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PlayStation 4 Report Card 2016

PlayStation 4 Pro and PSVR turned 2016 into a major year for Sony fans.

In 2016, the story of PlayStation was punctuated by the arrival of new hardware. The PS4 Slim and, more importantly, PS4 Pro both debuted in the latter half of the year, potentially bringing with them a new era in console gaming: the age of the mid-lifecycle upgrade. This year also saw Sony's entry into the virtual reality market with the (relatively) affordable PlayStation VR, as well as the advent of several long-awaited features thanks largely to the PS4 3.5 and 4.0 firmware updates. Though its lineup of exclusive content proved weaker than previous years and the cost of its PlayStation Plus service increased, 2016 maintained Sony's strong forward momentum.

The PlayStation Family Gets Slimmer, More Professional

Even with the arrival of Microsoft's updated Xbox One S--which boosted performance for certain games but left the system's core technology largely unchanged--the original PlayStation 4 remained the most powerful video game console on the market. At least, until PlayStation 4 Pro finally launched on November 10. With a 1TB hard drive, double the GPU power, and technology adapted from AMD Polaris graphical architecture, the PS4 Pro--previously referred to by its codename Neo--became the first and only console capable of rendering games in super crisp 4K resolutions.

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Of course, not every game supports 4K and even those that do occasionally experience serious problems on the Pro, most frequently framerate dips. Then there's the fact that many games won't or can't produce 4K resolutions natively, potentially limiting the material impact of the Pro's capabilities. There's also the looming uncertainty surrounding Microsoft's Project Scorpio. Though Xbox's answer to PlayStation's Pro reportedly won't hit the market until late next year, early indications suggest Scorpio's tech specs could allow the system to outperform Sony's console.

Still, for all its shortcomings, PS4 Pro adds another welcome weapon to the PlayStation arsenal. As reviewer Jimmy Thang noted: "If you already have a PS4, I wouldn't make the upgrade unless you have a 4K HDR TV and the extra cash lying around. Graphics enthusiasts may appreciate the improved anti-aliasing and more vibrant colors, but the differences likely won't blow most people away. Regardless, the PS4 Pro is priced fairly, offers a plethora of features, and is the most powerful console you can buy today."

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PS4 Pro also represents a significant turning point for console gaming in general by offering an optional upgrade that iterates within a console generation. As system designer Mark Cerny said at the time: "PS4 Pro is not the start of a new generation, nor is it a console that is going to blur the lines between generations." This may ultimately represent a broader, more permanent shift away from rigidly defined console generations and towards a more gradual, PC-esque upgrade process. Time will tell.

For now, at least, you pick up a Pro for $400 or save a $100 by purchasing a PS4 Slim, which first shipped back in September. The new slim model is functionally identical to the original console, but features a more compact body that's both lighter and more power efficient. The internal fan is quieter, and the front-facing buttons are now physical rather than capacitive. Disappointingly, the updated Dualshock 4 controller (which is now available for purchase separately as well) still fails to remedy most of the issues we outlined last year.

Sony has a long history of refining the designs of its consoles within the life cycles of those consoles, which makes the Slim slightly less exciting than something like PS4 Pro. But sleeker consoles are never a bad thing, especially when they come standard with 500 GB hard drives and several appreciated quality of life improvements.

Virtual Reality, Affordable Pricing

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Slim and Pro weren't the only pieces of PlayStation branded hardware to debut in 2016. Sony also launched a virtual reality headset called, appropriately, PlayStation VR. Unlike Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, PSVR doesn't use a PC to run software; instead, it connects to any retail PS4. It also repurposes the PlayStation Move controllers and PlayStation 4 camera, giving gamers a reason to reuse peripherals that had previously been collecting dust--or upgrade to the slightly updated models that launched this year as well. The system also costs substantially less than its competitors even though its head-mounted display is arguably the most comfortable of the three.

With it's plug-and-play approach and comparably reasonable price tag, PSVR is one of the most affordable and accessible VR options currently available. It does, however, come with a few technical limitations, including a lower resolution screen than either of its closest competitors. As reviewer Jimmy Thang noted, however, the biggest issue currently facing PSVR (and VR in general) is a lack of quality games: "If you have a PS4 and are simply curious about VR, I'd hold out until more titles are released. While there are a handful of fun titles, there's nothing that I've played at launch so far to indicate to me that the PSVR is a must-buy right now. For everyone else, I'd recommend saving up for a better reality."

