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Where did Layden say he wanted fewer games?

"He also hinted that Sony's ready to buy up other game makers as it looks to expand the types of games it makes. He isn't alone, either. Microsoft's Xbox team has announced several game studio acquisitions in the past year as gaming takes on more prominence at that company."

The quote about fewer games comes from the question about Sony & BR. Layden's answer hints that Sony is looking at possible studio acquisition(s):

"I think we've done a lot over the last three or four years to get us to a place right now where we're building fewer games per year than ever before, but we're spending more time, more energy, certainly more money, on making them.

So we're striking on all the beats that we want to, and we're getting both critical and commercial acclaim. Let's see now what we might add to our arsenal. I've looked at some opportunities in the past, it's an opportunity to look for the ones that are the best cultural fit."

When asked about the decision making behind buying a studio:

"We're always exploring opportunities. If we found a partner or a team or a game that we felt was particularly meaningful and interesting in a service area, we will look to bring that in. We're always open to that kind of experience."

Sums up SIE's vision as 'first, best or must.'



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Insomniac, Kojima Productions, Bluepoint & Supermassive Games.

These are the studios Sony will most likely purchase, IMO.



Hasn't Sony done this already?  

I mean, the amount of games Sony studios used to release in the PS3 days was far higher than nowadays.



PotentHerbs said:
Where did Layden say he wanted fewer games?

"He also hinted that Sony's ready to buy up other game makers as it looks to expand the types of games it makes. He isn't alone, either. Microsoft's Xbox team has announced several game studio acquisitions in the past year as gaming takes on more prominence at that company."

The quote about fewer games comes from the question about Sony & BR. Layden's answer hints that Sony is looking at possible studio acquisition(s):

"I think we've done a lot over the last three or four years to get us to a place right now where we're building fewer games per year than ever before, but we're spending more time, more energy, certainly more money, on making them.

So we're striking on all the beats that we want to, and we're getting both critical and commercial acclaim. Let's see now what we might add to our arsenal. I've looked at some opportunities in the past, it's an opportunity to look for the ones that are the best cultural fit."

When asked about the decision making behind buying a studio:

"We're always exploring opportunities. If we found a partner or a team or a game that we felt was particularly meaningful and interesting in a service area, we will look to bring that in. We're always open to that kind of experience."

Sums up SIE's vision as 'first, best or must.'

Nothing about this quote hints that he is talking about acquiring studios. he literally just answered with how they do deals with non-1st party studios, something we already know.

The publication is reading more into his answer than Layden is even giving.



PotentHerbs said:
Where did Layden say he wanted fewer games?

"He also hinted that Sony's ready to buy up other game makers as it looks to expand the types of games it makes. He isn't alone, either. Microsoft's Xbox team has announced several game studio acquisitions in the past year as gaming takes on more prominence at that company."

The quote about fewer games comes from the question about Sony & BR. Layden's answer hints that Sony is looking at possible studio acquisition(s):

"I think we've done a lot over the last three or four years to get us to a place right now where we're building fewer games per year than ever before, but we're spending more time, more energy, certainly more money, on making them.

So we're striking on all the beats that we want to, and we're getting both critical and commercial acclaim. Let's see now what we might add to our arsenal. I've looked at some opportunities in the past, it's an opportunity to look for the ones that are the best cultural fit."

When asked about the decision making behind buying a studio:

"We're always exploring opportunities. If we found a partner or a team or a game that we felt was particularly meaningful and interesting in a service area, we will look to bring that in. We're always open to that kind of experience."

Sums up SIE's vision as 'first, best or must.'

It's also mentioned later:

"And with our decision to do fewer games -- bigger games -- over longer periods of time, we got to a point where June of 2019 was not a time for us to have a new thing to say. And we feel like if we ring the bell and people show up here in force, people have expectation 'Oh, they're going to tell us something.'"

zumnupy10 said:

Hasn't Sony done this already?  

I mean, the amount of games Sony studios used to release in the PS3 days was far higher than nowadays.

Right, this isn't him saying he wants fewer games in the future, but that they have already been focusing in on fewer select titles.  



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Intrinsic said:
iron_megalith said:
Doesn't streaming games suffer from input lag or have they fixed that?

I certainly wouldn't want it.

Its not even possible to fix. 

If you will notice it though thats another matter. But genres (fighting games) or FPS games that are best played at 60fps will suffer it the most.

I had my doubts as well. Not even a fiber connection will make this work. When the time comes and they force it down our throats, they can go screw themselves.



iron_megalith said:
Intrinsic said:

Its not even possible to fix. 

If you will notice it though thats another matter. But genres (fighting games) or FPS games that are best played at 60fps will suffer it the most.

I had my doubts as well. Not even a fiber connection will make this work. When the time comes and they force it down our throats, they can go screw themselves.

