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Gamer Goodwill: Can PS4 Use the Same Tactics in 2015 That It Used in 2014?

PSLS: "If you haven’t noticed, gamers adore Sony right now. As they well should. The company has done nearly everything right since E3 2013, from its pro-consumer stance on used game sales to the continued value proposition of PlayStation Plus. If you visit N4G, the vast majority of hot stories are often Sony-centric, while the staff at forums like NeoGAF will actually go so far as to punish blatant anti-Sony behavior. Of course, the reason for this isn’t necessarily corruption or an agenda, but rather a stigma that has firmly attached itself to an alarmingly high percentage of gamer brains. It reads like this: “Sony is pro-consumer. Microsoft is not. Anti-Sony, then, equals anti-consumer.”

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xHeavYx1520d ago

Most interesting part
"If you visit N4G, the vast majority of hot stories are often Sony-centric, while the staff at forums like NeoGAF will actually go so far as to punish blatant anti-Sony behavior. Of course, the reason for this isn’t necessarily corruption or an agenda, but rather a stigma that has firmly attached itself to an alarmingly high percentage of gamer brains. It reads like this: “Sony is pro-consumer. Microsoft is not. Anti-Sony, then, equals anti-consumer.”

People bash N4G for being Pro-Sony, even though numbers show that, pretty much everywhere, the PS4 is the preferred console

novacav1520d ago

It's totally preferred. But that doesn't dispel a site like N4G being pro-Sony. N4G and GAF like Nintendo too for the most part, and the Wii U is far from preferred numbers-wise.

MysticStrummer1520d ago

"It's totally preferred. But that doesn't dispel a site like N4G being pro-Sony."

That doesn't make much sense. N4G is made up of user submitted and approved articles. There are more PS fans so there are more pro-PS articles. This isn't a news site that should at least try to appear unbiased. It reflects the users. The Sony dominance here started years ago, at the same time (not coincidentally) PS3 was outselling 360 fairly consistently.

Abash1520d ago

It's not that Sony is just seen as "Pro-consumer", the love for the company is because the gaming industry as a whole benefits with them dominating. Do you think we'd have nearly as many Japanese developers jumping on board to next gen if the Xbox One and PS4 swapped places

NewMonday1520d ago

PS4 is simply wher the good gaming is this generation, it could have been different if Nintendo or MS played their cards right but they messed up and Sony made all the right moves.

looking at the resurgence of Japanese games and AAA indy phenomena like No Mans Sky and WiLD a dominant platform is important for developers.

HanzoHattori1520d ago

It's the preferred console because Sony gives gamers more of what they want and they don't try to push things that gamers don't need. On the other hand, Microsoft pushes Kinect, voice commands, and television, while neglecting to create a substantial gaming library. Apps are a nice perk, but that's all they are. As long as Sony focuses on customer feedback, developing the PS4, and game development, the PS4 will dominate the gaming console market in 2015 and beyond.

spacedelete1520d ago

no. they need to start giving us more firmware updates that add features PS3 had years ago. they announced update 2.0 but that was almost 6 weeks ago. they only announced that because people were realising MS were updaing the Xbox One every month. also they need to stop relying on third party trash like Destiny and star developing their own games and advertise them. LBP3 is releasing this year which was advertised on PS3 significantly but on PS4 there is no hype for it because they aren't advertising.

also enough of the rubbish indie games for PlayStation plus. i didn't buy a PS4 to play games that look like phone games.

novacav1520d ago

I respect/appreciate indies but I can't help but agree with you somewhat. At Gamescom the indie-flood just kind of made me sigh even though many of them looked cool. Meanwhile MS kept their indie selection small but interesting, and focused on other things more heavily

spacedelete1520d ago

i'm not saying all indie games are terrible but a majority are terrible. i'd rather have nothing than the indie games they have been giving. its like they are insulting us by giving us low quality indie games. at the very least give us good indie games like Outlast was. 8 bit is now a code word for shovelware.

WeAreLegion1520d ago

MS focused on games we already knew about though. I don't get why anyone liked their press conference. We already knew about all those games. How is that a press conference?

MysticStrummer1520d ago

"i'm not saying all indie games are terrible but a majority are terrible."

The majority of games, not just indies, don't bring anything new to the table and are mediocre at best.

"at the very least give us good indie games like Outlast was"

You make that sound easy. Why aren't all movies/books/songs good or better?

"its like they are insulting us by giving us low quality indie games."

To me a game like Call of Duty, that went through last generation as a full priced expansion pack most years, is an insult. It's rare that indies get that kind of advertising and attention.

"8 bit is now a code word for shovel ware."

Lone Survivor.

DigitalRaptor1520d ago (Edited 1520d ago )

@ novacav

Most of the new games Microsoft revealed at Gamescom were indies. Look that tidbit up. The rest were games we already knew about other than a game called ScreamRide, and that's still a game by an indie studio called Frontier.

Sony revealed more AAA games at Gamescom than Microsoft did, and everything else. And even Sony's reveals of indies were of games far more ambitious than what MS is offering, so I can't see how you can praise MS more than Sony on the same point.
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@ spacedelete

There is a similar ratio of good to bad AAA retail games too, if you'd offer yourself a little bit of perspective. There's nothing wrong with bringing indie games to market en masse. It happens on Steam, and PC gamers don't complain because they find what they personally like. There's something for everyone that way, but your point is flawed for one very good reason:

PS4 indies have been generally highly rated. Look them up.

Many of the "8-bit" games are higher rated than Outlast, and I've had far more fun with them than I have Outlast, which was about 5 hours long. Great game, but short. I've put many more hours into the smaller budget indie games than Outlast, just because of the nature of that game.

