Playstation’s Biggest Issue Is Their Lack of Transparency

Transparency seems like its Playstation’s biggest issue as of late. Gamer’s across the world anticipated Sony’s next big Playstation 5 showcase. They delivered in showing a great lineup of games including, Final Fantasy XVI,Demon’s Souls, and God of War Ragnarok. Despite those incredible looking games, the show seemed overshadowed by a number of revelations that trickled out after the show.

Full disclosure, I’ve been a fan of the games Playstation has produced since the PS2. This generation, for the first time ever, I used their platform exclusively. Even with that, it is still important to call out baffling mistakes like these, so they can be avoided in the future. So, let’s go through some of the information that Sony, for whatever, reason neglected to disclose.

The Playstation 5 Launch Line-Up:

Playstation's Biggest Issue

For those who didn’t watch the showcase, there’s a good reason that you missed which games are launching with the console this November. Spider-Man: Miles Moralesfor example, was given a release that simply said holiday 2020 during the show. But, come to find out, there are multiple titles that will launch with the system. Some of which didn’t receive new trailers in Sony’s latest showcase.

According to the PlayStation Blog, those titles include

  • Astro’s Playroom from Japan Studio
  • Demon’s Souls from Bluepoint Games/ Japan Studio
  • Destruction All Stars from Lucid Games/ Sony XDEV
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales from Insomniac Games
  • Sackboy A Big Adventure from Sumo Digital/ Sony XDEV

Game’s Cost More Now

Some games, the most notable being NBA 2k21, had announced an increase in the pricing of their games for the next generation. While other companies have denied that their games will follow suit, Sony seems to be joining that initiative with some of their first-party titles. While personally, this always felt like an inevitability, the $60 price tag has been a standard for games for more than a decade with no change. Especially knowing that games are becoming increasingly more expensive to make, a sentiment that Shawn Layden previously of SIE has voiced. So, this was bound to happen at some point but understandably, the idea of that price changing will definitely rub some the wrong way.

Sony has confirmed that some Playstation 5 games will receive a $10 increase, while others will remain $60. The Playstation Blog states that Demon’s Souls, Destruction All-Stars, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, cost the dreaded $70.

Pre-Orders are Happening…Now??

During an interview with Geoff Keighley discussing the new Dualsense controller, Sony stated that they would give gamers advanced notice for pre-orders.

Wednesday they announced, or actually Geoff announced that pre-orders would go live the following day. But that just…didn’t turn out to be the case, did it?

On Twitter, there are several reporting that retailers like Walmart and Target are taking pre-orders right this very moment. What’s even funnier, the retailer Gamestop apparently didn’t even know that pre-orders were live today and as a result, found themselves blindsided. Their website even crashed due to the sheer amount of traffic they received. Similar to Gamestop, this will likely catch a lot off guard. These consoles will sell out fast, likely leaving out anyone waiting for their next paycheck to help pre-order, behind.

The We Believe in Generations Issue…

This last one comes as a bit of a head-scratcher. On multiple occasions, Sony has stressed the importance of providing gamers with a true generational difference. One that offers players an experience on Playstation 5 that they can’t get on their Playstation 4. This has been at the heart of their marketing and worked as a key differentiator from the competition.

In a weird turn of events, they may actually be following Microsoft’s next-generation plan more so than previously believed. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and Sackboy A Big Adventure, all confirmed to launch on Playstation 5 as well as Playstation 4.

Wait, what?

I can’t wrap my head around why they would come out and repeatedly oppose Microsoft’s plan to provide cross-gen games for their first few years. If you planned to do the same. Games take years to make, so we can assume they came to these decisions to develop for both consoles way in advance. You can guess this marketing tactic was done to convince gamers to purchase Sony’s console in November. Yet, even knowing that, I can’t help but feel that this lack of transparency is kinda deceitful?

Playstation's Biggest Issue Is Their Lack of Transparency

With that said, I hate to imagine where we would be without Geoff Keighley. Despite the unwarranted hate the guy receives, his twitter managed to update gamers with information better than Sony did. Messaging aside, which I don’t think anyone can deny has been lacking, the games certainly speak for themselves.

Titles like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls confirmed at launch. While Horizon Forbidden West, God of War, Final Fantasy XVI set for the future? There’s still a great offering of games that the platform will provide. Sony just needs to get out of their own damn way sometimes and be clear about their intentions.

 

 

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