Sony Head "Surprised" by Xbox Scorpio Announcement at E3
At E3 on Monday 13th of June, Microsoft announced Project Scorpio console having six teraflops and now Sony has responded Scorpio console announcement. While talking to The Guardian, PlayStation Boss Andrew House told that, he was "surprised" by the reveal on Monday morning in part because of the timing. Furthermore, in the interview, House talked about why Sony itself is releasing a more powerful PlayStation system. Andrew House said, "I was surprised by the step of announcing something over a year ahead of time.” Sony’s boss also went on to say that the nature of the games industry has changed, in part because of how Apple handles its upgrade cycles.
He said that, "There's a much heavier emphasis on immediate gratification than there was. A lot of that is to do with how Apple has very cleverly and elegantly managed the 'available now' approach. So yes, [the timing of the Xbox Scorpio announcement] was a slight surprise to me."
As regards the console announcement by keeping it covered, some have poked the company for revealing the Xbox Scorpio console in such a way. Sony did the same with its PlayStation Neo console, while that was also true for the initial PlayStation 4 announcement.
"We experienced this ourselves, when, in 2013, very much in line with our previous strategies, we announced a concept and a name for PlayStation 4, and everyone said 'Where's the box? How dare you?!' That was the point we realized, well, we hadn't changed but the world around us had."
Furthermore, House spoke in interview generally about its PlayStation Neo, "This is an additional option; it's a high-end version of a PlayStation 4, let's be very clear about that, rather than a generational shift," he said. "I'm not suggesting we want to bring the games industry to an 18-month-two-year cycle because then you would lose an awful lot of the fixed platform benefits we've enjoyed that allow for these really great leaps in game experience." According to the Sony, the PlayStation Neo is something that sits in the middle of the PS4 lifecycle and whatever might come next.
Andrew House said "We did think there was an opportunity to reflect on the traditional lifecycle, and on 4K technology, and say maybe there's an opportunity, within the course of a normal lifecycle to offer something else, something a little bit better, for a segment of the market that feels that this is important.”
Furthermore, the boss is also said about the key facts Sony is coming out with the Neo is to help stop people from abandoning the PS4 in favor of PC gaming. According to him, "We've traditionally seen that some of the core audience tends to gravitate back to high-end PCs at some point because these are the people who want the finest graphical performance. So here's a great opportunity to have them stay within our ecosystem."
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