Sony's UK CEO, Jim Ryan, gave an interview to Metro this weekend to discuss the quality of games being released in the industry today.
It has been a hard couple of years for gamers. Ubisoft decided to lock its Assassin's Creed Unity at 30 fps, and Bethesda decided to do the same with The Evil Within, leading us to wonder if the 60 fps standard may be giving way to 30 fps as the target for game refresh rates.
Worse than the reduction in fps imposed by some companies, a remarkable number of games were launched with broken performance. Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed Unity, Watch Dogs on PC, Halo, and Sony's Driveclub all had numerous bugs at launch, and were partially or entirely unplayable as a result.
Playstation users could be in luck on future games, however. "Now, should the game have worked at launch? Of course. Should people pay £50 for something and expect it to work? Of course," said Ryan. "We are a publisher of content in our own right and we are the platform holder who overlays a level of what is called format QA. Obviously the lessons that we learnt in the context of Driveclub were many and painful, and will be applied internally in the context of every first party title that we publish going forward."
It seems clear that Sony is very concerned about the quality of games and is pledging to take extra steps to ensure that games are not released in a broken state. This likely indicates a higher level of quality assurance for games from Sony such as LittleBigPlanet series and The Last of Us series.
Not that renewed diligence on Sony's part will cure all ills. "It is very hard for us to QA the online expedience of a third party game," added Ryan. "When a third party multiplayer game runs on the servers of that third party publisher, you'll understand it's virtually impossible for us to QA that online experience."
Apparently, even if Sony wants to focus on improving the quality of games for Playstation, it can't really do anything when it comes to games made by other companies. Hopefully, following the numerous broken games released over the last year, game makers will follows Sony's lead and take more time to improve game quality.