The Monday Inbox is frustrated that the PS5 is still out of stock in 2022, as a reader approves of Sony’s attitude to Days Gone.
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The longest generation
I have been pondering of late whether the current iteration of Microsoft and Sony’s consoles will be their longest running generation ever. The semiconductor shortages and the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on production, distribution, and game development.
This means that the majority of gamers are still gaming on last generation machines, given the drip feed of current generation console availability. Given the incremental advances in graphical fidelity from previous iterations of their consoles, I think most people are happy to wait it out with regards to securing the latest models.
Game developers, I’m sure, are very aware of the installed userbase of any given system and I’m assuming that they are designed primarily to run on last generation hardware with optimisation for the current ones. They exist to make a profit after all, and developing a project exclusively for a market that is currently niche, so to speak, is not good for business.
I do admire Nintendo’s ethic of doing their own thing, concentrating on the games, not graphics and bells and whistles, and letting the other two major players slug it out against each other whilst they quietly make major bank gains.
Anyways, back to my initial opening thought; I think that it will take longer than usual to garner the userbase that influences the lifespan of a console generation. Resulting in a situation of delaying the next generation until there are enough bums on seats for the current.
Point by point
Read the Reader’s Feature from @SnapBlastPlay and can’t help but feel that there are reasonably sized holes in his argument.
Scalping is all about supply and demand. If the demand for a console is low nobody would try and stockpile it and sell it at a higher price. Therefore, the demand for the PlayStation 5 is clearly there. I’m not even sure where this figure of 25% of consoles being sat on a shelf came from or how that has been validated.
The console isn’t great
The DualSense and Wii remote are apparently just ‘gimmicky.’ Well, the Wii was one of the best-selling consoles of all time and a primary reason for that was the controller, with accessibility to gaming shook up by the change in controller.
Even Xbox’s Phil Spence congratulated Sony on the DualSense and has indicated that they may look to bring out a similar product.
Both consoles are big and cumbersome. One looks like a router, the other looks like a fridge. So what? Do they work well? Yes, both do.
Cost, games, and future-proof
All of the points raised under these headings were known to potential customers in advance of the consoles’ release and still Sony are still well ahead on sales.
To call the PlayStation 5 ‘weak hardware’ is disingenuous at best and plain wrong at worst. And who wants to add memory to a console? If you’re going to go down that route, just buy a PC!
The tide can change, obviously, but the points made in the feature to me are well wide of the mark.
Best wishes all!
Right, first things first, I am primarily an Xbox/PC gamer and I am getting so tired of this PlayStation 5 is doomed narrative in Reader’s Features.
I get that with a new business model and a rejuvenated Microsoft Sony are no longer dominating the way they did last generation, but it’s getting silly and to the point where GC are having to correct inaccuracies in features.
If you’re really disappointed with your PlayStation 5 why not write in and detail what you’d like to see them do differently, rather than rehash comments from umpteen ‘PS5 iz Doomed’ articles.
We may be at the start of the first generation where every format does exceptionally well, that’s far more exciting to me than reading about why your personal quibbles means the end to gaming as we know it.
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Out of stock
I have just been reading the article about the PlayStation 5 not being available at major stores until late January, as I am desperately trying to get hold of a PlayStation 5 for my grandson. I am disappointed that retailers are insisting on selling PlayStation 5 consoles as bundles, which not only pushes the price out of most people’s price range, it also means that you are paying for games or hardware that you don’t want.
I am certainly not going to pay over £200 extra from sellers on eBay, that are charging way over the RRP, and worse still the majority of these units are auctions and I can’t believe people are actually bidding at such high prices! Those buying at these prices are giving the scalpers a reason to continue buying up all the stock and making matters worse.
It is disappointing to read that the shortages will continue, as I did think the situation would improve after Christmas but your article suggests the shortage of stock is not going to improve until 2023! I have tried to use various stock tracking services such as the one you mentioned on Twitter without success and cannot fathom how to even setup others I have seen on Discord!
I have signed up with a website called Stock Checkers and did get some alerts for AO yesterday but I was too slow and to be honest they were selling bundles again, albeit far cheaper than the ones listed in your article from The Game Collection at £800!
