For consoles and handhelds, there is a balance that many gamers like to have. They like to have titles from the 1st party developers, ones they can usually expect to be good. Then, they like to have good titles from the 3rd party developers. Brands they know and respect, and like to have on the console/handheld they own. When one of these is lacking, fans take notice, and wonder why this is going on.
For Sony, rarely are they ever at a loss for 1st Party titles, as they have a plethora of companies under their banner ready to make titles. And yet, due in no small part to delays on key titles, the PS4 has had a very light 1st Party presence in 2015. During an investor conference, PlayStation President Andrew House talked about this scarcity.
“Our first party lineup is a little sparse this year, so I think this places even greater emphasis on getting good third party support.” He maintains that the current momentum of the console will allow for good sales until they can again crank out the 1st Party titles.
In the meantime, Sony will “work hard on [hardware] cost reduction,” and “continue to evolve the network features on the platform throughout the rest of the year.”
Now obviously this scarcity shouldn’t be a cause for alarm, especially with the PS4 owning the console market right now. It just means the game library might a little light for a while.