PS4 vs. Xbox One battle is good for gamers, Sony says

PlayStation president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida says "competition is always healthy" because it forces companies to make better products.

According to PlayStation president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida, competition--like the ongoing battle between the PlayStation and Xbox One--is a good thing for gamers because it forces each company to create better, more feature-complete products.

"Competition is always healthy," Yoshida told GameSpot in a recent interview. "It's best for the industry and consumers."

Yoshida pointed out that the day Microsoft announced it had updated the Xbox One's YouTube app to allow users to share clips directly to the video site, he was flooded with messages asking him, "When are you going to support YouTube [on PS4]?" [Ed. note: The PS4 still does not have a YouTube app].

This type of back-and-forth between major companies like Microsoft and Sony creates a kind of positive pressure, Yoshida explained. When the two companies compete in a "constructive, healthy manner" it helps make their respective platforms better in the long run, he argues.

"So I don't want Microsoft or Nintendo to be totally unsuccessful. At the same time, I don't want them to be totally successful [laughs]," Yoshida said. "So I think we can kind of help each other by healthy competition."

Our interview with Yoshida also touched upon the always contentious issue of the price difference between the PS4 and Xbox One. Sony's console may officially retail for $100 below the Xbox One, but this price gap is disappearing, Yoshida said.

When you factor in the numerous and significant offers available for Xbox One shoppers, including the since-ended $450 Titanfall Xbox One bundle, the PS4 and Xbox One are more in line--at least from a price standpoint--than ever before, Yoshida said. [Ed. Note: When this interview was conducted, the $450 Titanfall Xbox One bundle was still available]

"Nowadays, it's hard to tell how much price difference there is. It used to be $100 [but now] it could be $50 or even the same," he said.

The PS4 has sold 7 million units to consumers so far, while the only official sales number Microsoft has provided for the Xbox One to date is 3 million. That figure represents the number of Xbox Ones sold to consumers by the end of 2013. Microsoft has shipped 5 million Xbox Ones to retailer so far.

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Discussion

444 comments
grenadehh
grenadehh

Allegedly, except when competition accomplishes literally nothing as it normally does in America. Gas stations are an awesome example - exact same gas price, so it's pointless. They don't control the tax amount or make the gas but it's sitll bullshit.

DeltaMike90
DeltaMike90

With a statement like that, they must be colluding.

ketsuhige
ketsuhige

I can't believe I actually almost fell for allyouneedisluv's BS when he claimed he's a "mathematician" (pffffffff LOOOOOOOL). The guy is probably one of the dumbest trolls on these forums. Fanboys these days will say anything to get their point across, including claiming superior intellect. 


He even tried to use Steve Nash's game theory to sound smart. Allyouneedisluv, if you're reading this: you're an idiot. 

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

no its terrible really, all these preteens flaming eachother on gamespot

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

wat does yushei know all he is is an ignorant person with nothing but bitching & whininng like hes the ruler of the world. sorry yoshida but i like my ps4 collecting dust

milanfla
milanfla

Guys, he's totally right look at the XBOX ONE before E3, it had region lock, required a daily check, you could not borrow games and required permanent internect connection. BUT after E3 they realised that the gamers were prefering the PS4 over the XBOX ONE because it did not have those "features" and then they cut off those "features" making the ONE a better console

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

I don't think competition is always good. It can have great outcomes at best (Olympics), but it can also have huge risks at its worst (wars). Cooperation seems like a better idea in most fields.

AdderD
AdderD

"because it forces companies to make better products."

And yet the Kinect is still mandatory?

drtoker82
drtoker82

Sony is so poor, they'll rob your house while you play Project Morpheus.

Kalbent
Kalbent

dang its already time to get galoshes!? cuz the bull$hit is getting deep!


To $ony and Micro$oft, getting together to manipulate the business is against trade laws. It's blatantly obvious you two are doing it. Trying to cover it up with this false pretense of competition between you two is so transparent.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

Competition is good for any industry. That way companies can't get too cocky by having monopolistic policies that you can only escape if you don't engage at all. Prime examples are Sony when they released the PS3 and Microsoft when they first released the XB1. Because of their dominance with the preceding console, they thought they could do what they wanted and treat as just as dollar signs without trying. Then when their competitors offered the superior experience, people left them and they were FORCED to change things to try and win them back.

