Playstation: The Chant
I am a PC Gamer first and foremost but I also own a PS3 and a Vita and enjoy all three of these devices. Alone they each satisfy a gaming need and together they give me a complete experience. Each of these experiences are very different however, my PC is a multi-monitor setup with high end components that is used for PC exclusives and all multiplats. My PS3 is an exclusive machine for the games that do not release on PC and my Vita is a whatever comes with PS Plus machine. Why have I told you all of this? Because I like to believe that this makes me relatively neutral when it comes to matters like the one I will be addressing in this blog.
The chant goes a little like this. GDDR5 is amazing, Sony is my God, Sony saved gaming, and I love them so very much… The scary thing is how close this chant has become to reality on this site. Companies that say anything that could be perceived as slightly negative towards Sony are not just dismissed they are added to a hit list and attacked whenever an article comes up about them. Their knowledge of their field is totally dismissed. We saw this with the Nvidia fiasco. However if a company says something that no sane person would believe such as “PS4 has no bottlenecks” this is taken as fact and nobody questions the validity of what was said because they are in the industry. They know best right? I guess if we are going by those rules people should take everything I say as fact as well as I myself create games as a hobby. I must know everything about the field right? People need to realize that the people making these comments are not only being paid by Sony but also it is normally the marketing / PR departments making these claims and if marketing finds out that playstation fanboys don’t care about the truth and they only want comments that stroke their egos then that is what we will see. I understand that everyone wants to hear good news about something they are looking forward to however disregarding everything but good news is not healthy.
The chant is past fact and truth and it has moved on to buzzwords. The worst of which seems to be the use of next gen to mean something other than next generation. Now the definition of the term is extremely cloudy. Its meaning has been twisted by the chant to “Something we believe is acceptable”. This means that the chant can rule out the false shepherds and cast the Wii U under a rug. Facts and logic do not apply anymore. The next big offender is the scaling of hardware. Low end, mid-range and high end have been used for years in the PC hardware market and it is a scale of price and naturally performance. If you take the parts in the PS4 and you check it against what the manufacturer’s class this as you will find that the parts will fit in the lower mid-range tier. With the high end including items like the GTX Titan and the hexa-core i7s each with a very hefty price tag. This however can’t be right, how can hardware that the chant is looking forward to be placed in such a range, it’s disgraceful. Thankfully Guerrilla Games came to the rescue and told us that the PS4 despite what is inside it is in fact high end. I hope you have picked up on my sarcasm by now. However again the marketing talk was picked up by the chant as if it was a weapon and I am sure it will be used many times in the coming months. People fail to realise that Sony is trying to build up hype and if they have facts such as launch games are not all running at 1080p / 60fps something that a real high end system could do without breaking a sweat.
All I ask is that people rely a little more on facts when arguing a point instead of following the marketing chant created for one reason. To sell as many units as possible on launch. As a PC / Sony gamer I know that I will take everything that is said before launch with a pile of salt. The proof is in the pudding. Try backing up your arguments with fact instead of just trying to one up each other with marketing nonsense. Everything I said here should also be analysed and validated. Please whatever you do think for yourself and try to have a healthy relationship with your electronics.