By Furious Francis
Sony has an incredible burden on them for the next generation. Sony’s fans are expecting the PS4 to be the most powerful system at launch like the PS3 was. Equipped with a blue ray player, SD memory card slots, wi-fi, four usb slots, 60 GB HDD, and the cell processor, Sony looked to take advantage of all the capital built up with the PS2. However, it didn’t go as Sony planned. With all that technology came a massive price tag of $599 for the high-end model. Many gamers could not afford one or were not willing to spend that amount of money. Sony eventually released good games and reduced the price, but all that tech built into the PS3 might have not been worth it because a large majority of 3rd party games look identical to the Xbox 360 versions. Sony needs to be reasonable with the PS4, it doesn’t have to be the best graphically, it just needs good games.
Sony, let your Games be the Showcase
While I do care more about gameplay than graphics. I honesty feel Sony should focus on how to make their games more fun to play, than how many polygons Kratos’ bald head is made out of. Uncharted 3 already looks stunning. If Sony could up the textures, make the AI more advanced, and run it in 60 FPS, a large majority of PS4 owners would be happy. Some of my favorite PlayStation franchises are the ones that don’t even take advantage of the PS3’s graphical capabilities. PlayStation All Stars Battle Royal, Sly Cooper, and Ratchet and Clank all play great and don’t need a super powerful system to be spectacular.
Gamers Don’t want a $499+ System
Sony built too much expensive tech into the PS3 and was forced into charging the price they did. Even at $599 Sony was still losing money on each PS3 sold. It would be wise for Sony to not to make the same mistake again. Don’t make the PS4 components super expensive to produce. Sell your system to break even or at a minimal lose. If the graphics aren’t cutting edge, then so be it. The majority of gamers want good games, and will forgive Sony if the next Uncharted, Killzone, and God of War are amazing.
The PS3 is more than Capable
The PS3 is capable of a lot. Look at the exclusives for the system like Beyond Two Souls, The Last Guardian, God of War Ascension, and Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Developers are finally starting to squeeze the last bit of juice out of the PS3. It takes time to fully take advantage of a system. The PS4 can be a moderate step up, with a reasonable price tag, and still produce games that look and play better than PS3 games!
The Competition is getting Fierce
There will be five different consoles gamers will be able to choose from within the next year or two. Sony needs to have an affordable price. Maybe the PS4 won’t be as strong as the Valve box or Xbox 720. But it’s almost guaranteed to have more first party support. In these hard economic times, price is key. When was the last time the most power console or handheld sold the most units? Sony used to beat the competition with their affordable price and top notch games. The PS1 and PS2 were not the most graphically capable systems in their generations, but that didn’t stop Sony from stomping the N64, Jaguar, 3DO, Sega Saturn, Sega 32X, Sega CD, DreamCast, GameCube, Xbox, and any other random system on the market from 1994-2006.
How do you guys think Sony should handle the PS4? Should it be the cutting edge beast the PS3 was when released in 2006? Or should they play the safe route and make an affordable yet powerful system? Please put your comments below.
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