Releasing Gran Turismo 6 on the PS3 is a bad move

It turns out the rumours were true. The next installment of Gran Turismo, one of Sony's leading franchises with millions of games sold around the world, will launch on the PlayStation 3 instead of the PlayStation 4 towards the end of the year. But while this can be seen as massively positive news for the PS3's hefty install base, it seems like a bad move for those who were considering jumping to the PS4 this year.

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ZainabSaccal1977d ago

Terrible idea from Sony, who cares about DriveClub when there's a Gran Turismo? Microsoft would never make the same mistake by bringing the next Forza to the Xbox 360.

decrypt1977d ago

How is it a terrible idea. Sony will first make money on the game being sold on PS3. Once they are done with that, they will release the game again on PS4. GT series of games have the potential to sell 5 million copies. Hence they have a chance to sell that game twice. 10 million copies sold not a bad deal at all.

Remember PS4 has no BC, so this is an excellent chance for Sony to make money. Hell id say they could pretty much HD remake all the PS3 exclusives and sell them all over again on the PS4. I wouldnt be surprised if we saw HD remakes of HD remakes, imagine Sony selling GOW HD remake on PS4. People dont like to be bothered to switch between consoles all the time many people will likely buy the HD remake all over again.

Its just the way console gaming is, its expensive console makers can pretty much make the fans buy the same game over and over again.

SynGamer1977d ago

Completely agree. Releasing GT6 on PS3 is the smartest business move Sony can make right now. That game will no doubt sell at least 7 million copies over its lifetime...possibly 10 million. The PS3 has roughly 80 million units out, while the PS4 would only have a few million by the end of the year. The amount of money that GT6 will make will be more than enough to support GT7 on the PS4 (or an upgraded GT6) and then some.

Plus, Evolution Studios has DriveClub and I doubt Sony wants them to compete with Polyphony Digital. The PS4 will be getting a racer at release, and then a proper simulator in the new two years likely (2015 perhaps?)

CommonSenseGamer1977d ago

Wow, just a couple of weeks ago Sony fans were saying its about the gamers and not the money.

Larry L1977d ago

Uh-Oh !!! I know a certain gaming "journalist" who doesn't have a very good comprehension of:

1) Business. Gran Turismo cost tens of millions of dollars to create and you have to make that money profit.....otherwise why not just close up shop now?..... That money can only be made back on PS3 with it's 70+million install base. They could only lose tens of millions releasing it as a PS4 launch game to an install base starting from scratch.


2) Paying attention. The author clearly sucks at it. Kaz said durring the presentation that the engine is scaleable and ready for the future, which means ready for PS4. And in a later interview stated they have a PS4 version "in mind".

So simple logic concludes that they're going to start upgrading the game for a PS4 version once the PS3 version is out. ANd that PS4 version will be released once PS4 actually has a decent install base to actually buy the game. I'd guess some time durring PS4's second year.

How come THIS guy's a "journalist", and I'm not? My brain is CLEARLY superior.

DOMination-1976d ago

They will make money but less. Even on n4g ive seen hundreds saying they'll wait for a ps4 release. This decision is going to hurt Sony because GT is one of, if not their biggest system seller. They are sending out the wrong message.

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JoGam1977d ago

I respect everyones opinion but its a great idea to bring to the PS3. Also lets wait till E3 and see if Sony announce for PS4. They did say they were thinking about it.

shuuwai1977d ago

Sony Board meeting.

sony: lets have a vote everyone, GT6 for only PS4.
(4 minutes after)
sony: um 1 vote, wait .. wait.. I got text from Bob, it reads "miss click".
sony: okay, lets have the vote for ps3 and ps4 together.
sony: 200/200 vote.

piroh1977d ago

i care about DriveClub even if GT6 will face it, i wil get both no matter what

i bought all Evolution and PD games, true racing fan needs to be covered by simulation AND arcade racer

Donnieboi1977d ago

DriveClub will be arcadey? I was under the impression that it would be a sim. A sim with the new "team racing" angle...

piroh1976d ago

they confirmed it´ll be more of an arcade racer, Sony already own racing sim IP. after all it´s Evolution studio

P_Bomb1977d ago (Edited 1977d ago )

Thing is, MS doesn't have the luxury to do the same. Criticizing Sony for essentially having more IP (GranTurismo, Motorstorm, WipEout, ModNation, Driveclub in the case of racers) and supporting said IP across their past/present/future install bases, seems a bit harsh. We only buy the hardware once afterall, after that it's all about the software, and getting returns on your investment.

