Sony Wants To Grow PSN Into A ‘Global Entertainment Platform’

The success of the PS4 has Sony looking to use it for more than just games, somehow.

Posted By | On 29th, Oct. 2015 Under News


Sony has been having a very good year, especially when it comes to its gaming division thanks to the Playstation 4. During a conference call this week, the company made no bones about the fact it understood it needs to find a way to further capitalize on the console’s momentum with Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida talking about the plans the firm has to grow that part of their business.

Considering the company just announced the massive number of shipments the PS4 has seen over the last few months alone, it would be almost criminal if the firm wasn’t trying to find new ways to take advantage. The company also needs to press its sales advantage when it comes to the Xbox One, which has taken some big steps towards transitioning to something that is about more than just playing games. Yoshida seems to understand this, considering his comments during the earnings call.

“The game division can continue to seek scale by capitalizing on the strong momentum of the PS4.” the CFO said, according to DualShockers. In a different earnings call, the CFO went one further and said the company is actively looking at different ways it can turn the PS4 into a total entertainment platform using PSN. Of course, users can already download movies and television shows to their console, though it’s pretty clear the population of gamers who are doing that isn’t an impressive number just yet. It will be interesting to see what Sony does to change that in the near future.

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  • Starman

    looooooooooooooooll !!!! more smoke and mirrors (pipe-dreams)…

    • XbotMK1

      Not really. They’re already dominating and killing the Xbox One.

  • Pazz

    they wont to become microsoft or apple?

    • XbotMK1

      Microsoft and Apple don’t have this so how is Sony going to become Microsoft or Apple?

    • Rodney Patrick

      Stfu you idiot

  • Hermione Granger

    sony getting arrogance and greedy again.. the idiots cant be trusted.

    • XbotMK1

      No, it’s called innovation.

    • Hermione Granger

      no its not, its called a step back!

    • XbotMK1

      Translation: “Trolololololol”

    • Hermione Granger

      go back to your crappy 247 web page troll!

    • innovation?… LOL… are you still living in your parents basements nerd.

  • damian

    They are trying to do everything that got Microsoft in trouble with gamers. The living room entertainment hub is back! Oh yeah, and game sharing.

    • Hermione Granger

      soon the hated ms drm will be a part of playstation too…

    • XbotMK1

      PlayStation has always been a living room entertainment hub but with gaming at the front. Microsoft got in trouble because they ignored games while focusing on TV feature instead that were useless to cord-cutters, tried to force always online DRM, and lied about it.

      That is not what Sony is doing or talking about in this interview. SharePlay is not the same thing as digital game sharing.

  • Tech junkie

    I think they are saying they are going to slap the playstation name on everything consumer related they make as well as copy Microsoft’s idea for a game console entertainment center.

    • XbotMK1

      Microsoft didn’t create the idea for a game console entertainment center. The PS One played music. The PS2 played music and movies, something that the original Xbox couldn’t do. The PSX played Live TV and was a DVR ten years before Microsoft attempted it with Xbox One. Where did Microsoft get the idea for CDs, DVDs, and Blu Ray from?

      Being a Microsoft fanboy makes you blind.

    • Kevin Jones

      Being a Sony Fanboy makes you blind. There were several consoles prior to the release of PS in which Sega was the first to use CDs for console game with the release of the Sega CD attachment. The original Xbox could play movies via the Xbox playback kit. I’m not quite sure where you say that the original Xbox wouldn’t allow movies and music because clearly it did allow it. At the time of release for PS3 and Xbox 360, BluRay was still questionable. There were two forms taking over standard DVDs which were HD-DVD and BluRay. Microsoft took a chance with HD-DVD hoping the cheaper format would explode – clearly it didn’t.

    • XbotMK1

      I didn’t say the PS One was the first console to use CD ROMs. The TurboGrafx-16 CD addon released in 1988 was the first console to use CD ROMs not the Sega CD. That was also the year that Nintendo announced a partnership with Sony for a CD addon, and the year that Sega started working on the Sega CD. And who created the CD ROM?

      I didn’t mean music. I was only referring to movies. The original Xbox couldn’t play movies because Microsoft didn’t want to pay DVD licensing fees so they greedily pushed that cost onto their customers by forcing them to buy an IR dongle to unlock movie playback. Regardless, what was the first console to play DVD ROMs?

      HD-DVD and Blu Ray are both similar and derived from the same technology Sony created. After the Blu Ray Disc was created between a partnership of Sony and Phillips the Blu Ray Disc Association was founded but Toshiba decided to make their own version or format to compete with Blu Ray and HD-DVD was created. Later on Microsoft decided to support it but Microsoft didn’t make HD-DVD. I don’t know why they supported it but it failed miserably after they rushed the Xbox 360 out with a DVD drive and tried to shoehorn in an HD-DVD add on.

      I’m not here to argue about who did what first. I’m simply proving to Tech Junkie that Microsoft didn’t create the idea of a video game consoles as an entertainment center.

    • Kevin Jones

      If you want to talk about firsts and where somebody got an idea from for consoles, Xbox had Xbox live before PSN existed. People criticized MSFT for charging for XBL, yet now look at what Sony is doing. Sony is seeing the success in what MSFT is doing, which is why they are starting to do the same thing. I know it goes both ways though. MSFT has taken a few things from Sony, but as it stands now, Sony is trying to follow MSFT’s lead – even if Sony is leading this “console war.”

    • you suck get outta here basement troll!

    • Tech junkie

      Common sense.

      Sony is now copying the xbox one and you will praise them and say it’s a great idea.

      They see Microsoft’s huge success and want to be a company that actually turns a profit.

      I don’t blame them. Does the playstation include a single original idea?

  • Mr Xrat

    lmao Xbox gimps trying to compare this to what MS was planning.


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