We all know that Microsoft made multiplayer what it is today with Xbox Live on the original Xbox. Microsoft has always said it was essential from day one to have a network setup to allow people to play together remotely. Sony, on the other hand, has always seemed to scoff at the idea of online play, until recently. Well, in an interview with Edge Magazine, SCE president Shuhei Yoshida said:
I think we were late to offer the platform-level support, to make the online functionality work at that level…We made the prior decision that you do not introduce the common centralized network names into every experience, so publishers made their own. That was fine at the start, but as more and more games have online functionality you need a unified approach.
The whole thing comes across as pretending to have known what was going on. Sony knew they weren't going to have the PS3 out before Microsoft had the 360 on the market, so why would they have focused on making sure the PSN was in-place and powerful before releasing? They had a whole extra year to perfect it and make it better than the new Xbox Live.
So, what do you think? Actual acceptance of a known issue, or playing Monday morning quarterback?