I *never* buy consoles at launch, and was perfectly happy checking out God of War 2 on my PS2 months after the PS3 launched. I will buy GT6 for PS3 this XMas and a few months later when they've worked out the inevitable launch kinks on next gen consoles, Driveclub will be waiting for me there in 2014. And hey, if Yakuza 5 gets localised for PS3 next March, I'll be right back on my PS3 to finish that off too. Why not?

Persistantthug1977d ago (Edited 1977d ago )

And mind you, GT5 launched when PS3 had only approx 45 million'ish units sold.

Now try the Gran Turismo franchise (GT6) with 80 million units. :)

Maybe you're ready to move on, and this decision isn't good for you....but it sounds like a great move for Sony.

If you want GT6, I may suggest you hold on to your PS3

Ju1977d ago

While I'm excite like the next guy about the PS4 I'm still curious how far the PS3 can go. And by the looks of it GT6 pushes it quite a bit further than GT5 already did. ... now...I just need a bigger wallet with someone actually filling that up. That's the only concern I have.

andrewsqual1977d ago

It would be a stupid mistake to release your last game for your current gen console in March and then have NOTHING on your release schedule for ANY other games on the platform.
When people say "Microsoft are going to drop the 360 like they did with their last console when the new one came out", it is really hard to defend it when they really do have NO GAMES coming to it whatsover. 360 is pretty much dead for Microsoft titles now since Gears Judgment.
THAT is a bad move.

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ltachiUchiha1977d ago

Well seeing that GT5 has sold 10.4 million copies on the ps3. I dont see why thats a bad idea and didnt sony say that they were thinking of GT6 as a ps3 game but still with the ps4 in mind. It will release on the ps4, trust me but it just wont be a ps4 launch title.

Chuk51977d ago

On one hand, I can see why Sony did it.

PS3=larger install base

But, IMO they really should have released on PS4 only. Make it an experience you can only get on PS4 and drive sales of the console from the get go. Sometimes, Sony has a real problem with legacy and don't know when to just let something go. I'm not saying they should abandon the PS3, but with a game like GT6, even if they split it and release it on both PS3/PS4 they've cut into their own sales of the PS4.

SoapShoes1977d ago

I'd rather it be on PS3 so they can have the proper time to make a PS4 title rather than rush it out early just to get people to buy a new console. No GT has launched with a PS console. GT3 was close but it was a year off. The new engine has the future in mind so it won't take as long as GT5 did.

alousow1977d ago

i like gt series but im not gettting it. Because like most fans i'll be getting ps4 and some launch titles. I wont have anything left for the gt6.So i think it was a bad idea

Silly gameAr1977d ago

Most fans? I doubt many would run out and pick up a PS4 when it's coming to the PS3, a system they already own. Plus, releasing GT6 on a console with over 70 million users is far from a bad idea. How can people not get this?

Salooh1977d ago (Edited 1977d ago )

Yea they will, If you see most of the games you like in ps4 with another level of graphics and gameplay you would buy the ps4 and leave the ps3. It's not like they released the ps3 last year -.-. When you bought the ps3 did you continue playing the ps2 like before ?. I doubt it..

I agree with chuk5 , the problem is that all ps4 exclusives are from sony studios however they didn't do the same for their biggest game. Why didn't they do what they did with killzone and infamous ?!! >.< . Isn't the ps3 have big install base?! Why apply that on GT6 ?! -.-

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