So much buzz and unnecessary tension has been created in the gaming community as next-gen approaches, majorly because Sony has been lip-tightened regarding its hotly anticipated PlayStation 5.
There have been several narratives to this whole “saga”, some even suggesting that Sony is scared and have lost next-gen before it even started.
Of course, most of the persons pushing narratives as these, may be new to gaming or do not know how business works.
Unlike Microsoft that have revealed a lot about the Xbox Series X, including the retail design, Sony has revealed just the logo of the PlayStation 5 and a couple of disjointed specs about the PlayStation 5 and some gimmicks about the DualShock 5.
From a logical and business perspective, Sony really has nothing to lose. There isn’t any law that says game consoles must be revealed in full, 9-months before launch. Besides, Microsoft literally has nothing to show on the Xbox One but Sony has heavy hitters like “The Last of Us 2” and Ghost of Tsushima on the way. You wouldn’t expect Sony to take “all” the buzz away from such titles has raked in millions of dollars in production.
Sony has outsold the Xbox One 2-1 in global sales, it’s normal for them to play their cards smartly in other not to find itself in the same ditch they were during the transition from PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 3.
In essence, the claims that Sony is scared of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is a ridiculous one. Anyone thinking both companies do not know what they have up their sleeves do not understand how businesses of such scale works.
Without mincing words, each of these companies have moles in their competitor’s research and development centres. They do know a large percentage of what’s being planned, that’s obviously the reason why we get similar products between competing companies like what’s seen with smartphones and gadgets.
The final product now depends on the top management team and how it relates to their vision. No one is taking anyone by surprise, it’s going to go down to which companies have forced their vision mainstream.
In essence, Sony is not scared. Management has changed and this is probably the new approach of the company. Sony already knows a significant aspect of the Xbox Series X and Microsoft equally knows a significant aspect of the PlayStation 5. At the end of it all, it’s quality engaging games that matters. Whoever has the content will be crowned king next-gen.