Sony Admits PS4 First Party Lineup “Not the Strongest” Right Now, Console Easier to Sell In UK

Sony’s Jim Ryan addresses concerns of a relatively thin first party line-up for 2015.

Posted By | On 18th, Jun. 2015 Under News

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Sony arguably had one of its best E3 showings of all time this year but there are still some concerns regarding first party titles for the PS4. You wouldn’t think as much considering games like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Dreams. However, the first two are out next year and the third doesn’t have a release date. Does that mean Sony needs third party titles to survive at this time?

GameSpot interviewed PlayStation Europe chief executive Jim Ryan on the same and asked whether key third party deals were necessary since the overall first party slate is looking slightly thin at the moment.

Ryan replied, “Yes I’ll admit it’s not the strongest we’ve ever had. But if you look over the full year, we’ve had Bloodborne, we’re getting Until Dawn, and Tearaway Unfolded. I think the latter will surprise many people, and we also have the Uncharted trilogy. So taking all that, and added with all the third-party games in the pipeline for this year, we’re feeling confident.”

Sony still has quite the advantage right now as the PS4 is the most popular console currently (more than 22.3 million units worldwide and counting as of April 2015 end) despite the lack of a flagship first party title. What are your Ryan’s thoughts on that?

“Well, it certainly gives us some cause for optimism in 2016 (when Sony will ship major titles, such as Uncharted 4). Certainly in the UK, it’s still rather close [when compared to Xbox One sales], but we have been edging ahead every month. But across Europe, it’s fair to say we’re beating [Microsoft] by a considerable margin. Once you get into that position, the popularity of a console can start to become its selling point.

“So when you look at what drives sales of a console, obviously exclusive games do help, but if you have 75 to 80 percent of the market, it makes the system easier to sell.”

Thoughts on all of the above? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Psionicinversion

    I think you guys need to check Horizon, there is no release date for it and considering theyve only just hired the lead quest designer from CDPR that game is definately a 2017 release

    • Doragabi

      In the gameplay and trailer of Horizon, it states that it is a 2016 release date. You should watch the trailer again.

    • Psionicinversion

      yeah i will, didnt think there was but i still think it will get pushed back into 2017. Its alot harder to do that than a linear shooter like uncharted or gears

    • Tobias Spears

      It’s been in development for 4 years. Guerilla games haven’t delayed a game in years.

    • Psionicinversion

      ah yeah looked away when that crow flew down so missed it right at the end. Have to see if it holds true but lets face it an openworld is a larger step than redoing corridor shooters all the time

    • theduckofdeath

      They have never done anything of this magnitude, either.

  • Gamez Rule

    It sounds like PS4 has no games for 2015? But when looked up games from both consoles PS4 has more than Xbone? Example below from JimmyNice ( which checks out correct ) apart from FH2 which was 2014

    Games listed on wikipedia with a release date for 2015 for XB1 and PS4. I ( JimmyNice ) counted the same way for both, whether timed exclusive, console exclusive, company exclusive… whatever… I included all exclusives to be fair to both. RM is for Remastered.

    XB1 – 33 exclusives in 2015. 6 of them are arguably “AAA” – Forza Horizon II, Halo 5, Fable Legends, Rise of the Tombraider and then 2 collections, the Gears trilogy RM and the Rare collection.

    PS4 – 88 exclusives in 2015. 10 of them are arguably “AAA” – The Order 1886, Bloodborne, MLB 15, Heavy Rain & Beyond Remastered, FFX/X-2 HD RM, God of War III RM, Hot Shots Golf, Persona 5, Tear Away Unfolded RM, the Uncharted Trilogy RM and Until Dawn.

    More explained in link

  • *Also On PC

    Even Sony admits PS4 has no games. Again.

    Console peasants on a peasant platform have no games. Hilarious.

  • usherjerksoffsonyfanboys

    “So when you look at what drives sales of a console, obviously exclusive games do help, but if you have 75 to 80 percent of the market, it makes the system easier to sell.”

    So Sony relying on the “riot” effect to keep selling consoles, sorry thats pathetic. Not saying the PS4 is a bad console, its a great console. But the idea that consumers are idiots, and rather just follow the “riot” crowd that scream Xbox sux, and choose a console based on “well it sell more then the other” is sad.


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