Sony says Xbox One's free FIFA offer is "kind of odd"

SCEE CEO Jim Ryan says "why should we do that?" about offering a similar deal at PlayStation 4 launch, believes real challenge will be meeting consumer demand.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan has called Microsoft's free FIFA 14 on Xbox One offer "kind of odd."

Speaking with Metro at Gamescom, Ryan said Sony is not tempted to offer a similar deal, noting the real challenge of the PlayStation 4 will be meeting demand.

"Why should we do that?" Ryan said. "Our problem is gonna be matching supply to demand. It's perfectly rational when a platform holder, or indeed a publisher, runs a preorder campaign to engage in promotional behavior to dial it up if you feel it's not where you need it to be. That’s a rational thing for any businessman to do. We're perfectly happy with where our preorder are."

"Why would we go out and add something? Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd," he added.

All new and existing Xbox One preorders in Europe will include a bundled copy of FIFA 14 when the console launches. The offer will be available while supplies last.

Sony announced during Gamescom last week that preorders for the PS4 have exceeded 1 million units worldwide. According to Ryan, based on retailer checks, Sony is pacing ahead of Microsoft in this department.

"We obviously talk to retailers, who quite properly will not share precise numbers with us but who are typically prepared to give an indication of how the land lies," Ryan said. "And it varies from retailer to retailer and it varies from country to country, but I'm not hearin' of too many places at all--at all-- where they're ahead of us."

Microsoft has not disclosed preorder figures for the Xbox One.

Sony recently nailed down a November 15 release date for the PS4 in North America, while Microsoft has committed to releasing the Xbox One sometime in November. The PS4 will sell for $400, while the Xbox One will debut at $500.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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1676 comments
OOLuigiOo
OOLuigiOo

FIFA...Horrible choice for free game.

Gitano
Gitano

i think Sony´s bundle pack in Europe with the camera,two controllers and kill zone isnt bad.....i dont think Fifa coming free with the xbox one is a bad strategy i think its a good one......just let both companies bundle more and more things for us....the competition is a good thing.

phbz
phbz

On other news. Sony does a 180 and decides to make bundle with killzone, 2 controllers and Ps eye. Gotta to love competition. 

Guest1001
Guest1001

Sorry people, but Sony are being arrogant here.

I'm not looking forward to either of next-gen consoles and wish people realised that just because Microsoft messed up so badly, it doesn't mean Sony is any better. Console manufacturers have offered bundles with their newly-released consoles for generations, even on launch day. For Sony to turn their nose up at a gesture of goodwill definitely is arrogant.

And why are people here reacting so negatively? Who cares what happens to Microsoft if we're getting a better deal out of it?

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

Ha Ha Ha Ha microsoft  is doing whatever it  takes to get people into buying their crapbox one

ratstrat
ratstrat

The Sony execs sure do talk about Xbox One an awful lot. Why are they so concerned with what Microsoft is doing?

uncle5555
uncle5555

Look at it this way folks, with the $100 Sony is saving you, you can spend $60 get FIFA and still have $40 left over, it's almost like free money, haha.  Or you can buy the XB1 and spend $100 more get FIFA and a camera to spy on you, your choice.

the_craig
the_craig

This was a weird topic for sony to comment on. I've preordered a ps4 and a smug statement like this one isn't going to change that, but it definitely rubbed me the wrong way.

It's true that adding a free game to boost pre-orders would be a bad business move by sony at this point, but so is telling your customers that they don't see a point in increasing their value.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

What I find 'odd' is Sony's entire launch line up.

howiex89
howiex89

Maybe it is odd. But it tipped me into getting a pre order for the new X1. 

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

KimCheeWarriorX says sony commenting about ms's offer about free fifa odd

PhoenixArisal
PhoenixArisal

"Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd," = We already have your money, why give you a better value? Besides, we can't afford it. If MS wants to actually try to impress you with free stuff, let them. We don't need to care anymore.

bzrigger
bzrigger

I don't see why people are so upset about this.  He's looking at it from a business perspective. From that angle, he sees it as an "odd" business practice. To me it makes sense.

Let's say you sell cars and a particular car you sell has a waiting list of customers that's a mile long. All cars that you get in stock immediately will drive off your lot. Would you then throw in a free sunroof?

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

The good old days when all consoles had at least one game packed in the box (at launch or otherwise).

