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Is Sony's PS4 going to have a difficult next few months?

Sony's summer calendar for PS4 releases is rather bare, will this cause the PS4 to suffer in popularity and sales?

Recent numbers indicate that the PS4 has sold better than its fellow eighth generation "rival", the Xbox One. Despite the higher numbers of consoles sold, the PS4's exclusive games haven't received glowing praise with the exception of the recently released Bloodborne. Both systems have fallen behind the Wii U in quality of games. The Wii U has experienced higher sales from multiple titles, such as Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Mario Kart 8.

The PS4's schedule for releases this summer is also not all that illuminating either. That is not to say that third-party games coming to the PS4 are not worth the purchase, but the PS4 exclusives have the potential to really show off the capabilities of the PS4.

One of these examples is The Order: 1886. This game is a visual marvel with both the characters and environments demonstrating a realistic and gothic style. However, concerning the story and the gameplay, The Order: 1886 is rather lacking. The story is confusing, and the gameplay fizzles out as the plot reaches its climax.

On the other hand the power and popularity of Bloodborne demonstrate that the PS4 can really stand on its own. The game has a gigantic map, full of diverse locations as well as a variety of enemies. The scenery of the desolate town of Yharnam is as gorgeous visually as one would expect from a creation by From Software.

Nevertheless the upcoming schedule for the PS4 this summer is a bit lackluster concerning standout games. Two games in particular in the PS4's arsenal have the potential to improve the PS4's summer releases. In July God of War 3: Remastered brings the bloody finale of the G.O.W. trilogy to the PS4. Supermassive Games has recently announced that Until Dawn will be released in North America on August 25th. These games have two different styles that can really show off the PS4's ability to provide fascinating gameplay, intriguing storylines and beautiful visuals. Betting on only two games for the summer lineup is rather risky and may be putting all Sony's eggs in one basket.

Sony will be releasing multiple promising games such as The Witness, Rime, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and No Man's Sky (a timed exclusive) for the PS4. However, none of these titles have a definite release date. All that has been stated so far are promises for 2015, but they have yet to be confirmed with specific dates. A possibility exists for more specific information to be revealed at Sony's E3 Press Conference in June. So there is a chance that Sony will give its fans and consumers a more exciting summer schedule to look forward to. At the moment Sony's calendar of game releases is rather bare to say the least.

Published May. 27th 2015
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    More reason why I will never drop a penny on consoles.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    But you is missing out on Uncharted and Halo! (basically the only reasons why I want consoles now... (bought the Xbox One for Halo: TMCC and getting a PS4 for Uncharted 4).
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I will not cave in for a handful of exclusives. There are more than 17,000 games on PC, I'm set. If they want my money, they will have to bring it to PC haha. Don't get me started on Halo, it should have been on PC all this time but Microsoft needs to sell their consoles.
  • Dalton White I
    Contributor
    Guys, everyone has their preference of system. Some prefer consoles, some prefer computers. I love my PS3 personally, its a lovely system but I have envied my friends and the accessibility of their Steam accounts on their laptops (mine can't handle the stress of most Steam games sadly). All systems have their ups and their downs and each person has the right to love whatever system they find convenient or preferable.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I agree, there's a place for all of them. Unfortunately for consoles its place is for people who are not computer savvy enough to unlock the PC's potential. For the price of one console, you could build a doable PC, for the price of both consoles you could build a serious powerhouse of a PC and it's very easy to buy a long HDMI cable and play your games on a TV, or for example stream it to a tablet. Gotta love sitting on the back porch playing CIV5 on my tablet, or leaving Twitch/Netflix up on my TV while streaming whatever game to my tablet while I lay in bed. So many options.

    Basically what I am saying is that by buying a console you are willingly limiting your options, as also demonstrated by this exclusivity nonsense. I don't mean this in a malicious way, I mean it in a factual way. It's objective.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    Oh yer, I know... I'm a PC gamer... and I never said that any are bad... I just love those 2 series a lot.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    The Witness is also a timed exclusive. Well, Johnathan Blow said something along the lines of, I want to bring it to PC.
  • Dalton White I
    Contributor
    Yeah I know it is a timed release of sorts but when I'm comparing it to the Xbox One and Wii U, it is the exclusive console (excluding the PC). Also believe me I could probably write another article about how the PS4 is really low on exclusives and how the exclusive game itself is disappearing.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    Yer, I agree, there are only very few exclusive games, and the ones which are around are either, long-lasting franchises, or studios which are directly owned by the console company.

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