Microsoft Exec Talks About Sony’s Advantage In Exclusive In-Game Content, Sony Wrote A ‘Lot of Checks’

Sony “decided to write a lot of checks.”

Posted By | On 05th, Nov. 2016 Under News


Major Nelson

One of the less talked about aspects of the consoles wars between Microsoft and Sony is the exclusive in-game content, even for titles that appear on both consoles. Ever since the advent of this console cycle, Sony has been winning that particular battle but Microsoft doesn’t seem to mind.

At a recent PAX Australia keynote, Larry Hyrb, better known to the gaming community as Major Nelson talked about how Sony has gotten so much more exclusive content lately. “They [Sony] just decided to write a lot of checks from what I understand; we certainly had the options, and we would look at it, but it’s like, is that the best way to spend money or should we work on creating maybe an Elite controller?”

Hyrb added he doesn’t believe there is one right answer. At the same time, it doesn’t appear as though he has many qualms about the approach Microsoft has taken on the issue. “There’s no right answer: we look at every single opportunity, and go, ‘Is this the best for the community and the best use of our money, or would it be better somewhere else, like working on Xbox One S or something like that?”

Thanks, Powerupgaming.


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  • Triton

    Microsoft is smart.
    Focusing on what is what is best for the consumer.

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. Hilariousness!

    • Mr Xrat

      Delays, empty promises and no investment in new IP. Interesting.

    • Triton

      I know…that’s why it sucks to be a PS4 owner.
      When they finally get something out on the market, its some Japanese VR game for pedophiles.

    • Mr Xrat

      Why would I be talking about the PS4 when I’m clearly referring to the topic you started, you f@t Swedish m0r0n?

      Funny how you waited all those months for games to show up and they’re already an afterthought.

    • kma99

      Sounds like sony alright lol.

    • Mr Xrat

      Try context next time. It’s a concept you have significant difficulty with.

    • SuppliedRelic ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Sony certainly isn’t focusing on what is best for the consumer.

    • crazy_black_man-

      With almost over 50 million PS4s sold compared to 20 million Xbox Ones, you wouldn’t think so, would you? Hilariousness!

    • kma99

      Shipped isnt sold. A month ago sony announced 40 million now they are at 50 million lol and you are counting shipped at sold. No clown that doesnt work like that

    • Gamez Rule

      “SAN MATEO, CA, May 26, 2016 – Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced that (PS4) has cumulatively sold through more than 40 million units *to consumers* worldwide as of May 22, 2016, continuing to demonstrate the fastest-selling console in PlayStation® history”

      This was back in May ( SOLD to consumer ) is not Shipped☺

      https://www.sie.com/en/corporate/release/2016/160526.html

      Be good to see *official sold to consumers* for Xbone

    • kma99

      Overall, 3.9 million PS4 consoles were shipped during the quarter, a 100,000 units year-on-year drop. This brings the total to 47.4 million units shipped so far, and Sony has not changed its forecast of selling 20 million by the end of the fiscal year.

      Thata just a week ago. Don’t make me copy and paste what they said at the Playstation meeting.

    • Gamez Rule

      *Sales* decreased 11.3% year-on-year (a 2% increase on a constant currency basis) to 319.9 billion yen (3,167 million U.S. dollars). This significant decrease was primarily due to the impact of foreign exchange rates and the impact of a *price reduction* for PlayStation®4 (“PS4”) hardware, partially offset by an increase in *PS4 software sales* including sales through the network.

      Operating income decreased 4.9 billion yen year-on-year to 19.0 billion yen (188 million U.S. dollars). This decrease was primarily due to the effects of the *price reduction for PS4 hardware* as well as a decrease in PlayStation®3 software sales, partially offset by PS4 hardware cost reductions and the above-mentioned increase in PS4 software sales. During the current quarter, there was a 0.9 billion yen negative impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

      http://gametransfers.com/sony-has-sold-47-4-million-ps4-units-as-of-september-2016/

      https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/library/fr/16q2_sony.pdf ( official link )

    • kma99

      Still trying. Poor fella. Shipped isnt sold. Get over it already. Lol want a cookie?

    • Gamez Rule

      No fella. It’s clearly SALES/ …lmao!

      Example: How can “price reduction for PS4 hardware” be classed as SHIPPED? ☺☺☺ OR ☺☺☺ “increase in PS4 software sales” be classed as SHIPPED?

    • kma99

      47.4 shipped is not sold clown. Isn’t that what you playslaves say about Microsoft when they announced numbers? So if it work for the goose, it works for the gander. Deal with it and stop trying to fudge numbers.

