A reader explains why he believes Microsoft has the benefit of the next generation, not Sony, because it sees Project Scarlett as the winner over PS5.
Before I start with this feature, I'd like to say that I'm almost certainly going to buy both next generation consoles and currently have a PlayStation 4 and an Xbox One. I know some people take these console wars deadly seriously, but I see them more as a football game between long-time rivals, where you want them both to do well to get an exciting game.
Please excuse the provocative title, though I really think Sony is in a more difficult position to enter the next generation of consoles, and that Project Scarlett has a very good chance of beating him.
1. Disadvantage of the winner
As we know, the winner of a console generation usually does not win the next one. In fact, Sony is the only person who does this feat between PlayStation 1 and 2. (They have also won the last generation, but only through the skin of their teeth, thanks to the Xbox, which does not fare well outside of the US and the UK, but I think we can all agree that the Xbox 360 is the last Was at the forefront and inspired all major changes in the industry.)
But Sony has had it so easy this year that Microsoft and Nintendo have withdrawn from the race before they even started. Nintendo returned with the switch in fine style, but Microsoft has just left the Xbox One to drift aimlessly. But that was clearly a calculated strategy, and I believe Microsoft recognized that they could not win this generation, and therefore immediately made every effort to plan the next generation, and should therefore be much better prepared for the next generation as Sony spend most of the time chasing that one off.
2. The race for power
It's pretty obvious that Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox, disagreed with everything that was done on launch with the Xbox One, including the lack of performance compared to the PlayStation 4. You could see how keen he was on the Xbox One X and was I see no chance that he does not ensure that Project Scarlett is more powerful than PlayStation 5. As you've already suggested, I'm sure they'll take detailed notes on everything Sony says about the PlayStation 5 (Microsoft has not noticed) and will make sure they manage to turn it into a single one do.
They also have a clear advantage in that sense: Microsoft is a much larger company than Sony and can afford to take losses on the hardware to make sure it is more powerful. Although hardware is of course not the only problem in the new generation …
3rd streaming master
The other thing that Microsoft has done so far, besides forcing Sony to take backward compatibility seriously, is preparing for streaming. They are so far ahead that Sony itself has signed up for the use of its technology and Google already looks like an amateur lesson in terms of stadiums. With Microsoft's failure with the Xbox One, they are far less valuable to consoles than Sony, and they will undoubtedly make streaming in the next generation at least as important.
Sony's overwhelming success puts them at a disadvantage once again, as the PlayStation 4's outstanding performance makes it obvious to repeat that success next year. So far, all indications are that Sony's streaming plans are far less advanced, even though the experience they should have gained with PlayStation Now.
4. Multiplayer options
It is obvious that one of the main reasons for the success of the PlayStation 4 are the exclusive games, which were all single player. But Sony has been talking a lot lately about how it wants to do multiplayer games, and does not rely so much on the formula we've seen on this gene.
However, a successful multiplayer game is far more successful than a single player game. Sony knows how to do it, and even gets mediocre teams like the ones that made Days Gone to make a mighty hit. But none of their teams has played a multiplayer game for a long time. I'm also worried that their first thought will be to bring back the SOCOM franchise, which was always boring, and try to get into the Battle Royale train late. That's why Microsoft vowed to have nothing to do with Halo Infinite.
5. Inner politics
To be honest, this entire article was inspired by the news earlier this week that Sony is shedding staff in Europe to centralize all non-developers in America. That does not necessarily sound like something particularly interesting, but it is, as mentioned earlier, an incredibly stupid idea that was apparently only made for some sort of executive power struggle at Sony.
What has happened so far is that Great Britain and other European countries as well as Japan have had to commission their own games and run their own marketing for all games and the console itself. What happens now is that America is taking more control to make everything more like it. This is a terrible idea that has no advantage (familiar with current politics?), And Sony is crazy to think about it because it immediately denies them the advantage they have had over Microsoft for decades.
Sony has made this gene easy, but the next gene … they will have a real fight.
From the reader Purple Ranger
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