Hozzyboy
Hozzyboy

ps4 is shit, i would by the nintendo 2ds before i buy that trash.

themc_7
themc_7

"Why would we go out and add something? Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd," 

Translation:  f*ck consumers! why would they want a deal? If they want a game on day one they better pay up!

Insolent007
Insolent007

I think people are forgetting that the connect sensor, which is as much a part of the experience as the rest of the features and is as stated recently "not optional", brings with it a lot more technology than just a web cam with sensors. Ok, some people just want to game and just see it as a novalty, however MS doesn't, and they are "once again" looking to the future to see how this technology can enhance the gamer experience. Anyway, who said that MS has to price their device the same as Sony? Is there some sort of console bible out there that I haven't seen? Obviously MS places more value in its product than Sony or they wouldn't have the price difference. If anything they would make the XBO cheaper. Unlike Sony, MS doesn't need to lose money on every console to get market share, need I remind everyone of that little fact. That to me is what I call odd..... Lets lose money just so we can get a few gamers to buy our console!!! Lol :)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

To be fair to the guy it is kind of odd..  If they'd have got their messaging right in the first place they wouldn't have to be trying so damn hard to get sales.

Everyone loves a free game, of course they do.  If Sony said FIFA14 came free with every pre-order too a lot of people would be ecstatic.

Fact of the matter is it's still cheaper to buy a PS4 and a copy of FIFA than it is to just buy the Xbox One with a copy for free.  If anything that just shows how hideously over-priced the console is.

Kinect shouldn't have been mandatory, gamers didn't really want it this generation but now they've got no choice.  MS invested far too much money into the R&D for the thing for it to fail.  Folks will forget and move on though, always do.

darrenfps
darrenfps

@OOLuigiOo Yet not for those in Europe because Soccer over there is as the NFL is in the States. Imagine if MS decided to toss in a free copy of Madden 25 for the USA.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Gesture of good will? It's to push units because Sony dominates in Europe. It's not about them wanting to give away a free game, it's them feeling they need to stay competitive.

darrenfps
darrenfps

@grasshopper6 I'm speaking for all of you who make these type of nonsensical/immature post... Post something of means for a change. Or maybe your all a bunch of ten year olds ?  And just for the record, I'm as much a Sony fan as I am an Xbox fan. I truly hope they both do well because its better for us all in the long run

FearDarkness
FearDarkness

@ratstrat Because they are competition? And they are involved in marketing? And one type of marketing is bashing the other guy every possible moment? Have you never seen two politicians campaign for the same position? If Sony wasn't doing it, Microsoft would do it, and they have for previous generations. C'est la vie mon ami.

Chizaqui
Chizaqui

@uncle5555 

Oh my god! They're going to spy on me?!

I guess Microsoft better get used to watching me masturbate.

turpsicon
turpsicon

@the_craig @scubamonkey123 I understand where you guys are coming from with regards to Sony's comment. To me, it just seems like another swing at Microsoft. I too have pre-ordered mine as well. Unfortunately, I will need to wait a lil longer until it's released in Europe. My only concern is content. Will U.S. content and Europe content ever be the same? Tired of waiting for games to released in Europe PSN network when in the U.S. it's already released. Eg. Dragon's Crown.[sigh]

scubamonkey123
scubamonkey123

@the_craig wow congrats on the most sensible comment I've read! I totally agree. I've preordered a PS4 too. That comment does leave a sour taste in the mouth indeed. If they don't feel they need to match the microsoft offer then fine, but what does throwing a comment out liek that acheive. Other than making those of us who have invested in the Sony product feel slightly less valued. Huzzah another marketing succes is the battle of the nex gen consoles! At least its keeping us all entertained!

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@larry_tr85 Wow.  That is an amazing chart.  PS+ is an incredible service.  I had to upgrade my hard drive to 2tb to handle all the free games that I've downloaded.  I didn't realize that xbox offerings were so weak in comparison.

arqe
arqe

@bzrigger What can you give away with a car ? Wrong example.

You could've said cellphone , pc or any otherdevice that you need to buy extra accesories or softwares.

When you look at this , it is perfect sense. Not ODD.

