“Will a PS4 reveal overshadow upcoming PS3 exclusives?” I’ve seen this question at least a dozen times over the past three days. The answer is – no — the PS4 announcement won’t hurt God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Beyond: Two Souls. Here are a few reasons why these games won’t go ignored.
First off, PS3 won’t burst in to flames as soon as the PS4 is revealed. Sony just killed the PS2; a console that came out in the year 2000. The PS3 isn’t going anywhere and gamers are still looking forward to its upcoming games.
Most of these games are coming out before the PS4 goes on sale. So they won’t be in direct competition with its launch line-up. Also we need something to play while we wait; gamers aren’t going to go into a cryo-chamber until November. We would if we could, but this isn’t a sci-fi novel.
There’s also a good chance that all of those PS3 games will work with the PS4. Who am I kidding – the system will be fully backwards compatible. It may be reserved for the higher end model, but this will be one of the first things announced on February 20th. Then Sony could say, “Don’t be afraid to buy our upcoming PS3 games – they’ll work on the PS4 too. Trophies and all!”
Sure, it’ll be phased out eventually. But it’ll be available for a few years because Sony wants PS3 owners to upgrade. And full backwards compatibility is the easiest way to accomplish this goal.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think the PS4’s launch line-up will blow PS3 games out of the water. We won’t see what the console is truly capable of until around 2015-16. Just look at early PS3 games and then look at Uncharted 2 – it’s night and day. The Last of Us should look fine next to early PS4 games.
And who knows, the PS4 could enhance certain PS3 games. On PC graphics are scalable. The PS3 exclusives coming out this year could have graphic settings that will allow PS4 gamers to crank up the effects. I’ll admit that this is unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
2013’s PS3 line-up has nothing to worry about; they’ll do fine. Now, The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and Agent will be dead on arrival. I’m kidding – these games have to arrive first, and that isn’t going to happen.