    • Gamez Rule

      Clearly you only see what you want to see, or believe what you want to believe, BUT the truth is it’s *sales* not shipped like you keep stating. I have given the official link to prove that too.

      As for MS, they have not given official *sold to consumers* of xbone once PS4 stated outselling their console. Why not show the official sold to consumer sales figures of Xbone IF I’m incorrect☺

      Either way PS4 has sold / shipped more than Xbone ( like all Sony home consoles have done in the past )

    • kma99

      Why should they show numbers? In the long run what does it mean to you. As sony fanboys stated before. Shipped is not sold. Sony came out with their financials and they clearly stated shipped not sold like they use to.

    • Gamez Rule

      Nope ( sites stated shipped ) while Sony showed *sales*☺ See Official link

    • kma99

      As part of their financial results released today for the second quarter of this fiscal year (July 1 to September 30), Sony revealed that 3.9 million PlayStation 4 systems were shipped, bringing the lifetime total to 47.4 million shipped. Compared to the previous quarter, PS4 shipments were down by 100,000 units.

      In terms of PS4 systems sold through to consumers, we heard last month that they were “more than 40 million.”

      Trending
      Nope Playstation lifestyle reports otherwise. Sorry try again lol.

    • Gamez Rule

      OMG! That is from a website clearly shown by (Sony revealed) stated within the article LMAO!

      I have given the *official Sony Link* and even copy & pasted from that link showing *sales* info☺

      From SONY

      *Sales* decreased 11.3% year-on-year (a 2% increase on a constant currency basis) to 319.9 billion yen (3,167 million U.S. dollars). This significant decrease was primarily due to the impact of foreign exchange rates and the impact of a *price reduction* for PlayStation®4 (“PS4”) hardware, partially offset by an increase in *PS4 software sales* including sales through the network.

      Operating income decreased 4.9 billion yen year-on-year to 19.0 billion yen (188 million U.S. dollars). This decrease was primarily due to the effects of the *price reduction for PS4 hardware* as well as a decrease in PlayStation®3 software sales, partially offset by PS4 hardware cost reductions and the above-mentioned increase in PS4 software sales. During the current quarter, there was a 0.9 billion yen negative impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

      https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/library/fr/16q2_sony.pdf

    • kma99

      Says nothing about sold numbers. I gave u shipped numbers as stated by sony during their financials for the quarter. Lol keep trying

    • Gamez Rule

      lmao! It wouldn’t say about sold numbers as it’ *SALES*

      There is no SHIPPED figures within the official report from Sony showing *sales*

      ( Shipped is from articles only ) as the official link ( now shown twice ) is showing sales☺ And that is where articles get figures from.

      Here is what another article stated “According to Sony‘s latest financial report, the PS4 has now surpassed even that, with 47.4 million consoles having been sold as of Q2 FY2016, ending on September 30. It sold 3.9 million PS4s during the quarter” ☺☺☺

      https://gamerant.com/sony-ps4-47-million-units-sales-decline/

    • kma99

      Aint that sweet the playrat is upset. Lol dont blame me blame sony.

    • Gamez Rule

      Bless ya, looks like you had shipped figures to comfort you when in fact it was *Sales* ☺

    • Mr Xrat

      He seems to have difficulty understanding the difference between a talking point at a press event and a quarterly statement for investors.

    • Gamez Rule

      Agreed. But truth is I sent him the official link and STILL he believes it’s shipped☺ Now that’s sad.

    • kma99

      Poor drones. Dont worry sony will fudge those numbers again so they can make that 60 million quota

    • Gamez Rule

      You say poor drones, but all it looks like is poor you more than anything mate☺

    • kma99

      I have plenty of money thanks. Me and the fiancé do just fine lol. My lifestyle affords me better things in life like all consoles and 2 pc’s. You desert dogs can only afford 1 console that you make payments on just to be able to take it home at launch.

    • Gamez Rule

      Yeah ok lad, I have all consoles ( got rid of Wii U as that was just crap ) with a gaming room with old gen consoles all set up, as well as PCs, laptops, tabs, ect. BUT the truth is Xbone is STILL falling behind PS4 sales / shipped / figures ☺☺☺ and no money can change that fact.

