Sony have formally announced the PS4 at the “See the Future” event in New York. And in doing so, have confirmed that they have lost the plot entirely.
The company that:
- innovated in the home games market with the PS1,
- defeated all rivals with the PS2,
- then killed user loyalty with a PS3 that was not backwards compatible
has done it again: the Playstation 4 will not be backwards compatible, either.
This means that if you have already invested hundreds or thousands of pounds buying up Playstation games - tough! - they won’t work on the new machine. So you have no reason to buy it.
Sony made this same huge mistake with the PS3, and because of this, Microsoft was able to enter the market with the Xbox, and then dominate the home video games market with the Xbox 360.
Because when Microsoft moved from the Xbox to Xbox 360, your new console would play all your old games. That mean you had no reason to give the PS3 serious attention, because that would mean buying all your games all over again.
PS3 owners, on the other hand, found themselves connecting up alongside the PS2. And, because the PS2 had a very developed range of games, where playability and longevity were part of the fun, ended up playing that more.
After all, all the PS3 offered was more defined graphics.
A lot of PS2 owners moved on to the Xbox system.
And now, with the announcement of the PS4, Sony shows that they still haven’t learned their lesson.
The company wants to make the PS4 more like a PC, so they are releasing … something that’s just a PC, with a controller. Except that it’s not as flexible or user-friendly as a normal PC.
Meanwhile, the Xbox, is like a PC, but a media-focused one. Oh, and it’s backwards compatible. The Xbox 360 was an upgrade, not a new standalone console like the PS3.
And as the PS4 will be.
Sony has not made a profit in four years. Announcing the PS4 shows why.
The PS4 will be a brand new standalone video games console that won’t work with anything else you have. All it offers is the chance for adverts to show up when people you know buy games. And it connects to Facebook.
Oh, and it all very focused on connecting with the PlayStation Vita. You know, that handheld no one bought?
Somehow this is considered innovation by the failing multinational.
Someone from Sony, please, tell us why anyone should want to buy any new standalone gaming console, let alone the PS4?
For everyone else, how long do you think it will be before Sony go bankrupt?