Yh.... it just boils down to there being more "handshakes". Locally, you hit a button, it goes to your console, video gets sent to your display, done. With streaming you hit a button, it goes to a client, that gets sent via your internet (ping and all) to a server, server accepts input and makes video, sends that back through internet t you client, client processes video, sends it to your display.

Only way t make this whole thin faster is by eliminating steps not by increasing internet speeds because as it stands we have internet speeds that are good enough for streaming. Even at compressed 4k.



Cerebralbore101 said:

https://www.cnet.com/news/sonys-shawn-layden-wants-fewer-bigger-playstation-games/#

So, I found this interview where Shawn Layden (Sony's big boss when it comes to developing exclusives) talking about the future of Playstation. A few things he says that I thought were interesting...

Streaming won't be viable for a long time. 

He's basically saying that unless you live in a big city, you're not going to be able to stream games until something like ten years from now. I agree, and I think MS's attempt to move XboxLive to games as a service is too early. 

E3 used to be about letting retailers know what was coming up for the holiday season. It isn't anymore. There's a whole other meeting for that. It happens way before E3. 

 Yeah this is really interesting, and kind of explains how things get leaked before E3. It is because retailers already know about everything that is going to be revealed. They have to, or else they don't have enough time to make orders, and fill inventory in time for Christmas. 

He wants to make fewer exclusives, but bigger better games. 

A lot of people might recoil at this, but it sounds to me like he wants fewer games in the 75-80 range on Metacritic, and more games in the 85 - 95 range. I think the development of Days Gone is a good example of this. That game has been delayed forever in order to get it to be a good game. In other words he's a fan of the Nintendo method of delaying games until they are good. He said that the amount of exclusives coming to PS4 this year is about the number he would like to see for every year. So when he says less games, keep that in mind. We are probably getting 2-4 PS exclusives this year so all in all this would be good news. 

Sony has no interest in making a Battle Royale. 

He basically said it's a fad, and that Sony doesn't want to jump onto a bandwagon. 

Weird that he says he wants to make fewer exclusives but the same amount as they have now? So than fewer than what? Also tired of people saying BR is a fad. It's not a fad it's like saying MOBA's are a fad. It's a game genre that people like and will continue to tweak and change the same way every other gaming genre has done. I've never really enjoyed BR games until Apex.



PotentHerbs said:
"He also hinted that Sony's ready to buy up other game makers as it looks to expand the types of games it makes."

I struggle to come up with possible acquisitions well suited to help them expand the types of games they make. Insomniac Games, Kojima Productions, and Supermassive Games all make great singleplayer games which SIE already has a bunch of.

Possible:
Bluepoint Games (Shadow of the Colossus Remake)
Clap Hanz (Everybody’s Golf)
Housemarque (Resogun)
Insomniac Games (Spider-Man)
Kojima Productions (Death Stranding)
Supermassive Games (Until Dawn)
 
Unlikely:
4A Games (Metro)
Arc System Works (Granblue Fantasy Versus)
Bungie (Destiny)
Codemasters (Dirt Rally)
Crytek (Hunt: Showdown)
CyberConnect2 (Dragon Ball: Project Z)
Dontnod (Remember Me)
Firesprite (The Persistence)
FromSoftware (Bloodborne)
Funcom (Conan Exiles)
Gearbox Software (Borderlands)
Hello Games (No Man’s Sky)
IO Interactive (Hitman)
Level-5 (Ni no Kuni)
Media.Vision (Wild Arms)
PlatinumGames (Granblue Fantasy: Relink)
Q-Games (PixelJunk Series)
Quantic Dream (Detroit: Become Human)
Ready at Dawn Studios (The Order: 1886)
Remedy Entertainment (Control)
Sanzaru Games (Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time)
Sumo Digital (LittleBigPlanet 3)
Tarsier Studios (Tearaway Unfolded)
Yager Development (Spec Ops: The Line)



method114 said:

Weird that he says he wants to make fewer exclusives but the same amount as they have now? So than fewer than what? Also tired of people saying BR is a fad. It's not a fad it's like saying MOBA's are a fad. It's a game genre that people like and will continue to tweak and change the same way every other gaming genre has done. I've never really enjoyed BR games until Apex.

This is a good example where actually reading thr source would show that OP didnt know what he was talking about.

Layden never says they now want to make fewer games but rather says so as a general statement. Which is true in comparison to years before.

He also doesnt say BR is a fad. Just that he doesnt see the need for So mny to enter that genre when what they are doing now is working so well for them (single player narrative games)

Replicant said:

I struggle to come up with possible acquisitions well suited to help them expand the types of games they make. Insomniac Games, Kojima Productions, and Supermassive Games all make great singleplayer games which SIE already has a bunch of.

Sony havent bought a studio (at least newsworthy) since SuckerPumch in 2011. 

They have already opened PixelOpus, Manchester Studio and a new studio in San Diego, while expanding existing studios. 

Why would they be looking to buy new studios, especially ones they personally havent worked with?