“Once 5G becomes the global standard, there will definitely come a time when we can transfer images to any device,” Yoshida is quoted as saying.
“Players can enjoy a high-quality gaming experience on any device by not being tied to a gaming hardware or TV monitor. We’re definitely heading in that direction, and I don’t think coronavirus will slow this shift,” he added.
“With home consoles, you need to sit in front of the television . . . and turn on the power and wait for the hardware to start up, so it was a time-consuming entertainment,” Yoshida said. “With stay at home, there were more opportunities to turn the switch on.”
I happen to hold Naoki Yoshida in very high regard. Lesser men (and companies) couldn’t have brought Final Fantasy XIV around, let alone make it an amazingly good MMORPG with that second go.
But I suspect there’s some tunnel vision at play here. Sure, bandwidth and the cloud unlock potential but that’s not what’s keeping people from enjoying amazing games on mobile. It’s how games are designed, what kind of UX they’re meant for. You don’t play an MMO on PC and console because cloud gaming isn’t there yet due to cell network latency. You play it there because touch controls lack feedback and accuracy, you have data cap to think of and pay for, you’re after escapism, not just some quick distraction and, most importantly, the game was never designed for such a small screen. 5G provides bandwidth and lower latency. It doesn’t magically make any game’s design work better on mobile.
So to recap: yesterday, Huawei was shipping smartwatches using LiteOS, and today, it’s shipping smartwatches with “HarmonyOS,” which is based on LiteOS. Yesterday, it was shipping phones and tablets using a forked version of Android without Google services. Today, Huawei is shipping “HarmonyOS” on phones and tablets, which is forked Android without Google services. Did anything actually change here?
That’s clear company vision right there. What annoys me the most is how bullish a large part of the Press was on the notion that Huawei surely will produce something amazing from scratch and no Google can keep it down. Lots of ad dollars were sacrificed for the Press to inflate the illusion. And I’m not theorising here. Not at all.
To begin with, I’ve never been overly convinced by the idea that taking a PS5 game to PS4 makes it any less a PS5 game.
Why not go further and not be overly convinced by the idea that taking a PS5 game to PS2 makes it any less of a PS5 game? No need to half-ass it.
I understand that some games — such as next week’s Ratchet & Clank game — will make such good use of PS5 tech that it’s impossible (or at least very difficult) to get it running on PS4, but that won’t be true of all games.
So that’s more of a PS5 games than the PS5 games that also launches on the PS4 while the latter is still not any less of a PS5 game?
Leaving that argument aside, Sony’s decision to actively support PS4 seems to contradict its original plan to upgrade customers quickly to PS5.
The semi-conductor shortage is doing its best to slow down the generational transition, so once again, it’s vital that PS4 owners are getting looked after. And then there’s the economic fallout, which may impact some gamers’ ability to upgrade to the newer device. Perhaps Sony always planned to release Gran Turismo 7 and the next God of War on PS4, but recent world events only cements that decision as the right one.
Somehow everything was viable a few months in after the PS4’s launch but no so much with PS5 that has sold more than the PS4 in the same timeframe, while PS Plus subscribers are in 2020 8x those of 2013.
Don’t get me wrong. Business-wise, what Sony’s doing makes sense regardless of whether people are pleased by the news or not. I surely take issue with how Sony has handled messaging so my beef is with its Marketing (as in department, hence the capital “M”). But, holy crap, the mental gymnastics and logical failures that are needed for this opinion piece to draw first breath are, well, breathtaking.
Messages like, ‘we know many of you are eager to reconnect in person with your colleagues back in the office,’ with no messaging acknowledging that there are directly contradictory feelings amongst us feels dismissive and invalidating.
Read the letter in full, if only to appreciate the levels of boredom it hits with whoever wrote it seemingly clueless about clear messaging, while wishing Apple’s messaging become clearer.
I get that the notion of each team deciding on what working arrangement are better for it is something to dwell upon more seriously in some cases. But when you start off with the idea that the phrase “many of you are eager to” equates to invalidation if it’s not accompanied with “while some of you aren’t”, I doubt working arrangements are the main issue there.