    • kma99

      Yeah sure i do. You own nothing but a ps4, you drones refuse to own anything else and always find fault in everything else. You always come around and talk about how u owned something and returned it because of some stupid reason. Just be honest with yourself i wont judge u

    • Gamez Rule

      “You own nothing but a ps4, you drones refuse to own anything else”
      You really are clueless ain’t ya☺ At least I OWN the consoles I type about ( unlike you ) ☺☺☺

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2933768e1658c23c7daa12b397db81fc330c6cd4452488258e1f53805b41e4c.jpg

    • kma99

      Why are u posting pictures? I dont care at all lol i could always do the same what would that prove? Nothing at all, you’re still a drone regardless.

    • Gamez Rule

      Why am I posting pics, to show you that you’re wrong in what you stated above and unlike you who is nothing but one sided fankid I own both Sony and MS consoles while you just act like you do

    • kma99

      I dont act like anything i just dont have to prove anything to you lol. Maybe one day when you act like a normal human i will post a picture also. Lol u know howbu drones like to stalk people gamer tag so i wont let u stalk me over psn lol

    • Gamez Rule

      LMAO! You can’t show you own a Sony console as you’re just all wind lad ☺ IF you had the Sony consoles you would have wrote my name on a note ( like I done with yours ) and took a simple pic of consoles, but more excuses as usual like all fankids..

    • kma99

      I can show anything i want i just dont do anything i dont want to do. I dont know u so i dont care. You have been crying for 3 hours. Go outside before it gets dark.

    • Gamez Rule

      Like I posted already…”Yeah ok lad.. Truth is you called me out for not owning anything other
      than Sony machines, and got proved wrong and when you’ve been called out
      and asked to prove you own the consoles you posted about you make
      excuses just like a fankid does and cannot show anything and only talk
      about what they don’t own LMAO!”

    • Mr Xrat

      There are no fudged numbers. This has been explained to you, but you’re a thick as s**t but**urt Xgimp so it’s no surprise you’re in denial.

    • kma99

      Ok then give us actual numbers since u sit in on sonys financial calls.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Why wouldn’t they show numbers is a better question. What are they afraid of? Are they afraid that if they actually shared with the public how badly their console was performing, that it would cause more potential customers to stay far away from it? The strategy isn’t working either way.

    • Mr Xrat

      Two months ago they announced over 40 million sold-through at a press event, when shipments were at around 43 million at the end of the last quarter a few months prior so both numbers do not conflict.

      They don’t announce sold numbers in financial quarterlies, it’s usually shipped.

      You sure do seem upset about this.

    • LifeOnMars

      Good god, does that mean that Xbox has sold less than 20m,
      Now that is a disaster!

    • kma99

      Probably so. I dont care lol

    • LifeOnMars

      It’ s nothing to laugh about, developers need a good user base to sell their games and make a profit.
      We all need Xbox to do well to keep Sony at the top of their game.

    • kma99

      It is something to laugh about, i dont work for sony or Microsoft. Last i checked Microsoft was the 3rd richest company in the world they will be fine. You drones are so infatuated with sony you get upset when someone doesnt agree with u.

    • LifeOnMars

      The world is littered with great failures, Nokia, Blackberry,MySpace, Fannie Mae,Atari.Yahoo,thelist goes on… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/532309de9ab07eb6ab7ec0c0f19bc20961e80cf0ca1d3df94c0fd29e78addd49.png

    • kma99

      Yeah sony batteries and computer software littered with root kits lol

    • LifeOnMars

      Do you remember Zune?

    • SuppliedRelic ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Sony rejected EA Access for the PS4 because it was not a ‘good value’. Their customers are more than capable of determining whether they want to pay for an optional subscription service or not. Sounds to me like they don’t like the idea of people getting access to a variety of games for $5 a month instead of purchasing them from PSN.

      Sony neglected to properly secure their networks from attacks and that resulted in a record-breaking data breach that exposed 75 million customer accounts to hackers.

      Sony chose to go with a subscription streaming service for backwards compatibility, PS Now, and that means you cannot simply pop the games you already own into your console and play them.

      Sony will not allow proper support for game modding on the PS4. Being limited to the use of game assets is not the way modding is supposed to work.

    • crazy_black_man-

      And yet they are 20-30 million ahead in console sales. Add that to the end of your worthless rant and then go sit down.

    • SuppliedRelic ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      It is adorable how infatuated you are with those sales numbers. Sony does not care what is good for the consumer, this has been demonstrated numerous times by greed motivated decisions.

    • crazy_black_man-

      And with that big a lead in console sales, the Sony consumer obviously doesn’t care about what you just said. What part are you having the most trouble digesting? Put it in your mouth and eat it already, and move away from the dinner table, son.

