Sony representatives have claimed that the PS4 is the current generation’s king when it comes to first person shooters.
Back when the PS3 and Xbox 360 were duking it out (while the Wii destroyed them both), one of the trends that remained fairly consistent during their competition was that first-person shooter fans tended to gravitate more toward the Xbox. There were several reasons for this; the Xbox 360’s earlier launch, the superiority of Xbox Live. It’s not like the PS3 didn’t have an FPS audience, but it wasn’t as strong and the console overall suffered for it. If statements from Sony can be believed however, it’s a problem the PS3’s successor, the PS4, isn’t encountering.
Speaking recently about the subject, PlayStation group marketing manager Lauren Bradley asserted that many fans of console first-person shooters have migrated from their previous homes on the Xbox 360 to the PlayStation 4. “This generation, the shooter audience is tending to switch over to PS4,” she said. While some might find her claim to be somewhat suspect just based on the fact that Bradley works for Sony, there’s reason to believe that she’s right. After all, it’s no secret that the PS4’s sales, since its launch, have consistently outstripped the Xbox One’s. Moreover, Sony has made some impressive partnerships with third-party publishers aimed of painting their games as PlayStation products. Recent advertisements for the soon-to-release Star Wars: Battlefront, for instance, featured PlayStation logos at their end. “We’ve got high expectations for Star Wars: Battlefront around both launch and into next year,” said Bradley.
Now it’s worth noting that Bradley doesn’t really cite much in the way of hard evidence in her statements. There’s no “our data indicates” mixed in there. That said, for any Sony official to make a claim this strong, you’d have to imagine they’d have something tangible to let them talk that confidently. What has your experience been and what console do you play your FPS titles on? Did you play on the Xbox 360 just to jump ship when the PS4 landed? Or have stuck to your (virtual) guns and remained with one company across the generations?