Sebastian Jimenez

The last year of the PS4 could be the best one has ever had a console

THere is one very important thing in which Sony has been historically better than Xbox or Nintendo: the long-term support of their systems. Well, consoles, at least (Sony’s history in support of none kind for your other projects is a bit irregular, so to speak kindly). PlayStation and PlayStation 2 were compatible with years After its successors reached the market (which is partly responsible for its record sales), the PS3 made the transition to the PS4 with possibly its strongest year in the market, and now, the PS4 seems to be doing the same.

This year, the PS5 will be released, but the PS4 is simply do not Slowing down. In fact, there is a very valid argument to affirm that this could be the strongest year the console has had in the market so far. A confluence of time and circumstances, as well as a superposition of long-awaited first and third projects, all launched together, have come together to generate the perfect storm.

I really don't need it, but I will. Let's make a list. We are looking Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Resident Evil 3, DOOM Eternal, Nioh 2, Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon, Persona 5 Royal, Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters, Tales of Arise, Elden Ring, Cyberpunk 2077, Dreams, Ghost of Tsushima, and of course, The last of us part 2. Like, guys, it's a strong alignment all right. It is the kind of thing you expect from a console at the best moment of your life, not one that is about to give way to a successor in just a few months. Incredibly, some of those, possibly the games that are probably the best, will in fact be exclusive to the PS4.

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It is really wonderful, and raises the idea that the last year of the PS4 before its successor may actually be the best a console has ever had. It's not like the competition there is very tough. The only previous console in the conversation is the PS3, and yes, the PS3 had a hell last year, with God of War Ascension, Rain, Puppeteer, Beyond Two Souls, Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Gran Turismo 6, and of course, The last of us. But the point is that that alignment basically comes down to The last of us Y GTA, and although those are great games, even among the best in history, they cannot even resist the combined attack of what is expected for the PS4 this year. I think the argument is fair and true: the last year of the PS4 it is the best one has ever had a console.

This, more than anything, speaks of the reason why Sony has such a consistent success and is able to withstand so much controversy and rage, that it can bring down others: because in the end, they deliver the core product to anyone interested in the environment He cares for: video games. Buying a PlayStation means that you always have a list of great games secured, for years, and that you will not miss new things to play just because there is something new on the horizon. Sony may be bothering people about the PS5 logo, or the fact that they are skipping the E3, or because they haven't said a word about what looks like ages, or whatever, but their main audience has no other option but Be happy, because when it comes to that, Sony is complying with what matters most of all: the games. Many of them. Great as a result.

This is why Sony's fans are so committed, and why they are so willing to follow Sony through the console market in record numbers, because Sony has earned that loyalty and trust. Keeping your fans happy and committed to great games this year will probably be critical to the transition to the PS5 in large numbers later this year.

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For the credit of the competition, it seems that they have also captured the importance of this type of long-term support. Microsoft, for example, not only plans a great year for Xbox One this year, with numerous exclusives (Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Flight Simulator, Gears Tactics, Tell me why, and of course, Halo Infinite), but also benefits from most third-party games that Sony is receiving, as well as excellent late Japanese support. Not only that, but they have also confirmed that all first-party games will continue to launch on Xbox One and Xbox One X for the next two years, even after the X Series comes out. Which means, in a nutshell, that it doesn't They are going to cut you simply because you didn't spend a lot of money to upgrade to the latest and better: you will still get all the new Microsoft games in the foreseeable future.

Nintendo has also understood and even acted accordingly, almost to a frustrating degree. Nintendo 3DS has been compatible with years after the launch of the Switch (in fact, the Switch is now three years old and the 3DS is still technically compatible with Nintendo). Nintendo launches multiple high profile 3DS exclusive even after the release of the Switch: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Metroid: Samus Returns, Pokemon UltraSun / UltraMoon, Luigis Mansion, Yoshi and Poochys Woolly World, WarioWare Gold, Mario and Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story, In addition to 3DS / Switch multiplats like Sushi strikers or Captain Toad, not counting third party rates such as Monster Hunter Stories or Radiant storyor the flood of Etrian Odyssey Atlus games keeps throwing on the thing. That may have been frustrating for many people, who wanted to experience these games on their bright new Switch, but Nintendo understood the importance of making sure that someone who had bought the 3DS recently didn't feel affected.

So, yes, the good news is that competition has noticed this, which can only be a good thing for the long-term health of your systems. The bad news is that, for now, they are not close to complying with the Sony standard, which has just increased further. Maybe in the future, we will be marveling at how good the final year is for the Switch, for example, but at this moment, there is an abyss of light that separates Sony from the rest on this front.

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