Why Sony Made A Mistake Not Announcing Release Years For Their Biggest Announcements

By almost all standards, Sony had a tremendous press conference during this year’s E3 showcase. The games looked phenomenal, the conference was well paced and the orchestra added an extra element of theatricality that most other conferences lacked. But now that we are a day removed from the buzz of the show, it’s time to examine what these, and Microsoft’s, announcements look like in the “real gaming landscape.”

After examining both shows, it is clear that Sony is content with playing the long game, a luxury the company possesses after selling around 40 million consoles as of this article. Most of the titles announced at its show carried no release date with them, so it can be surmised that gamers won’t be playing these titles until 2017 at the earliest.

Even the big exclusives fans already know about such as Horizon Zero Dawn aren’t coming out until Spring 2017. As a result of playing for the future, outside of No Man’s Sky in August, The Last Guardian in October and Gran Turismo Sport in November, Sony doesn’t have the big hitters that Microsoft does, who is already gearing up for the holidays this year.

A majority of the games Microsoft showed on its stage are going to be playable in the next six months and the dates are nicely spread across the holiday season. Xbox One owners will be able to play ReCore and Forza Horizon 3 in September, Gears of War 4 in October, Dead Rising 4 around November or December and presumably indie titles like Cuphead and Below which have been confirmed for 2016 releases.

If all these release dates stand, Microsoft has the definite advantage over Sony for the second holiday season in a row. Now to be clear, this is not a condemnation of Sony’s release strategy. The company seems confident in the small amount of exclusives, indie games and marketing partnerships with games like Call of Duty and Destiny that it has prepared for this winter and in its future. What this does mean though is that the company will likely cede another holiday season to Microsoft and its slate of exclusives.

This also means fans of the Japenese company need to be patient for games such as God of War, Spiderman and Days Gone, but as we’ve seen with The Last Guardian, Sony fans seem more than willing to wait for a  perceived good thing.

While this isn’t the article to decide who “won” E3, it is clear that Microsoft and Sony are preparing for the future in very different ways. Time will tell to see what strategy will pay off for the two pillars of the gaming industry.

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  1. To be honest Sony has been playing long since the PS4 release. This E3 was the first time this generation Sony showed of games with minimum Indies and 3rd party but they actually exposed themselves their biggest title might not release until very end of 2017 at the earliest that not good at all in my book

    • I agree mate there games are away of for example hideo kogimas game probably hasnt even started developing it was only last month he was searching for what engine to use.

  2. Wow…this author is desperate for hits. Microsoft doesn’t release an exclusive of any note for large stretches every single year, then you get a few of the same annual bullshot releases (Gears, Forza, Halo), that people are fatigued of, and you think that’s adequate? Yikes. Sony has been releasing game of the year caliber candidates, and that is the norm for them every year. Not only has Sony released more games for it’s system, and has done so every month since launch, those games are on average rated more highly than xbox exclusives. And that trend will continue from now right through the end of 2016, and if history is any guide, right through the rise and fall of every xbox ever made, conceived, or aborted. Good luck with that.

    • FANBOI ALERT!!!!

      Just because you are bored with certain games doesn’t mean everyone else is.

      • The sales, and critical ratings, speak for themselves. Sorry you live in a fog though. Good luck with that.

        • No luck needed. I’m a gamer, I have all the systems and enjoy them all equally (although the WiiU gets the least amount of use)

          I just tired with people who Flame On whenever the corporate identity of their choosing is suggested not to be the best in the world.

          And if you’re that worried about sales and “critical ratings” you really need to go outside more.

          • I reiterate, for the weak minded among us…..The sales, and critical ratings, speak for themselves. Sorry you live in a fog though. Good luck with that.

          • Let me se if I can do this too…

            I reiterate…

            No luck needed. I’m a gamer, I have all the systems and enjoy them all equally (although the WiiU gets the least amount of use)

            I just tired with people who Flame On whenever the corporate identity of their choosing is suggested not to be the best in the world.

            And if you’re that worried about sales and “critical ratings” you really need to go outside more.

            Is that how you do it?

          • No. You’re doing it wrong.

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