Welp, Sony did their press conference thing. And as I predicted in my previous blog, I wasn’t super impressed. The games looked pretty, but they were hardly awe-inspiring like when we first saw the PS3. What gameplay that was shown did have a crisp, clean look to it. Hardly a reason to drop a ton of money on a new console, but there was an improvement.
Even if it’s a small one.
This is going to be a short blog post, because I lack the time to do something longer, but I’d like to address one fairly innocuous point at the conference. Both Bungie’s Destiny and Diablo 3 will be releasing on the PS4, but they will also be released on the PS3. At first, sounds great! “Yay!” you might say, “I don’t have to run to the store and buy a new console for these games!”
But wait. Isn’t that what Sony would want you to do?
Pictured: Sony Execs in suits.
Think about it. Consoles sell because they have exclusives. And yes, the PS4 will have games on it that are exclusive. But there are also these two (and maybe more, down the road) that will be available on both consoles. The idea is to get you to throw money at the cashier until they hand you the big box with the new toy in it. And the reason you want that new toy is for the new games on it.
Isn’t having them on both kind of…counter-intuitive?
Wouldn’t this lead to sloppy PS4 ports of PS3 games that might look better, but not by a huge margin? Or, perhaps create an unplayable PS3 version of the same game? Even if the game is inferior on the PS3, would the general public see the game for both consoles and wonder if they really need the “latest and greatest?”
Do I need the latest and greatest?
Lastly, does this speak of lack of developer confidence in the system? I don’t have the answers, though wouldn’t it be nice if I did? I know that I am still getting plenty of mileage out of my PS2 and PS3, so I, for one, don’t feel any need to drop money on a new console.
Am I completely out of my mind? Do you agree with me points, or think they are a non-issue? Let’s talk.