Back when Microsoft announced their policies regarding the Xbox One, many gamers weren’t very happy with them, which is why Sony’s announcement had many hoping they would not follow suit. Thankfully, Sony did take a different approach.
Was this a reaction to the Microsoft backlash or did they plan it all along? According to Andrew House, the president and CEO of the worldwide PlayStation business, it was never even considered. House said, “Dating from about our February event, there had been questions about what our online policy would be […] And I have to say that we were slightly perplexed, because we had no intention of changing from a model that I think has served us really well for several platform life-cycles.”
Good move. Stick with what works. It’s pretty simple to keep people happy.