Why the PS4 Should Stop Getting HD Ports and Find its Own Identity

"My feelings on the continuing announcements of last-gen games being ported up to PS4 are somewhat less than ecstatic. As an avid fan of PlayStation since the first time I played the original console in the mid ’90s, I have been expecting to get more out of this generation. I understand the reason for releasing HD remasters on the PS3, and in fact am an avid supporter of most of those titles. Let’s dig a little bit into the origins of HD remasters before I go on with expressing my distaste with the current methodology of doing ports on the PS4, and why continuing this trend is a bad idea." - PSLS

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xHeavYx1211d ago

Nothing wrong with ports of acclaimed games, especially for people who didn't have a PS3.

DigitalRaptor1211d ago (Edited 1211d ago )

Nothing wrong with it, at all.

The only HD remaster we've really got confirmation of that comes directly from Sony is The Last of Us and the demand for that, I'm sure, is pretty significant even from those who've already played it, and would call it one of their favourite games.

As Majin-vegeta pointed out below, the rest is out of Sony's control as they are simply allowing the third-party devs to release games on their console.

guitarded771211d ago

That, and as long as there is a demand, it's gonna happen. I haven't heard of an issue where it's stopped a new game from being developed. There is still a new Tomb Raider coming, ND is still working on a new Uncharted, etc.

Plus, releasing the upgraded previous gen titles gives them some experience with the new hardware before/while making the new game. My only concern is pricing. I think the re-releases should be $40. I will not re-pay $60 for a game I already have, and a game that doesn't have to go through the entire development process again.

Sethry1011211d ago

Coming from someone who owned a 360 last gen I can say I am happy TLOU is getting ported, as I am sure are many other ex 360 owners.

To say the PS4 has to many remastereds is just stupid, considering there is only one PS4 exclusive remastered game....

These remastering projects are cheap and do not take away from the companies ability to make other games at the same time, so in essence to are getting next gen games plus a kettle extra from last gen.

mattdillahunty1211d ago (Edited 1211d ago )

the PS4 was not developed with all this hardware that people like to boast about just to rehash games that people missed out on last gen.

if you didn't get to play a game on the PS3, too bad. go get a PS3 and play it. leave the current gen tech for (hopefully) new and innovative experiences.

LordMaim1211d ago (Edited 1211d ago )

@mattdillahunty: No reason it can't do both. Besides, considering the game was released less than a year ago, its not as though they're starting from scratch. They're just using the same team from the original to bring the game to another console.

But telling people too bad, go buy another console...Why be so venomous about people wanting a product?

rainslacker1210d ago (Edited 1210d ago )

I really do get a kick out of these arguments of how Sony's system is filled with nothing but ports and remakes. Seems both consoles are really, and most of it is 3rd party. Last I checked, MS has the same number of 1st party remakes coming for the X1 and PS4....and that's 1. Both ports/remakes(however you want to define it) were platform defining games, so I don't see any issue with carrying on that identity into a new generation.

As far as ports, well that's pretty normal at the start of a new console release.

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fenome1211d ago

It's 6 months in and I'm not having an identity crisis with it yet. This gen's been way better, WAY BETTER, than the beginning of last gen in my eyes so far. Can't wait to see what's yet to come..

knifefight1211d ago

Nothing wrong with it. I'm hoping to see its most anticipated games be original, new-gen only stuff soon though :)

3xkrazy1211d ago

So in other words, you support milking and cash grabs, when money, time, and other resources could be spent on new software.

Stop holding back next gen with that stupid argument.

xHeavYx1211d ago

Cry me a river. You really think they don't have the resources for multiple projects?

randomass1711211d ago

Nothing's holding back next gen. The remasters are being done by small teams separately from the bigger projects.

inmusicutrust1211d ago

How about the fact thats its a very small project that allows the team to play w the new system and learn tricks for develop for the ps4 before making a full game. Uc4 can only benefit from tlou remastered. They focus on optimization without having to worry about working out bugs and creating a full game. Its practice for those crucial final steps of making a game.

medman1211d ago

Tomb Raider is hardly a milking, neither is TLOU. I didn't pick up Tomb Raider for either my 360 or ps3, but I sure did pick it up for my ps4. I bought TLOU for my ps3, and held off on buying any dlc content primarily because I hoped it would be released on ps4, so I'll be buying the remaster of TLOU as well. How is giving gamers more options milking? No one is forcing you to participate and buy, so who or what exactly is being milked? Gamers who buy the games obviously want them. And I'm sure there are plenty of new converts to the ps4 that previously only played on 360 and didn't own a ps3 who can't wait to buy TLOU, a game that many believe is the best of the last generation. In addition, I still haven't bought GTA V with the express purpose of waiting for a ps4 version if and when it comes out. I have no problem with gaming companies re-releasing great content for a new generation, especially when the new consoles have not yet had the time to build up a substantial library of new releases.

