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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.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 launch, sony

11/14/2013 10:17:54 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (41 posts)

Knightzane
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:08:08 PM
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Good post Ben. Some people I know are worried their ps4's are going to be broken. People seem to forget everyone gets it fixed for free if it does due to the warranty. Whether it does or does not, the next gen is here and lets hope it ushers in a NEW style of video games.

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JohnnyKey
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 2:42:41 AM

You can also get the PlayStation protection plan for 60 bucks of the ps store if you are worried:). It adds 2 more years on top of the standard 1 year. It also covers accidental damage. Cant really go wrong.

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Highlightreel
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:13:22 PM
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Uh, Uncharted for PS4 babay! That will help! HOLY MOLY!!

Stay Classy PSX...

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JDC80
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:16:07 PM
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Alright after Christmas I'm putting my PS4 on layway.

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Tmllyjr
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:23:29 PM
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Stuff happens! Get over it! I was lucky enough to win my PS4 via Taco Bell and yes, I'm having to send it back. I'm still not that pissed. I get a free system and the Sony reps have been exceedingly polite and helpful. If some who actually HAS a broken isn't freaking out...what's all the hubbub about?

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telly
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 10:41:18 AM

Good attitude man, and while it may not be great comfort to you personally, it certainly appears that the issue with these pre-release consoles were VERY minor and isolated. I think it's safe to say PS4s aren't going to have an almost 100 percent fail rate unlike the *other* company's last console...

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The CEO
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 1:14:17 PM

Is it an HDMI problem. If so there is an easy fix. Go to Kotaku and search Good News About Our Once-Broken PS4. Watch the video too. Totillo was trying blindly to jam it in. There is a small piece of metal that Sony simply took a pen and straightened it out. Fixed. Totillo even broke the pins in 3 HDMI cables trying to see if it was a bad cables. Would be worth trying.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 5:09:36 PM

Problem with that is that it will void your warranty if u open up ur PS4.

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Temjin001
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:32:46 PM
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didn't realize there was all this PS4 backlash to begin with. I thought it held a lot more favor over the competition.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:37:03 PM

Haters never go away, they just wait.

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Temjin001
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:43:26 PM

PS3 was reviled ever since it's price was revealed. This PS4 launch feels nothing like the PS3 one.

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Beamboom
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 3:29:27 AM

I haven't seen much of this backlash either. I must hang out at different places than you guys.

Anyone got some links or examples to show me what we talk about here?

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telly
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 10:39:24 AM

My first thought as well -- who's freaking out? It was mildly concerning to see a potential issue with the HDMI port but it's clear that was nothing -- not exactly the PlayStation's equivalent to the RROD, is it?

Supply is decent (mine's on the way from Amazon!) the launch lineup is quite good for being a, well, launch lineup, developers are singing praises for the hardware, AMAZING games are coming out in the first six months of 2014 (Infamous! Ground Zeroes! Destiny!) and the best exclusive studios haven't even formally announced the true heavy hitters yet. What's not to like here?

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Temjin001
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 10:43:52 AM

must be amateur hour at N4G. I don't go there but I'm sure they're exaggerating stuff. They always do.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 10:52:04 AM

"Hang out in different places?"

What do you do, hide? The #1 story at N4G for a full 24 hours was the "broken PS4 systems" story from IGN. There were like 50k responses at IGN, too.

The second most popular story of the week has been Sony saying they're "disappointed" in the "low" review scores for PS4 launch games. That was the headline story at GameSpot for a fully day as well.

Where exactly do you hang out that you're immune to the hottest stories on the Internet?

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Temjin001
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 11:10:03 AM

lol N4G exactly

EDIT: really guys, never go there. no one should take anything being posted there as legitimate. It literally is desperate wanna be game journalists.

so really, it's only IGN that had a legitimate story.

articles that talk about Sony's own acknowledgement of the lesser review scores is not PS3-style thrashing. not even close.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 11:18:22 AM

Temjin, N4G only posts stories from sources. The two biggest stories I reference, which are wholly negative (the PS4 broken systems and Yoshida talking about the low review scores) came from IGN, Kotaku, GamesIndustry.biz, Joystiq and GameSpot.

