Sony’s PlayStation Experience Keynote Was The Perfect Example of Compromising Quality For Quantity

The conference had some decent announcements but most of it was completely overshadowed by filler content.

Posted By | On 05th, Dec. 2015 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


This year’s PlayStation Experience was one of the worst live shows I have ever seen.

I really mean it, too. Over 1 hour and 45 minutes, Sony took the stage to show us a whole lot of nothing. A grand total of 12 of those minutes were spent on something remotely interesting- 12 whole minutes of interesting content. The shortest Nintendo Direct is longer than that. Of all the on stage colossal screw ups I can think of in recent memory, this is it. It’s obviously not Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal level bad, but that was different, that bungled the launch of an entire platform. On the other hand, I would say this easily ranks up with EA’s last few E3 shows, Nintendo’s E3 2008, or Sony’s own E3 2006. In the entire 108 minute runtime of this nonsense, I can think of 12 redeeming minutes.

Let me get those 12 redeeming minutes out of the way, first- I really liked the new footage of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. It is probably the most excited any footage for Uncharted has made me yet. The game looks gorgeous, and while I understand that the dialog choices there are essentially pointless, and just provide an illusion of player choice, I appreciated their inclusion nonetheless. Then there was the debut footage of the Final Fantasy VII remake. Let me be the first to say that I am a little disappointed that they didn’t stick with turn based battles, but even that can’t dampen my excitement at just how amazing the remake really looks. It also looks like it is really far along in development, which for a game that allegedly didn’t even begin production until this E3, is impressive to see- especially considering this is a Square Enix title.

"The rest of the 101 minutes that followed were pure, utter tripe, except for the five minutes that we saw of the new Ratchet and Clank game (which looks amazing- as a fan of the series, I am so excited to get this game), as well as the two minutes spent debuting Ni no Kuni 2- which, in spite of my reservations regarding the first game, I can’t help but be hyped for."

The show started with those two games. ‘Just think, if we started with that, how packed the rest of this show will be,’ Sony’s Adam Boyes gloated on the stage. If only.

The rest of the 101 minutes that followed were pure, utter tripe, except for the five minutes that we saw of the new Ratchet and Clank game (which looks amazing- as a fan of the series, I am so excited to get this game), as well as the two minutes spent debuting Ni no Kuni 2- which, in spite of my reservations regarding the first game, I can’t help but be hyped for. It’s a big budget console exclusive JRPG from a developer with known development chops, and if Level-5 take the feedback from the first game into account, this is sure to be at least an above average game.

For the rest of the show, Sony attempted to murder all the goodwill they have managed to amass over the last two and a half years.

The entire show was a demonstration of something people always warn against- quantity over quality. Sony positively stuffed the show with games and announcements, except none of them amounted to anything. Nobody cared. The fact that Uncharted 4 and Final Fantasy VII were followed up by an excruciating segment on online competitions in Call of Duty and Street Fighter V. Which would have been fine, but Sony went on to spend over ten minutes on this nonsense. They spent nearly five minutes showing off a racing game mode in Destiny. They spent an inordinate amount of time on indie games. There were so many indie games. 

"All of this is before we get to the PlayStation VR segment. Before this show started, I jokingly mentioned to a friend, ‘watch this be an hour of VR nonsense.’ I wish I hadn’t, because I have a feeling I jinxed it- this was an hour of VR nonsense. Sony spent the majority of the show on VR. They spent more time on VR than they did on any other thing"

Don’t get me wrong, indie games are great! One of my most anticipated games for next year, No Man’s Sky, is an indie game. The trouble is, no one buys a $400 console (or the $250 handheld that Sony actually mentioned by name eleven different times on stage today!) to play an indie game (especially since most of these will run on your computer- any computer, you don’t need a high end rig to run them). The other trouble is, Sony showed off a lot of them. Too many of them, and so many of them looked like the same fare we have been getting for the last few years. It was so hard to bring yourself to care for any of this- and let’s be honest, again, no one watches a stage show to see a never ending montage of indie games, no matter how fun the indie games are. There were some standouts for sure – Hob in particular looked great, as did Zodiac – but on the whole, this never ending stream of retro looking sidescrolling platformers is now getting tiring.

All of this is before we get to the PlayStation VR segment. Before this show started, I jokingly mentioned to a friend, ‘watch this be an hour of VR nonsense.’ I wish I hadn’t, because I have a feeling I jinxed it- this was an hour of VR nonsense. Sony spent the majority of the show on VR. They spent more time on VR than they did on any other thing.

