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What Percentage Of PS4 Hype Is Due To Generation Fatigue?

The PlayStation 4 has enjoyed plenty of positive attention. Much of that is obviously due to a well-received presentation back in February.

Sony's new machine is much more accessible for game makers, it appears to boast all the bells and whistles that modern-day gaming consoles demand (and maybe a few more), and the potential launch lineup of software is pretty damn impressive. It also helps that many industry insiders, including developers, publishers, analysts and journalists, are all saying the PS4 is a damn fine machine. In short, a great many are very excited.

But there's another factor to consider: This has been the longest generation for most of the industry's history. The Xbox 360 launched in 2005, which means it is now well into its 8th year and the PS3 is in its 7th. As a recent frame of reference dating back to the mid-90s, the first PlayStation launched in 1995, the Sega Dreamcast dropped in 1999, the PS2 hit in 2000, the Xbox and GameCube in 2001, the Xbox 360 in 2005, and the PS3 and Wii in 2006. The bottom line is that we haven't waited for a new generation of systems for quite this long.

So is at least some of the PS4 excitement simply due to generation fatigue? Are gamers just sick and tired of the current generation? Are they just begging for new hardware? Frankly, I'm not sure... I do believe generation fatigue plays a role but perhaps it isn't as big as we think; after all, the PS3 and 360 are still going strong in many respects, and I think if the PS4 presentation didn't go well, the headlines would've reflected that. So it's not like the wait for new consoles results in a craving that overrides everything else. Me, I'd be good with the PS3 for another few years but I'm aware I'm in the minority. I usually am. ;)

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, next generation, next gen, gaming industry

4/14/2013 9:55:19 PM Ben Dutka

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Shepherd Book
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 10:55:08 PM

I love my PS3 and I am right there with you Ben, I could wait for another couple or years. That being said, I am looking forward to seeing everything that a PS4 can do.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:07:27 PM

Well, I'm definitely not suffering any generation fatigue this go round. Though, that can mainly be attributed to the fact that this during this gaming generation I've also started a career, bought a house, and had two kids. Not a ton of time for games anymore.

If I had the same time this gen as I had for PS1 and PS2 then I might have been more eager for some next gen hardware and games by now. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited for PS4, and I'll definitely get one, but it's not the same anymore...

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 11:30:33 AM

i was married when I got my ps3 in 2009, but since then career and responsibility has increased and the same goes for my friends that I game with. I would be good with about 2 - 2.5 more years of this gen, but the PS4 does seem appealing.

I want one and the launch titles alone may cause me to get one, but I'm still kind of wondering how big the difference between the ps3 and 4 is now and will be in the future.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:17:20 PM

I feel that systems of this generation(or at least the PS3) haven't been pushed to their limit yet, not like prior generations. The PS2 hit it's top end just a few years after it launched, so the logical next step would be a new system, I don't believe that is true w/ this gen. Really, what is the next step for the next gen to evolve game play and quality of gaming? Not to say I'm not looking forward to the PS4 of course. ;)

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 4:01:48 AM

This is my fear for the PS4. I think longer console generations should be what Sony and Microsoft should aim for and to do that you need to use hardware that offers something new years after launch.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:34:05 PM

I'm excited for PS4 no doubt. Sadly it won't be like when I first bought the PS2, days or couple of weeks after launch. Still remember waiting in line at a bestbuy and I was the last number to buy the PS2 at that particular bestbuy store I waited at. What year did the N64 come out? I remember it was competing with the PS1. I decided to choose the PS1 back then because it had other variety of games that caught my interest for some reason but I know the N64 had better graphics then the PS1 but the PS1 overall sold better. Anyways more loving with my PS3, don't know when I will buy a PS4 when it's out.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:56:22 PM

Unfortunately everyone blames the systems causing the fatigue. PErsonally I think that its consumerism at its best or worst. People always want something new. Thank god this is not a yearly thing like phones or TV's. People have been bread since post-WW2 to buy and buy new and the latest.

For me, its game fatigue. I am not seeing anything new interesting. Well, its not frequent anyway. Devs do try the occasional game with a diff spin, but if the sales do not show interest the new stuff dies. This generation, maybe media is to blame, has focussed more and more on online gaming and now appears next gen on social aspects, which ties in to online/multiplayer. Not knocking it, but its boring seeing what has become rather generic online play. Essentially its the same online scenarios and they try to pretty up graphics to convince you its ... new and different. The odd new weapon or vehicle. In the end... same old same.

You know the PS4 I am sure will have better graphics, hopefully better reliability mostly on the dev side I hope, the gameplay will not change much though. You can only put so many buttons on the controller for diff combos. They need some better story telling along with the usual suspects of FPS online play. IF that does not happen..... fatigue again will rear its ugly head a lot sooner and I am sure the hardware will be to blame.

Also, something else I noticed, with each gen the cost of dev is getting higher and higher to create these .... realistic worlds they believe everyone wants. Might be time for some devs to stop focussing on that because those realistic worlds seem to demand huge and expansive areas. Makes me wonder if we will lose even more large studios to bankruptcy or mergers.