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Thankfully, PSVR's game library does include a least a few standout titles, including exceptional rhythm games Thumper and Rez Infinite. The former uses rhythm and music to guide you through its harrowing, breakneck gameplay while the latter expands the original Rez's psychedelic soundscapes with the newly added Area X, which allows players to float freely through a neon-soaked dream world.

Ultimately, PSVR proved it's capable of going toe to toe with its competitors, offering a comparable experience with fewer barriers to entry and a more enticing price. Adoption has been slow thus far and its initial launch was met with little fanfare, but PSVR is still primed to grow should interest in virtual reality continue to grow. The question now becomes: will VR begin to really thrive in the coming months, or will entire phenomenon go the way of the PS Vita (which, by the way, received very little love or attention during 2016)?

Firmware Features Finally Arrive

The PS4's general user interface has been cleaner and more intuitive than the Xbox One's dashboard since day one, but it's been missing a number of key features for just as long. We noted as much in last year's report card and admonished Sony to address some of these oversights. Well, turns out Sony heard us (and no doubt the thousands of annoyed PlayStation gamers out there). Though PS4's firmware received myriad minor updates through the year, by far the biggest were 3.5 and 4.0.

Thanks to update 3.5, you can appear offline at any time, set up alerts so you know when specific friends log on, easily check what each member of your current party is playing, and schedule future events. It also expanded the PS4's remote play capabilities to work with PC and Mac. Update 4.0, meanwhile, added folders that you organize games and apps, cleaning up your home screen in process. It also gave you the ability to customize your Quick Menu and transfer data over LAN connections--probably to make moving your saves over to a brand new PS4 Pro that much easier. Speaking of, 4.0 also added HDR support to all PlayStation 4 consoles, which should help future-proof the platform.

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The features outlined above were a long time coming, but Sony has now successfully ticked every single empty box we highlighted last year. While there's always more work to be done, 2016 provided a huge step forward. Unfortunately, 2016 also saw the price of an annual PlayStation Plus subscription jump to $60--the first cost increase since the service was introduced back in 2010. It's a bit frustrating since playing online still requires a PS Plus subscription, but $5 a month still feels like a worthwhile investment, especially since Sony continues to deliver multiple free games every month.

This year's crop included 72 games, valued at over $1,000 total, and while the overall quality seemed to dip compared to some previous years (it's pretty hard to be top free copies of Rocket League), we still got games like Journey, Dragon Age: Origins, Grim Fandango Remastered, and Dirt 3. As long as PS Plus' price doesn't creep any higher, we still see value in the service.

A Light But Meaningful Year for Exclusive Games

Last year, PlayStation owners enjoyed a number of exclusive breakout hits like Rocket League, Until Dawn, and Bloodborne. They did not, however, receive an exclusive, triple-A tentpole game from one of Sony's marquee franchises. But this year was different. This year, Sony released Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the only game to score a 10 out of 10 from GameSpot in 2016.

After being delayed out of 2015 (and then delayed again in 2016, twice), developer Naughty Dog once again proved that good things come to those who wait. As reviewer Mike Mahardy put it: "In both its momentous set pieces and its intimate, personal moments, Uncharted 4 drives its narrative forward with a rare understanding of its characters, its world, and the gameplay tying them all together. It's a stunning combination of disparate parts. It's a breathtaking marvel of a game."

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Uncharted 4 wasn't the only major PS4 exclusive to hit in 2016, though, nor was it the only major game to launch late following a few delays. In fact, The Last Guardian may ultimately be more memorable for its tumultuous, near decade-long development process. Regardless, the final product should be remembered as a breathtaking accomplishment, as reviewer Peter Brown describes: "When the book closes on their story, it's hard not to open it up again and begin anew. The trials you overcome endear you to both characters, but the emotions Trico elicits make you want to give it another chance--to be the patient, effective partner it truly deserves."

Of course, there is another, more controversial PS4 console exclusive that launched this year: No Man's Sky. No game in modern memory has caused such an uproar upon release, and PlayStation owners...well, they had a front row seat, if nothing else. While the game wasn't a complete disaster, it certainly under-delivered, failing to meet the lofty expectations cultivated by its inescapable pre-release hype.

