Personally the idea that Sony is going to rely less on smaller titles and more on tried and true big franchises for hardcore gamers is an idea I don't like and is an idea that is pretty funny considering that's the exact complaint many Sony fans here and elsewhere on the Internets have long had about Microsoft (Halo, Gears, Forza). Now we see Microsoft expanding their studio portfolio and branching out into many different areas and Sony pulling back on smaller less profitable titles and going all in on big name projects. It makes me think back to the PS2/3 days when they were pumping out some quality shit you were unaware of but became great titles. I guess this is just an extension of what we saw on PS4 though, less first party titles, bigger emphasis on timed exclusive content and paying companies like FS, Kojima, and Insomniac to make titles. Meh.
Where does it say they are going to double down on their existing IPs?
All the article states is that they will place more emphasis om big budget games.
Those are first party titles. And getting external devs to make them doesn't change that. Is 1st party output wildly different than previous gens?