Sony Admits That This Year’s PS4 First-Party Lineup Is Lacking

PlayStation president Andrew House has acknowledged the fact that the PS4’s first-party lineup for 2015 is looking “a little sparse”, and that the publisher would have to rely more on third-party games in the short-term.

“We are working very hard to continue very strong support from third-party publishers and developers. Our first-party lineup is a little sparse this year so I think this places an even greater emphasis on getting good third-party support.” House said, while speaking at Sony’s annual Investor Day Conference,

According to House, Sony has an advantage in this department because of the fact that the PS4 is currently leading this generation in terms of console sales with more than 22.3 million consoles sold.

With both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the new Ratchet & Clank game being pushed to 2016, the only remaining first-party games are titles such as Tearaway Unfolded and God of War III Remastered (and whatever else Sony announces at E3).

“I think that E3 this year will be an exciting show,” said House, “I think it will be a show where we see the next generation of hardware really start to deliver great content and experiences that, if not take full advantage of the platform, take a lot more advantage than we’ve seen before.”

House also pointed out that Sony could also benefit from games that appear on multiple platforms, provided developers make use of system-exclusive features or provide some PlayStaion-exclusive content.

“Rather than seeking for complete exclusives, we have looked to publishers to really try to maximize the use of the feature-set on PlayStation 4 versus the competition. And I think that the use of Share and SharePlay functionality, those have been sort of defining platform features which can be seen not just in first-party content but across the whole range of titles. I would also say that we are not without partnerships in the area of third-party titles, which are not necessarily around full exclusivity,” House said

Oliver Zimmerman

Oliver Zimmerman

South-African raised, Dublin-resident. Oli loves games in all their shapes and forms. He particularly loves RPGs. He's also a keen wordsmith, and can often be found not just playing games, but also discussing their rights and wrongs.
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