In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Yoshida said the feedback he received on Twitter allowed him to finalize Sony’s strategy for the show.
”It’s not that our hardware policies are decided strictly based on user reaction like this, but when we were thinking about what we had to bring across and how to bring it across, it was a very useful source,” he said.
Sony announced its policies near the end of its press conference, receiving roars of applause as it addressed the grievances that some gamers had directed toward Microsoft. While Sony may have decided its DRM and online connectivity policies independent of Microsoft, the company did not mind taking advantage of the situation.
“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,” Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia President Hiroshi Kawano said.
In addition to Sony’s shots at Microsoft’s weak spots, the company announced the PlayStation 4 will retail for $399, which is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.
Since E3, Microsoft reversed its used game and online check-in policies, stating the Xbox One will be able to function without an internet connection and play used games.
“As of now I feel like we are getting a positive response,” said 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 always provides the basis for new forms of play, so I’d like to see it connect to a revitalization of the marketplace.”