Looks like Sony is back making digs at Nintendo while defending their own products, which I suppose is to be expected. Firstly Sony UK MD Fergal Gara said that the Wii, or the Wii brand, is currently a shadow of its former self. Then in a separate interview Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden said that the PlayStation Vita offers consumers better value for money than the Nintendo 3DS. You can read the quotes from the two employees, below.
“I’d like it to continue with the innovation stream I just talked about, but also what we want to see in the next year or two is a bigger mass market play, shall we say. So in order to broaden and perhaps fill the void that’s being left latent by, say, the Wii – which is a shadow of its former self. We need to have the kind of product that will engage that more casual consumer. I think that’s a big opportunity for us, and that’s not yet clear on the horizon, but something we should and I’m sure will be focused on as we look forward into year two, three and four.”
“I believe that Vita is the best handheld gaming experience, full stop, period. Nothing comes close to that. You can talk about your mobile, you can talk about your tablet, you can talk about, you know, Nintendo platforms or what have you in the handheld space. I think, pound-for-pound, buck-for-buck, Vita is the best gaming experience you can have.”
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Atsushi Morita claims that the company has a 78% market share for home consoles in Japan. The 78% includes the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. However, they wouldn’t mention the handheld space where both Sony and Nintendo are competing against smartphone and tablet gaming which has proved a massive hit in Japan.
The episodic 3D adventure game Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey will no longer be coming to Wii U as Sony have secured the game as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey is being developed by indie studio Red Thread Games and was crowd-funded by a Kickstarter campaign.
Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House has said that the company is currently targeting Wii owners that didn’t purchase the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3. House says that they have already managed to grab some of the former Wii consumers that never upgraded, but they still have a way to go.
“Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously,.”
“Whether it’s based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that’s what’s contributing to the really great sales we’ve had.”
“And anecdotally I’ve had people who were the Wii generation and who are back in the consideration set. It’s certainly something I hear about.”
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studio, has praised Nintendo in a recent interview. Yoshida says that while the industry is currently obsessed with military first person shooters, Nintendo provides a good balance with their creative and unique titles.
“I was very happy to get a very positive reaction when we announced LittleBigPlanet 3. We are concerned a little bit when we work on a game like LittleBigPlanet 3, about how people will react, because people want those big-budget, realistic, military shooters. But there were lots of cheers, a lot of affection.”
“And the reaction to Nintendo’s games in general, or a game like Splatoon. If you look at the whole industry, and you consider Nintendo, I think the balance is actually better than past years.”
PlayStation’s American VP of marketing John Koller, claims that a third of people who own a PlayStation 4 have moved from Nintendo and Xbox to Sony’s brand. The research that Koller cites suggests that 31 percent of Playstation 4 owners had an Xbox 360 or Wii, but not a PlayStation 3 in the previous console generation. The same research claims that a staggering 17 percent of PlayStation 4 owners didn’t own a last gen console. Here’s what Koller had to say.
“The person that we’ve picked up since launch primarily is someone we call the connoisseur, someone that loves, unequivocally, loves games.”
“They are the people who, when you walk in [to their home], there’s no books on their book shelves. They’re all game packages. They’re the people who stood in line at midnight [for the console’s launch]. They really are a fantastic consumer for us. They’re a great part of the PlayStation nation.”
“Koller also added that among early PS4 buyers are also a higher than expected number of “indulgers” who were described as “people that are traditionally a little bit more price-sensitive or down the funnel that have kind of bucked the trend as it were”
Japanese news publication The Nikkei reports that Nintendo worldwide hardware sales have fallen by 31% to 16.31 million. The Nikkei also says that Sony has topped the worldwide console sales for first time since 2006. Sony has sold 18.7 million PlayStation 4 consoles and other game consoles for the fiscal year to March. Microsoft sales rose 16 percent to 11.6 million thanks to the Xbox One.
“Nintendo’s console sales slid 31 percent as the portable 3DS system failed to entice gamers while the new Wii U also fared poorly, it added.”