Sony Claims PS4 Launch Line-Up Strongest in PlayStation History

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Sony Claims PS4 Launch Line-Up Strongest in PlayStation History

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Hardware architect Mark Cerny says the PS4's developer friendly design will help it launch with a slew of great games.

The launch of the PlayStation 3 wasn't exactly what one might call smooth. Some dedicated gamers lined up for days, and even weeks, hoping to snag one on release day. Despite this early excitement, the next few years would see the console suffering from slow sales, owing in large part to its high price point and arguably small library of games. Eventually, PS3 sales, driven by price drops and a gradual expansion of its software line-up, would pick up. Having fought hard to level the playing field however, Sony is now intent on making sure the launch of the PlayStation 4 goes better. According to Sony, a big part of its plan will be giving consumers a pile of great games to play right out of the gate.

"The launch lineup for PlayStation 4 -- though I unfortunately can't give the title count -- is going to be stronger than any prior PlayStation hardware," said Mark Cerny, lead architect of the PlayStation 4. Central to this strong launch has been correcting one of the primary complaints developers had for the PS3: it was difficult to make games for. "There was huge performance there, but in order to unlock that performance, you really needed to study it and learn unique ways of using the hardware," said Cerny. "The hope with PlayStation 4 was to have a powerful architecture, but also an architecture that would be a very familiar architecture in many ways. We want to make sure that the hardware is easy to use."

Hopefully, Cerny isn't embellishing and the PS4's launch line-up winds up being the thing that gaming legends are made of. If not, Sony could arguably find itself in more of a bind than it did with the launch of the PS3. The original PS3 was expensive but also boasted one of the cheapest Blu-ray players of its time, as well as backwards compatible with PS2 games. The PS4 won't have backwards compatibility and Blu-ray players are, by and large, now a lot cheaper to buy solo than they were in 2006. While Sony devotees will likely buy the PS4 the same way they did the PS3, the console really needs a good line-up from the word go. Otherwise it could fall prey to consumers not willing to wait and more than happy to take their gaming elsewhere.

Source: Gamasutra

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My question is: How many of these are going to be multi-platform released with the older consoles? For some reason I can see them counting the new Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty in the "launch Line-up".

Hopefully I am wrong and there will be some damn worthwhile single-party games coming out. Killzone so far is really the only one that I have heard of that I am actively looking forward to, and that is only because of the astetic design of the game that we have seen so far. (What can I say? I like bright blues and greens and clean lines).

So, yeah. Sony, when are we going to talk about how much the PS4 going to cost?...How much are the games going to cost?

Looks like they really are learning from what happened last time, that's assuming that what they say about the titles is true.

I'm assuming that FF Verses XIII will be a launch title since they said something about it being announced soon, but I'm just guessing here. They really need those must have games that are exclusive to their newest console for anyone to get the bad taste of the PS3 launch out of their mouth.

Time will tell at E3.

Wrong Wrong Wrong Wrong~ ....Wrong Wrong Wrong Wrong~.

OT: Time will tell, indeed. I really can't believe that though.

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Killzone so far is really the only one that I have heard of that I am actively looking forward to, and that is only because of the aeshetic design of the game that we have seen so far. (What can I say? I like bright blues and greens and clean lines).

I think you mean teal and orange.

I'll believe it when I see it Sony, it'll take a spectacular fail from Microsoft to tempt me to the dark side...

Strongest Launch line-up is still relative, and a long way from saying it will actually be good.

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My question is: How many of these are going to be multi-platform released with the older consoles? For some reason I can see them counting the new Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty in the "launch Line-up".

Hopefully I am wrong and there will be some damn worthwhile single-party games coming out. Killzone so far is really the only one that I have heard of that I am actively looking forward to, and that is only because of the astetic design of the game that we have seen so far. (What can I say? I like bright blues and greens and clean lines).

Honestly, I would say that, as long as it has enough exclusives to weigh out the ports, it should be good. Although if it follows the Wii U route where the majority of the launch games are mutliplatform, then Sony is going to have a problem.

