Former PlayStation president sees exclusivity as industry's 'Achilles heel', urges companies to 'widen that funnel'


Former Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) president Shawn Layden addressed the challenges facing the modern game industry in a new interview, calling console exclusives the “Achilles Heel” of the video game landscape.

Speaking with VentureBeat, Leyden said: “When you're costing over $200 million for a game, exclusivity is your weakness. It's reduced your addressable market. Especially when you're doing live- Services are in the world of gaming or free-to-play. Another way to open another platform funnel is, [and] To involve more people. In the free-to-play world as we know it, 95% of them will never spend a dime.