Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida Picks Wii U As His Favourite Non-Sony Console

Shuhei Yoshida, who is the  President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, has told US Gamer at this year’s EGX event that the Wii U is his favourite console at the moment besides his PlayStation systems. Yoshida says he plays Nintendo’s current home console a lot with his daughters.

Thanks, Retrogaminglord and gamerprince1999

Phil Spencer: Console Wars Are “Unhealthy For Our Industry”

GameSpot has recently published an interesting interview with the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. During the insightful interview Mr. Spencer acknowledged that the long running console wars on the internet are ultimately bad for the video game industry and even goes as far as to say that they are really unhealthy.

“I’ve said before, the one thing that I probably find a little distasteful in the discourse around games is the divisiveness that people try to build between platforms. It becomes more about what piece of plastic I own than what games I’m playing. It becomes more about somebody else failing than the things I love succeeding. I don’t think that’s a good place for our industry. I know that’s not everybody, and it’s easy to find the pockets of that vitriol and kind of think that that is gaming, but I’m not going to embrace that. I’m going to actively push against that. People sometimes will make fun of me that I mentioned Sony or I mentioned Nintendo. It’s not to placate anybody or make them think I’m some kind of good guy. My job isn’t really to keep you from buying something else. My job is to make you proud of what we offer, and to give you an enjoyable experience with the product we have. That’s 100% of what I’m focused on.”

“The things that are keeping me up at night are really all about that, and it’s the great thing about this industry, as I’ve said many times, is you do earn every customer. There’s nothing that I own that makes you have to go buy Halo. You’re going to buy Halo 5 because you love it, or you’re not because you don’t. That’s just a fantastic part of the industry that we’re in, and I fully embrace that. I’m trying to keep our organization and, hopefully, our fans, out of that type of stuff, because I think that’s just incredibly unhealthy for our industry.”


Shuhei Yoshida Has Reacted To The Newly Discovered Nintendo PlayStation Console

The recent discovery of what is thought to be a Nintendo PlayStation caused a huge buzz on the internet with a number of popular culture sites reporting on it. If there’s anyone to ask about the project then it is Shuhei Yoshida, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios. Yoshida was working at the company when the prototype was going ahead and says that he actually played some games on the legendary device. However, he didn’t want to spoil the mystery, so he wouldn’t confirm or deny whether it is in fact the real deal.

“When I joined Ken Kutaragi’s team [in 1993], there was a system called ‘Play Station’ that had both Super Nintendo cartridge support and some disc game support. Actually, I played some games [on it] as well.”

Alas, the exec made it very clear that he couldn’t confirm whether the recently surfaced “Nintendo PlayStation” device was legit, but he did give a cool reason.

“Somehow, I think it’s more fun to keep it kind of a mystery.”

Thanks, MasterPikachu6

Microsoft ‘Completely Discounted Nintendo Because Of GameCube’ When Launching Xbox 360

IGN has uploaded an extremely interesting podcast which quizzes Xbox creator Seamus Blackley, Head of Xbox during the 360 launch Peter Moore, and current Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, to share the backstory to the launch of three Xbox consoles. During the podcast it was revealed that when Microsoft was launching the Xbox 360 they completely discounted Nintendo and were focussed at beating Sony with the PlayStation 3. The reason why was that the GameCube wasn’t a success for Nintendo so they didn’t believe the company posed a threat to their plans. However, Phil Spencer conceded that the Wii destroyed both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with regards to sales. Here’s what the key figures at Xbox had to say.

“I also then remember the E3 when, God bless, Kaz Hirai and Jack Tretton announced $599, and we were all back stage like ‘Woohoo!’,” Moore shared in IGN’s Podcast Unlocked. “We knew then we had an opportunity to get ahead, drive ahead, get our games out quickly and get that lead. And I always said that the first to 10 million wins.”

He continued, “It was one of the greatest times of my career. You had to build a team, because we were growing then. We had prematurely put the Xbox to sleep, we needed to get ready for this and we knew what we needed to do.

“We had a three-day meeting at the Sheraton in Bellevue where we wargamed the scenario, and I actually played Ken Kutaragi. And we brought in a consultancy, it was a lot of fun. And the one thing we’d forgotten about, I don’t know if you remember this Phil [Spencer], we completely discounted Nintendo. Because they came off the GameCube and it was a disaster.”

Spencer added, “…and they destroyed both of us!”

Moore continued, “Yes, with the Wii. But we wargamed for three days, what are you going to do, what do the launch titles look like, what are the marketing budgets, what is the positioning? And it was a fascinating experience which I’ll never forget. And this is a decade ago. And I actually played Ken, and my job was to destroy the launch of the Xbox 360.”

Here’s Some Video Footage Of The Nintendo PlayStation Console

You probably heard that earlier today a Reddit user revealed that he had in his possession an incredibly rare Nintendo PlayStation. There were obviously quite a few skeptics out there, but the Reddit user who owns the console uploaded some footage of the device which is no doubt worth an absolute fortune, if it is the real deal. The machine doesn’t have any cables so it hasn’t been hooked up to a television set, so we’ve got no idea what the actual bootup is like. Anyway, if you are at all interested be sure to check out the video for a glimpse of this rarity.

Thanks, MasterPikachu6

Sony Were Apparently Trying To Get The Rights To A Pokemon And Super Smash Bros Movie


You may remember that a while ago Sony Pictures were hacked and a deluge of internal memos and emails found their way on to the internet. Judging from a leaked email Sony Pictures were planning to produce a Super Smash Bros movie along with Pokemon and Mario. We already knew about the Mario movie, but we heard nothing about Super Smash Bros or Pokemon. The information posted above and below was taken from WikiLeaks.

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Wii U Is The Second Best-Selling Current Console In France

France seems to love Nintendo, and that’s great. So far the Wii U is the second best-selling video game console in the country. The PlayStation 4 has taken the lead with one million consoles sold and the Wii U is next with 490K. The Xbox One is currently last, selling 330K. However, things are different in the United Kingdom, which is the biggest video game market in Europe. Here’s the figures for France.

France Current-Gen Hardware Sales

  • PS4: 1.000.000
  • Wii U: 490.000
  • XBO: 300.000 – 330.000

European PlayStation 4 Rankings:

  1. UK – 1.5 Million
  2. Germany – 1.2 Million
  3. France – 1 Million

Thanks, Seamus