The PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One battle is a good thing for gamers because it pushes each company to focus more intently on serving players, according to Sony worldwide studios executive Shuhei Yoshida. "Competition really pushes everyone--Microsoft and us--to do better," Yoshida told Eurogamer. "I think in the end the consumers will win."
Yoshida's comments today follow those of Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore, who recently said that the game industry thrives on the Sony vs. Microsoft battle. He also said the industry overall stands to benefit if Microsoft and Nintendo can catch up to Sony, because a runaway leader can have a "reverse effect" on the business.
"Personally, I was expecting that at some point in the future [that Microsoft would] unbundle Kinect, but I wasn't expecting it this early" -- Shuhei Yoshida
"Some media people totally believed they should have done it earlier, but some other media people thought it was a unique selling point," Yoshida said. "Personally, I was expecting that at some point in the future they'd unbundle Kinect, but I wasn't expecting it this early. My interpretation was the management change had really helped them to reset and re-sync everything. And since then they've been consistent."
Yoshida also sung the praises of new Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, lauding him for the way in which he presented Microsoft's platform relative to past Xbox executives. "It was very interesting," Yoshida said about Microsoft's E3 showing. "The attitude was great, like from Phil Spencer. I read and listened to his interviews, and he's a reasonably smart guy, compared to some other people who used to say some unbelievable things."