They Love It Now, But Will Devs Love The PS4 In Five Years?
Okay, bear with me through this train of thought. I can only hope it's not a runaway.
Let's see if we can break it down into a simple, somewhat logical progression of events:
We've heard many developers, both first-party and third-party, say how much they love the PlayStation 4 hardware. The highly positive, immensely encouraging feedback must be very rewarding for Sony, because it's clear that they worked hard to produce a console that will be developer-friendly. This is in stark contrast to their usual approach, which is- produce a cutting-edge system that initially baffles developers; devs learn slowly, better-looking games continue to arrive; in the end, late-gen titles look much better than early titles for the same system.
However, although developers did get what they wanted, is there an obvious downside? The system isn't as forbidding, but does that not imply it doesn't have the same growth potential? "Hidden power" became a punch line, but it was always idiotic to laugh about it, because the graphical progression in every PlayStation generation was very, very significant. Hence, that "hidden power" was a very real thing; to this day, there are developers that say they didn't get everything out of the PS2. So, what if they get 90% out of the PS4 (or something like that) right off the bat?
Sure, good news for instant gratification purposes. But what happens in five years time when those same developers are suddenly bored with that hardware? Then what? Will they demand another piece of hardware? Game makers have been calling for a new Xbox for at least two years now, and that ties into my theory. The 360 was much more accessible when it launched but inevitably, there wasn't much left to tap into after four or five years. The PS3, on the other hand...well, as good as Resistance: Fall of Man was, look at the rest of that launch lineup and then look at The Last Of Us. See what I mean? Now, we can't possibly see this sort of progression with the PS4, can we? It doesn't seem like a logical assumption to make.
We can't, if developers are oh so familiar and comfortable before the system even arrives. So, what will the reaction be some years down the road...? And as a result, what will gamers see?
8/18/2013 9:58:14 PM Ben Dutka