Microsoft is busy pushing their Xbox One console towards PC.
At the E3 2016 event, they launched Gears of War and Forza, two amazing Xbox exclusives which are going to be available on PC as well.
The company is also more focused on unifying the platforms and support cross platform play for almost every title. Rocket League is one such game which is going to pit players from PC and Xbox One in the same multiplayer servers. When Forza’s next edition launches, it is going to have the same feature. Sony on the other hand didn’t announce the PS4 Neo console as expected. They are still in their own ecosystem and commented that there is no need to follow Microsoft’s strategy unless there is such demand from gamers.
Andrew House, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment said, “I have always refrained from commenting on the strategies followed by a different company. It is evident that there is a big emphasis on cross platform play between Microsoft’s Xbox One and PC. Unless there is large consumer demand for that, we don’t think it is necessary to implement such features. Our strategy is the same and we believe in a proprietary ecosystem for our customers. It is the way to go.”
In other words, when Microsoft simply brought out all their big exclusives to the PC platform including Gears of War and Forza, Sony is not going to do the same. If you are waiting for God of War or Uncharted 4 to get launched on PC, this may not be the time. The company is not going to deviate from their current strategy whereas their competitor now allows gamers to purchase the title once so as to play it on both platforms.
Windows 10 and Xbox Play Anywhere plays an integral role in this. Besides, by allowing cross platform play, it is also easier to have millions of players onboard from different platforms. If Sony choose to join this group, they may introduce their ardent fans a whole new world of multiplayer gaming. First person shooters like Titanfall 2 is still not a feasible choice as console gamers rely on controllers unlike PC gamers. Every other title is a good choice for this implementation.
Can the future change the way Sony see the gaming industry? It might, especially when Xbox Scorpio and Nintendo NX consoles are out with unique features of their own.