Yoshida Comments on Differences Between US, Europe and Japan PlayStation Stores
Sony’s worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida recently addressed why there are differences in the PlayStation Store among the various regions, claiming that providing a multi-region approach is far more effective in the grand scheme of things.
There are both positives and negatives in the current regional approach, and I admit I have 3 PSN IDs for Japan, US and Europe.
Managing multiple small countries with multiple languages is much more inefficient than managing a large single country. You should be careful what you wish for. If you want all regions managed by one perspective, one view of the largest country, then you are not in for a good ride.
Having strong regional representation with regional operation is a great thing to be able to cater to the needs of the market.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t change the fact that often times some regions are stuck waiting longer for content that is already made available on the PlayStation Store in other countries, and that Microsoft has managed to make a global approach work, without having games like The Walking Dead or Counter Strike delayed. For out thoughts on the PSN and its regional differences, be sure to read Daily Reaction’s PSN feature.