Okay, PS4 Reactionaries, Time To Take A Deep Breath
Everyone just needs to calm down and breathe deeply. Has history taught us nothing?
I distinctly recall the PlayStation 3 launch. In direct comparison to the PS4, the arrival of the PS3 in 2006 was abysmal. Availability was almost nil, the PlayStation Network was still in its infancy stage, and the launch lineup was less than impressive. Oh, and don't forget that the top 60GB model retailed for $600.
The headlines predicted doom and gloom. "PlayStation is dead!" "PS3 won't make it past 2007!" Day in and day out for the first six months of that system's lifespan, we saw nothing but highly negative articles from all corners of the globe. Forums and communities were jammed with thousands upon thousands of gamers bashing the PS3 and Sony, laughing that it was "over." Seven years later, the PS3 hits 80 million sold worldwide, equaling or even surpassing the Xbox 360. Microsoft took eight years to hit that number; Sony's "doomed" PS3 did it less than seven.
Now, even with a far rosier launch in most all respects, the PlayStation 4 has somehow earned the same sort of knee-jerk reactions. Lower-than-anticipated review scores and a report attacking the new console's reliability have fueled the backlash. It doesn't really matter that most critics in the world haven't yet weighed in on the games, nor does it matter that Sony says the reported issues affect only .4% of the shipped units. Evidently, the damage has been done, or so the naysayers believe.
Could we just take a moment and be logical? Look at history and look at the current situation. In truth, given the ridiculously positive build-up to the PS4 throughout 2013, there was almost no chance the actual launch would meet expectations. All it would take is a single negative headline and the world would explode. Now that that's happened, however, it's time to take a step back and avoid being as foolish as we've been in the past.
Just calm...the hell...down. Thanks.
11/14/2013 10:17:54 PM Ben Dutka