Shuhei Yoshida: SEGA More a “War Buddy” Than a Rival During PSOne Era
If you’re one of the few older gamers out there still gaming, you might have remember way back when Sony first entered the video game scene to go head-to-head with SEGA’s Saturn with the original PlayStation.
Japanese gaming publication Famitsu ran a feature on PlayStation’s 20th anniversary, and the PlayStation division’s executives had a few choice things to say. One of ’em was Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida who considered SEGA as a rival at first. But in the end, both companies had similar goals, which made the company more of a “war buddy” according to Yoshida.
In the same feature, Sony Computer Entertainment President Andrew House revealed that the company has two philosophical pillars for the PlayStation brand moving forward. First is enduring and long-lasting hardware with updates adding more and more value to PlayStation platforms; while the second one is the PlayStation 4’s virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus.
Were you already gaming back when SEGA was still in the console business? And did you see the Saturn as a rival to the PSOne or more of an alternative console with different kinds of games?