Having just one good game in a lineup may be the best in Sony history, but I don't think it will help their sales if the cost of the games/Ps4 is too high.

mad825:
So, yeah. Sony, when are we going to talk about how much the PS4 going to cost?...How much are the games going to cost?

You mean you don't know?

Korten12:

Capitano Segnaposto:
My question is: How many of these are going to be multi-platform released with the older consoles? For some reason I can see them counting the new Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty in the "launch Line-up".

Hopefully I am wrong and there will be some damn worthwhile single-party games coming out. Killzone so far is really the only one that I have heard of that I am actively looking forward to, and that is only because of the astetic design of the game that we have seen so far. (What can I say? I like bright blues and greens and clean lines).

Honestly, I would say that, as long as it has enough exclusives to weigh out the ports, it should be good. Although if it follows the Wii U route where the majority of the launch games are mutliplatform, then Sony is going to have a problem.

The Problem with the WiiU wasn't the fact that it had multiplatform games, it was releasing multiplatofrm games, from a year to 2 years ago. Games that everyone already had and beaten long before the Wii U even had a name. At least with the PS4/ Xbox whatever, their competition will be among themselves, if their games are 8th generation exclusive and not going to be found on the 360/PS3. Otherwise it'll be a debate if people want to buy the current generation of say, Assassin's Creed 4, or have it on the next Gen.

Ya, you would not believe how many ports of ps3 games they have just waiting for the ps4. It'll be great. -_-

Every time I see talk about the PS4 using x86 I just smile. This is the best part about the new console. PC ports with crap performance on mid-range PCs will be a thing of the past.

Who wants to bet that GTA V will also be on next-gen? That or they will finally reveal more about Agent. And it will be on PS4, not on PS3.

mad825:
So, yeah. Sony, when are we going to talk about how much the PS4 going to cost?...How much are the games going to cost?

http://www.destructoid.com/playstation-4-games-will-range-from-0-99-up-to-60-246386.phtml

So basically the same, or most likely a wider range of prices for games. Possibly more cheaper $40 games. But who knows.

I really hope that they've learnt from the PS3 launch. I'll admit that as kid that grew up playing PS1 and PS2 games, I do have a bit of a soft spot for the Playstation, I'd like to see it do well.

So yeah, hopefully he's not spouting fountains of bollocks and it will be sensibly priced too.

The ONE thing sony shouldn't take personally. All consoles have a dull launch lineup.
Hopefully the easy to use hardware will ensure there wont be a parade of worthless ports, but I'm not going to just take their word for it. If it's been out for a few years and it has good support (in terms of good games that work and firmware from sony that expands the features) then I might actually get one, but that doesn't seem likely.

So we can expect Call of Duty, Battlefield, Another Call of Duty, Another Battlefield, Yet Another Call of Duty, Yet Another Battlefield, More Call of Duty, and More Battlefield.

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My question is: How many of these are going to be multi-platform released with the older consoles? For some reason I can see them counting the new Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty in the "launch Line-up".

Like the Wii U?

Fiz_The_Toaster:
Looks like they really are learning from what happened last time, that's assuming that what they say about the titles is true.

Of course, assuming that Sony's telling the truth requires ignoring their past pension for hyperbole and dishonesty.

Being more developer-friendly is nice, but so far what we've seen is that devs aren't giving up on the PS3 and 360 yet. Probably because they're not willing to bet against the established base. I'm curious as to whether even Sony is willing to do that.

Korten12:

mad825:
So, yeah. Sony, when are we going to talk about how much the PS4 going to cost?...How much are the games going to cost?

http://www.destructoid.com/playstation-4-games-will-range-from-0-99-up-to-60-246386.phtml
So basically the same, or most likely a wider range of prices for games. Possibly more cheaper $40 games. But who knows.

The prices better fluctuate in my opinion. There's no reason all games need to be sold at $60. I'm also hoping the rumors about the vita being "made for" the ps4 are true. It could mean more cross buy games so one price for 2 games

On topic, I definitely wouldn't have a problem with games launching on both the ps3 and the ps4. That would be a benefit

DVS BSTrD:
Strongest Launch line-up is still relative, and a long way from saying it will actually be good.

