Both video gaming industry giants, Sony and Microsoft, decided to upgrade their consoles mid-cycle which is something we haven’t seen before.
Games Industry was able to catch up with some of the top people in EA, Ubisoft, and Take-Two at E3 2016 to get their opinion on what Sony and Microsoft are planning to do with their consoles.
EA’s Global Publishing Chief Laura Miele expressed her interest in what PS4 Neo and Xbox One Scorpio can do the industry as they can eliminate “console cycle” as a concept.
“I perceive it as upgrades to the hardware that will actually extend the cycle. I actually see it more as an incredibly positive evolution of the business strategy for players and for our industry and definitely for EA. The idea that we would potentially not have an end of cycle and a beginning of cycle I think is a positive place for our industry to be and for all of the commercial partners as well as players.”
She continued to express the studio’s amazement and interest in working on these two upgraded consoles as soon as possible.
“So it’s not my perception that the hardware manufacturers are going to be forcing upgrades. I really see that they’re trying to hold on and bring players along. If players want to upgrade, they can. There will be benefit to that. But it’s not going to be punitive if they hold on to the older hardware… So we’re thrilled with these announcements. We’re thrilled with the evolution. We’re thrilled with what Sony’s doing, what Microsoft’s doing and we think it’s phenomenal. I think that is good for players. It’ll be great for us as a publisher about how they’re treating it.”
Ubisoft’s Head of EMEA Alain Corre focused on letting people know that PS4 Neo and Xbox One Scorpio won’t make their original counterparts useless and won’t split the community.
“The beautiful thing is it will not split the communities. And I think it’s important that when you’ve been playing a game for a lot of years and invested a lot of time that you can carry on without having to start over completely again. I think with the evolution of technology it’s better than what we had to do before, doing a game for next-gen and a different game from scratch for the former hardware. Now we can take the best of the next console but still have super good quality for the current console, without breaking the community up. We are quite big fans of this approach.”
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick compared them to PC and mentioned that now both have very similar “development architecture.”
“The ecosystems aren’t shifting as much. We essentially have a common development architecture now that’s essentially a PC architecture.”
Do you think PS4 Neo and Xbox One Scorpio are really good for the industry?