It's about the Legacy, not the launch lineup

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Posted by JJames3dCG (121 posts) -

Since the reveal event back in February of this year, Sony has had a near flawless execution concerning the PR and soon to be launch of the PlayStation 4. Many believed that it was a mistake not to show off the new console design at the reveal event, but I personally felt like it was the right choice to prolong interest surrounding the new console, which at the time still had a very long 9 months ahead of it until launch day.

E3 was handled perfectly. We got loads of games and exciting news for PSVita, PS3, and PS4. Not to mention....the actual reveal OF the PS4 itself. That alone, secured Sony's E3 victory in most peoples eyes. Shortly thereafter we had a strong GamesCom conference, which showed off the PS4 UI, more strong support for Indie devs, and most importantly the official release date of PlayStation 4. Granted, the GameCom camera man was clearly a bit off that day, but otherwise, more solid momentum for Sony games platforms. TGS may not have given us The Last Guardian, but we did get PSVita TV, PSV with LCD, a Gravity Rush 2 announcement, and the words so many have waited to hear.....a Monster Hunter game WILL BE COMING to the Vita!

Since then it's been pretty quiet on the Sony front (except for game delays of Watch Dogs, The Crew, and DriveClub). We did get 2 new commercials, the musical about the perfect day and the history of PS consoles with nostalgia galore.But even though it's only been about 30 days since the non-stop barrage of PS4 awesomeness, stretching from Feb - Sept (7 straight months of positive hype), why is it now, that all people can talk about is how disappointing the launch lineup is?

Sony has been very strategic thus far in the pre-life of PS4, making all the right moves...So why are we so quick to abandon ship, and "cancel our PS4 preorder" over the launch lineup? First of all, here's what you'll be playing day one;

Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun, Blacklight: Retribution, Contrast, Minecraft, PlayRoom, Warframe, Super Motherload Switch, Galaxy Ultra, Tiny Brains, War Thunder, and Putty Squad to name a few.That's not including most of the big name 3rd party multiplatform games like COD, ACIV, B4 and more.

Do you really believe that you'll buy this new console and won't have anything to play? How many games have you played lately? How many can you really even devote your time to, when there's that many good games on offer? See, this is where the real gaming console will set itself apart from the competition. Xbox1 is trying to throw all they have at the consumer in an effort to win back the gamer. But there's more at play here than just the launch lineup when making your decision. You have to think about the platforms history. Looking at both PlayStation and Xbox, which of the two have consistently brought you the perpetual lineup of quality games you can't pass up? In all fairness, I bought a 360 on launch day, and enjoyed it until about 2008/2009....when the games dried up (give or take 2 or 3). Conversely, I bought a PS3 on launch day as well. Of the two systems, Sony's PlayStation platform has been the console that continued to earn my gaming time day after day, month after month, year after year.

So when I see the two consoles (PS4 and X1) going head to head, and I can only afford one, I look at the history of the platform. Sony's PlayStation has been bringing my countless hours of joy since 1995 and hasn't let me down yet. Watching what Microsoft did at the starting line with Xbox 360 only to see it fade into all but obscurity a few years later (in my gaming eyes that is) paints a very clear picture. Here we are again, at the start of a new console cycle, with Sony thinking long term, with the gamer in mind....and Microsoft throwing all their big guns at me upfront, thinking short term, with the TV audience in mind (yea don't think I forgot about that).

When it comes down to it, I'm a gamer, through and through. I can't NOT get the next new shiny piece of gaming tech on day 1. That's my thing. It's got that new car smell. I gotta have it! How can you call yourself a gamer and not be there day one to support and embrace it? So when I look at which company has consistently supported my interests as a gamer, and examine thoughtfully which company has used my interests to trick me into acceptance (and appears to be doing so again, more shamefully I might add) it's not a tough call at all. I KNOW, for sure, that my hard earned money will be well spend on the PlayStation 4. I KNOW, that Sony will bring me interesting, varied gameplay experiences (as proven with the indie support) that won't leave me feeling stale and bored as a gamer. I KNOW, that Sony will continue to support the PS4 well past the PS5's entry on the scene (as proven by the lasting support the PS2 saw, and now the PS3 sees).

