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Sony: Our competitors are 'neglecting core gamers'

Head of digital games suggests Microsoft and Nintendo are "losing the plot"

Sony's head of digital games has criticised Microsoft and Nintendo for neglecting core gamers at this year's E3.


Jack Buser told VentureBeat that the reaction to Sony's press conference had "been just amazingly positive", adding: "Some of our competitors, seemingly, are losing the plot, forgetting what built this industry. It was the gamer. And our press conference really drove that home."

The Sony exec backed up his tough words by name-dropping some of the platform holder's admittedly impressive E3 roster.

"We showed amazing partnerships with our third parties. We showed incredible titles from our first parties. The Last of Us, you saw that? Beyond: Two Souls. You see these titles and they represent some of the... I'm biased, but these are the best games I've ever seen, and they're exclusive to our platform. These are the types of games that gamers want, and they're pushing what a console game can be to the next level.

"I've watched all of our competitors very closely," he added. "And I think we did a very good job of drawing a solid line in the sand here at E3, and standing up with our back straight as PlayStation and saying 'We're for gamers'.

"We are for the gamer first and foremost. Everything we do at PlayStation, we ask ourselves first, 'What's right for the gamer?'. Everything we're doing is for the gamer first and foremost, and I think that... I was proud to be a PlayStation employee at this E3."

We'd have to agree with Buser that Sony has a number of exciting PS3 titles in the works, but the company's lack of focus on new Vita games at E3 has been a cause for concern among many early adopters. However, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan has told CVG the company is "very relaxed and confident about the prospects for Vita this year and beyond".