And a great many other sources reported on the stories as well. N4G may have made them much more popular because that place is a hellhole of hate, but the 50k responses at IGN and the fact that GameSpot had Yoshida's comment on the low review scores as the top story for a full day...that's more than a little significant.

There's one inviolate truth that's very unfortunate in this industry: Negative headlines get 10x more attention than positive ones. And as I said in the article, we haven't learned.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 11:27:01 AM

That's true in every industry.

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telly
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 11:27:40 AM

I literally never go to N4G. Maybe that's why I honestly didn't know there was some sort of freakout? Kotaku I read regularly -- the only story that rings a bell was their PS4 review (in progress), where they noted that while it may be nothing, one of their pre-launch PS4s didn't work. They've since posted a second story on that where they note it was a minor HDMI cable issue that's since been fixed.

I honestly didn't notice that IGN story either, and I CERTAINLY stay away from the IGN comments. It's a demilitarized zone over there. I think it was you who said it best, Ben -- if you ever want to be ashamed to be a gamer, read the IGN comments. PS and Xbox fanboys are out of control over there. I couldn't care less what they have to say about anything.

The internet is full of hysteria, no question. I guess I'm just immune to it at this point. I've conditioned myself to stick to the facts.

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Beamboom
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 1:19:28 PM

Hmmm - ok Ben, if you define the articles about Sony themselves commenting on the review scores as "backlash" then it's just that we got entirely different definitions on what "backlash" is.

And, well, when two of the biggest gaming sites out there both experience hardware problems with a spanking new console that's on *everyones* radar now, it's a darn tough job to define that as anything else than pretty obvious gaming news.

But no, in the comments fields on the sites I read regularly (mainly european sites) I really do read just as much defence of these startup problems as I read slammering trailing these articles.
It's the typical un-nuanced either/or comments of course, but that's to be expected.

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Temjin001
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 2:35:58 PM

the overwhelming percentage of what N4G publishes are submitted from amateurs who host their own site. I know I've been apart of that. I've had my HOTTEST article. They're looking for quick hits to boost their own meager income and qualify themselves for receiving free games from publishers. citing N4G for anything is ridiculous in my book.

A story that points to legitimate evidence about a faulty HDMI port should be getting lots of hits, just as how Sony's soft scoring marque lineup of exclusives should be (strangely this story is absent from PSXe but Ben wasted no time in declaring Ghost's soft scores) It should be something being concerned over. No site have I seen is declaring GAME OVER for PS4, or acting as people did for the PS3. Not even close. The situations aren't alike as far as I'm concerned. I remember sites like Kotaku and Joystiq posting many OPINION articles about the PS3 situation. Inflammatory articles mocking Sony and the PS3. There's no way any gamer didn't know the PS3 held unfavorably with the majority.

So, sure, lots of hits for stories that need to be known. Not gonna argue that. But are we anywhere near the level of backlash as this article wants me to believe we are? Heck no. don't buy it for second.
EDIT: Heck I remember Gabe Newell saying how SOny should just abandon the PS3 and start over. This time with PS4? nothing but praise.
moving on =)




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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:36:39 PM
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Things will be fine, if Microsoft can survive letting millions and millions and millions of systems die for years then Sony can handle a launch bug situation.

The reaction reminds me of what happens in politics, people wait for one tiny thing to go wrong and then just launch a massive personal assault on a good man or woman.

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Balian Axel
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 11:50:29 PM
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Seems like the xbox users were just waiting for an opportunity to pounce. Why you ask? It's pretty well documented that the ps4 is a higher quality machine and in order to justify blind loyalty to m$ they need to feel superior. That being said, it's riduculous to be so short sighted as to think that launch titles or even launch week bugs are the deciding factor of whether or not a system will be sucessful for it ENTIRE lifetime. There will be a ton of updates, patches, and yes great games in the future. So I say let the chickens run around yelling about the sky falling. I will be one of the many, ( especially on this site, lots of levelheaded people here), sitting quietly in the corner laughing to myself while I enjo what will ultimately be the better console.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 12:14:33 AM
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Amazon just got more launch day consoles, I'm gonna bite the bullet and get the 2 year warranty.

