that Sony offered acclaimed side-scrolling shooter Resogun for a while as a free download for PlayStation 4 PlayStation Plus subscribers owners, going on to say that not everyone took advantage of this deal for what he described as a "great, great game." Understanding how Sony can push gamers more towards excellent smaller-sized games is a "key question" for the company, Yoshida said.

Sony has executive-level love for indie games, PlayStation software product development head Scott Rohde said previously. Admiration for smaller games coming from the top of Sony makes it difficult for other publishers to match the company's indie strategy, he argues.

Of course, Sony supports much more than just smaller-sized games. Games that would be referred to as AAA in development at Sony studios right now include The Order: 1886, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Bloodborne, and LittleBigPlanet 3, among others.

What kinds of games do you play? Everything from AAA to indie? Let us know in the comments below!

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Discussion

1407 comments
Angry_Mushroom
Angry_Mushroom

I play good games.  Be they indie or big name mainstream games.  Nothing wrong with exclusively playing either.  But you gotta give the other side a try once in a while.  Hard to imagine something wouldn't catch your fancy. 

niccodemarini
niccodemarini

The reason why is probably due to insane marketing for these big budget games. Also younger kids don't have as much artistic appreciation for these indie games. A lot of parents buy games for their kids to and probably just go with the most popular game. 60 bucks is enough to have a decent amount of fun with, and not a lot of people do not want to pay 60 bucks for a game that is not going to be as good as a AAA game.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

From which game is picture in this article?

bigruss51
bigruss51

I work and don't have time to play every game under the sun. A few AAA games will do just fine to satisfy my gaming urges.

OGKNav
OGKNav

Because some people just want to watch the world burn.

reborn007
reborn007

people just want fully complete games for the price they are paying. $64 for a game you are finished with in a couple weeks is outrageous. People want replay value that is why many people stick to AAA games. you get more value for your money. Although even many of those are starting to release the same game every year with minor tweaks. Also many of these indie games suck. I have played better games on my android phone for free.

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

People have been spoiled by AAA titles, honestly - to the point where they cannot know the difference between a mildly okay game and a terrible game.


Any gamer worth their salt should play at least seven hours of Superman 64.

AstroGazer
AstroGazer

Because they seem to have better immersion and better voice acting which lets the player get lost into the game. Also the fact that these games have more updates DLC.

jack00
jack00

AAA games are less likely to suck with all the money and effort going into them. Of course there are exceptions.

-cough- BF4

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

It's a trade off. Pay a small fee for a game that will likely suck in most cases. Or, pay a high fee for a game that will likely be decent in most cases. Of course there are exceptions. I've played some great indie games but, I've played a lot more great AAA games.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Its not the AAA in the game that makes its great its the ass dusting in the game that makes it great, plenty big budget AAA games bombs and plenty indie games make it big and I need not mention names here

MrACRedwine
MrACRedwine

I honestly believe these complaints are coming from gamers that just don't like/want what the indie guys are making right now.

nameaprice
nameaprice

Spent 300+ hours in just over a month on Kerbal Space Program, and it cost less than $20!

nameaprice
nameaprice

Because if im going to WASTE my time on video games it better be WORTH IT!

Rakou
Rakou

Why didnt he just Google it?

spenta
spenta

AAA exclusive gamers are the same people that walk out of a Transformer movies talking about how "freaking awesome" that movie just was.  In the adult world these are the NASCAR fans.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

Easy to understand: many people are on one wavelength with AAA game devs, just like they're on one wavelength with people making blockbuster movies, i.e. they're boring and unimaginative cowards.

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

I play a variety of games.to be honest though he is right about player wanting more AAA games. there are a lot amazing none AAA out there. some even better than the AAA games

0m39AX
0m39AX

Instead of playing indie, I play retro games that are on my collection. I use my current gen console(which now is Xbox One) to play games that fit into it (at least A titles). And as soon as I get my ps4, I'll do the same. 

chase1971
chase1971

After reading the comments I can see now why people don't like indie games because they think only mobile and puzzle games are the only indie games out there.  *sigh*


Being a PC gamer, there are so many quality indie games that it's impossible to play them all

notorious1234na
notorious1234na

PS4 the Indie console :)


He must be joking.  No one bought a ps4 to play games you could play on a low end pc for free.  Moreover, most indie games are just not that addictive or have a long lasting appeal compared to AAA titles.



