PlayStation 4: Sony Doesn’t Want Another Xbox 360 Launch

David Cornell - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 1:04 a.m. ET

Sony has said they don’t want the PlayStation 4 to launch like the Xbox 360 did.

Do you remember when the Xbox 360 launched? A majority of the games were first-person shooters, and that’s exactly what Sony doesn’t want for the PlayStation 4. Sony wants the next generation console to launch with more variety, and more fun.

For about a year or two, nearly every big game on the Xbox 360 was a first-person shooter, and some of us claim that as the reason we stuck by our old-school Xbox and PlayStation 2 consoles, or opted for the Wii. We didn’t want our big choices being Halo, Call of Duty, or Splinter Cell.

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When Sony showed off the PlayStation 4 at the February 20 reveal, they intentionally didn’t show the obvious big names first. Knack, from their own Studio Japan, was the first reveal, which even though it didn’t show off the system’s potential, it did stray from the mainstream lineup of first-person shooters that other consoles focused too much of their early life on. Knack is being billed as Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation 4, showcasing variety before the usual suspects of Killzone and InFamous.

The PlayStation 4 mega-company has said, “We [at Sony] were like yeah[,] we hate to see all the PS4 games being FPS or action-adventure of very photorealistic, you know[,] big-budget blockbuster games. And you know[,] people like these games but these are not the only kinds of games that people can have fun with.”

It’s nice to see the big wigs at Sony are at least aware that gamers want to have fun. And they know that fun requires more than just mind-blowing graphics and a big gun. Sometimes you gotta put down the gun and just get silly. PlayStation 4 is being aimed at a wider audience than other consoles. Now if they could just allow backwards compatibility, that would be great.

What do you think of Sony’s desire of not wanting the PlayStation 4 to launch like the Xbox 360?


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