In and of themselves, that is not a bad thing- VR is an upcoming medium, and it has the promise to change video games. But that was not evident in the way Sony showed it. PlayStation VR was on show tonight, and it came away with egg on its face. From bizarre tech demos, to games that looked like highly intense acid trips, to ‘games’ that looked like they would be fun for all of five minutes, to a game actually called ‘Job Simulator,’ Sony tonight might have done more harm to VR than anyone else have managed so far. Sony basically murdered VR on stage tonight.

"Even without the expectations, this would rank as Sony’s worst conference in a decade. They spent so much time talking, and managed to say absolutely nothing of value."

VR has promise for video games, if there are some actual, legitimately interesting experiences announced for it. So far, we have what seem to be highly unappealing, rough, and shallow tech demos for VR that look like they would be fun for all of five minutes before the gimmick wears off, or major games like Gran Turismo or Ace Combat 7 with tacked on VR features. I see absolutely no reason to actually invest in a headset right now- and certainly not the PlayStation VR.

The fact that I had to sit through over an hour watching pointless VR content, filler indie game content, and freaking Destiny Kart, all in the hopes that Sony might take this chance to establish PlayStation Experience as a legitimate avenue for major game announcements, adds salt to the wound. Even without the expectations, this would rank as Sony’s worst conference in a decade. They spent so much time talking, and managed to say absolutely nothing of value. To quote Shakespeare, in the end, this was a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, GamingBolt as an organization.

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  • CouldntComeUpWithAName

    “Perfect Example of Compromising Quality For Quantity”

    I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not(Edit: ya its not a compliment and I am with you) but last year show was way better. In this show they showed a lot of great stuff but at the last 45 to 30 mins it just got a bit boring. FF7, Ace Combat 7, Ni No Kuni 2 and one of the PS VR games with the Golem where one the few games that interested me. It wasn’t a bad show but it wasn’t a great one either.

    • kevin

      Yeah it was good not great or bad with plenty of cool announcements like most gaming sites are saying.

  • Truth™

    LITERALLY NOTHING.

    CONSOLEPLEBS BTFO AGAIN

    • kevin

      You do know console players and manufacturers give Two tosses about pc so all that matters to ps owners is what Sony advertises has first or only etc on playstation it being on pc also does not matter

    • Truth™

      PC won. Stay mad :^)

    • narg

      Ha! I’ll stick to PC for the best games. Console (I own both current versions) for everything else. PC just does so much better in 80% of the games, it’s not even funny.

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      i think you should be thankfully to Sony for bringing these games on pc also lol
      because if people were like me they wanted Games to be Exclusives
      but NOPE, we have people screaming YEAHHH, WOOOO only for timed DLCs

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      and that’s the attitude i hate

  • Actually, that wasn’t Shakespeare but Faulkner who said sound and fury 😉

    • XbotMK1

      lol

  • kevin

    What a surprise gaming bolt didn’t like something Sony did while using hyperbole like one of the worst stage shows ever and Sony did more harm to vr then anyone else lol I mean seriously. While it wasn’t has good has last year most gaming sites are saying it was a good show with plenty of cool announcements but leave it to gaming bolt with their high bias against Sony to try to talk down the conference. If you want your website to be taken seriously and have more then a few comments on every article how about you start practicing non bias journalism which is pretty much the first rule of journalism instead of coming across has a fanboy bias blog in the vain of mistermediax and the like.

  • XbotMK1

    I warn everyone who hasn’t already read the article, to not read the article. It will kill so many brain cells. You don’t even need to read Pramath’s entire fake crybaby essay, which is nothing but hypocritical opinions and nonsensical bashing, to know. You can just look at the title and laugh.

    And it is no suprise that Microsoft loyalists like “Jeremiah Locanas” and “Couldn’tComeUpWithAName” (aka Terminator, aka GamerJudge) have come out of hiding.

    Pramath’s logic:

    Microsoft’s Gamescom conference was Quantum Break, Crackdown 3, and Scalebound = an amazing conference

    Sony’s PSX conference was Uncharted 4, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Street Fighter V, Ratchet and Clank, Nioh, Ni No Kuni, Ace Combat 7, Paragon, a slew of VR games, and a ton of indie games = worst conference ever

    Pramath is the same person who stated that the TGS this year was amazing.

    http://gamingbolt.com/sonys-tgs-2015-show-is-what-all-game-press-conferences-should-be

    Pramath is a hypocrite who pulls his opinions out his *ss for the sake of views and contraversy. You can’t believe a word Pramath says because it is all agenda driven mindless nonsense and dishonest opinions.

    • kevin

      Yeah that’s gaming bolt for you the two best parts of this ridiculous article was where he said it was one of sonys worst conferences ever and Sony did more harm to vr then anyone else lol like really.