Thankfully, other exclusive indie games performed slightly better. Though they've since released on Xbox One, both The Witness and Firewatch started the year exclusively on PS4. Love letter to classic RPGs I Am Setsuna warmed our hearts, Ratchet & Clank stoked our nostalgia, and Street Fighter V provided one more reason for us to stay late after work. And while it's probably silly to applaud a year for the promises it made, 2016 also gave us a lot of exclusives to look forward to: Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, God of War, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy--the PS4's future is blazingly bright.

Other Matters, In Brief

  • Sony appeared to block mods from coming to Fallout 4 and Skyrim Remastered before settling on an unsatisfying compromise. Meanwhile, Xbox One owners saw no such restrictions. Total bummer.

  • Microsoft issued an open invitation to Sony to connect Xbox Live with the PlayStation Network and allow players from both consoles to play together online. Sony wouldn't commit to anything. Another bummer.

  • The PS4 is no longer dominating the Xbox One in terms of monthly sales. But this most likely reflects improvements made to the Xbox One rather than any failures by the PS4. Verdict: not really a bummer.

  • PlayStation Network went down a couple times in 2016 but didn't suffer anything nearly as bad as certain past attacks. Hopefully Sony is still working to keep security tight.

  • No movement on true backwards compatibility, but PlayStation Now still exists. Meh.

Verdict

2016 was PlayStation's biggest year since launch. The PlayStation Pro and PSVR serve as major milestones in the history of the platform. Neither one proved to be an unassailable success, but both did enough right to make solid debuts and create clear paths for future growth. That should be exciting for all PlayStation fans, not just those who upgraded to Pro or invested in VR. And as we wait for the future to arrive, games like Uncharted 4 and simple yet welcome UI features like folders helped maintain the momentum the console's enjoyed since launch. Hopefully Sony will continue to deliver on its planned exclusives, expand support for PSVR, and listen to the demands of its audience.

The GoodThe Bad
- Finally address demand for new home screen features- Even with subtle updates, the Dualshock 4 still hasn't improved enough
- Successfully launched the first mid-life cycle console upgrade ever- PlayStation Plus price increased but consumers got nothing in return
- Also launched a competitive, accessible VR system- PSVR currently lacks enticing experiences
- Delivered two much-needed marquee exclusives- PS Pro may not be able to compete with Scorpio next year
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stickybun

I have no interest in their VR or the PS4 Pro which to me seems like a minimal upgrade with barely any support. The controller still sucks. The interface is dated... but Uncharted was my favourite game from this year and there are plenty more on the 'Horizon' that make me glad I own one.

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Ensabuhnur

PSVR is a success? What idiot wrote this? The Sales target dropped from 2 million to 750,000. that's not a successful launch on any measure.

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freedom01

@Ensabuhnur: the sales target was not from Sony, but from a research group, Super Data

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/playstation-vr-sales-estimates-downgraded-hugely-b/1100-6445859/

Sony on the other hand says that the PS VR sales are on track

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/playstation-vr-sales-on-track-sony-says/1100-6444989/

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SchNerdy

This is satire isn't it?

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SimplyTheeBest

Final Grade : F

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Kadin_Kai

Fair annual review of all the three platforms, thanks GameSpot.

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IanNottinghamX

Lemme start by saying I really really dont favor any of these platforms(Though I own 3). Why have a report card or year end review of consoles when your not bringing up both pros and cons for each said platform. I heard them trash WiiU(we all knew that was gonna happen Nintendo basically abandoned it.),fine. They mentioned Xbox Ones hardware and said the S was sleek then trashed on their software a little bit. But with Sony I havent heard any critiques on the con side against Sony.
Great Game exclusives(Meh kind of in my opinion.I dont love Uncharted that much I think its an ok series but these guys are fawning all over it.)
Just like I read in a comment below, Why was it never mentioned that so many hardware iterations got released in such a short space of time? Also It wasnt mentioned that some games like Horizon Zero dawn,For Honor, Kingdom Hearts 3 and other heavy hitters that got delayed effecting this years 3rd party lineup. Basically what Im saying is you cant bash one console for one thing and not bash another for that same thing that is just as bad. Im not saying the Ps4 will suffer without those games. But I am saying that though more exclusive games are finally coming out like The Last guardian. There should be more incentive for the person on the fence about buying a PS4 for an experience you cant get on either Pc or Xbox One. And for that reason I dont think Sony is doing AS good a job as they could be.