Hell I would be happy if it was decent at this point. I have a funny feeling their overpriced mid range PC will not do so hot and they are going to blame the games. BUT THERE WILL BE ALOT OF THEM!

OT:
Yeah this transition into the "next gen" has finally pushed me into the PC realm.... They are selling expensive PCs with controllers and Facebook.... I am not seeing the appeal of paying that much more for a meh PC system.

Wonder if this launch line up is going to be large enough to make up for no reverse compatibility. Just kidding, I know it won't. It sounds like this next generation is going to be an unmitigated disaster for the whole console scene. As lackluster as the Wii U has been, it's starting to sound like it may be the least screwed up of the entire next gen.

Zachary Amaranth:

Fiz_The_Toaster:
Looks like they really are learning from what happened last time, that's assuming that what they say about the titles is true.

Of course, assuming that Sony's telling the truth requires ignoring their past pension for hyperbole and dishonesty.

Being more developer-friendly is nice, but so far what we've seen is that devs aren't giving up on the PS3 and 360 yet. Probably because they're not willing to bet against the established base. I'm curious as to whether even Sony is willing to do that.

To be fair, it took a while before developers stopped making games for the PS2 while the PS3 was just starting. I'm expecting some games still being made for both the PS3 and the 360 just because I'm assuming that they were being made while both companies were getting ready to announce their next consoles.

I don't know what Sony specifically has planned, but I do know that their E3 press conference is going to be pretty damn interesting.

slash2x:

DVS BSTrD:
Strongest Launch line-up is still relative, and a long way from saying it will actually be good.

Hell I would be happy if it was decent at this point. I have a funny feeling their overpriced mid range PC will not do so hot and they are going to blame the games. BUT THERE WILL BE ALOT OF THEM!

Silly slash2x, you don't blame games for bad PC returns. You blame pirates.

Didn't the Wii U make this same claim? How's that been working out for them?

IIRC most of the "exclusives" shown at the Sony conference were games that were also going to release on the PS3. Which leads me to believe that Sony doesn't understand what "exclusive" means, and that they are going to be counting all of these PS3/PS4 games as part of the PS4's "exclusive" lineup of games.

In other words, don't bother buying one, you'll be able to get 90% of the same games on the much cheaper console.

canadamus_prime:
So we can expect Call of Duty, Battlefield, Another Call of Duty, Another Battlefield, Yet Another Call of Duty, Yet Another Battlefield, More Call of Duty, and More Battlefield.

Your pattern is precariously missing Assassins Creed and possibly Uncharted. Those two seem to be bed fellows with the Playstation brand these days.

JokerboyJordan:

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Killzone so far is really the only one that I have heard of that I am actively looking forward to, and that is only because of the aeshetic design of the game that we have seen so far. (What can I say? I like bright blues and greens and clean lines).

I think you mean teal and orange.

Damn you, I was going to be productive tonight T_T

Considering none of the other Playstation launches have been much to right home about, the bar has been set pretty low to begin with.

I guess what I like about Sony's PS4 is that they've learned their lesson from PS3. and I hope what he said about launch titles are true.

But if I learned anything from watching Vita's performance, its that you also need to have steady stream of support titles after the launch titles.

I'll standby with my 'wait and see' approach. and I won't consider buying PS4 until I've gotten all I can out of my PS3.

EDIT: I'm really interested in Knack. Can't have too much quality platformers.

PoolCleaningRobot:

Korten12:

mad825:
So, yeah. Sony, when are we going to talk about how much the PS4 going to cost?...How much are the games going to cost?

http://www.destructoid.com/playstation-4-games-will-range-from-0-99-up-to-60-246386.phtml
So basically the same, or most likely a wider range of prices for games. Possibly more cheaper $40 games. But who knows.

The prices better fluctuate in my opinion. There's no reason all games need to be sold at $60. I'm also hoping the rumors about the vita being "made for" the ps4 are true. It could mean more cross buy games so one price for 2 games

On topic, I definitely wouldn't have a problem with games launching on both the ps3 and the ps4. That would be a benefit

If you think about it, development time for Vita and PS4 have overlapped each other. Vita being made for PS4 makes sense.

