PlayStation’s managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, Michael Ephraim, recently spoke to GameSpot about Sony’s holiday lineup. Ephraim acknowledged that PlayStation 4’s 2015 first-party offerings could have been stronger, and that the company has been focusing more on third-party partnerships in this holiday season.
“Games that have been released this year, from Destiny, Call of Duty, Star Wars–most of them we have a collaboration with for additional content if you play on PlayStation 4, so we’re pretty confident with the way Christmas is going. The demand is strong,” Ephraim said. “We have worked very closely with third parties this year because our first party lineup was not as a strong as we would have liked.”
PlayStation 4’s 2015 major exclusives were Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, and Until Dawn. Two of those came out fairly early in the year, and The Order 1886 didn’t review very well.
2016 is looking better for the console; Street Fighter, Uncharted 4, No Man’s Sky, The Last Guardian, and Gran Turismo are all being released as PlayStation 4 exclusives next year.
Ephraim also touched on PlayStation’s VR plans. “We’re still in the planning stages of PlayStation VR, and clearly based on the responses we’re getting so far: it’s very solid. But our core business right now is PlayStation 4 and the offerings we have on there. Disc, digital, downloadable season passes, and endless entertainment. So, it’ll be another component.”
Ephraim concluded with a hopeful look to the future. “What we’re doing is we’re saying: How do you want to play games? What kind of games do you want to play? Indie games? Big games? Do you want to play online? Do you want to stream older back catalog games? And next year, do you want to play games in VR? It’s the evolution of PlayStation 4 morphing into where the trends are, and to how people want to ingest content now.”