I am sure many only think the graphics matter, but I am not one of them. Its entertainment, and like Television, it just needs some new and original ideas.... if possible.

Anyway, whatever your opinion... Keep Playing!

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 5:57:05 PM

Good point about consumerism - agree there's continued pressure by advertisers to get the next big thing - but we've also hit boundaries when it comes to things like AI. I've got high hopes we'll see a jump in AI behaviour next gen, not unlike the improvements we got (in some games - Killzone and Uncharted are great examples) this gen. I'm definitely excited myself - while I'd also be happy with a few more years of the PS3, I can't deny the PS4 sounds awesome :).

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Banky A
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:58:06 PM

exactly 11.437 percent. exactly

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 4:33:13 AM

im SO f*cking sick to death of developers bitching and whining that people are bored with there games because there bored with the platforms there on!
what a chunk of horse sh*t!
people are bored with todays games because there not todays games, there last years games, which were last years games, which were last years games, which were last years games!
bring us every game on the quality and uniqueness creative level of the last of us and no one would be asking for new consoles!
people are begging for next gen systems simply because new systems always bring in a influx of fresh new ideas!
case in point people have been DEMANDING a thief sequel, but nope not a word!
oooh, looky here heres the ps4.
ooooh looky here thief 4 has been announced!
what a coincidence!!!!!!!!!!

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 4:50:02 AM

... But the games have been "last years" because the platform is almost a decade old. There is a correlation there.

So when people say they are bored of the platform, what they are really saying is that they are bored of the restrictions of the platform, who in turn are holding the games back.

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 10:18:45 AM

platforms not holding anything back.
well, obviously it will bring bigger and better games, but thats not really what we need.
we need uniqueness, creativity, you dont need new consoles for that.
as i said if every single game releasing was like the last of us, remember me, beyond two souls, than we would not need new systems!
im really worried next gen systems are only going to bring us yesterdays games just with a shinier paint.
battlefield 4, ACIV, case in point.
we need unique creative quirky new ideas, not last years games with a shinier paint job!

bioshock infinite the perfect example!
bioshock was the half life of the generation, it introduced so many new things into the industry and into the genre.
it really did perfect every little aspect, from graphics, to gameplay, story, character development.
everything was perfect!
infinite came out and some how made everything that much better, besides the gameplay!
whats the difference between the gameplay of the original, and infinite?
bang, bang, plasmid, bang, bang.
seems pretty similar to me!
the one thing that needs changing and improvement, evolution, is the one thing that has stayed stagnant for years now!

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 11:11:09 AM

There is some truth in what you are saying. A developer need to have experimented a while on a platform, get to know it well, be real confident before they can fully let their creativity loose. And of course there will be games for the PS4 that essentially are more of the same with added gloss. It goes without saying.

But platforms do indeed hold anything back. Of course they do. They holds *everything* back when it comes to scale. And scale == room for creativity.

Sure, we could go on and be served beautiful little gems for the PS3 (or the PS2 for that matter) for ten more years, within the boundaries of that platform. But there are clear, almost physical limits that no game can cross. In order to cross those limits, we *need* new hardware. That is why there was a PS2 after the first PS. And why there now is a PS4 after the PS3.

And the PS4 is *not* just abut more gloss. Had the next PS just been a "PS3-2" I'd just been lukewarm about it all. Had the PS4 just been a matter of beefed up graphics, I'd not cared much.

Fact of the matter is that the PS4 will be able to offer *new* stuff. Not just PS3 games with more gloss, but content that simply were not possible on the PS3. *That's* what makes it so exciting, and that is why we need a new generation. To enable more creativity.

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 5:59:00 PM

The big thing you're missing here is AI, which still has a ways to go, and the current platforms _are_ holding back. There are some other things as well, but AI's the big 'un. Improved AI will help with immersion more than most people are giving it credit for (not surprisingly, many gamers focus on the shiny graphics, but they miss the impact that believable AI has on an experience).

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 8:52:00 AM

for me, it's not generation fatigue related to the hardware - it's generation fatigue due to the staleness of games - seems like more of the same is the norm, with a few notable exceptions

my hope is, with the advanced and easier to develop for PS4, that we see advanced gameplay mostly as it relates to AI and "living worlds" - I want to be more fully immersed in the game world, and not just with better graphics

i'm also happy to see the direction Sony seems to be taking as to Indie games, and where Mark Cern is trying to take the PS4. I'll show my support of their "pro-gamer" stance by purchasing a PS4 when it comes out - not due to hardware fatigue, but to express my support of fresh thinking

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 2:01:49 PM

I think it's the opposite: Most gamers would likely have no problem with letting this generation last a few more years. Don't forget the world economy is still in shambles and will take years to recover. So in the absence of anything compelling, most gamers aren't in any hurry to upgrade to new hardware.

I think the PS4 has made a lot of those people, who otherwise weren't really interested in next gen, suddenly start paying more attention to it. I mean, I still won't buy it until there's a version of Final Fantasy or Street Fighter for it, but I'm certainly more interested in the PS4 and its capabilities now than I ever was for the PS3.

If nothing else, viable Remote Play on the Vita is an absolute winner.

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