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.
PS4 is a "weird" name?
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
Yeah, apparently counting (1, 2, 3, 4) is a weird system for naming your consoles..
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.
@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
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. @nukeitail 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-
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.
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
@ 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.
The say PS FOUR in Japan, not "shi". Just like they say PS THREE. http://youtu.be/HqQq8kb1Vag... So no, what you said was never actually an issue and there's nothing weird about the PS4's name.
why is the site called game po dunk ?
Maintained by hillbillies?
? this is basically what they are saying "Playstation, good...Playstation 2, good...Playstation 3, good...Playstation 4? holy f*ck, I hate that name!"
I wonder if I will live long enough to see PS9 (and then I would compare it to that famous PS9 commercial)
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.
hmm i am 20 now.. so i guess i will live to see it wen im around 60yrs old? AND OFCOURSE I WILL STILL BE PLAYING!
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. Motorola RAZR i
It was supposed to represent that they are focusing on U.
Yet they have "Wii" at the start still... Remember what Wii was supposed to stand for? The "U" in WiiU: WiiUpgraded
I thought it was because when you pronounce U in the Japanese language, it sounds vaguely similar to two.
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
I do miss cool names...Saturn, jaguar, Genesis, Mega Drive, Lynx, Nomad, even the Master System sounds better than Wii U and XboxOne.
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.
I agree on that.
Everyone like who? PS4 seems like a sensible name for a 4th console?? Wii U makes sense....Xbox One is a re-do, makeover...MS are not marketing it as the direct 360 successor, but as a re-boot and an all-in-one box. So all things considered, another worthless article I didn't bother to read, but felt compelled to respond to ;/ #ps4playsgames
A reboot? Are you serious?? This is not a TV show or a movie.
Lol you are right about the TV shows and Movies! Noted, poor choice of words...rather MS are starting from scratch...there is no lineage system in place, nor numerical sense prevalent. ...that good enough for you? ;p
I was really glad they stuck with the PS4.PS orbis would of almost been as bad xbox one. PS1,PS2,PS3,PS4. That's history.That's lineage.Don't mess with it.
That would be a boring life for me :)
Yea wiiu is frikin horrible and xbox one is bad, should of called it xbox live considering the direction its going.. Ps4 is a great name I dont like ps vita though.. that a dumb name. I like the genesis name most. Dreamcast, saturn, playstation, super nintendo, and psp are great names..
Different isn't bad, that's why. Normal stuff like Playstation count are boring. That's why I like PS Vita's name, alongside Nintendo console names.
PS4 is the only normal name among the next gen consoles.
I remember when Nintendo Wii first came out and everyone was like "what kind of name is Wii?" Funny the kind of things you get used to once it stays around long enough.
The problem with the Wii U, and potentially the Xbox One is how people perceive it. Microsoft seems to want mass market appeal, but the name may get in the way. I recently found that most of the more casual people I know, did not even know the Wii U was a new console. I was floored by this, and perhaps with the way M$ marketed it, people may think its a tv add on for the 360? Sounds insane to me, but I am not a part of the casual either so its possible I suppose.
the WiiU and Xbox One are bad names, but they wont dictate what people buy.
All have great names..i will be surprised to call it microsoft john
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