But, the problem with that statement is that Sony has been growing devs and IPs, even ones they don't outright own, since the PS1 days.
For studios, you have Japan Studio, which made Ape Escape and LOD. There's Polyphony Digital, which made Omega Boost and GT 1&2. Naughty Dog, who made the OG Crash trilogy and CTR. Bend, who made the Syphon Filter Trilogy on PS1. You had 989 Studios, who basically is San Diego Studios, now, which made their sports titles. London Studio, that made their first two NBA Shootout games. Clap Hanz, that develops the Everybody's Golf series. Insomniac, that developed the OG Spyro trilogy. Media.Vision, who made Wild Arms 1&2. Idol Minds, now Deck Nine, who got their start making Cool Boarders titles. They even created a studio, Foster City Studio, just for helping 3rd party devs when developing Sony owned IPs.
Then, there are Sony owned IPs created during the PS1 era, that the studios are no longer around that originally developed them. Alundra, Blasto, Jet Moto, Jumping Flash, Kingsley's Adventure (listed that one mainly for me), MediEvil, PaRappa, Tomba, Twisted Metal, and Warhawk, to name a few.
Of course, as we know, as you go on through the PS2-PS4 gens, many studios and IPs joined those ranks. Sony has just always been about pumping out tons of IPs, giving new devs a chance. Some work. Others do not. The point is, this has been happening since the beginning and it has continued. What we are seeing from MS is that they are losing their passion for this business. When Sony hit hard times with the PS3, they buckled down and continued their strategy, while trying to quickly get HW costs down. MS doesn't even have the high costs problem, but they seem to be abandoning spending money on new IPs, or even many of their existing ones.
I do see it as empty talk. Do I think MS is going to give it another strong go next gen? Yes, for the first year or so. But, if XB2 sees the same fate as the XBO, I have no doubt that their content will once again dry up. And if it befalls a worse fate, I'm not really sure they will stick to the console business. And with Sony firing on all cylinders, getting out a powerful PS5 for $399 in the next 1 1/2-2 years, and MS showing they have little direction for the Xbox brand other then GAAS and microtransactions, I don't think the future looks bright for them next gen.
Yeah maybe MS needs something simular? a MS version of a Foster City.
I thought it was empty talk too, but yesterday/today? they announced they got that new dude Darrell Gallagher, and he has experiance enough to run a new big budget IP studio, if MS wanna let him. So next gen, they ll have another big one than just halo/forza/gears.
Your right about your point that it seems like Sony is much better (than ms) at fostering studios to grow, and also at just letting them try new things if they want too.
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