I live in hope that the situation will improve sooner than later, so that I can eventually get a PlayStation 5 for my grandson and he can choose the games and extras he wants to buy without being forced into a bundle.
GC: The situation is likely to improve this year, it just probably won’t get to a point where you can buy a console whenever you want.
Nothing for something
Imagine Konami announcing a Castlevania celebration. A momentous occasion they commemorate by releasing 10,000 numbered sets of postcards.
These would feature artwork from development, screenshots, box, and pixel art.
Perhaps 15 in total. These could be presented in a deep red, embossed, and beautifully emblazoned box which could fit through a standard letterbox.
A lovingly crafted item that truly is worth collecting. Perhaps auction off the first 10 and add something exclusive to them.
But no. We now live in a world where publishers can sell nothing, for something and all those on the train pretend they have value.
I continue to be utterly flabbergasted by how easy we are making it for more and more companies to sell nothing for stupendous amounts of money.
A despondent Matt
I was reading the comments from Jeff Ross, the former Days Gone director, about how Sony Bend were made to feel like Days Gone was a failure, despite selling roughly the same number of copies as Ghost Of Tsushima… and I have to say I was delighted to read it.
Not for Jeff and his team on a personal level, who obviously love the game and put a lot of passion into its development (I played it and mostly enjoyed it. But I was delighted to read that because it shows, despite it being a sales success, that that alone isn’t good enough for Sony to consider their first party games successful.
I like it because it means Sony’s focus is game quality (or prestige, as it was put in a letter on Friday) instead of sales, which is possibly why their first party line-up is so excellent in comparison to big third party publishers.
If that attitude was replicated by the likes of Ubisoft and Square Enix, who are currently chasing the NFT market, or by EA and 2K and their insistence on ruining their sports games by begging for microtransactions on every other screen, games would be far better for it.
Get your coat
Up until now I’ve done most of my gaming at 1080p or lower. Now that we’re in 2022 and I’ve managed to get a next gen console I’ll be bumping that up to 4K.
It’s my new year resolution!
Your reader’s may be relieved to know I WON’T be here all week.
Mario Kart: The Movie
After reading your article on those Mario Kart 9 development rumours. It got me thinking and I came to the conclusion that Nintendo would do well to consider saving the next real Mario Kart instalment, if it is indeed Mario Kart 9, for their next console release. It could be as simple as that, it certainly would make a strong day one console release title.
This is Nintendo we’re talking about though, so we know it’s not going to be that straightforward. What interested me though was the ‘Mario Kart with a twist’ comment that was used.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is definitely considered Mario Kart with a twist but as much fun as it was, I can’t see Nintendo making another instalment anytime soon.
I believe it’s quite feasible that the new Super Mario film may feature a nod to the Mario Kart games in an effort to inject some high octane scenes and keep fans happy. The film is not out till the end of the year, giving Nintendo enough time to drum up the hype with an accompanying game. We’re still not sure what Mario is going to look like or what other characters old or new might feature.
So I believe that might be the so-called twist that was mentioned, plus it’s more of a side project (like Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit) than a direct sequel. As Mario Kart 8 has done so well on the Switch, it would just be a waste to bring a straight sequel to muddy the waters. I know that sounds a little contradictory having three different styles of Mario Kart on the same console.
Still, I believe most people are aware of which Mario Kart takes the throne in the franchise and as long as it’s marketed towards the film, I think it will do no harm to the franchise or the movie.
Are NFTs and crypto coins the reason why my electricity bill has shot up?
GC: They’re certainly the reason why high-end PC graphics cards are so scarce.
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This week’s Hot Topic
For the first Hot Topic of the year there’s only one obvious question to ask: what upcoming new game are you most looking forward to?
The official release schedules for the year are already looking busy, particularly in the first half, but try and make sure that whatever games you talk about are either currently promised for 2022 or have a good chance of being released in the next 12 months.
Try to explain why you’re looking forward to the games so much and why you feel confident in their quality. Do you think 2022 will be a good year for video games and what are you looking forward to that isn’t just a new game release?
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