All the electronic companies does this. Giveaway antivirus with PC ,

giveaway phone holder with cellphones etc.

the_craig
the_craig

@Hozzyboy Care to say what makes it shit? Is the whole console shit, just because it doesn't have titanfall at launch?

howiex89
howiex89

@Hozzyboy Don't fall for trashing other consoles you just sound like Sony fanboys

banderweir
banderweir

@themc_7 I think he was trying to sneak a jab in at MS, but instead came off sounding a bit arrogant and greedy.

northArrow
northArrow

@Insolent007 Nobody's forgetting about the Kinect sensor, it's the reason many of us won't be buying an Xbox. Microsoft still hasn't shown us how this technology will enhance gaming, all they're doing is offering empty promises about the "potential" of the system, it's the same bull crap they fed us with the Kinect 1.0.

The PS3 lost money initially after its release, the PS4 doesn't, your information is obsolete

Insolent007
Insolent007

Had Sony not taken a huge loss with the PS3 their price point would have been substantially different current gen, so lets not be pedantic, and if you just can't live without saying it, call it even. Sony is pathetic!

PhoenixArisal
PhoenixArisal

@warhawk-geeby I really can't understand why people balk at the $100 difference. When you think about it, you will likely have this next generation around for several years, which means whichever system you buy, it's an investment. How much difference does $100 make in the long run? Not much. Especially when you realize that MS is ALWAYS giving their fans more stuff, like dedicated servers, cloud computing, voice commands (Whether you personally like it or not, it is an advancement in capability), exclusive content, timed exclusives, and now FIFA14. I am not saying the XB1 is better. I'm saying they are both very close in tech, and capabilities, and we can't pretend like that $100 difference is in there for nothing. I can't wait to own both consoles, and am very excited for this launch. I just don't understand why people act like $100 makes so much of a difference in the long run. And before anyone tries to claim I just have tons of money to waste, I don't. I work at nearly minimum wage. I just treat gaming as an investment in entertainment, and know that both of these consoles have a lot to offer. 

I like the fact that MS is still trying to impress us. Sony seems to have a "We've already won" attitude, which is very unimpressive to me.

ratstrat
ratstrat

Yeah, I know they're involved in marketing, but it just seems like they're a little too focused on what everyone else is doing. These companies should use a little more class when marketing their products. No need to bash other companies products. Those kind of tactics score no points with me. You're right, MS would probably do the same. But Sony is in the spotlight today. And politicians should use more class, too. They are worse than Sony, MS and Nintendo put together.

turpsicon
turpsicon

Oh, and content from Japan PSN store. Can't believe i forgot about that one.

howiex89
howiex89

@jeremiah06 @howiex89 Because Sony failed to impress me enough to switch over. Plus I don't mind having a Kinect. But thanks for your concern about my finances. 

CROAT_56
CROAT_56

@jakesnakeel @larry_tr85 the service is cool as long as you continue to pay you stop paying they lock you out of the games you downloaded.  On MS the offerings aren't as stellar as Sony but if you decide to get rid of gold those games are still yours.

bzrigger
bzrigger

@arqe @bzrigger That's true, but they do it (include giveaways), to increase sales. In this particular case, the reason he thinks it's odd is that with demand far outstripping supply, there's no reason to try to increase sales. That was the reason for my car analogy - it wasn't about what is being given away, but why a business would give away anything when people are already willing to buy it without the giveaway. They apparently see value without the giveaway, so why reduce your profits?

arqe
arqe

@northArrow Console is not on the market yet and you saying Ps4 didnt lost any money ?

And why promises made by Microsoft is empty yet Sony's are full ?

And we saw how Sony keeps their promises with Ps3.

Now it comes down to this ;

- Sony gave people promises with Ps3 launch. They didnt keep %80 of them. And in 7 years they had only 3 games that makes the console shine.

- Microsoft , tried to go future with this Next-Gen. Nobody liked it and they changed.

I know which company will get my money in the end.

the_craig
the_craig

@arqe @northArrow He says the PS4 isn't losing money initially because Sony has said as much. Sure they could be lying, but i can't see what the point would be.

The issue with the promises made with the kinect 2 is that they are they same promises that were made and not fulfilled with the kinect 1.
It's just not a feature that i want to be forced to buy for $100.

I greatly prefered my xbox 360 over my PS3, but i just prefer the direction sony is headed this time around. Both console will likely be great.

martyfnemec
martyfnemec

@arqeThe PS3 had three games that made the console shine? Are you a moron? The Uncharted series alone had three...