The August 2021 NPD games report revealed an industry that continues to grow even compared to a very strong 2020.
This is good evidence for why native PS5 versions of games can be important even when there is a PS5 patch for the PS4 version. A lot of people who played the PS4 version with the PS5 patch allowing for 60 fps seemed to think a native PS5 release was pointless because the PS4 version ran so well via BC. But there are plenty of people who won't understand what a patch will do but will understand that the PS5 version is better. Obviously a lot of those people bought the game last month.
Also when the PS4 launched 30% of the purchasers were new to Playstation, who's to say that isn’t the case with PS5 owners as well. Just because there's a lot of people moving up through the ecosystem doesn't mean there aren't also new Playstation 5 owners that are 1st time purchasers.
While I'm sure there are people new to PlayStation buying the PS5, I'm guessing it will be a lower percentage than with PS4, just because PS4 was so much more popular than PS3. Obviously it was a little different elsewhere because Xbox is most popular in the US, but a lot of American kids/teenagers at the time got into gaming with the 360, so PS4 was their first PlayStation when they switched over. Because so many more people had PS4s than Xbox Ones, there isn't as much of a built in audience to switch for the first time.
Or Sony could've provided a true PS5 upgrade patch for free. On PC I buy a game. When I get new hardware I install it on the new hardware and change the settings without having to pay for an upgrade. Sony is not giving us the option. They saying, "if you want a next gen version, you have to buy the new content too". How is this consumer friendly? It is great for Sony, not so great for consumers. Also, there isn't a new game at the top of the charts. This is a re-release with upgrades and some extra content. Why would a gamer want this to be at the top of the charts and think that is good? Don't you want good new IPs and good new games to be topping charts?
You missed the point pretty hard. Sony DID release a free patch for Ghost of Tsushima so that the PS4 version takes advantage of the PS5's better hardware. This is pretty common knowledge at this point, but you can easily find videos on YouTube showing the PS4 game running on PS5 with the patch that unlocks the framerate. I played much of the game this way. So the primary argument in your comment is totally false. My point is that some people don't understand this. There will be people who buy a PS5 who have heard of Ghost of Tsushima, but won't necessarily buy a PS4 version of it because they don't understand that the PS4 version takes advantage of the PS5, and they think it's an old game. By putting out a PS5 version, obviously they have been able to get people interested who would not have gone out and picked up a copy otherwise. And yes, of course I want new IP to do well. Ghost of Tsushima is a pretty new IP. So I'm quite happy to see that people who might have ignored it otherwise are getting interested in it.
@JEECE Sorry, I had not followed what the patch did and did not do. I would expect it to up the framerate, resolution, add hepatics on controls, take advantage of the NVMe drive fully, and improved visual details in the game. If it does all that it is good. That is what I am seeing as the gold star for free updates. I completely agree with Ghosts being released on PS5. And if they want to do a marketing gimmick "Director's Cut" to get people to buy it that is fine. Shame on stupid PS5 owners that bought it and can get the same experience on PS5 with the original content for free. It is still very bad that a game that is over a year old, re-releases and tops charts quickly. I don't buy that a lot of people not in PS4 are buying PS5. Right now with supply constraints you have to be very committed to buy a PS5 (watching the internet, waiting for availability at various stores). People that are new to the ecosystem don't have that commitment. I would think a good 90% of people flocking to PS5 are currently PS4 owners still.
Did they fix the Japanese lip sync yet? It was trash when I tried it.
They did. They specifically highlighted that fact in trailers.
The cut scenes were prerecorded in the original. In the PS5 version they are real time so they can adjust the lip sync to Japanese.
The dub is much superior anyway and i don't say that often believe me. Sometimes when i hear Attack on Titan dub it makes my ears bleed but.. this dub is fantastic especially the english voice actors for Jin,Shimura and the Khan they are so awesome i can listen to them talk all day.
@FungLip The JP lip sync wasn't trash, it was non existent, there's a difference between criticising something that's done poorly and criticising something that's not actually there.
Was going to say the same thing
I was talking about the PS5 version which they highlighted it as the big new feature. Hopefully it's better now as 22 people disagreed with me, not just from some Sony stans. FYI, I specifically waited for the PS5 upgrade to play the game with it.
PS5 Bloodborne please.
PS5 Bloodborne free patch that increases framerate, improves resolution, load times, and takes advantage of hepatic controls please.
Ghost didn't dominate as Madden was in first place...but still surprised it got second though. Kinda hilarious that it was 110th place last month and rocketed to 2nd this month. And what the hell is Humankind by Sega? 4th place game i got to look up now.
It's a turn based strategy game. In the Civilization vein.
Playing through the game right now, actually playing way more Legends than I thought I would.
Yeah, legends is a TON of fun!
I love to see it. Fantastic game.
Madden at number one...I'll never understand sports games or those who continue to buy low-effort annual releases. Is it just good enough and that's why people keep buying it?
A lot of sports games sales aren't people that would call themselves gamers. They're just sports fans that want more ways to interact with their sport of choice and their favorite players. In that respect, they'll happily spend $60 - $70+ every year for games that have steadily just become roster updates because that's all they really want out of the new version. It's why Ghost of Tsushima is more relevant for gaming news and what is prioritized for this article, as that news is most relevant to those that call themselves gamers like all of us around here.
It is crazy how spiderman miles morales remains in the top 5 most months. I wonder what their sales are at by now.
Just speaks to popularity of spiderman and quality of the game. There well done and imo very replayable
It's just like with Ghost of Tsushima, the cream rises to the top. These are amazing games and word of mouth and people seeing others play them keep that sales momentum.
The NA market just really love Spidey. Spider-man was easily the PS4's best selling exclusive in NA by a large margin. it's unreal. it's safe to assume that Sony bought Insomniac with the profit from that 1 game alone I think.
Obviously Ghost did very well since that #2 position is based on revenue (not units sold). It's an amazing game that deserves any and all time it earns in the spotlight. I'm very curious how Sony reports the digital figures on this though - like, is the $10 upgrade considered to be a Full Game purchase and would be reported in this way (since it unlocks the PS5 SKU), or is it only just reported as a DLC purchase? I.e. Is it #2 because of, potentially millions of upgraders, or exclusively because of full-price full-game buyers?
So ask that complaint was for nothing. Obviously people want to buy games when they are good games.
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