One of the biggest questions heading into 2019 is how long will this generation last? The answer to that question largely depends on whether or not Sony can find a way to revitalize its aging hardware.
The “PS5 generation” refers to the time period between the release of a new PlayStation console and the next one. The PS4 generation lasted for around 5 years, so it is likely that the PS5 will last for about the same amount of time.
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A reader agrees of Sony’s stance toward Days Gone, while the Monday Inbox is angry that the PS5 is still out of stock in 2022.
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I’ve been wondering whether the current generation of Microsoft and Sony consoles will be their longest-running generation ever. The pandemic and chip shortages have had a negative impact on manufacturing, distribution, and game development.
Given the slow rollout of current-generation consoles, this implies that the vast majority of gamers are still playing on last-generation equipment. Given the modest improvements in graphical quality from prior incarnations of their consoles, I believe the majority of customers are content to wait for the newest models.
I’m sure game developers are well aware of a system’s installed userbase, and I’m guessing they’re built largely for last-generation hardware, with some optimization for current-generation hardware. After all, they’re in business to earn money, and building a project just for a market that’s presently niche isn’t good for business.
I applaud Nintendo’s attitude of going it alone, focusing on the games rather than the aesthetics and bells and whistles, and letting the other two main competitors fight it out while quietly making huge profits.
Anyway, returning to my main point, I believe it will take longer than normal to build up the userbase that determines a console generation’s longevity. As a result, the next generation will be delayed until there are enough butts on seats for the present one. Dubya, George W.
By perspective of view I read @SnapBlastPlay’s Reader’s Feature and can’t help but think there are some decently large flaws in his reasoning.
It’s all about supply and demand when it comes to scalping. Nobody would attempt to hoard a console and offer it at a higher price if demand is low. As a result, there is a definite desire for the PlayStation 5. I’m not sure where or how the number of 25% of consoles sitting on a shelf came from, or how it was verified.
The console isn’t very good.
DualSense and the Wii controller are said to be ‘gimmicky.’ Well, the Wii was one of the best-selling systems of all time, and one of the main reasons for that was the controller, which shook up gaming accessibility.
Even Xbox’s Phil Spence praised Sony on the DualSense and hinted that a comparable device may be in the works.
Both consoles are large and inconvenient. One resembles a router, while the other resembles a refrigerator. So, what’s the point? Are they effective? Yes, both are true.
Cost, games, and future-proofing are all factors to consider.
All of the problems highlighted under these topics were known to prospective buyers prior to the debut of the consoles, yet Sony continues to lead in sales.
To term the PlayStation 5’s hardware “poor” is deceptive at best and downright incorrect at worst. And who wants to upgrade a console’s memory? If you’re going that path, simply get a computer!
Obviously, the tide may turn, but the observations made in the piece seem to me to be well off the mark.
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Personal grievances First and foremost, I am mostly an Xbox/PC player, and I am sick of reading about how the PlayStation 5 is doomed in Reader’s Features.
With a fresh business model and a revitalized Microsoft, I understand. Sony isn’t as dominant as they were last generation, but it’s becoming ridiculous, to the point that GC is having to rectify feature mistakes.
If you’re genuinely unhappy with your PlayStation 5, instead just rehashing comments from dozens other ‘PS5 is Doomed’ posts, write in and tell them what you’d want to see them do differently.
We may be at the beginnings of the first generation in which every format does extraordinarily well, and that excites me much more than reading about how your specific quirks spell the death of gaming as we know it. DarKerR is a character in the game DarKerR (gamertag)
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Stock is depleted. I was just reading an article about how the PlayStation 5 won’t be available in big retailers until late January, and I’m frantically trying to obtain one for my grandson. I’m frustrated that stores persist on selling PlayStation 5 machines in bundles, which not only raises the price beyond the reach of most people, but also means you’re paying for games or gear you don’t want.
I’m not willing to pay more than £200 from eBay sellers who are asking considerably more than the RRP, and to make matters worse, the bulk of these units are auctions, and I can’t believe people are competing at such high premiums! Those that purchase at these prices are encouraging scalpers to continue buying up all the stock, exacerbating the problem.
It’s unfortunate to see that the shortages will persist; I had hoped that things would improve after Christmas, but your story implies that the supply shortfall will last until 2023! I’ve attempted unsuccessfully to utilize different stock monitoring programs, such as the one you suggested on Twitter, and I’m stumped as to how to set up others I’ve seen on Discord!
