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It’s all About the Lever(age) | got to talk to SCEA’s vice president of product marketing, Scott Steinberg, and they talked about stuff like the fact that Sony didn’t have a keynote or make a big announcement at GDC ’08. They also talked about this:

In terms of titles you are looking at in 2008, what do you have to counteract the just-announced Gears of War 2? One of the downsides of having a breadth of titles is that you might not be able to point to any one title like a Halo 3 or a GTA that are going to sell consoles. Is there a single strong PS3 title in your mind that you can point to like that?

Well, I think it is really easy to point to one when you’ve only got one. And so by default, that sort of solves itself.

I don’t want to say that we have an embarrassment of riches, but we have the ability to go in a bunch of different directions depending upon the choice and the taste of the gamer. So we’re not just forcing one genre upon our population, our installed base.


One of the great things about the PS2 was its breadth of titles, and I fully expect the PS3 to be the same. While I love a good FPS as much as the next guy (unless it’s Gary), I also want to play some other great game genres too. I think that’s what differentiates PlayStation gamers from Xbox gamers more than anything else. Xbox gamers seem to be more racing and gunning oriented, while PlayStation gamers like that stuff and other stuff too. Correct me if I’m wrong.

GDC: Leverage Will Be Key to Sony’s Victory

  • Richard

    Yes, you are wrong. You can say it, its just not true. Playstation had a wide variety of titles, because it was the dominant platform on the market, period. The playstation 3 does not have a wide variety of titles, because it not the dominant platform. You ccn get more jRPGs on the 360 right now than o the PS3. You can get more adventure games, more puzzle games, etc.

    The bullshit “xbox is a shooter box, for shooter fans” argument simply doesn’t hold water. The same people who owned xbox’s owned playstations too.

  • Bah.

    My point was that PS2 had a wide breadth of titles. And you try to refute that by saying the PS2 was the dominant platform. Okay – thanks for making my point for me.

    Then my next point was that PlayStation owners like more variety than Xbox owners, and you bring up jRPG’s, which also misses the point. I said that I “fully expect the PS3 to be the same”. In other words, it’s not there yet, but it will be. I don’t deny the 360 may have a wider variety of titles right now. The 360 had a 12 month head start! But I’m postulating that the PS3 will end up with a wider selection than the 360 in due course. And that time is coming soon.

    But my main point is about the average PlayStation versus Xbox gamer. And I still think I’m on the money with that one – saying Xbox owners used to own PlayStations doesn’t mean anything, especially considering that most PlayStation owners haven’t moved up to the current gen (PS3 & 360) yet.

  • Trieloth

    Sorry Richard but the JRPG’s that are out for the 360 are very lame. More adventure games? can name one hack n slash game worth playing. I have a 360 and it never gets turned on. Even though it suposedly has all these magical games. If the games dont pick up I will trade it in for another PS3 just to fold and 2 play movies…Ahh screw it I dont care what you think. Iam here for news, not to argue with xbots. I typed to much to erase (my bad henning).

    Back on subject GoW:2 who cares. I will still be playing the superiour game called MGS4. And who the **** is suprized by the GoW2 announcement? Not me. Are you suprized by the sun rising?

    gears always gets me worked up 🙁

  • I agree with henning on this one. It isn’t just that the ps2 was dominant that it got a breadth of titles, its also that the first party was also broad in its genre coverage. Microsoft’s first party was the marquis halo titles, and then a sub par token effort to cover some of the other genres. Some turned out good, most didn’t. Even at this stage in the PS3’s life, there are a wide variety of gameplay types available, from experimental games, to hardcore fragfests. The first party is always the best indicator as to how the game selection overall will turn out. It is the first party that sets the tone for what 3rd parties make for their systems. And sony has always had the broader range of first party offerings.