Why Is Everyone Giving Their Consoles Weird Names?

GP writer Jared discusses why Microsoft and Nintendo named their consoles the way they did despite the fact that they may be confusing to consumers.

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iGAM3R-VIII2024d ago (Edited 2024d ago )

LOL I could understand the WiiU and the Xbox One, but the Playstation 4???? Every company does that, Iphone 4,4S,5 and Samsung Galaxy S1,S2,S3,S4 loool the author needs to lay off that crack

TopDudeMan2023d ago

Yeah, apparently counting (1, 2, 3, 4) is a weird system for naming your consoles..

nukeitall2023d ago

Well there is one thing weird about the name PS4, and that is the number 4 is pronounced shi, which means death.

That is why you sometimes hear PS4 referred to as PSDeath.

I assumed the Japanese would avoid the number 4, but sure enough they didn't.

iGAM3R-VIII2023d ago

@nukeitall really? I have never heard anyone refer the PS4 to PSDeath. In general there is nothing wrong with the name, only in Japan which is techically their fault for making 4 mean death. Japan counts as 5% of the world therefore, what they say makes no difference or saying on the PS4

GenericNameHere2023d ago

I personally love the Playstation 4 name. How many things in media go up to 4? Not much really. Most either give the sequel a caption instead of a "2" or "Two" or "II", and the third is usually the end, then either a reboot or don't put a number on the 4th one.

The thing is, just because there's a "4" in something in Japanese culture doesn't mean it's bad or evil or demonic. There was an article I read on a PS-centric site that made fun of those people saying "PS4 is Death!", but I forget the site. Just like here in America and probably other countries. We consider 13 a very unlucky number, but we still use it time to time. When doing math, you don't say "oh wow, X is 13! Math must be the devil's working!", right? For most Japanese people, the number 4 is just that, the number 4. Plus, every Playstation so far has been in Romaji.
Playstation 2 was called Playstation Tsu.
Playstation 3 was Playstation Tsu-ri
Playstation 4 is most likely going to be Playstation Fo-

Jaqen_Hghar2023d ago

nukeitall...please...stop...SA YING THAT! Why does everyone state that god damn 4 Japanese thing and act like they have some sort of insider info that everyone else is blind to!!? Colin Moriarty even said it in the recent IGN video followed by "bet you didn't know that" Actually I did Colin because every freaking game journalist in the world feels the need to point it out and act like they're the smartest guy in the room for saying so.

rainslacker2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

They should have called it the Playstation One so people would see that it is on par with the Xbox One in terms of power...I mean...what does Playstation 4 even mean? I mean is 4 supposed to be an b rotated 180 degrees? I mean come on...just call it the Playstation 180 if that's what you're going for. Stop being so obtuse like Nintendo with the Wii U. What's going on? Thought Sony had a new marketing firm.../s

DigitalRaptor2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

@ nukeitall

In Japan, the PlayStation consoles are pronounced as follows:

PS1 - Pureisutēshon
PS2 - Pureisutēshon Tsū
PS3 - Pureisutēshon Surī
PS4 - Pureisutēshon Fō

The word "shi" shouldn't have ever been in the conversation.

ShinMaster2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

The say PS FOUR in Japan, not "shi". Just like they say PS THREE.
So no, what you said was never actually an issue and there's nothing weird about the PS4's name.

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3-4-52023d ago

why is the site called game po dunk ?

pixelsword2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

Maintained by hillbillies?

titletownrelo2023d ago

? this is basically what they are saying
"Playstation, good...Playstation 2, good...Playstation 3, good...Playstation 4? holy f*ck, I hate that name!"

S2Killinit2024d ago

I wonder if I will live long enough to see PS9 (and then I would compare it to that famous PS9 commercial)

gamer422023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

Well lat's see,
a console generation for Playstation is usually left 6-7 years with 6 more gens so 6*6= 36 or 7*6=42
so about 36-42 more years...
I'm still young, I can wait.

creized12023d ago

hmm i am 20 now.. so i guess i will live to see it wen im around 60yrs old?

MasterCornholio2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

XBONE: Because you have to be a bonehead to buy one.

Lol kidding but the only console to have a normal name is Sonys. I have no idea why Nintendo adding the U to Wii though. Xbox One I can understand because its suppose to be an all in one box but Wii U is incomprehensible.

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gamer422023d ago

It was supposed to represent that they are focusing on U.

TheUndertaker852023d ago

Yet they have "Wii" at the start still... Remember what Wii was supposed to stand for?

The "U" in WiiU: WiiUpgraded

admiralvic2023d ago

I thought it was because when you pronounce U in the Japanese language, it sounds vaguely similar to two.

sigfredod2023d ago

Why fix what is not broken? PS4 is what it is, the 4th PlayStation, a console dedicated to play games and apps are just a plus

BillytheBarbarian2023d ago

I do miss cool names...Saturn, jaguar, Genesis, Mega Drive, Lynx, Nomad, even the Master System sounds better than Wii U and XboxOne.

SegaGamer2023d ago

Those are proper console names, the ones like Xbox One, Wii U and PS Vita sound like some sort of app thing. Also you forgot Dreamcast, that was a sweet name :P My favourite is the Sega Saturn though, it just sounds right.

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