I signed up for Stock Checkers and received some notifications for AO yesterday, but I was too sluggish, and to be honest, they were offering bundles again, although at a much lower price than the £800 ones stated in your post from The Game Collection!
I’m hoping that things will change sooner rather than later, so that I can obtain a PlayStation 5 for my grandson and let him select the games and accessories he wants rather than being pushed into a package. Alan Fairchild is a writer who lives in the United States
GC: Things are going to improve this year, but it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to purchase a console anytime you want.
Nothing in exchange for anything Consider Konami declaring a Castlevania anniversary. They are commemorating this historic event by issuing 10,000 numbered postcard sets.
These would include concept art, screenshots, box art, and pixel art.
There were probably 15 of them in all. These might be sent in a deep crimson, embossed, and ornately imprinted box that fits through a regular letterbox.
An object that has been meticulously created and is genuinely worth acquiring. Maybe auction off the first ten and include something special with them.
However, this is not the case. We now live in a world where publishers can sell everything for anything, and everyone on the train acts as if they had worth.
I’m still astounded by how simple we’re making it for more and more corporations to sell nothing for astronomical sums of money. Matt is depressed.
Exceptional standards I was reading Jeff Ross’s remarks on how Sony Bend was made to feel like Days Gone was a failure, despite the fact that it sold around the same amount of copies as Ghost Of Tsushima… and I must tell that I was ecstatic to read it.
On a personal level, not for Jeff and his crew, who clearly love the game and put a lot of effort into its creation (I played it and largely loved it). But I was glad to hear it because it demonstrates that, despite the fact that the game was a commercial success, Sony still doesn’t consider its first-party games to be successful.
I appreciate it because it indicates that Sony is more concerned with game quality (or prestige, as stated in a letter sent out on Friday) than with sales, which may explain why their first-party lineup is so strong in contrast to major third-party publishers.
If Ubisoft and Square Enix, who are presently pursuing the NFT market, or EA and 2K, who persist on damaging their sports games by asking for microtransactions on every other screen, adopted that mindset, games would be lot better for it. Agogo Henshin
Put on your coat. I’ve been doing most of my games at 1080p or lower up until now. Now that we’ve arrived in 2022 and I’ve acquired a next-gen console, I’ll be upgrading to 4K.
It’s a new year’s resolve for me!
Your readers may be glad to learn that I WILL NOT be here for the whole week. Bull Meestah
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Mario Kart: The Movie is a film based on the video game Mario Kart After reading your story on the Mario Kart 9 development rumors, I’m interested in finding out more. It got me thinking, and I came to the conclusion that Nintendo should save the next true Mario Kart game, assuming it is Mario Kart 9, until their next system release. It might be as easy as that, and it would undoubtedly be a solid console launch title.
But, because we’re talking about Nintendo, we know it won’t be that simple. What piqued my curiosity, though, was the usage of the phrase “Mario Kart with a twist.”
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is clearly a Mario Kart game with a twist, but as much fun as it was, I don’t think Nintendo will release another installment very soon.
It’s very possible that the upcoming Super Mario film may include a homage to the Mario Kart games in order to infuse some high-octane action and keep fans pleased. The film won’t be released until the end of the year, allowing Nintendo plenty of time to build anticipation with a companion game. We still don’t know what Mario will look like, or what other classic and new characters will appear.
So I guess that’s the rumored “twist,” plus it’s more of a side project (like Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit) than a straight sequel. It would be a waste to release a direct sequel to muddy the waters after Mario Kart 8’s success on the Switch. Having three distinct kinds of Mario Kart on the same system may seem a bit incongruous.
Still, I believe most people are aware of which Mario Kart occupies the series’s throne, and as long as it’s promoted in conjunction with the film, I don’t believe it will affect the franchise or the film. highway 77
also-rans in your inbox Are NFTs and crypto currencies to blame for my soaring power bill? EvilMoomin
GC: They’re undoubtedly the cause for the scarcity of high-end PC graphics cards.
What is the location of Wordle? Libby
GC: Right now, right now.
The topic for this week’s Hot Topic is There’s only one clear topic to ask for the first Hot Topic of the year: what forthcoming new game are you most looking forward to?
The official release plans for the year are already looking hectic, especially in the first half, so make sure that any titles you discuss are either presently guaranteed for 2022 or have a high possibility of being published within the next 12 months.
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