It hardly seems like it, but the PS4 will be one year old on November 15th. There have been some bumps in the road and a few promises left to fulfill, but let us celebrate what we have and what is yet to come.
The buzz leading up to the PS4 release was an outrageous combination of new hardware anticipation and hatred towards its rival. The previous console, PS3, was getting a little long in the tooth having been released in 2006. Some games had found ways to push the old hardware to its limits (think about The Last of Us) but it was clear that new hardware was needed to make upcoming games look and feel even better.
Fools would believe that the initial sales of the PS4 were completely on its own merit. The launch line up wasn’t as strong as it could have been since DRIVECLUB was pulled at nearly the last minute–and is still struggling to launch. Some even went as far to call Killzone: Shadow Fall “Shadow Fail”. Cross platform games helped keep sales above water with Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 keeping gamers going. Smaller hits and freebies like Resogun and Warframe also gave every PlayStation Plus subscriber something to play.
One strong attribute that the PS4 and Sony had in their favor was the fact that they were not the Xbox One or Microsoft. To put it lightly, the Xbox One was met with a poor to terrible reception with its initial offerings. Sony was quick to play up facts about its opponent that gamers had sounded off against–think back to the video of Sony execs showing how easy it was to share a game. Even the fact that a constant Internet connection was not required became a strong selling point.
Of course everything about the new system has not been a thing of beauty. The PlayStation Network is still subject to full outages at any moment. This is not necessarily a fault of the PS4 itself, but is a fact that does irk players to say the least. There is also the failure to deliver all of the promised features for the console. Share Play was one of the most anticipated and has been delivered but there has already been several games not supporting the feature.
With many years ahead, there is a lot of room for growth. Think back to the previous generation of hardware and how long it took for developers to make the most of the additional resources. Post-launch games have made improvements on how said resources are used and upcoming games look to further the improvements.
- LittleBigPlanet 3
- Until Dawn
- The Order: 1886
- Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
- Let It Die
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Ratchet and Clank Remastered
- Deep Down
- Tearaway Unfolded
- No Man’s Sky
- The Tomorrow Children
- Persona 5
Sony should enjoy the birthday of the PS4, but it should not rest on its laurels for too long. Even a an almost two-to-one lead in sales could disappear quickly given Microsoft’s aggressive attempts to gain ground. The above list of games seems like a nice start but could use some beefing up. Look for cross platform games to help keep PS4 in the top spot for at least a while longer.
Happy Birthday PS4! We love you and look forward to watching you grow and change.
Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!