    • CouldntComeUpWithAName

      If you have something to say to me I am all ears but don’t go lying and accusing others of retarded sh*t.

      (“Couldn’tComeUpWithAName” aka Terminator, aka GamerJudge have come out of hiding.) You say you speak the truth and yet here you are lying…now that is a hypocrite. Try to practice what you preach kid,

      BTW this articls clearly the authors opinion.
      “Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, GamingBolt as an organization.”

    • narg

      opinions in consoles are like… Well, you know…

    • Edonus

      You get your pony defender badge today.

      One more and you will be a Sony Defense Force Unicorn.

      You forgot to add it doesnt matter if the game are indie crap garbage Genesis games because 30 million.

    • XbotMK1

      So indie developers don’t deserve time in the spotlight among larger developers and publishers? Is that what you’re saying?

      Regardless the conference wasn’t entirely made of indies. You don’t even know what indie means. Indies can be small titles or large big budget high quality titles. Developers come with different levels of skill and talent.

      This article doesn’t even deserve to be part of the industry nor does Pramath. I’m disgusted. This isn’t even journalism. It’s trash.

    • Edonus

      You should be disgusted. The games they showed is not what sane people buy new consoles for. This is the Playstation experience and looks like I’m about experience some Super Nintendo.

      But that 30 million though.

    • Truth™

      Indies look and run better on PC. Why buy a PS4 for them?

    • CouldntComeUpWithAName

      So Paramath said Microsoft Gamescom Conference was amazing, he also said Sony’s Conference at the Paris Games Week was amazing but he CANT say that this years PlayStation Experience was bad (something that many are saying)? If someone has bad logic and doesn’t make sense here is you.

    • XbotMK1

      Did you read the article, Terminator?

      You must have because it looks like you lost too many braincells.

    • CouldntComeUpWithAName

      LOL! Now I know I must have hit nerve or something. This is hilarious, the amount of straws you are grasping is off the charts.

      Did I read the article? As a matter of fact I did but did you? Na of course you didn’t, you read the title, went to the comment section, read the comments and then went to type your usual and I quote “nonsensical opinions of a known liar, hypocrite, and fraud” because you didn’t like the opinion of someone else an opinion that many even PS gamers are saying all around.

    • Truth™

      Someone calls bad conference featuring mostly PC games bad and John Derp cries

      This is just the warm up before rscottycuck shows up. Kek

    • phar0ahad3

      Best comment microsofts gamescom was halo wars the only new game and we get 50 announcments but that equals bad conference this gaming community is a joke……..

    • narg

      You didn’t watch it did you? Xbox has more exclusives this year than PS4…

    • phar0ahad3

      Are you on drugs ?

    • Rodney Patrick

      They do idiot

    • phar0ahad3

      Name them and ill show you how your wrong no indies…..

    • Starman

      Not talking about indie game’s fangirl….

    • phar0ahad3

      name them and ill show you how your wrong no indies fangirl….

    • Truth™

      The expected John Derp meltdown. Just as hilarious as PSVR failing on stage.

      They ended with a MOBA that will look and run better on PC :^)

    • kee1haul

      job simulator?

    • Tech junkie

      Please for society’s sake take your meds

    • narg

      Even with his meds, me thinks he’s a lost cause….

    • Starman

      STFU… Sony is far from perfect ..and even further from being in sync with real gamer’s …

  • Freddy Bates

    super stoked on vr that taxi game and 100 ft robot game sold me 100 percent, couldn’t disagree more with you

    • XbotMK1

      Personally, the taxi one or robot games didn’t really get me interested but the Ace Combat 7 did.

  • heima

    Ni No Kuni 2 was a nice and unexpected surprise. Nice to see Ratchet and Clank too, and Nioh as well, but the rest of the conference was the usual self conceited, blowhard Sony I’ve learned to hate during the last two years and a half.
    If people will go on buying the console for almost no reason, don’t expect Sony to change its pace anytime soon.

    • XbotMK1

      I don’t really see how announcing games and showing off games is considered self conceited or blowhard Sony and I don’t see how that describes Sony based on the past two years.

    • CC-Tron

      ………..then you never will.

    • Truth™

      You are right

      Good guy sony announcing all those PC games people will be able to play better on PC while charging their own fanbase for backwards compatability that’s free on PC

      Sony’s pushing people towards PC gaming. The only pro-consumer move they have made in the last few years 🙂

  • MightyJames76

    Awesome article. Finally someone is brave enough to call Sony out for there over hyped console! Bravo!