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@IanNottinghamX:

I agree about keeping reviews on the same level. If GS made a negative out of Scalebound, Crackdown, Sea of Thieves, and Cuphead being delayed into 2017, they should have done the same for Horizon, Persona 5, Gran Turismo, and all the other PS4 exclusives falling into 2017.

As for incentive for a person on the fence over which console to buy...all Xbox One experiences are coming to PC. The only two consoles with any sort of exclusivity now are Playstation and Nintendo. Microsoft has made the Xbox a weak PC with less options for games.

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@7tizz:

If you have a PC capable of posting a comment on GameSpot, you have a PC capable of playing Xbox games.

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SchNerdy

@Lacerz: you're an idiot

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@SchNerdy: Thanks dude bro.

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caryslan2

@Lacerz: I can post on Gamespot with a 10 year old Windows XP computer or a 7 year old Windows 10 Computer. Are you honestly going to tell me that computers that old can play Xbox One games?

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@7tizz: You bought a Xbox. The idiot is obvious. (P.S. it's the person who bought a Xbox...you)

2016 Metacritic Scores
75-100 PS4 not on Xbox One75-100 Xbox One not on PS4
93Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (AAA)91Forza Horizon 3 (AAA)
89Rez Infinite90Kingdom: New Lands
87Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (AAA)86Killer Instinct Season 3 (AAA)
86Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- (AAA)84Gears of War 4 (AAA)
85BlazBlue: Central Fiction (AAA)84FRU
85MLB The Show 16 (AAA)83SUPERHOT
85Ratchet & Clank (AAA)82The Turing Test
85Assault Android Cactus81Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castile
85Crypt of the NecroDancer78Dungeon of the Endless
84Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (AAA)77Quantum Break (AAA)
84Day of the Tentacle Remastered75Raiden V
84Salt and Sanctuary
83The Last Guardian (AAA)
83Dragon Quest Builders (AAA)
83Darkest Dungeon
83SteamWorld Heist
83Thumper
83Lara Croft Go
82Steins;Gate o (AAA)
82Enter the Gungeon
82Invisible, Inc. Console Edition
81Metrico+
81Risk of Rain
80Gravity Rush Remastered (AAA)
80Downwell
80Score Rush Extended
79The King of Fighters XIV (AAA)
79Alienation
79Amnesia Collection
78Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls (AAA)
78World of Final Fantasy (AAA)
78Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X (AAA)
78Grand Kingdom (AAA)
78Absolute Drift: Zen Edition
78Life Goes On: Done to Death
78Mutant Mudds: Super Challenge
77Street Fighter V (AAA)
77Xeodrifter
76Nobunaga's Ambition: SoI-Acension (AAA)
76Killing Floor 2
76Shu
75Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist… (AAA)
75Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth (AAA)
75Push Me Pull You
75RIVE
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@7tizz:

People have seen enough of your posts to realize that I'm simply stating facts. Call it name calling if you must, the world sees you as an idiot.

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@caryslan2:

If you have a system that can handle Windows 10, it more than likely can handle Xbox games. Remember, you aren't allowed to optimize Xbox games bought through the Windows store like you can something purchased through Steam. The requirements aren't that daunting.

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Vilified_Signals

"PlayStation Network went downa couple times in 2016 but didn't suffer anything nearly as bad as certain past attacks. Hopefully Sony is still working to keep security tight."

Yeah... About that.
See, what happened was Sony got hacked and said that only the personal information of 78 million PlayStation Network users (login credentials, names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses) had been exposed. But the tally of compromised accounts rose by 24.6 million when investigators discovered the attackers had also penetrated SOE and Qriocity. The credit-card data of approximately 23,400 SOE users was stolen.

That was because Sony decided to protect their own data far better than ours.

So when the PSN gets hacked (again) and card information gets stolen (again) you only have yourselves to blame if you lose money.

Sony may make decent games. But they will never again have my trust.

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Thanatos2k

B+

Very solid game lineup this year, destroying that of the other two consoles.

Loses points for PS Pro sucking.

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PinchySkree

A couple of.