AceRoccola
AceRoccola

AAA titles seem to be the only ones that are delivering on the experience that I'm looking for. I don't want to play Bejeweled. I am not a phone gamer. I don't care about cheap, half-formed indie titles that look and play like an SNES reject. No matter how much hype there is, I'm just not interested in playing a game on my phone, or playing a phone-quality game on my television. 

I think that this is something that is different in Japan. I know handhelds are popular in the US too, but Japan is crazy about cheap-to-develop phone games and anything mobile. To me, that just means that I'm going to play an underwhelming, underpowered, underfeatured pain of a game on a device that isn't as well designed as consoles that we had decades ago. So this goes two ways. He may not understand why I want to play a AAA game, but I don't understand why any one would waste their time on glorified apps when they paid $400 on a gaming system. I did not buy a PS4 so that I could have an identical experience to what I would have on my phone. It's that simple.


Nor do I understand why developers or consumers would ever find it acceptable to move games that should be on real consoles onto these lesser devices. Monster Hunter 4 comes to mind, a series which started on the PS2, then downgraded to the PSP, and has since been relegated to the 3DS of all things. Next stop: Monster Hunter 5 on the abacus. 

You want to sell games and hardware? Give me real games on real consoles. Keep pushing the casual mobile indie gaming stuff all you want, just don't expect me to ever care about it. 

vinion2000
vinion2000

We were a proud people once. The dark years had past and we eating of the goodness. We jumped with Mario, ran with Sonic and spun with Crash. We shot with the knowledge of the siphon and defied time at the "Trigger". We were called "nerds", "freaks", "losers" but we called ourselves "Gamers". 

Then they came. Curious to our ways. Attracted to our Fantasies, Greek Legends and Golden Guns. We welcomed them and shared the fat of the land with them. We feed them our Snakes, taught them to rewind time using the mystic Sands. We made them into Spartans. We hoped that over time they would learn our ways and respect the diversity of the land. We were wrong.

At first it was our platformers that began to disappear. Then we were told that our Rpgs were dead. They enslaved our FPSs and forced them into hard labor and rampant abuse.  Some filled with greed banded together and formed a "EA". It began consuming the trees from whence fruits Command and Conquer, Syndicate, and Mass Effect came. Warping them so they could feed their young, the "come-lately gamers" and the "Casuals".They brought about a winter filled with longing. We prayed to Gabe for a Third Life, and pleaded for our Guardian to save us. Yet we starved. Foolishly we accepted their offer of food and blankets but it was plagued with Call of Duty, Battlefield, Assassin's Creed, and Sport game sequels. We were decimated.

Now we exist as small communities. Once proud now forced into "retro" forums where we starve and whinge. We desperately Kick our money hoping something would Start with many disappointments along the way. There are those who still try to teach the old ways. They call themselves "Indie". They a few but are the last memory of a great people. 

**** you! you come-lately gamers and the Publishers who exploit you.

billagroom1
billagroom1

I still play games on my PS3 while my PS4 is just for Netflix. Why you ask? BECAUSE THERE IS NO GAMES FIT TO PLAY ON MY F***IN PS4!!!!!! What a waste of good cash. Why oh why did I not wait till 2015 or 16 to byu a PS4.

kevin_bradley1
kevin_bradley1

@reborn007 I've learned my lesson: No more will I pony up $60/game when I can wait a year and get it for $25 or even less. If it shows up on PS Plus it's even better.

volted01
volted01

@jack00 BF4 is not a bad game in itself, it's just started buggy. If there were no bugs from the beginning, or not for very long atleast, BF4 would be a hard mp game to top, it is EXTREMELY good. :D

flaw600
flaw600

@MrACRedwine Complaints coming from people who don't like the product - that actually makes sense. The indie titles so far suck. I don't 'need' AAA games - they just consistently provide a better experience for my money than indie games do. Show me a legitimately good indie game and I'll buy it, but indie isn't just different - it should be good different

reborn007
reborn007

@resident_jisen I didn't buy a ps4 to play games like dead nation....which was a ps3 game....I have a android I play many indie games on it. Almost all of them are free also. I'm going to pay to play those same types of games on my PS4. In fact there are plenty of websites in which I could play indie games for free. I'm sure plenty of intelligent people are just not interested in paying to play games that should be free. Also nobody buys a ps4 to play games that can be played on a cell phone. We just want next gen games for our next gen systems.... As of today we still have not true next gen games. Unfortunately there just is not much good video game content out for these systems. The systems should have been delayed until 2015 not released in 2013.

