Shuhei Yoshida “Really Happy” about Competition with Microsoft: “They’re Really Smart and Resourceful”

SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida has always been a real sport when talking about Sony’s most direct competitors at Microsoft, and today he went a step further, openly praising the team behind Xbox One while interviewed by¬†Giant Bomb.

When the interviewer asked Yoshida-san about Microsoft’s recent move of offering indie developers a free Unity license, he responded:

That’s a great example on how competition is great and important. If there was only one company, that company could decide the pace and priority of things.

But if there are two similar projects and two companies competing, that’s, I think, the best situation for both consumer getting really the best out of these two groups, but also, it creates stories.

You know, exactly like you asked, “Microsoft did this!” and then there’s a reaction. So that creates a new story and that competition makes what’s happening in the game industry more interesting to the general public and I think that’s really helpful.

So I’m really happy that we have strong and great competition with Microsoft and I appreciate them. They’re really smart speople and very resourceful, so that always keeps us on our toes and looking at ourselves, if we’re doing enough.

It’s always refreshing to hear Yoshida-san (or his counterpart on the other side Phil Spencer, for instance) expressing this kind of sentiment about his most direct competitors, especially considering how venomous the gaming community can be when talking about the console wars.

Maybe many should learn from him, and yes, I’m looking at you, my dear commenters. Ultimately pitched competition is good for the industry, but even more importantly, it’s good for us.

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  • dimka

    I really like comments like this. MS and Sony heads are not anywhere near as venomous as the gaming community themselves. Maybe its because they’re making all the money? LOL

    • Guiseppe Mario Mazzola

      I agree both sony and ms are winner’s in my book.They both have a system i really want.

  • Rikus

    While there are a lot of BS going on at both Sony and Microsoft, one thing is for sure, competition is always good for the consumer.

    • oGMo

      Could not agree more. As much as I dislike MS in general, and as much entertainment as the Xbone debacle has provided already, I want the Xbone to succeed if for no other reason than to keep everyone else on their toes. There was no better generation than PS2/Cube/XBox just because everyone was reasonably competitive.

  • Out of all of the people i’ve heard from during this Xbox / PS launch. Yoshida is certainly my favorite.

  • KuchikiSentou

    I respectfully disagree with Yoshida-san.
    There are still negatives to competition. His comment is convenient because the competition for Gen4 is essentially whittled down to just Xbox.
    In today’s space, the answer is much more nebulous to the average consumer. Only the fanatics have a clear decision as to what console to get and even then will miss out on a host of content that the other platform will have,

    In a less competitive environment, this will hardly be the case. The content margin won’t be as high as to warrant remorse. This explains why a lot of gamers “just buy both”. To me, and Mikami-san agrees with me, it’s a waste of time and money.

    • Custom Stefs

      wow never looked at it like that, i gotta agree with you.

  • Matt

    It’s funny because both companies are profiting together going into next gen due to shared patents. AMD is getting a contract that will keep them busy for the next decade even if they’re only making marginal amounts of profit per unit.

    All I can say is be weary early adopters. The gaming industry is adopting a “Send it out/Fix it later” mentality.

  • RealityCheck2013

    Competition is GOOD but not if it involves Microsoft :-/ The DIRTY tricks they have done this Gen makes me hope they crash & burn next Gen.

  • DelsinRowe

    Meh. RROD directly affected me in a negative way. I have no love for Microsoft.

  • Synthetic Construct

    They should be worried about whatever Steam Machines will turn out to be, If those come in at the same retail prices of nexgen and dumb down their message enough for non PC gamers that you can choose to replace certain parts without getting a new console in the next cycle than PS5 and XB2 won’t look that appealing.

    Every PCer knows that Steam sales happen more often and for better quality games.

    • Custom Stefs

      i am a console man but i think you are absolutely right. i would be down for that.

    • Not A PC Gamer

      What was that? Oh you must be talking about that novelty of a gaming platform the pc.. Nevermind..

  • Crapgamer

    Competition is great for the industry, I just hope Nintendo steps back into the competition sooner rather than later. The Wii U should really be about a 6-8 gig of memory console with Wii Motes and a core controller option bundled in.

  • PrinceHeir

    competition is always good ^^