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I'm very surprised on the lack of emphasis on 2016 games on the PS4 that aren't on the Xbox One and vice versa. That should count as a HUGE plus, as the main purpose of a console is the games. Based on Metacritic:

Playstation 4Xbox One
2016 AAA2016 AAA
93Uncharted 4: A Thief's End91Forza Horizon 3
85MLB The Show 1686Killer Instinct Season 3
85Ratchet & Clank85Gears of War 4
84Valkyria Chronicles Remastered77Quantum Break
84The Last Guardian
80Gravity Rush Remastered
78Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls Collection
78World of Final Fantasy
77Street Fighter V
2016 AAA PS4 Games Some Label Japanese Shovelware (Even though they have good reviews)
87Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
86Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-
85BlazBlue: Central Fiction
83Dragon Quest Builders
82Steins;Gate o
79The King of Fighters XIV
78Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X
78Grand Kingdom
76Nobunaga's Ambition: SoI-Acension
75Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist…
75Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

If anything, it plays to a much more diverse audience than anything Xbox offers.

EDIT: Removed Dead Rising 4 for Xbox One as it is now sitting with a 74 Metacritic score, which doesn't meet the minimum criteria of 75 or higher to be included. I am Setsuna is a PS4 exclusive from Square Enix that isn't included because it has a 74.

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PCPS4XB

@Lacerz: what an awesome year it has been. And that's only on the PlayStation side.... Good list of games and 2017 will be even better

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@7tizz:

Yes. Yes they do.

People who like Fighters love the BlazBlue, Guilty Gear and King of Fighters series. Nobunga's Ambition is widely regarded as one of the most detailed Strategy games. I own Digimon Story and can personally vouch for its quality. Dragon Quest Builders is a much better Minecraft. And these are only the Japanese games that you're discounting without giving them a try, never mind the other highly rated PS4 games that aren't available on Xbox.

Facts are facts. PS4 had 20 AAA games rated 75 or higher not available on Xbox and the Xbox only had 4.

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@7tizz:

I'd probably say the same as you if I had a POS console with few decent games that were also available on PC. But I made the smart decision and went with a winner.

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WhoIsTheDrizzle

@Lacerz: Yeah because everybody has heard of those games toward the end of the ps4 list. *eye roll* go ahead and remove that trash too

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@WhoIsTheDrizzle:

Salty Xbot alert

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WhoIsTheDrizzle

@Lacerz: actually i play PC nerd

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@WhoIsTheDrizzle:

You articulate so well. Smart, this one.

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WhoIsTheDrizzle

@Lacerz: exactly something a nerd would say

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@WhoIsTheDrizzle: I am a total nerd, but it helps pay the bills. And I have more and better games.

2016 Metacritic Scores
75-100 PS4 not on Xbox One75-100 Xbox One not on PS4
93Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (AAA)91Forza Horizon 3 (AAA)
89Rez Infinite90Kingdom: New Lands
87Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (AAA)86Killer Instinct Season 3 (AAA)
86Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- (AAA)84Gears of War 4 (AAA)
85BlazBlue: Central Fiction (AAA)84FRU
85MLB The Show 16 (AAA)83SUPERHOT
85Ratchet & Clank (AAA)82The Turing Test
85Assault Android Cactus81Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castile
85Crypt of the NecroDancer78Dungeon of the Endless
84Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (AAA)77Quantum Break (AAA)
84Day of the Tentacle Remastered75Raiden V
84Salt and Sanctuary
83The Last Guardian (AAA)
83Dragon Quest Builders (AAA)
83Darkest Dungeon
83SteamWorld Heist
83Thumper
83Lara Croft Go
82Steins;Gate o (AAA)
82Enter the Gungeon
82Invisible, Inc. Console Edition
81Metrico+
81Risk of Rain
80Gravity Rush Remastered (AAA)
80Downwell
80Score Rush Extended
79The King of Fighters XIV (AAA)
79Alienation
79Amnesia Collection
78Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls (AAA)
78World of Final Fantasy (AAA)
78Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X (AAA)
78Grand Kingdom (AAA)
78Absolute Drift: Zen Edition
78Life Goes On: Done to Death
78Mutant Mudds: Super Challenge
77Street Fighter V (AAA)
77Xeodrifter
76Nobunaga's Ambition: SoI-Acension (AAA)
76Killing Floor 2
76Shu
75Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist… (AAA)
75Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth (AAA)
75Push Me Pull You
75RIVE
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Thanatos2k

@Lacerz: Yeah, what RPGs has the Xbox released? No, Witcher 3 doesn't count, that's a PC game. No Skyrim doesn't count either.