If only we could get this in the internet world but with net neutrality did and all the big name companies signing deals with each other to keep the profits to themselves only and make it next to impossible for anyone else to enter the field, internet prices will only continue to raise from their already high prices while they still will only offer the bare minimal of service options at any level. The highest speed and capability options even at the insane prices they charge people for are highly limited from what they should be. *sigh* If you want amazing internet that is also handled properly, Asia (namely Japan) is the place to go.

In any case, competition is bad to stop shady and greedy business policies or at the very least, limit their pull. They  

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Come on Sony you know micrsoft lost...stop trolling its not funny anymore...

Pupchu
Pupchu

this is a irrefutable statement and concrete proof of xbone's superiority!!

futureops
futureops

Comparing is a good thing but when you fight the war,its a bad thing,a very bad thing


kovaras1984
kovaras1984

Been as xbox is still only in about 13 territories and ps4 50 i still think xbox is gonna take over in numbers tbh. Give it another year or so, xbox will catch up and the sony ponies will be claiming numbers mean nothing again. xbox is already leading software sales which leads to one conclusion... the best games are on xbox :)

tightwad34
tightwad34

@gunnmetal LOL. Not just Gamespot, but everywhere else. It's way out of control and there needs to be something done about it. The only thing it is doing is dividing people while making them less intelligent, if that's possible. Derping for your favorite.

cainetao11
cainetao11

@milanfla Exactly. Look at the Sony at the launch of PS3. All the stupid, arrogant moves and quotes. Then the PS4. Such a better launch/console/company. Rooting for less is terrible for the industry.

trotz75
trotz75

I doubt Sony and Microsoft will start killing each other and start an actual war.

Blackwand
Blackwand

@AdderD  

Would you prefer what Microsoft originally intended for the Xbox one instead?

mjonk2pc
mjonk2pc

Meanwhile, the wealthy just fuck you over and let you down

xantufrog
xantufrog

@Kalbent What are you talking about? How are they working together to break trade laws?

nikon133
nikon133

@kovaras1984 40 territories, but low stock. I only managed to get mine end of February (in New Zealand), even if it was 'released' back in November.

Regardless of their launch strategies, they can produce only THAT many units in any time... and I'd be very surprised to learn that Sony can produce more than Microsoft...

NotLukos
NotLukos

@kovaras1984  The only thing about that is that all the territories Xbox dropped out of are its worst territories. These are the places that people just don't line up to buy Xboxes in. If the sales were more in line right now, then yeah, your statement would be absolutely true, but with a gap of over 2 million to make up for I don't know that launching in those territories will even help it catch up. :( It'll certainly help to close the gap though.


Also, when Microsoft claims that Xbox leads software sales, you should notice that it's not talking specifically about Xbox One. It's talking about the combination of Xbox One and Xbox 360, so that means very little toward the idea of the Xbox One having better games.

Blackwand
Blackwand

@tightwad34


"t's way out of control and there needs to be something done about it."


It's called ignoring them.

trotz75
trotz75

He knows they r, they both work for "them" I shouldn't really post this "they" will b watching!!

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@trotz75  And this is why you're apart of a world where you get screwed over by industries. Because you don't care until it happens. You rather have less than more because you're lazy. Oh well...

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

@bdrtfm  

Just testing how many xbot retards reply to that comment, so far there's only one so its not that bad...

btbrotherton
btbrotherton

They would have a decent chance if they broke out of the gamer market, but with amazon releasing a product that has all of the non-gaming features of the xb1 for $100, they're totally screwed.

