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PS4: Reaction Was ‘Mixed’ & Reveal Lacked Exclusives, Says Analyst

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An industry analyst says the reaction to Sony’s PS4 reveal has been ‘mixed’ and that it did not show enough exclusives to give itself a 'leg up' over Microsoft.

Published on Mar 18, 2013

An industry analyst says the reaction to Sony’s PS4 reveal has been ‘mixed’ and that the console maker did not show enough exclusives in its conference to give itself the advantage going into the next-gen battle with Microsoft.

Eric Handler, managing director of the media & entertainment branch of MKM Partners, told NowGamer: “I think Sony has created some excitement in that it beat Microsoft to the market with news about a new console for this holiday season.

“The reaction has been somewhat mixed and we are still lacking a lot of key information.”

He said that one key piece of missing information is price – something Sony got wrong with PS3, and that PS4 will need more exclusives and a good price point to beat Xbox 720.

Handler added: “Price will be very important.

“Last cycle Sony really hurt itself with its $599 US launch price. Even though it had the most powerful system consumers weren't interested at that price point, especially when considering the system lacked sufficient exclusive titles to win back market share from Microsoft. 

“I didn't think the Sony press conference showed enough exclusives to give themselves that big of a leg up at this point in time.”

 

 

 

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