Shuhei Yoshida says that previous Xbox One policies helped Playstation 4 decision making
Sony's huge E3 2013 win came from simply undercutting the Xbox One's price and on two important features that crippled Microsoft's next-gen console.
Used game restrictions and always online became the(former) Achilles heel of Microsoft's next-gen Xbox; something Sony couldn't resist to take advantage of.
"There were lots of people who gave their opinions on that issue to my Twitter account before E3," said Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida to Japanese publication Famitsu(translation through Polygon). "It's not that our hardware policies are decided strictly based on user reaction like this, when we were thinking about what we had to bring across and how to bring it across, it was a very useful source."
According to SCE Japan Asia president Hiroshi Kawano, Sony was ecstatic about the Playstation 4's reception. Kawano says that other decisions came from expectations.
"As of now, I feel like we're getting a very positive response," added Kawano. "For this system, we made a list of what people expected from us, debating over each point, with user feedback forming the main basis for the list The software makers are also telling us that they feel like they really make some fun stuff with it. A new platform alway provides the basis for new forms of play, so I'd like to see it connect to a revitalization of the marketplace."
The next time Sony will show off its next-gen Playstation is uncertain at the time though there's one event Kawano alluded to.
"We're striving to find the best timing for the announcement," said Kawano. "Whether it's before the Tokyo Game Show [opening Sept.19] or alongside it.
Sony's Playstation 4 is set for a holiday release at $399 price point, $100 below Microsoft's Xbox One.