Saturday, February 23, 2013

PlayStation Dreams

Sony unveiled the PS4 last week. Full of hope and promise the internet is abuzz with good cheer about the possibilities it entails. Frankly, I’m underwhelmed. Is the PS4 solid? Yes, it appears to be everything necessary to bring forward a new generation of games. Does it wow? No.

For many reasons, Sony, is a giant reeling. It has had four well published bad years. Debts are mounting; R&D hasn’t paid off like it has in the past and the PlayStations’ once iron grip on the console market has long since loosened. 

Make no mistake however, for all that has gone wrong for Sony lately I feel they have the best chance for long-term success, they are hungry again. Failure has made them tighten their belts and go back to what they do well. They are an electronics giant and no one makes better consoles than they do. No more bloated consoles, they are presenting a stripped down sleek version of themselves and I believe that it will serve them well in the next decade.

I have said it before, and I will say it again. The big three have their problems, Microsoft has gotten complacent and Nintendo dares far too little. I believe Microsoft is in for a world of hurt that will likely take the next decade to fix. Whether it's a result of lack of leadership or long-term vision, I can’t say; but their shifting of focus from game development to entertainment on the console side of their billion dollar empire is unlikely to hold many gamers attention. This day goes to Sony however, for whatever they failed to talk about, pricing, concrete plans, used games, etc.; they showed a side of themselves the gaming world hasn’t seen in a while. The world took notice and that at the end of the day is exactly what they wanted. Sony today is better off than it was yesterday but it has a long road to travel and miles and miles before it sleeps.

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