Is The PS4 The PS2 Of This Generation?

The PS4 is the PS2 reborn- inasmuch as any console can be the PS2 reborn.

Posted By | On 11th, Feb. 2017 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Something extremely interesting has been happening this generation. The PS4 has been establishing utter dominance over the market, selling at a record breaking pace, even as the competition struggles to keep up. With gamers all around the world flocking to it, the PS4 is also seeing a glut of third party support from developers around the world. Third party developers, whether European, American, or Japanese, are choosing to support the PS4, and increasingly, support it exclusively (at least as far as consoles go).

The PS4’s ease of development and third party friendly policies are seeing smaller, independent game developers flock to it. As the PS4 continues to sell and do well, it is even seeing a sort of mini resurgence of mid tier games, with its install base now finally providing the kind of stability in numbers needed to support mid tier game development again.

In the process, the PS4 is establishing a highly varied games library, and we are possibly seeing in the making a new age PS2, which similarly commanded an almost de facto monopoly when it came to console game development. Most ingredients for the PS4’s success have been in place for a while – indeed, western and indie third party support has been synonymous with the PS4 ever since its launch, and the console has sold at a record breaking pace ever since it first released – but some final pieces of the puzzle only now fell into place. Consider, for example, Japanese game support- the PS4, since launch, has seen some scattered third party games from Japanese companies, but these last few months have been absolutely crazy.

Since November, the PS4 has seen Final Fantasy 15, The Last Guardian, Gravity Rush 2, Tales of Berseria, Yakuza 0, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8, Resident Evil 7 (multiplatform), and Nioh, with Nier Automata, Persona 5, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom, Tekken 7, Ace Combat 7, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Valkyria Revolution, Dragon Quest 11, and Gran Turismo Sport all slated to launch for it in the coming months. The big deal? A lot, if not most, of these games are actually exclusive to the PS4.

This is Japan putting forward its best foot in years, at least its best foot since the heyday of the PS2 began to wind down. The best games of this year so far have all been Japanese, and most of them have been enabled simply by the PS4’s existence.

 

"The PS4 is establishing a highly varied games library, and we are possibly seeing in the making a new age PS2, which similarly commanded an almost de facto monopoly when it came to console game development."

Japanese games are only one of the many pieces I was talking about, however- consider mid tier gaming, now finally seeing a sort of minor resurgence with the PS4. We are seeing games like Farming Simulator, The Surge, Ride, Styx, Toukiden, Sniper Elite, RIME, and Vampyr, among others, as mid tier games, all returning to getting full fledged retail releases on consoles again. This is a far cry from the heyday of the mid tier game during the PS2 era (and earlier), but we are seeing some signs of life here again, as mid tier games seem to be reaching an equilibrium of profitability once more.

The end result of all of this is that the PS4 now stands as the ultimate dedicated gaming system for this generation. There is no type of gamer, no genre of game, no size of title, that is not well served on the PS4. No matter what kind of game you like, you will find it on the PS4- and in so many cases, you will only find it on the PS4. Indeed, as far as consoles go, the PS4’s lead in terms of exclusives over the competition is mountainous, and it continues to grow with each passing week. As Japan finds its stride again, and chooses to support the PS4 (what with it being the only viable system for them to support), as indie game developers go with PS4 due to its ease of development, larger install base, and Sony’s developer friendly policies, the PS4’s library continues to swell and grow- and the install base continues to grow with it.

"Not only did it have the bulk of the games that were available on the Xbox or GameCube, including some of their best games, but it had almost twice as many games all of its own, from around the world, across all genres and tiers of games. No matter what kind of gamer you were, you were probably going to be very well served, even best served, with PS2, if for the sheer quantity of titles it had in each genre."

This is, indeed, the kind of dominance the PS2 saw in its day. Sure, a lot of its biggest hits were shared – Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, Burnout, Resident Evil, SoulCalibur, Need for Speed, Prince of Persia – and for hardcore western games, you went with Xbox, while for Nintendo games and quirky Japanese support, you picked GameCube. But unless you were a hardcore fan of Nintendo, or of formerly PC only developers who had flocked to the Xbox en masse as soon as it had released, the PS2 had you covered. Not only did it have the bulk of the games that were available on the Xbox or GameCube, including some of their best games, but it had almost twice as many games all of its own, from around the world, across all genres and tiers of games.

