Sony disappointed by "low" PS4 review scores

Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says, "It's disappointing, but I don't think it's worrisome for the launch of the system."

Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida is disappointed by the PlayStation 4's "low" software review scores, but he does not think the the critical marks will have an adverse effect on the system's launch.

"Yeah, it's disappointing to see some of the low scores. I haven't spent enough time reading reviews, but I would characterize them as mixed," Yoshida told GamesIndustry International.

A number of factors may have played into the "low" scores, Yoshida said, including online functionality only recently becoming ready and the pure volume of games that demanded reviewers' attention in the past weeks.

"It's disappointing but I don't think it's worrisome for the launch of the system. I've played through all of our games, Killzone, Knack and Resogun, and I totally enjoyed playing through these games," Yoshida said. "I'm now on my second run of Knack and Resogun at a higher difficulty--these games really grow on you when you play more. I'm very confident that once you purchase these games and play, you'll be happy that you've done so."

For more on the PS4's launch titles, check out GameSpot's review roundup featuring games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Sound Shapes, Contrast, and Flower.

The PS4 officially launches in North America tomorrow, November 15. For more on the next-generation system, check out GameSpot's video demonstration on how to install a new hard drive, an in-depth look at the new UI and dashboard, and a general hardware overview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Boddicker
Boddicker

When a next gen game gets announced that I actually give two turtle shits about I'll buy a PS4.  Until then it's a no go.

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Poor Ps4 only got a 3 out of 10, well, that's what happens when you make a new system with 2% better graphics & nothing else!

Deadpool-n
Deadpool-n

Who cares. Launch games are never that great anyways. Killzone looks cool though I'll probably get that. What I'm looking forward to is Infamous Second Son

Uangry
Uangry

My ps4 came with a free blue light of death. Thanks Sony, another quality product xD

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

The vast majority of launch titles for consoles have always stunk.  Knack = Kameo, KIllZone: Shadow Fall = Perfect Dark Zero, etc.

mrblack17
mrblack17

Sony's PS4 is still best launch out. I've seen thousands of reports from XBox 360 players saying the One is uselsss compared to the 4. and that they will be turning over. Your reports are flawlessly worthless cause the gamers see different. You give games like Grand Theft Auto and such good ratings but in games where the graphics and the gameplay is far more supreme you won't hesitate to downgrade it. pay attention to the real world and see that Sony is way beyond anything else. Yes it JUST LAUNCHED. Every new console has to adjust a few tweeks before  it goes smooth. 

kargion
kargion

XB1 games getting a mixed batch of reviews now.  Its launch games.  Gonna range from 6-9.  Doesn't mean anything. 

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

I knew Eddie wrote this from the tagline alone.

bruta
bruta

Titanfall > Killzone

umad sony fanboiz

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

so far most X1 games reviewed have gotten low scores too, except for Killer Instinct (it still doesn't have a review here but it does on IGN), which is odd because Resogun which is a PSN title like KI is a Marketplace title got the best score overall.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

Launch games always suck. If you buy a console within 6-8 weeks of it's launch you are a noob. This is fact.

Hellcanwait
Hellcanwait

well, the solution is simple.

have better games at launch, see that wasn´t so hard, now was it ?

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

It's still the best launch line-up a Playstation console has ever had, so that's something to be proud of, I guess. I don't think I've seen a game of AC4's caliber at launch for any new console, so that's also a plus.

franzito
franzito

I guess making foolproof systems is hard these days...

Dangerous231
Dangerous231

ill still take xbox  with more options to use my console over the lil 100$ ps4 savings ..u know the xbox one is only a 100 more what the xbox360 was when it came out

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

Launch games suck most of the time anyway cause the devs haven't really gotten used to the new system. Don't expect the XOne games to be much better.

WelBluVid
WelBluVid

@BadMrSnake Clearly right now the graphics are being pushed at 10% better than last gen.... Hopefully, they'll be able to max out these systems w/in the next 3-5yrs. It's always like this at the beginning of a next gen life-cycle.

constantterror
constantterror

@Uangry Go get a xbox one when it launches and get ready for everyone you get to def have alot of rrods trust me its gonna happen m$ isn't known to make good stuff.