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xenris
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 12:20:30 AM
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Probably some microsoft business hitman trying to sabatoge sony.

Honestly I don't understand where the hate for sony has been coming from this gen and apparently for the PS4.

Its obviously the better console, in power and in consumer freedom.

Also if it breaks it has a year warranty so whoo CARES!!!

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kraygen
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 12:43:02 AM
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Just read an article stating the ps4 doesn't support 3d movies, weird since Sony has been leading the 3d train.

I'm guessing they'll add it later, but at least I still have my ps3.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 9:14:44 AM

felt like they abandoned the whole 3D thing a year ago when they realized nobody cared.

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FAREEZ
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 1:05:09 AM
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Focusing to much on 1080 resolution heh?

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___________
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 2:20:38 AM
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thanks for proving why companies dont bother making reliable products anymore.

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slow and smart
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 5:05:43 AM
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It's just the xbox kids,they are so hurt that the ps4 is 100 less with a stronger and better game engine and the bad policies from xbox,they jump on every issue they can find,so it's no longer 10-0 it's now 10-1 i gues the kids stay hurt a very loooooooong time

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PlatformGamerNZ
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 5:06:03 AM
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yeah i thin we'll be fine and the games will be fine and we'll all be happy playing our ps4's

happy gaming =)

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RICHIECOQUI
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 9:50:09 AM
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The fanboi crap is always have and always will be the most childish shit ever! xbox vs playstation, iphone vs galaxy ETC

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Temjin001
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 10:33:04 AM
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http://kotaku.com/the-ps4-and-xbox-one-side-by-side-1464821627

lol oh man, had no idea the Xbox One was like a mammoth compared to the PS4.

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Beamboom
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 10:49:41 AM

oh *wow* how much better the PS4 looks. I mean, seriously.

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slow and smart
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 11:16:27 AM

Not only better from the inside,but also from the outside

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 11:28:09 AM

The original Xbox was a colossus too, back to their roots. Or they are trying to avoid overheating.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 5:26:48 PM

M$ had to put the warning label right in the front to remind people that the system will immediately bound to have problems, lol.. But seriously, the best place to put the label would be the bottom/side or back.

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Darwin1967
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 12:26:12 PM
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I can only begin to imagine the field day they may have with Microsoft. I truly believe that's where the failure rate story will land....you can't design a system top to bottom, then in the last couple of months completely re-configure it and not expect a bugged out buggy system. I've got my popcorn ready for that little launch fest!

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Bio
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 1:47:03 PM
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Gamespot's top story right now is that people should enjoy the PS4 launch because it's not any worse than previous ones and has a breadth of games. IGN's top PS stories right now are about PSN having trouble because so many people are buying the console and trying to log on, and an editorial about how impressed they are with the PS4 hardware and experience overall.

WHEN WILL THE NEGATIVITY END?

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ulsterscot
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 6:05:16 PM
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My wife thought it would be real funny to tell me the local news was reporting big shortages and that if i left it until the morning my pre order might be sold ( i knew she was just trying to piss me off - but i got paranoid anyway) so I went and got it after midnight.

No issues with set up what so ever. Played some KZ Shadowfall - beautiful magnificent game - any negative reviews are obviously from xbots.

My COD Ghosts and BF4 digital upgrades downloaded no problems and were ready for me this morning. Totally worth taking the day off work - this machine is freakin awesome.

I read some people had problems - sorry to hear it - but this machine has impressed the hell out of me so far.

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slow and smart
Saturday, November 16, 2013 @ 1:16:34 PM
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@ulsterscot:Good to hear this,i had problems with my ps3 when it was released some 7 years ago,with a new gen release this can happen,so good luck and enjoy,
ps4 the sky is the limit

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