No matter what kind of gamer you were, you were probably going to be very well served, even best served, with PS2, if for the sheer quantity of titles it had in each genre. Sure, Halo was a better FPS than anything on the PS2, and no PS2 action adventure game came close to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker–  but on PS2, you’d get two dozen great shooters, and two dozen great action adventure games. Why limit yourself to just one of each?

And that’s the case with PS4 today- its library is so massive, and so well rounded, that at this point, there is no reason for a fan of any kind of game to not pick the PS4, at least at first. Sure, the PS4 might not have a racer as good as Forza, or a platformer as good as Mario, but it has a lot of racers and a lot of platformers that fans of those genres should appreciate. On Xbox One and Wii U, they would ultimately be stuck with far more limited offerings, and only within some genres.

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"And that’s the case with PS4 today- its library is so massive, and so well rounded, that at this point, there is no reason for a fan of any kind of game to not pick the PS4, at least at first."

Of course, some things are different between the PS2 and the PS4- the PS2 commanded an enormous amount of true exclusives, games that were released only for it and no other system- not the PS1, not any handheld, not the PC, and certainly not the Xbox or GameCube. The PS4, in contrast, shares a lot of its ‘exclusives’ with PC, PS3, PS Vita, or 3DS. While it does have quite a few ‘true’ exclusives too, more of its exclusives are ‘console exclusives’ than ‘true’ exclusives. And of course, that is a reflection of the kind of market that we are in today- with game development more expensive than ever before, supporting just one platform, no matter how successful, is extremely risky for most games, unless there are specific demographic considerations.

With porting being as easy and cheap as it is these days, for most games, it simply does not make sense to restrict themselves to just one platform. Just in case the game fails, your bets are hedged by simply having a larger audience to sell to, and therefore more volume of game sales too.

The fact, then, that the PS4 still has as many exclusives as it does, and that it still gets so many games that neither the Xbox One nor the Wii U get, is a testament to its utter, sheer dominance. In as much as something like this can happen in the context of the present gaming market and its conditions, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the PS4 is the PS2 of the “modern day”.

Long may it reign.

Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, GamingBolt as an organization.


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  • greatnessIsaLIE

    Not enough great exclusives or games to make it the new ps2.
    I loved my ps2 and Xbox but soon far both haven’t released any real amazing games that might get a remaster in 10 years. Once Sony started to focus on having the best hardware and graphics it lost what made the ps2 special. The games. I’ll give it to ps4 and say that it does have great variety,but looking at the sale charts it looks like most people don’t want to play that Japanese junk. I am excited about Berserk, gt7, and a couple of other games, but I doubt they’ll be ground breaking and life changing.

    • Ultimate Gattai

      I brought it for the Japanese games, but it’s picking up a wide variety of games the other two consoles don’t have or it has the multi-plats to make up for it. I can’t see much reason to buy an xbox (it’s game lineup is starting to get really anemic now). But I may get the switch depending on how it pans out for Nintendo, I don’t want to buy it if it turns out like the WiiU.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      I don’t like most of the exclusives from Sony so far. Especially the Japanese ones. I play multiplats on xblive since it’s faster than psn. I also have 15gb worth of games so the xb1 is the only console that will allows that many installed games.
      The wii u is a great console with much better exclusives than the ps4.
      I know you said you like the Japanese games but you’re in a small crowd.
      In fact only one ps4 exclusive has even made it to the top ten best sellers list.

      The best selling game on ps4 so far this year is ironically an old XB1 exclusive.

    • Mohammed Allha

      What do you mean by the best selling game on ps4 is an x1 exclusive!?!?

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      Ark survival evolved came to xb1 in 2015 and it just came to ps4 and ps4 pro. It was only on xb1 and pc for over a year.
      Ark is the best selling ps4 game this year.