You see, it's about the legacy, not the launch lineup.

-Rendermonk

#1 Edited by TheTenth10 (3029 posts) -

1) the pre E3 reveal was a good idea, but much too soon, it allowed Microsoft to its own pre E3 conference to counter

2) after beginning with the Atari 2600 in the 80s PS1 really brought exciting things (Toshinden, FF7/9, Suikoden), the PS2 had some nice things too, and PS3 had I'd say fewer but more memorable games (Borderlands, Bioshock, AC3, R and C : ToD) ; so yes there's a Playstation legacy, of quality games of different genres

#2 Posted by Geminon (1095 posts) -

i really think people are forgetting what the launch lineups of the past have looked like. if you go back and look at the launch lineup for 360/ps3, XBOX/PS2/Dreamcast, N64/PS1.....you will see that the launch lineup for the PS4 is actually the best lineup we have ever seen for the playstation brand.

people need to get over that there arent going to be dozens of games at release. 4 or 5 good games should be enough to tide you over for the first 3-4 months until more launch window games come out.

#3 Posted by The_Last_Ride (68569 posts) -

People are also forgetting Watch Dogs and The Crew are one the X1, it's a loss for all console owners. Driveclub is the only real loss for the console itself. But there will be loads of indies and there will be games after christmas to buy

#4 Posted by Geminon (1095 posts) -

People are also forgetting Watch Dogs and The Crew are one the X1, it's a loss for all console owners. Driveclub is the only real loss for the console itself. But there will be loads of indies and there will be games after christmas to buy

yeah but indie games are fun for 5 minutes and then you move on. they should really not be used to try to sell a system like sony is trying to do right now.

#5 Posted by MethodManFTW (25335 posts) -

@Geminon said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

People are also forgetting Watch Dogs and The Crew are one the X1, it's a loss for all console owners. Driveclub is the only real loss for the console itself. But there will be loads of indies and there will be games after christmas to buy

yeah but indie games are fun for 5 minutes and then you move on. they should really not be used to try to sell a system like sony is trying to do right now.

Maybe for you. "Indie" games are some of my most played titles.

#6 Edited by The_Last_Ride (68569 posts) -

@Geminon said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

People are also forgetting Watch Dogs and The Crew are one the X1, it's a loss for all console owners. Driveclub is the only real loss for the console itself. But there will be loads of indies and there will be games after christmas to buy

yeah but indie games are fun for 5 minutes and then you move on. they should really not be used to try to sell a system like sony is trying to do right now.

I think games like Transistor are long than that

#7 Posted by JJames3dCG (121 posts) -

@Geminon said:

yeah but indie games are fun for 5 minutes and then you move on. they should really not be used to try to sell a system like sony is trying to do right now.

See that's where I think you're wrong. I think this generation is going to see a MASSIVE influx of "indie" games, as they are called. And what I mean by that, are games that aren't published by the top 5-10 AAA publishers. I'm actually very excited to see it happen too!! I bubble over with anticipation at the thought that this generation of gaming might actually be the return of gaming as it once was back in 80's/90's. A return to new things, broader ideas, (yes some shorter than others, but many quite long too). Here's hoping that's where we are heading, and Sony will be right where they need to be, so the PS4 and you/me can benefit from it most!

#8 Edited by dipdish (858 posts) -

True PlayStation fans are the ones who live in Brazil, Turkey and the rest of the world, where both the consoles and the games are extremely expensive! We still buy 'em. = )

#9 Posted by kingoflife9 (1987 posts) -

bro, relax. this is by far the best launch lineup for any ps console. just because microsoft took their 360 games in development and ported them to the X1 everyone thinks they have a great launch lineup.

#10 Edited by dipdish (858 posts) -
#11 Posted by cooolio (421 posts) -

The playstation does have a better background in games than Microsoft, but both will have do something new to get my attention. There are maybe like 3 or 5 of games that i am interested in and we have not seen much gameplay for some them, and none for some. I am more concerned about the future.

#12 Edited by cooolio (421 posts) -

The playstation does have a better background in games than Microsoft, but both will have do something new to get my attention. There are maybe like 3 or 5 of games that i am interested in and we have not seen much gameplay for some them, and none for some. I am more concerned about the future.