The PS4 base is OK but the PS5 base is screwed literally
*claps* Not bad mjk45, not bad at all!
Good poke joke, though at least they gave the option to take it off. It's all about the options, except for when it's not, apparently.
Keep making great exclusives, first party. Money-hat third party with big timed ones like FF. Make it a system you must own to play them. And do a price drop further in the consoles life cycle.
And OP, most powerful never has played a large factor in what makes a console successful. Its always the games. Also, Japan has been leaning towards mobile consoles for years now. The Switch and its successors will run away in that region.
My strategy would to follow the PS2 strategy. Take no prisoners when it comes to exclusives.
SNY doesn't need a direct Game Pass competitor, at least not next gen. If GP eventually becomes enough of a problem and SNY feels the need to better compete by the end of the gen, they can do it with Plus for now, even if they have to charge more. I don't see the need though if SNY can lock up enough exclusivity when it comes to the right studio's and their games.
If MS does keep buying studio's, considering they were supposedly the 'good guys' who thought exclusivity was so bad last gen, then SNY will automatically be given the right to counter, and they will just buy as well in retaliation, even if MS allows those games to go multiplatform still. Could be many smaller studios that don't rustle as many feathers or they could go big and do what's necessary to buy large studio's, or long enough exclusivity from them that the average joe is automatically going to buy a PS5 to get those mass appeal games (without having to wait too long to get it on XB). Many cheap options does work, but not as well as offering you that one must have for a price you can talk yourself into justifying.