When Sony launched the PlayStation 4 during the fall of 2013, they did so with perhaps the most precise and effective PR messaging possible. It would be hard to think of a better situation because as a result, the PS4 has gone on to sell an unprecedented amount of units mostly on that messaging.
Sony absolutely nailed the messaging aspect of selling the PS4 to consumers and that is still serving them well through today. While the Xbox One clearly has a stronger lineup of first-party content for this coming Fall, Sony still has a lot of momentum and good will built up with consumers, and that could very well carry them through a weak holiday 2015 first-party lineup.
The next exclusive to release for the PS4 is Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and that will debut next Wednesday, Oct. 7. The first three games in the series are inside of this collection and all of them have been remastered for the PS4. When you take a peek passed the Uncharted Collection though, there isn’t much left for the PS4 in 2015. Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida did acknowledge that Uncharted is the final first party title coming to the PS4 in 2015. “From a first-party standpoint, yes.”
Sony happened to release a slew of PS4 exclusives toward the end of the summer time and that is when some of the exclusives that people may have expected for the fall ended up launching. For the most part though, when Sony has released a game, it has been of a high quality and almost always been worth the purchase.
This past summer, the PlayStation 4 received stellar exclusives such as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Until Dawn and God of War III: Remastered. Each of these games did earn positive reviews from critics as has Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, but still, it’s hard for any of that to measure up to content the Xbox One has and will continue to receive.
“I’m very proud of the games we are releasing. We’re not releasing new triple-A titles this Christmas like you say, and like some critics say. But we’re releasing smaller, creative games this year, like Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, or we’re working on The Tomorrow Children, and many small but interesting titles. That can be complementary when looking at the line-up of PS4 games.
“We’ve got lots of great big titles announced for the next year. We’re focussed on delivering these titles. People make purchasing decisions for the long-term. Consoles, once they’ve purchased it, they expect to use it for 5-6 years. Having exclusive, unique titles coming in the near future, starting with Uncharted 4, must play a role from a first-party standpoint, to help people make those decisions,” Yoshida told Eurogamer.
If you are buying a console this holiday simply on 2015 first-party content, the obvious choice is Xbox One. Microsoft has already released exclusives like Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, Forza Motorsport 6 and will be releasing Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider, the latter of which is a timed-exclusive.
PlayStation 4 certainly has a bright 2016 ahead with Uncharted 4 leading the way. The caveat that must be said, however, is anything can change with a delay and that has been something Sony has had to deal with quite often this generation. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will launch this coming Wednesday.