  • HisDivineOrder

    Any show that focuses on VR is going to be divisive unless the people are watching the games in VR. Selling VR requires people already have access to trying VR.

    If Sony wants to move VR units, they oughta sell them for a huge loss for the first generation to get them in the hands…er… I mean, on the heads of people. Then, once the joy of it is established in the hearts and minds of users, they can make a more expensive (ie., $300) unit because people will understand why and how they could be enjoying it.

    Right now, you’re pricing it out of a lot of people’s price point and they’re shrugging and going on with their life because they’ve never experienced it.

    And any conference that focuses on VR conveyed with a single screen simulating it is going to make it “feel” less than compelling to a great many people.

    • Truth™

      How could they sell that 720P VR after it completely failed to work on stage?

  • kee1haul

    Glad at least some media are seeing through this bullshit.

  • Danny520

    First time reading a article on this site, regretting not to read Xbotmk1 1st.
    Not a Sony fanboy, got xb PS wii 3ds and vita but still feel the whole thing is heavy bias
    Bias journalism = BIG No No.

    Never heard of gamebolt before, never read anything here again.
    Sorry
    Not sorry

    • Rodney Patrick

      Why??? Because someone told the truth about Sony. And you’re mad? That makes you a fan boy like it or not it’s the truth.about time someone speak out against Sony and their bull$hit

    • Starman

      You sound like a Sony fanboy if you think anything MKbot had to say is valid …

  • Milo Van Cruz

    This article is a great example of a ridiculous amount of bullshit over a geniune high quality article.

  • kreator

    I thought i was going to be blown away. #meh

  • Riggybro

    Pretty happy. Not everyone with a console is a dude bro super soldier gamer (I’m not).
    So there were about 4 moments there where I weeweed my pants with excitement.

    • narg

      Four? Wow. You need to grow up a bit, right?

    • Riggybro

      Is that because of the games I like or the fact I still have rubber sheets and wear nappies?

  • narg

    This is sounding more and more like the PS3/Xbox 360 life line. PlayStation starting strong and eventually faltering to the Xbox line. Xbox One this year is looking so much better than last year. I have both machines, and the PS4 is looking like a dust magnet rather than a serious console worth my time.

  • Mr Xrat

    Could have used a little trimming, but let’s be honest, the weakest of the four PS conferences this year still wound up better than the Xbone’s best.

    • Truth™

      “ITS NOT FAIR!”

      “S-S-SONY ALWAYS WINS!”

      Rscottycuck you excelled yourself in your crying after that garbage show where Sony managed to kill it’s own VR in front of a global audience before they found out it’s 720P and inferior to Oculus and Vive in every way. So much damage control

      By the way, those were not Sony conferences. They were extended PC conferences 🙂

    • Starman

      STFU !

  • PlayStation4Life!

    I agree with Gamebolt.

  • Ben Dover Kuntz

    the whole ps experience 2015 was a disaster… if you say otherwise you’re a blind sony fanboy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYseOOiknDA

    • Mr Xrat

      Gonna have to do better than The Red Gimp, a known Shitbox fanboy. 🙂

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      he have pc,xbone and ps4… so nope, he is not a blind fanboy like you that only have the ps4.

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      i own only a PS4 for this gen and i say what i really think
      why should I protect a company? when they clearly don’t care about me?

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      sony only care about sucking your wallet dry this gen… and they dont even bother hiding it. but the psfanboy are so blind they ruin it for everyone…

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      no, gamers in general are blind
      they support everything publishers give them
      as i said before 1 can’t change the entire industry
      we saw MS fanboys paying xbox live gold and now i find it funny they are bashing the PlayStation fanboys for paying PS+
      everything started from the Xbox side
      but i find it funny too people on twitter posting #betterpsn
      maybe they don’t understand the concept Speak with your wallet
      gamers are supporting microtransaction in full priced games what they are gonna do in the future? complaining about Publishers for cutting content and sell them as microtransaction
      MS had the beautiful idea on selling DLCs, now look what we have Games missing contents
      see Gaming and Gamers in general are the ones to blame and not company
      because if you support such things you will see them more and more ruining games in general, because Gamers support this scam and they blame companies

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      i am a gamer and i am not afraid to slam these companies. i never stick my head in the sand and my b utt in air so these companies can have a party on me… im a smart gamer and not one of the blind fanboy idiots. sony sucks and i have been playing the playstation since 1995 but i have not bought the ps4 . i have never owned a xbox and i just bought a wiiu… there you have it… and i think sony serious suck this gen.. they are liars !