jslip3
jslip3

@notorious1234na  I didn't buy a PS4 only for indie games, but Sony's strong support of them IS a big reason why I continue to support them. Some of my favorite games are indie titles off of PSN. Xbox is also doing a good job of recognizing the importance of indies. Also, Sony generally gives away a lot of their best indies with a PS Plus subscription, and with their new focus on making the 4 easier to develop for, we're going to be seeing a ton of great indie content coming out for it quite frequently. So while I definitely plan to play AAA titles, the potential for a continuous stream of fun smaller indie games is a HUGE draw that you're clearly under-estimating, and it's something that really makes me appreciate my console purchase.

tycoonwill00
tycoonwill00

Well you do realize that most high end phones and tablets cost anywhere between 500 and 700 dollars or more, some of which have no problem playing games that are on par with older ps3/360 games. If tablets had better accessories and big name titles geared towards gaming (some moga controllers come to mind) I bet you could get some AAA games on those platforms, but most end up free to play. There are great games on all systems and while I always enjoy a game that is a amazing feat of graphic engineering, excellent gameplay and unique/imaginative storytelling doesn't mean that a game isn't a great game all around, for example my daughter who is 14 asked me to get her beyond two souls and the only reason she wants to play it is because she saw pewdiepie playing it and he's her fav youtube personality, my son who is four is always playing minecraft and will not give any other game in the world a chance, me myself..whenever I do get a chance to play a game I want to play its either FF Tactics, saga frontier 2 or FF7, and every time they come in and see me playing those games they both laugh at me and call me old and that my games are crunchy old people games (mind you I'm only 30) but I can understand why they would think that. To a 14 year old girl, beyond 2 souls is the best game in the world, even though as an adult gamer who knows a bit about gaming I wanted to shoot myself when I found out I would be buying that instead of the last of us (which now I just chose to wait and get the remastered version since it comes with all the dlc) my son loves minecraft and to me I can see the appeal of a game like that being fun for a few days for me, it is his entire life, me personally I think the forest alpha build on steam is way more fun than minecraft but to each is own. And while they both laugh at me whenever I want to play my crunchy old games I remind myself that at one point in time all 3 of these games were great achievements of their own when they cam out 15 years ago, and while what may seem like a Super Nintendo/phone iOS game to most at one point in time may have been a AAA game to someone somewhere, so while it is easy to dismiss steamworld dig for infamous second son, 1001 spikes for titanfall and Q*Bert for Mario kart 8 just because they were never big name titles and may never be doesn't mean that they aren't great games in their own right and good fun in their own way. Just my opinion though, maybe I am a crunchy old man but while my kids are makin use of the ps3/360/wii u/ps4 and xbox one ill be in the back room of the house playing some crunchy games on my pc/cellphone/tablet emulators and my old crunchy systems

jslip3
jslip3

@billagroom1 or you could just be a little more patient and wait until this fall when there will be a good number of big AAA games coming out that look great, since you obviously aren't satisfied with the numerous indie titles coming out steadily that "aren't fit" Geez dude you sound like a whiny child

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

@reborn007 @resident_jisen  Personally games on androids are useless .I never play those games since consoles are for games not androids.i couldn't careless if there free or not. cause there is no such thing as free everything has a catch. to bad for you then theres like 5 games I own on the ps4 right not including deadnation.plus i' m getting 3 more ps 4 game later this year. I guess . you are just to picky for your own good. oh well. we just don't see eye  to eye it the same such a shame.

oh by the way I never own a android since a basic cell phone is fine for me since it mean't talk to people not play games

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

@fire897 @resident_jisen  I've been playing dead nation and burger time. and having a blast. those games are  not AAA titled games. i should look into shovel knight