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DragoonsScaleLegends1520d ago

Certain indies you just have to have a taste for but I think Minecraft is great game and it started off as an indie game. Yeah plus needs better games on PS4 but I have been able to pull through because they offer great games for my PS3. SportsFriends which was a recent PS4 plus game (I think that's the name of it) it was so bad. It's something you and your friends have to be drunk to play it's so bad. You also have to have more than one controller or you can't even play it. I think the only think killing the PS4 right now is not the indies but the lack of firmware updates. I don't know what they are doing but how is Microsoft able to release them so much faster. PS4 needs more features and quickly before XO starts seeming better simply because of the firmware.

CervantesPR1520d ago

what? sony advertized LBP3 arround gamescom and E3 for like 2 weeks. Theres was no escaping a LBP3 add on youtube during that time. Theres no need to advertise LBP3 right now since they need to start advertising Driveclub soon, then they can advertise LBP3 again afterwards.

same thing with Microsoft, they need to advertise FH2 instead of sunset cuz FH2 is coming out sooner.

Wedge191520d ago

Only if there is follow-through. Words can only take you so far. You need to take action as well.

XanderZane1520d ago

Microsoft is pro-consumer as well, but biased Sony trolls don't want to give Microsoft a chance to prove it, even though they already did at the past E3. Microsoft is focusing more on AAAE and AAA 3rd party games. They have also embraced the Indie community and have shown several great Indie games like Ori and the Blind Forest and Inside. Even Max and the Curse of Brotherhood and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons were both excellent games. M$ has been trying to cater to the consumers and give they the type of games they want. Sony did that early on, but they've delayed so many games and is slowly abandoning the PSVita. Instead they are give us PSNow with outrageous prices to try and milk their fanbase.

Majin-vegeta1520d ago

Sony has only delayed DC and The Order.I don't know where the hell you got "SO MANY GAMES" from.

XanderZane1512d ago

The Last Guardian as well. There weren't many other exclusive games announced to be delayed. DC & The Order 1886 we key games for 2014.

novacav1520d ago

Don't forget Project Totem, Below, and SUPER HOT

DigitalRaptor1520d ago (Edited 1520d ago )

All you did there was damage control valid points that have been made over the past 18 months, whilst using one-sided arguments against Sony to try and "prove" that they are anti-consumer, only because people made a point that Microsoft proved that they are.

Sony has delayed 2 games that needed delaying to make for better consumer products. Gamers are showing that they are thankful that they did. Microsoft's entire launch lineup needed delaying, but to them, contracts are binding. Launch was happening whether devs were ready or not.

lifeisgamesok1520d ago

Yeah Microsoft is focusing on AAA this gen and I tend to like those more than 99% of indies

This is the whole reason I got a Xbox One

If Uncharted 4, Deep Down and like at least 4 more games are good I'll consider a PS4

tinynuggins1520d ago

Haha that's funny I have the same plan. As soon as there are 5 games out for the Ps4 that I want I'm diving in.

DigitalRaptor1520d ago (Edited 1520d ago )

1) You haven't played 99% of indies, and they cannot all be classified under the same genre, so maybe you meant to say "99% of indies that you've played"..

2) PS4 has more AAA games than Xbox One, as well as more indies.

3) In addition to Uncharted 4 and Deep Down, PS4 already has way, way more than 4 more games that are considered good, consensually.

So where is that PS4 purchase, now that we've covered your rules? Or do those change day by day? Just admit you aren't really ever going to be considering one.

ShadowWolf7121520d ago

>Delayed so many games

...two.

>Abandoning the PS Vita

So we once again ignored that there are about 100 titles coming out for it between now and March 2015?

Heck, I can give you a GAF thread tracking this stuff and even which are and are not yet localized, if you want.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum...

I mean we got Freedom Wars, we got God Eater 2, we got fighting games, Musou games, JRPGs, Visual Novels...

>PS Now prices

You mean the thing that's on the top of their list of things to tweak for the final version?

"We’ve got the different tiers, and then beyond that the publisher does have some flexibility on how they’d like to price their titles. They are looking to us to work with them to help them figure out what will work best. And we’re all kind of working through this together right now. There are a different variety of prices out there depending on the title, duration, and – in some cases – publisher. But this could all change. And we’re actually looking at making changes to some of the pricing right now based on some of the feedback we’ve received."

http://www.gameinformer.com...

Dude... do you even follow gaming news?

XanderZane1512d ago (Edited 1512d ago )

There aren't 100's of exclusive real games coming to the PSVita. There are about 30-35 Indie games coming to the PSVita. Sony isn't shelling out big bucks to produce AAAE 1st party games for the PSVita anymore. They are having 3rd party Indie developers make cheap games for it. Your link pretty much shows that. Also, many of these games will be Japan only. I own a PSVita and yes I follow gaming news.

ShadowWolf7121512d ago

Those are hundreds of games, and maybe half of them are "indie". Third party is not indie, and a good number of those are highly respected by Japanese gamers or folks who enjoy JRPGs and Japanese games in general.

What you want is MAINSTREAM titles.

But let's take a look at your assertion for a moment: what, in your opinion, constitutes a AAA title on a handheld device? And no, I don't mean name some, I mean list what you expect in a so-called AAA title.

(BTW, if you seriously think God Eater and Ys are "indie"... wow. lol)

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masterfox1520d ago

PS4 was using tactics this year ? O_o, didn't realized knowing the PS4 is the most powerful console outhere is the current tactic, so if thats the tactic then yes the PS4 will have their winning tactic next year :D, unless a company releases a console with better specs.

Not even mentioning the PS4 killing lineup for next year, Uncharted 4, Bloodborn, The order 1886 just to name a few.

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