I liked that Sony priced Sly Cooper4 $40 at launch. I hope there's more of that.

*Some snarky comment about lack of backwards compatibility*
Hey, here's a thought. What would people think of a new console that's basically nothing but backwards compatibility? They release the PS4 at whatever price, people bitch and moan about it, and then they release a console for cheap that plays all the previous generation's games?... Cuz I can understand that eventually, the excuse "backwards compatibility is too much of a pain" will hold water (when there at, like... the PS7)

Fiz_The_Toaster:

To be fair, it took a while before developers stopped making games for the PS2 while the PS3 was just starting.

Took the WWE series almost the entire console generation because they sold so well on the PS2. Not sure how many other games were being published at that point, but it both amused and annoyed me that it took so long to see changes.

I'm expecting some games still being made for both the PS3 and the 360 just because I'm assuming that they were being made while both companies were getting ready to announce their next consoles.

And that's logical but, well, it kind of misses the larger picture. Dev kits have been out for quite some time. ALL the games seem to be for last gen or for both gens. Now, I'm sure we sill see some launch titles that will be next-gen only, and I don't expect people to announce for the next XBox anyway (since it hasn't been announced and won't for a month), but so far, things don't look promising.

and yeah, E3 is coming, which I agree will be interesting. I'm just saying so far, all we have are multiplat titles and vague promises from a company who isn't exactly the greatest at living up to the hype. Then again, none of the console makers are. On the other hand, I'd trust Nintendo a little more in this sort of circumstance (and considering my opinion of Nintendo, that should tell you something).

PoolCleaningRobot:

The prices better fluctuate in my opinion. There's no reason all games need to be sold at $60. I'm also hoping the rumors about the vita being "made for" the ps4 are true. It could mean more cross buy games so one price for 2 games

I hate the fact that even what would be budget titles last gen tend to ask sixty. I really miss the budget market. A lot of it was crap, but hey. I can sort through Steam and the Play store, so I could live with sifting through the budget lineup.

Zachary Amaranth:

Took the WWE series almost the entire console generation because they sold so well on the PS2. Not sure how many other games were being published at that point, but it both amused and annoyed me that it took so long to see changes.

I found that odd as well. I don't really remember outside of Guitar Hero and I think some JRPGs as far as games that were still coming out for the PS2.

And that's logical but, well, it kind of misses the larger picture. Dev kits have been out for quite some time. ALL the games seem to be for last gen or for both gens. Now, I'm sure we sill see some launch titles that will be next-gen only, and I don't expect people to announce for the next XBox anyway (since it hasn't been announced and won't for a month), but so far, things don't look promising.

I suppose so. It's always the transition period that always confuses me on who has what kit and why they still develop for the previous console, outside of Nintendo if I remember right. I think they probably go after the previous console because of the engine that they will be using, and the newest console will force them to create a new one. I mean, I believe that there's going to be a new Unreal Engine now.

and yeah, E3 is coming, which I agree will be interesting. I'm just saying so far, all we have are multiplat titles and vague promises from a company who isn't exactly the greatest at living up to the hype. Then again, none of the console makers are. On the other hand, I'd trust Nintendo a little more in this sort of circumstance (and considering my opinion of Nintendo, that should tell you something).

I agree. As of right now I'm just being cautiously optimistic with them since from what they've been repeating is that they've learned from their mistakes, and if they really did then good for them. All we are going off of is the word from a huge company that has to answer to their investors, so I don't know much truth is in that statement. We shall see. Nintendo I'm not so sure about just because of some changes they are doing, but I would like to know what they are up to as well since they're not doing a press conference and I want to know what they have to say.

Translation:

"The PS4 is really just an x86 Gaming PC hooked up to your TV. We can port just about anything currently available on Steam to it's architecture in about an afternoon. So expect a launch line up of lots of old familiar PC friends. Leading the pack Diablo 3!!!"

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