Sony received a bunch of praise following their E3 showing in 2013, and got a lot of love from attendees of the show as well. Earlier this week, Sony took a small jab at Microsoft for the 180 it’s made on policies announced earlier this year, and we’ve also heard Microsoft’s response.
Now Sony feels its necessary to clarify why they made their recent comments at Gamescom, and they feel that their hand has been forced in some ways. The man who made the comments earlier this week, Andrew House, relayed to Guardian.
“There was somehow a suspicion that the policies and approaches taken by our competition would create an industry wide trend in that direction. The reason we made such a strong statement at E3, and continue to do so, is because we were surprised by that. We thought, perhaps slightly naively, that the current model worked quite well and was consumer friendly – and our goal was to be consistent on that. But given the speculation that was happening there, it apparently became necessary for us to make a statement and say what our intent was.”
Both Sony and Microsoft’s policies have been under heavy scrutiny by consumers getting ready to purchase the new hardware. And while Sony’s steadfastness in keeping the industry practices similar to what was seen in the last generation have been more or less a hit with potential customers for the console, some still believe that Microsoft’s forward thinking was and/is where the industry is eventually heading.