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

@NotLukos i own them both and one thing ill stand to so far is the games are better on xbox one (so far) As for the territories xbox delayed.... There still not in all of Europe, ive no doubt it will make a big difference. And people in these delayed areas now have the advantage of choosing a system with out so much hype, With out the hype people are starting to take a look at them both for there own strengths and weaknesses. PS4 weakness is that for a 'games machine' that does little else the games library is quiet weak atm. I could see that tilting things in xbox favor

trotz75
trotz75

I just thought o.k maybe u have a point so I'll read ur post again, but I got half way through Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn! Just can't do it

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

@trotz75 sorry i dont spend my life on gamespot lol, he raises some good points but still main issue i have with my ps4 atm is lack of games, for a pure games machine thats a big flaw, have to see what e3 brings

NotLukos
NotLukos

@btbrotherton  I've seen plenty of that from Xbox people too. This divide is ridiculous enough. As for the game studios, who has been crumbling from the inside out?

btbrotherton
btbrotherton

I haven't talked to anyone who owns them both who has said that. Maybe I've seen one or two trolls on the internet who claim to own both, then go on to bash the xb1 and reveal their obvious sony fanboyism, all while bashing things based on rumors and revealing they don't actually own an xb1.

btbrotherton
btbrotherton

Yea, and with all of Sony's big game studios crumbling from the inside out, the hope of good games releasing is becoming a bit bleak.

trotz75
trotz75

That told him, notice how he's shrunk, I could picture him getting smaller the more I read

NotLukos
NotLukos

@kovaras1984 @NotLukos You're basing that on your own opinion though, and Xbox's library is not much stronger. Right now PlayStation 4 has more games and more deals on games that so far people have really been enjoying. Just like you just said, "I own them both and I like Xbox's games more," many people are also saying "I own them both and I like PS4's games more." You're basically saying, "I like this where I am, so that means everyone in Xbox's weakest territories will like this more than the competition." It just doesn't work like that.


You're also forgetting the core strengths of Xbox and PlayStation. Xbox's strength has never been in exclusive games. Xbox's strength has always been online multiplayer and online community. Xbox does recognize that exclusives are important, but it tends to purchase exclusivity deals, which gets very expensive because it must make up for what the developer loses by sticking with only one platform. That's why Xbox 360 did not have very many great exclusives for it compared to the PS3. Sony has terrific relationships with many third party studios both large and tiny, and owns or partners with many studios of its own, some of which are rather legendary (Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, etc). Sony doesn't need to buy exclusivity, though it does now and then, so its consoles tend to have more high-quality exclusives.


That said, Xbox's network is second to none as far as consoles go. Sony's network is quite good, but Xbox's network is excellent. That's what Microsoft sees more value in; that's what it invests in expanding. Despite PS3 having a comparatively strong lineup of exclusives, people still chose Xbox 360 for online multiplayer games like Call of Duty.


One more thing. It hasn't even been half a year since launch. Both consoles right now have weak libraries. One system having more games or "better" games right now does not mean that is how it will always be over the ten years you may have your system.


I really don't think launching in its weakest territories will help the Xbox beat the PlayStation when it has not yet done so in its strongest territories. Don't forget that even as Xbox launches in new places, PlayStation's numbers are not staying still. It will still be selling PS4s. Not only will the Xbox have to make up for this existing millions-wide gap in unit sales, but it will also have to make up for the fact that this gap is still growing, and in territories that PlayStation has always dominated in. It's not realistic to expect that to send Xbox past PS4. CAN Xbox One pass PS4 eventually? I believe it can, but if it does it will be because Xbox improved the system and addressed customer concerns, because it got more exclusives at good prices, and because it beat the current public perception of the device. It will not be just because it launched in its worst territories almost a year after initial launch that saw it selling so far behind its competition.

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

@Vinnvn generally made me laught that i got my edit in about 5 mins before you thought up that response lol... so slow :)

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

@kovaras1984  

If gamespot has moron filter then you can't type...


Btw its  moron not morron.

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

@Vinnvn how amusing, trying to turn what i said agaisnt me like....


oh wait your right time to stop reading i just dont care, keep trolling vin, theres nothing more to life anyway ^^


seriously gamespot we need a moron filter.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

@kovaras1984 @Vinnvn  

12 hours? You been here for that long? WOW LOL you really have no life LOL.

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

@Vinnvn @kovaras1984and boom there it is, another waste of life for everyone who happens to read yet another worthwhile comment. oh how i wish there was a way to block some peoples comments :)