If there’s an obvious difference between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s Playstation users, judging by the original titles both companies post, it’s the type of game users play.
Sony’s most prominent original titles and series from “Uncharted”
They are AAA titles with award-winning stories, rich characters and a very cinematic approach that emphasizes exploration and storytelling at the expense of being less about the gameplay itself.
Microsoft’s largest original work, on the other hand, leans much more towards co-op and multiplayer. From “Halo” to “Gears of War” to “Forza”, games are a social activity – competition and / or collaboration with friends or strangers.
They are celebrated titles where good frame rates are more important than graphics or history, and an online item is often the key. Sure, some of these games have promotions for one player (though often only short), but the real meat is in the multiplayer.
A few weeks ago, Vice discovered a leaked internal presentation at Sony from last year, which not only confirms this divide, but indicates that the company is thriving in the single player market, as others like EA or Rockstar have avoided that arena in favor of multiplayer titles or live services with their ongoing revenue generating streams.
According to the company, single-player games thrive with PlayStation users who spend more time playing offline than they do online. As a result of the findings, and a survey of over 3,000 of the user base, they continue to reshape how the company makes games.
It turns out that the ‘Activities’ feature on PS5, a feature that lets players jump between game missions, was a direct answer to this. The feature was designed specifically to address some of the challenges users face with single-player games – streamlining it and making it more user-friendly and easier to engage for the poor.
The result is that Sony’s single player game for PS5 will offer more drop-in, drop-out games – something multiplayer is more often known for.
A look ahead at Sony’s slate of PS5 originals and such as “God of War: Ragnarok”, “Horizon: Forbidden West” and “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart” definitely indicates that they intend to stick with one player for years to come.