Although the PlayStation 4 first-party lineup this holiday may be "a little sparse," that doesn't mean people who pick up a new Sony console this year will be hurting for titles to play. In a new interview, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida was asked to compare the PS4 lineup to the Xbox One's this holiday, which Microsoft says is the strongest in the history of the platform. Yoshida said shoppers think about more than just first-party games when they're deciding which console to buy.
"People wouldn't just look at the first-party lineup when they're making a purchase decision," he told Eurogamer. "We have great third-party titles coming this year -- Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Star Wars Battlefront, Destiny: The Taken King just came out, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain just came out. There's no shortage of huge titles available to players on PlayStation 4. And people who are coming new to PlayStation 4 can pick up titles like Bloodborne and Until Dawn. I'm very proud of the games we are releasing."
Yoshida admitted that "we're not releasing new AAA titles this Christmas," with the company's first-party efforts instead extended to "smaller, creative games" such as Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and The Tomorrow Children, among others.
"That can be complementary when looking at the lineup of PS4 games," Yoshida said.
"People make purchasing decisions for the long-term," he explained. "Consoles, once they've purchased it, they expect to use it for five to six years. Having exclusive, unique titles coming in the near future, starting with Uncharted 4, must play a role from a first-party standpoint, to help people make those decisions."
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