WelBluVid
WelBluVid

@mrblack17 I seriously doubt that! I'll admit that the 360 has already came w/live & headsets... & the only bad news I've heard so far is that the twitch app which once again we already have on 360 minus live stream isn't really new to us. SoE did a much needed online experience overhaul w/expected glitches because to them it's new. I'm going to predict possible initial update glitches from MS's software update day 1 revoking all the DRM policies & that's possibly it.

harley22x
harley22x

@mrblack17 Its hard to believe that you know thousands of people personally that are XBOX 360 players, and have told you personally that the XBOX One is "useless" and is going to be converting to PS4.

constantterror
constantterror

@bruta lol who gives a $hit about Titanfall it looks like mechassault  and doesn't even look fun xbox can keep that pos game who needs it when sony has Infamous the order and a whole lot more better games.Oh and Sony will have the most exclusives again cause Micro$hit sucks and can rarely ever come up with something original just face facts the exclusives you're getting from Micro$hit now will be the last except for 3rd party 30 day exclusive content hint why they suck can't create good games to save their pathetic gaming system. Oh and I'm a Sony fanboy and def ain't mad I'm sitting here laughing at microfanboys cause they are in denial about how pathetic micro$hit is.

kargion
kargion

@bruta Weird comment to make since titan fall is not launch title.  Also Titan Fall could be the next great shooting franchise but we have to wait and see.  Which that would mean Titan Fall > All instead of your troll like comment to poke at ps4 kz fans.

LVMVP23
LVMVP23

@drummerdickens Only somebody who doesn't have enough $ to buy a nex-gen console would say that..

AlexFili
AlexFili

@Hellcanwait Console launches have been iffy for a while now. These coming 12 months will be Sony and Microsoft's hardest 12 months I believe.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Hellcanwait Alot may look at this comment as naive or obvious, but truthfully every other excuse needs to be grounded by this simple fact above. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Tangsta03 I do not think it was the 'best' lineup as ps2 scores and games were rated better and spread more across different genres. It even had a more then a few RPG's at launch. 

The lineup for ps4 is larger by far though, and really AC4 is just a port.  

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Dangerous231 I really do not need more options, I myself am buying this system or any system for one main reason only, to play games. Oh and to impress the ladies :)  The other stuff is really fluff. 

WelBluVid
WelBluVid

@harley22x @mrblack17 Sony fanboyism at it's best! lol Yeah! it's completely useless buddy! & it hasn't even came out yet! well except the 150 that hit customers thx to Target & all the reviews were good..........

amazingchickens
amazingchickens

@constantterror

1. 121 words, no commas and all in one ,easy to read, brick of text.  

2. You replaced all the the letter esses with dollar signs; you must be some kind of hipster because i have never seen that before.

3. You can read the future, yet instead of becoming a vigilante preventing future crimes, you choose to spam internet comments about video-game consoles. 

4. You say that you aren't mad yet everything you do suggests that you are mad (including saying you aren't mad). 

5. You ironically state that people are in denial.

you are an excellent troll sir +1 

constantterror
constantterror

@jenovaschilld If you go by reviews on every game you might aswell quit playing games there is alot of good games that they swear is bad but you won't know if its good to you unless you try it.I would have never got hooked to enclave back on the original xbox if I listened to the reviews.

AlexFili
AlexFili

@jenovaschilld Too many multiplatform games dilute the experience. Let's just say they could have picked a better month for the launch.

harley22x
harley22x

@jenovaschilld I cant say I know many ladies who give a shit who has what console, let alone impress them with it.

sdoxas
sdoxas

@jenovaschilld How the Hell are you going to watch TV without an Xbox One!?  Answer THAT, smart guy.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@harley22x @jenovaschilld Well, I'll admit it has been pretty hard getting by with my Wii U, but I am sure that the xbox one will help me land the honeys, like my Dreamcast use to.