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Bigbudd0045

Sony put out too many new pieces of hardware in a short period of time. They should have dropped the slim, just put out the ps4pro at 300. Alternately they should have put out the slim, but then held back the pro and upped the specs once they got wind of the scorpio. No way did Sony not know about the scorpio early. People talk, particularly suppliers, they might do it off the record but they do. My biggest concern about the scorpio...is that its going to upend the cycle, much more so than the pro. If we end up getting third party games that run like garbage on the base consoles but run decently on pro and scorpio then its going to create a weird cycle. I wasnt happy with the concept of the pro for the same reason, but if they have to make games that scale to different hardware....then stability on the base consoles hinders the upgrades.....i just think this is all a dumb idea. These consoles came out in 2013, just hold off and launch new consoles in 2019. or 2018. Make them backwards compatible (which due to the way the consoles are built now shouldnt be a problem going forward) and move the **** on.

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csward

What, what is this? Why is this a thing? Calling it a "report card" assumes there will be a grade given, but there is none. Perhaps call it a "Year-in Review" or "Annual Wrap-Up" instead?

Oh, right, "report card" gets more clicks. Sadly, there's nothing interesting in here, just a regurgitation of what happened this year, with no interesting opinion. Sorry I didn't care for this article :(.

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Kyelo

@csward: Not true, many nations don't assign grades to report cards...especially in parts of Europe.

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omgrawr2540

The Bad: My Bowers and Wilkins headset that used to work with my old DualShock 4 controller no longer does w/ new controllers and updates...

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fisherking

When I went to school, a report card came with a grade.

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Kyelo

@fisherking: Ours didn't, we just got criteria's with a paragraph as to if we were meeting them and where we could improve.

I think GS should give 2 scores here though, 1 for the overall grade and 1 for effort ie I'd give the PS4 a B+ with B for effort, I'd give the XB1 a B with an A for effort.

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Kyelo

PS4 hasn't improved as much as the XB1 but thats because it doesn't need to, far and away still the biggest selling with a much larger critically acclaimed game catalogue.

With the Pro I think they are being very clever, it has enough improvement but more importantly a low enough price point to appeal to both new and existing customers...throw in the much cheaper standard model and they have the market very well cornered. I doubt the Scorpio will be anything more than a niche product due to its theoretical price point.

The VR is technically good and all that but as a new thing it will take time and software for it to go mainstream, fully expect the PSVR to be the biggest selling version in the market.

I do wish they'd sort the battery life on the controller though, being able to kill the light would help this as it's pretty pointless.

I expect the next generation to come at Xmas 2019 and by then can see Sony selling 80-90million PS4s.

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BDRTFM

Been a pretty lackluster year for me on PS4. I've no interest in the current iteration of VR so, that's one huge part of PS gaming I'm passing on until later next year or the year after if things start looking brighter. In the meantime, I haven't touched my PS4 at all this year except to play some Uncharted and a couple other games. I thought NMS would be the excuse I needed to turn it back on but that turned into a repetitive mess. Haven't even bothered to renew my PS+ as the free games have been meh. That will change with the Last Guardian and Horizon - assuming that it's a solid game (fingers crossed). I use my PS4 mainly for RPG's + exclusives and I just haven't been interested in JRPG's the last few years so again, been a slow year for me on PS. Next year is shaping up to be very different though. Looks like they are in for a very good 2017.

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spas2k

VR is the best thing to happen to a gaming industry, which is quite honestly very stale, in years. Love the PSVR and it has renewed my love for gaming. I have zero desire to play RE7 in anything but VR. The experience in vr is miles ahead of it in 2d.

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TashunkoSapa

3 pieces of new hardware of which neither impressed.

A bunch of exclusives - all overhyped, only 1 of which is a decent rental, the rest turned to be garbage.

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Supabul

That Uncharted 4 review still makes me LOL

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everson_rm

"Microsoft issued an open invitation to Sony to connect Xbox Live with the PlayStation Network and allow players from both consoles to play together online. Sony wouldn't commit to anything. Another bummer."

Bitch please! Sony tried that, when Sony was the underdog, and got a middle finger from M$, back in PS3 era, now they offer it and sony is the dickhead. C'mon!