PS4: Sony’s big gamble

Luke at CG writes: I own and enjoy pretty much every gaming machine currently available, but I have to admit that the PS3 edges it as my format of choice. This isn’t a place for me to worship at the altar of Sony and explain why but, in addition to this, I’ve finally abandoned Xbox Live and bought my first PlayStation Plus subscription instead due to the Xbox 360 experience (for me, at least) zooming downhill over the last few years. Happy as I am with my PS3 (and to a lesser extent, my Vita), I can’t help but look at what we know of the PS4 so far and wonder: Sony, are you sure you know what you’re doing?

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Moonman1324d ago

I bet E3 will make you at least half excited as I am already for PS4. :)

Knight_Crawler1323d ago

The PS3 was a bigger gamble than what the PS4 is since Sony launched it at $600 and invested tons of money into the CELL and Blu Ray - so if Sony could survive the PS3 they can survive the PS4.

Fair enough the PS3 did not rake in the type of money that the PS2 brought but Sony still made a profit with the PS3.

The price of the PS4 will be the major factor on how well it does in the next couple of years - if it launches above $450 Sony is in trouble.

Az1mov1323d ago (Edited 1323d ago )

Well said! couldn't agree more

violents1323d ago

The ps4 isnt a gamble, they are using well known developer friendly hardware that is relatively cheap stuff. They are doing what they should have done with the ps3 to make it less of a gamble.

Honestly I would say sony has learned a lesson in risk taking on the ps3 and the ps4 is the answer to what they learned.

husomc1323d ago

i just hope they stick in a cheap cell (these things are selling at around 30$ in bulk) into the ps4 as their secret weapon.

Y_51501323d ago

That was a brilliant set of text! Ok guys lets give this guy his bubbles back, Well Said.

MysticStrummer1323d ago

PS4 isn't much of a gamble. Sony is playing it much safer now than they did with PS3 for sure.

DOMination-1323d ago

Man you guys are so awesome i am going to have to give you all bubbles because you said some nice things about a multi billion dollar corporation.

The PS4 is a gamble. They are focusing BIG on social. Social = Casual. And casual is bad. Also they are focusing on a kinect ripoff and I am told by everyone here that kinect is bad. And they need new games. Not Killzone, Infamous, GT...

Na Im joking guys. Chill. PS4 will not be the gamble that ps3ws as said above.

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husomc1323d ago

this article is giving off such a negative vibe... i wonder if the author thinks that the games announced at the reveal are the only games coming out for the PS4.

Gimmemorebubblez1324d ago

Its a gamble alright but one that could be a huge pay-off for Sony and Im sure it will.

scruffy_bear1324d ago

If they get the price point right then it will pay-off hit the wrong one and it could finish Sony as a company

Shadow Flare1323d ago

It's not as big a gamble as the ps3 was. Cell and bluray were big gambles for ps3, if for the expense alone. Sony seem to be doing everything right with the ps4 so far, I'm impressed and I'm sure as long as the price is right (Sony are very conscious of not making it close to $600 again) then it's a safe bet ps4 is gonna be successful

MasterCornholio1323d ago

Hopefully the PS4 doesnt end up like the Wii U because if it does Sony is finished as a console manufacturer.

But i dont believe that will happen unless they severely screw up with the price or the launch line up. Im pretty optimistic especially with Kaz Hirai as their CEO and Yoshida as the head of their playstation department and since they are both gamers instead of nut jobs (Krazy Ken Kuturagi) the console will do well.

Ju1323d ago (Edited 1323d ago )

Being a bit shallow here and judging by the headlines the last 4 weeks e.g. on here, I'd say there was absolutely no hype for the WiiU compared to the PS4 and based on this the situation is totally different. I also think PS3 owners are more excited for the next generation than Wii users were looking forward to the WiiU. So, again, no, I don't think this is another "WiiU" situation.

cyhm31121323d ago

next xbox actually is a bigger gamble, it is the first console not focused on gaming but entertainment and kinect instead.

MysticStrummer1323d ago (Edited 1323d ago )

Agreed, and somehow on N4G MS will get credit for inventing the idea, after all the crap Sony took for "It Only Does Everything". But MS appears to be taking the focus much further from "hardcore" gaming than Sony did, which could backfire in a big way. 720 or whatever it's called will need to be substantially cheaper than PS4 to appeal to the audience MS appears to be going for.

Vickistheman1323d ago

Sony won't be losing $200-$400 at launch like they did with the PS3, since Cell and Bluray aren't really a factor this time.

That alone guarantees they'll be profitable at a faster rate than PS3.

If PS4 launches at $399 and Sony breaks even, or is close to breaking even, I think they'll do really well.

Muffins12231323d ago (Edited 1323d ago )

Im buying it and i bet allot of people will.Even in my high-school everyone is mentioning with the next xbox,i think it will also be successful....with kids.Im thinking there going for 13 and under for there demographic especially when they have kinect built in with it.And the kid market is all open too :) Hardly any kid knows what a wiiu is but ive seen allot go crazy over that kinect.

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