Was Sony’s lead inevitable?
At the end of the previous generation, while Sony was resurgent after the terrible start that the PS3 received, it was Microsoft who were expected to lead this current generation of consoles- after all, the Xbox 360 had broken Sony’s monopoly over the industry’s console development, and had become synonymous with video games and game development for customers and for developers. Microsoft seemed primed to dominate this generation- if not as thoroughly as the PS2 or NES had done back in the day.
But of course, everyone was in for a surprise as Microsoft bungled the Xbox One so thoroughly that the console still has not recovered from the bad press that it got- and Sony went on to take the lead, with the PS4’s install base currently being double that of the Xbox One.
In an exclusive interview with Vince Desi, the CEO of Running With Scissors, who is currently working on Postal Redux for the PS4 and PC, we decided to ask him what his take was on the massive lead that the PS4 had established for itself over the Xbox One- and in his opinion, it was inevitable, and something that most people should have seen coming.
“I don’t think anyone in the industry was surprised,” Desi said. “Sony is an entertainment driven company, movies, TVs or games, where as MS is a computer software company first. I do think MS under its new leadership will be making a strategic shift but how effective it will be only time will tell.”
It appears as though Desi believes that Microsoft’s focus on extraneous computing concerns ultimately compromised the Xbox One as a gaming console, causing Sony to take the lead- in a sense, what he is saying is definitely correct. However, I do think that many in the industry, including major publishers, did fully expect Xbox to take the lead over PS4 this generation, and were caught wrong footed when it did not turn out that way.