    • SuppliedRelic ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      That doesn’t mean there isn’t a issue. It isn’t my problem if people don’t understand that they are being screwed over by companies with greed filled motivations, like with Sony.

      I’m not ignoring the fact that most applications required an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use for numerous years, it just wasn’t something to bring up. Unlike you, I can acknowledge the faults of my console manufacturer.

      The big difference here is that Microsoft is learning from their past mistakes and correcting them. Sony continues with their longstanding business direction of milking their customers for every cent possible. You cannot even access the games you got for free with PS Plus if your subscription runs out.

    • Gamez Rule

      “You cannot even access the games you got for free with PS Plus if your subscription runs out” The games are part of a PS-Plus deal ( Not your games ) but will re-activate when you join PS-Plus again.

      BUT now let me ask you a question. What about games that I have bought from XBL-store with map-packs that no longer work online when my XBL-Gold runs out ( That’s worse than what you chat about mate )? And MS after all these years have done nothing to stop that from taking place.

    • SuppliedRelic ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      In other words, you do not own the ‘free’ games you get with PS Plus. Games with Gold actually gives you ownership of the free games they offer monthly, and they are yours to keep forever. Go figure.

      What are you even asking here? Xbox Live Gold is required for using online multiplayer functionality of games. This is not different from PS Plus.

    • Gamez Rule

      If you buy games from PS-Store using PS3 as an example you don’t need online payments to play the games, while with MS you do ( even when you bought the games )

    • SuppliedRelic ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      You’re shifting the conversation back to the PS3 and Xbox 360? We should talk about the rough launch of the insanely priced PS3, the instability of PSN, ditching backwards compatibility with the PS3 Slim, Sony suing GeoHot for jail breaking a device he owned, the infamous PSN hack that came a few months later, etc.

      We could also talk about the RROD, but that would be beating a dead horse.

      In all seriousness, PSN being free during the days of PS3 and PSP didn’t really do the customer tons of favors when it came to reliability. You got what you paid for back in those days.

    • Gamez Rule

      But the networks are the same old networks with just changes taking place as time goes by, and what I stated about PS3/360 still stands as explained.

      If going on about Xbone and PS4 you don’t even need to pay to play online with loads of free games with PS4 while you do with MS and their Xbone console, and you don’t even have to place the PS4 online to get it working offline like you have to do with Xbone. ( Xbone HAS to be placed online to start running unlike PS4 )

      See it’s easy to pick and choose what each console / network can do to suit our needs BUT where you stated “Sony certainly isn’t focusing on what is best for the consumer” just isn’t correct as the sales alone showed gamers picked PS4 over Xbone due to being more consumer friendly when compared to Xbone.

      Microsoft has worked diligently to correct its early mistakes BUT the truth is Sony didn’t need to correct mistakes as they cared more for gamers views and opinions more than what MS did.

    • Gamez Rule

      “Focusing on what is best for the consumer” ☺☺☺ It only took an uproar from the public gamer that made MS change their gaming policies as otherwise gaming would have changed for the worse.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Which was reason enough, besides their crappy cheaper quality hardware, for me not to ever support them with one of my favorite leisurely hobbies. There will never be an Xbox in my house.

    • Gamez Rule

      I felt that way too. But I got an Xbone in the end. And to be honest the console is not all it’s made out to be. Just wish the laggy menu system would be sorted out asap.

    • kma99

      Lol two drones lol. Double stupidity.

    • Gamez Rule

      Drones? How can I be a so called drone when I own all MS consoles mate, as well as Sony consoles, so please crawl back under ya bridge and wait for some goats or something☺

    • kma99

      No u dont. Thats the same thing crazy and xrat and whatever other name he wants to call himself says also. I own all console and both have pro and cons. You dont see me up here making up stuff and crying.

    • Gamez Rule

      “You own nothing but a ps4, you drones refuse to own anything else”

      Like I’ve already posted..You really are clueless ain’t ya☺ At least I OWN the consoles I type about ( unlike you ) ☺☺☺

      Show ya PS-One / PS2 / PS3 / PS4 now like I’ve done with MS consoles then.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2933768e1658c23c7daa12b397db81fc330c6cd4452488258e1f53805b41e4c.jpg

    • kma99

      Im not clueless at all i just enjoy provoking you simplr minded drones. Its easy to do. All i have to do is say anything thr opposite of sony and you drones fly off the handle

    • Gamez Rule

      Truth is I own consoles I chat about and you haven’t shown nothing apart from wind LMAO!

