I’m writing this just days before Sony’s totally-going-to-be-a-PS4-announcement press event on Wednesday, and reader, I am terrified.
You see, for the longest time, I’ve been a Nintendo fan. I have a Wii, I have a DSi, and that’s about it. No Xbox 360, no PS3, so I’ve had the opportunity to just sat back and watch things….progress. This coming announcement scares the crap out of me. Sony’s past releases, in terms of hardware, haven’t been the strongest of inputs into the gaming collective. Does anyone still have a PSP GO? Who is using Wonderbook? Are Move controllers being used for anything other than Johann Sebastian Joust? I truly think there’s more games to play on the 3DS than there are on the Vita. It’s safe to say that Sony has been disappointing, in the last few years. The only positives I can see are the free online access and the PS+ service, the latter of which I think is worlds better than Micr- okay, I’m getting off track.
Look, what truly scares me about this forthcoming announcement of a new console is that everything released since the PS3 has received a largely ‘meh’ impression from critics and fans alike. What does this mean for a new console? If you look at the past track record they’ve had since the PS3’s launch in 2006, it really hasn’t been too positive.
What would it mean, then, if a giant gaming company, one of the major two companies in the console market(sorry Nintendo!), releases a console that isn’t favored well? A PSP GO can crash and burn, and a Vita can underwhelm, but this is a full-priced console we’re talking about here. If this hardware giant can’t surpass expectations(which they’ve been hyping for about two weeks now), I can’t see the PS4 being all too successful. It’s a very long, very early, possibly pessimistic viewpoint, but Sony better really pull out all the stops on this one.
Even then, when it’s finally revealed…I truly hope the specs aren’t outdone by a two year-old PC. I truly hope the price point is affordable and fair. I truly hope it’s received well by critics and gamers alike, because otherwise, this is going to be pretty damn ugly.
[Written by contributor Frank Falcone]