thatgamecompany’s Jenova Chen, the man behind the wonderful Journey and soon to announce his new, multi-format title, hasn’t forgotten about Sony. Speaking to VentureBeat, he said that, compared to Microsoft, “Sony has a more artistic and adult-focused taste,” and that “they care about how grown-ups feel toward their games.”
I don’t for a second think that Microsoft aren’t bothered what “adults” think about their games (Fez and Braid say ‘hi’) but I’ve said in the past (and recently) that Sony seem happier to experiment with edgier, more esoteric titles. “The player who owns a PlayStation 3 is more likely to be interested in artistic games compared to Wii and Xbox 360,” added Chen.
Sony agree. “Our primary PSN audience is indeed more adult, and many of our best-selling titles appeal to this demographic,” said the company’s Jack Buser.
“Many PlayStation and PSN games have themes that require a user to think and feel about a deep, immersive gameplay experience, and we see that exemplified in the success of titles like Flower, Journey, and Heavy Rain. Titles like these can only be found on PlayStation, and our users enjoy the emotional and thematic sophistication of their games, especially with our digital offerings.”
Microsoft (and, for the record, Nintendo) didn’t comment.