      Here is part of my game room which also includes PS-0ne / PS2 / PS3 consoles like I stated☺ Rage away kid☺

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28a5b5025e878ca5188d6944c0325e969b14a189febef7eea9590ff656e92524.jpg

    • kma99

      Show me your atari 2600 and colecovision when you can step up with the big boys.

    • Gamez Rule

      I have the atari 2600, spectrum 16k, etc, but they in loft as well old. But i do have Jaguar, Master system, Saturn, etc in game room boxed up as no longer played with ☺ So where are you Sony consoles then LOL

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92ba73d229a804a396a46c1b0886d70d784ab47c6f6b570c9085f0949db838d2.jpg

    • kma99

      At my parents house where they should be clown.

    • Gamez Rule

      Yeah ok lad.. Truth is you called me out for not owning anything other than Sony machines, and got proved wrong and when you’ve been called out and asked to prove you own the consoles you posted about you make excuses just like a fankid does and cannot show anything and only talk about what they don’t own LMAO!

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL.

    • Gamez Rule

      Makes me laugh when I own all the consoles but still think Xbone is crap compared to PS4, and xbots like Kma99 believed I don’t own nothing but Sony consoles LOL. He called me out I proved him wrong, and all he does is make excuses like,,,His consoles are at his parents LMAO!☺

  • LifeOnMars

    The cheque writing started with the original Xbox when the stole oddworld, and still continues today with Tombraider.

    • crazy_black_man-

      I’m not so sure MS hasn’t been making any offers. I just don’t think anyone is accepting the offers anymore, and selling themselves short of reaching the larger PS4 player base. Titanfall 2, Dead Rising 4…others will come to Sony in the near future. Remedy.

    • bardock5151

      It started long before Microsoft entered the console market.

  • chestwig

    People seem to forget that making games is a business like any other and requires money. Of course they are going to accept money from Sony or MS if it helps them stay in business. It doesn’t matter if it’s Sony paying for street fighter or MS paying for Tomb Raider. Money talks.

    • d0x360

      That’s right and there isn’t anything wrong with it. Sure it sucks if you only have one console but…most of them end up on pc and if they don’t you can wait and buy the second console cheap later

  • crazy_black_man-

    “Sony wrote a lot of checks”

    Translation: “After Tomb Raider bombed on Xbox One, we realized we were just wasting more money trying to get people to bite. Nobody wants an Xbox One right now, and throwing even more money at exclusive DLC hasn’t worked so far for us, so we decided to give up on wasteful marketing this year, and just try to recoup our losses with a newer, more powerful console model next year, with hopea that the masses of Xbox defectors that we lost to Sony, will come back to the Xbox platform.”

    • kma99

      And street fighter 5 didnt bomb harder? How’s those returns?
      Edit. You and your alt Mr xrat have the same amount of upvote, ironic huh lol.

    • crazy_black_man-

      I’ll give you an upvote every time you cry about upvotes. I know its important to you since no one ever agrees with you.

    • kma99

      Lol and logging into 300 accounts means everyone agrees with you lol. Strange logic for a whacked out playdrone

    • crazy_black_man-

      300 accounts tied to 300 valid email addresses? You’re an idiot.

    • Gamez Rule

      ☺☺☺

  • Mr Xrat

    Don’t need to write any checks, that 20 million gap writes itself.

    If he wants to talk checks, he can say how much MS spent making ROTTR flop on the Xbone.

    • Peggiembolduc

      Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !hg436f:
      On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
      !hg436f:
      ➽➽
      ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash736DigitalNowGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!hg436f:….,…….

    • Triton

      This makes more sense than Mr Xrat.

    • Mr Xrat

      Yes, we all know clear English is something you have difficulty with, you f@t Scandi.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Boom!

    • kma99

      You might need. Check to cover that 90 million your employees stole.

    • Mr Xrat

      You want to try that again so it’s somewhat coherent?

  • SuppliedRelic ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I see that the PlayStation fanboys are on the offense. Typical attitude from that crowd.

  • Eliezer Barreto

    he is jelous loll is bleeding green

    • kma99

      Bleeding green lol. Did you even read their financials? Lol think not.

  • Triton

    They should have called it Every Man’s Refunding.

  • Gamez Rule

    Money makes money so well done Sony as these so called ‘checks’ they have written have helped lead console & game sales this gen.

  • Mr Xrat

    What does an indie game have to do with anything?

    An indie game that got better critical and commercial reception than first-party GOTY contender ReCore brought to you by the people who made Metroid Prime and Megaman?


 

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