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      what i’m saying is Sony isn’t the only one lying all companies are lying to us
      i’m not disagreeing with you, but your video about red dragon was not necesary since he’s a xbox fanboy
      i want to watch videos made not by fanboys like Red Dragon
      i watch videos from Happy Console Gamer, AlphaOmegaSin, JackOfAllGames16 well i don’t support Fanboys and these guys aren’t fanboys

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      i disagree, i dont see reddragon as a xboxfanboy, and i am the most grounded playstation customer and gamer around here…

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      he’s a Fanboy
      how can’t you see it?

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      i’ve re read your comment and i would like to know why they are liars?

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      i have explained that in a earlier comment i did here..

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      i can’t find it, please explain me why they’re liars

    • Truth™

      Hey rscottycuck how many games has PS4 lost this morning? There was EDF 4.1 and Everyone’s Gone To The Rapture so Sony is even losing games it paid for. If PS4 is so dominant why are all it’s games going to PC?

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      that’s because Fanboys are not Vocal about this issue
      they are happy with their content
      i want for example FULLY exclusive GAMES and not stupid content

    • Rodney Patrick

      Stfu you’re just salty because he’s right

    • XbotMK1

      TheRedDragon is a known hypocrite, Microsoft loyalist, liar, bias YouTuber, and a con man who astroturfs his comment sections. He’s one of the biggest Microsoft drones on YouTube who lies to his viewers and only reports one sided missinformation for the sole purpose of damage controlling for Microsoft.

      You can just read the title of that video to know how much of a liar he is.

    • Truth™

      Yeah. It should read “PSX CUCKED!” because everything announced is coming to PC :^)

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      you are well known hypocrite fanboy on this site and many others…

      but In all fairness though i will give you some facts, sony said in the ps3 years they was about choices. and was not going to be like microsoft that had a payed subscription to their online services since 2000. they was gonna make the ps+ so great that people willingly would pay for it, and keep the online gaming free… but i guess people have forgotten that now days.

      fast forward today and the ps+ have become forced to pay for, and the improvement they promised with ps+ is not happening, they now offer bland indie games that is of no interest to the 99% of the paying customers… and there is no new features worth paying for…

      also another thing sony have never had the infrastructure to offer a properly online service they could take money for. it have soon gone 3 years since they promises to improve the psn, and nothing have been done…

      now take a look at what microsoft have accomplished and done for their xbone customers. its just shocking how little sony have done, microsoft have improved a lot and sony have nearly done anything. all sony have done is getting more greedy and arrogant for each sale of the ps4. when you are the leader of the console marked you dont get worse you should get better… that is the biggest disappointment with sony now days.

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      i’ll give you some advice
      stop watching videos from fanboys
      because of course they will say this console event was bad and whatever my favorite company does is great
      you should watch videos not made by fanboys
      because fanboys are doing the impossible for their favorite company

      i was taking you too seriously
      maybe i’m the only one with a brain and i don’t bow down for no company
      you guys as a whole (Xbox fanboys and PlayStation fanboys) need to stop gaming
      because you don’t care about games all you guys care is which company is the best

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      i watched the videos this ps experience myself and i come to the same conclusion as many others,, it sucked hard. sony have totally lost it.

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      well not really, i was happy only for FF7remake, Nioh, Ni no kuni 2
      what i hated was Multiplatform games that’s it

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      a remake and followup of a game… not much news to get winded up about… that ff7 remake should have been done 5 years ago on the ps3… and that Nioh, Ni no kuni 2, will not get close to the legendary first one..

  • Barry Harden

    LOL! This coming from a click bait site with questionable integrity. Why should we believe whatever garbage you put out?? Man you site needs to be DDOS’d badly. Make you run back to pakistan.

  • Danny520

    First of all, I want to say this is my last comment in such a stupid article, just because some gentlemen misinterpreted my 1st comment.
    @Rodney Patrick:disqus + @Starman:disqus : 1st, I didn’t say anything about the validity of XbotMK1, by reading his comment I meant the warning to not read this article and if I sounds like Sony fanboy, you sound like a MS fanboy who turns anyone taking Sony’s side in to Sony fanboy for the sake of… well, you know.

    I’d been working for an event holding agency for 4 years b4 I quitted, moved and changed my career track. For me, every event has their high and low, moments that excites audience and moments that fails to do so. The way Pramath listed all the “failed” events make him sound like a drag to me. Nothing is completely bullshit until you refuse to see the brighter sides of it.
    As for journalism, writing is to provide reader with a whole picture, not just the bad, the urly and the extreme to create controversy to attract more views (of…extremists?!).
    And no I’m not mad at something event boring than a children book like this.


 

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