Chevalier1211d ago


It's low cost and funds future games so why not?

People thought Gran Turismo prologue was stupid, but, it easily funded GT5 because it brought over $200 million in sales.

rainslacker1210d ago

They'll likely make money on those projects, so that money can be used for future projects. Gotta spend money to make money comes to mind.

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joab7771211d ago

Or do both.

Let me see. The Last of us was a critically acclaimed game and GotY. Many ppl didnt play it b/c they dont own a ps3. Now, new consoles have launched and Sony is trying to persuade ppl to invest in a ps4. What better way than to remake possibly the best exclusive from the ps3?

BattleAxe1211d ago

Or you could buy a PS3, play the best exclusives for a much cheaper price, and not have to pay a yearly subscription.

randomass1711211d ago

@BattleAxe There are fair reasons for both sides of the argument. But it boils down to wanting or not wanting something. If you didn't play it there is incentive to getting it on the PS4 you already own. If you already played the PS3 version (like moi) there is less incentive. Each person's perspective is unique.

inmusicutrust1211d ago


There have been many converts from xbox360 to ps4, very few of whom own or plan to own a ps3. They are looking forward not back. It'd be foolish to ignore that demographic.

Farsendor11211d ago

yep or people who played the games but never finished them.

example metro 2033

hopefully metro rumor is true.

fenome1211d ago

It's confirmed, here's a statement from their official site:

It got leaked before they were ready to announce it, but it's cool that they confirmed it instead of just saying they 'don't speculate on rumors' like most people do :p

Visiblemarc1211d ago

Yep! HD remasters were a huge part of last gen. They made sense then, they still make sense.

randomass1711211d ago

Actually these are like GotY Editions, but with better graphics. People never really attacked the GotY editions, so it's strange to see people up in arms against these remasters.

ifistbrowni1211d ago

"stop getting"

Aren't there only 2 that we know of, Tomb Raider and TLOU?

Tomb Raider was on Xbox One also, so it'd be better titled: "Why Next-Gen needs to stop with HD ports and get its own identity."

SSJBen1211d ago

Noting wrong indeed.

But here's the thing, we buy new consoles to play new games. Not buy new consoles to play old games.

Sure no one is forcing anyone to buy remastered games, but really... where are the actual NEW games?

irishyort1211d ago

@SSJBen Not really.

I buy a new console to play games!

NEW games aren't just created in a few months, especially AAAs. So what do you have to fill the new gen 1st year void? This is where the remastered titles make perfect sense.

I'm actually annoyed that they didn't do this already for Fallout NV, Skyrim, and Mass Effect. These "big hour investment" games would really take up a lot of my time until the 2nd year stream starts to kick in and I've got more selection.

liquidhalos1211d ago

I totally agree, i had a 360 for most of last gen and im looking forward to playing some of the games i missed. Saying that i did recently get myself a PS3 but ill save big games like TLOU for the PS4

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GribbleGrunger1211d ago (Edited 1211d ago )

And so a new false narrative is born now that the 'PS4 has no games' nonsense has been put to bed. This can easily be disproved too, but many won't want to go there just yet because it will lead to yet another embarrassing comparison chart. They will once again reap what they sow.

Wedge191211d ago

This has nothing to do with the "PS4 has no games". It has to do with, there are too many ports and games that were on last gen. Over 50% of the games are on last gen consoles too, which is sad.

GribbleGrunger1211d ago (Edited 1211d ago )

So why is this article limited to the PS4? These are sad little digs because certain people just can't handle how successful the PS4 is, and it's getting tiresome.

Majin-vegeta1211d ago

FFS cut the BS the only HD Port from SONY is TLOU all other HD ports are from Multiplat devs they have no control over that.

Wedge191211d ago (Edited 1211d ago )

@Majin, I am well aware of that. I'm not blaming Sony. The article states that it is a collective dev mentality that is keeping us from truly and finally moving into the next generation. You can never fully enjoy or realize the potential of the new one until you let go of the past. Flower on PS4 is pretty and great, but it was a PS3 game. Same with TLOU. Same with any other devs. It's a lack of the leaps of faith into the new-gen by all devs that are causing this.

fenome1211d ago (Edited 1211d ago )


It's because the title of the article specifically calls out the PS4 and not 'The new generation of consoles'. They're talking about the 8th gen, not a specific console, so why single one out in the headline? It's tabloids and propaganda, they're click-baiting to ignite the flame-wars.

Headlines for hits is all it is..