      So those people, who kept saying “what games?,” are now playing one of those games.lol on top of that it the most popular game on ps4 so far this year. Haha

      Not going to lie though Ark does look great on my pspro.
      It performs way better than the of ps4 and xb1.

    • Mohammed Allha

      I thought the best selling game last year was uncharted 4 or gta I never heard of this ark game

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      Ark is a beast of of my favorite survival games of this generation. Warning though it’s not for everyone some people hate this type of game.

      Yes technically there are something like 8 million uncharted copies but less than half were sold individually so it cant reach the top 5 in total sales. Black ops3 sold like double that so it takes the crown last year.
      Uncharted 4 in my opinion flopped when you look at the 45 million install base. Halo 5 were considered a flop but still outsold u4 with a 12 million install base. I did like them both equally. Not my favorite but both solid.
      Ark was the best selling game on ps4 in January 2017. It would’ve sold more but it’s only digital. It’s one of the best games on ps4 right now.
      The reason you never heard of it is because it was on Xbox only for a year and Sony fan boys play xb1 games down.
      Now that it’s on ps4 it’s amazing.lol

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      A lot of Internet journalist don’t do it for a living. A lot are fan boys that play down certain platforms. It’s why people think that Xbox doesn’t have games, but in reality it’s the best gaming console platform of all time.
      I’ve been banned from websites for saying this but I’ll tell you the truth.
      Remember that my Xbox 1 is not modded, and is 100percent legal. The reason I say it the best isn’t because it has better games than the ps2,but it’s becoming an open platform.
      I can play xb1, 360, ps1,n64,snes,gba,nes,Sega Gen and master games. Those are thousands of games that you can’t play on a ps4 that isn’t modded. I’m a game collector so every game I play on my xb1 I own it . I love my old school games. I love that I can play super Mario all stars then jump to super Mario 64 then to Driver then to a four player royal rumble on wrestle mania 2000 all on the same console.
      The xb1 is a win10 device so it gets its share of emulators.
      I do own all those consoles but it’s easier to just play on my xb1 in HD and with an xb1 controller.
      Don’t get me wrong I put over 100 hours on my ps4 pro last month so I play on there as well .I’m not a fan boy I’m just a gamer.

    • Mark

      Good point

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      I swear every ps1 game, that I owned and played, changed my life.lol jk No but I still remember those times I had and still play them from time to time. I love my ps1 and ps2 they bring me more fun today than the newer consoles.lol I just beat driver a couple of nights ago. It’s has some lag input and frame rates are bad,but I still had a blast once I got used to the game. I’ve also been trying to get all the stars in super Mario 64 on my xb1. I’m up to 95. I never finished that game I think the most I had was like 120 and some of my friends had a few more.

    • Mark

      To me the PS1 was the best gaming system ever, in terms of games. It’s really because Sony locked up all the best 3rd party devs for exclusives tho. I get it. But that console was a dream come true for games. Tekken, Resident Evil, FF7? Uggh, forget about it. But the 360 was probably my best system in terms of pure hardware capability; 4 controller ports, boxed in hard drive, broadband ethernet port, and entertainment apps that took console gaming to the great all around multi-use systems we have today. I became a hardcore COD head then, due to the broadband support, and now I’m a huge multiplayer guy. Of course I love single player too but the 360, dam the memories. I will say tho, that broadband gaming destroyed the Arcade, and its amazing atmosphere. I kinda wish we could go back…atleast for some time. Anyway I’m rambling, I gotta do this homework. But I agree the PS4 isn’t the PS2 imo, especially considering Japanese devs were dominant then….not so now.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      I miss the arcades. All of my favorite childhood arcades were shut down.

  • Dougdec92

    Long may it reign

  • Holeybartender

    PS4 is dominating but with a few factors that did not happen in the PS2 heyday.

    1. Sony had a better lead time to release more games than other consoles,PS4 released at along with them.

    2. We were less informed about release dates, game development progress,etc. You only had one true source of game information,Gaming magazines you only got once a month.

    3.Xbox was a newcomer and was perceived as inferior even with better specs. It didn’t matter how better looking the games were than PS2.

    Microsoft’s claim at the start of this generation was that they “knew what gamers want” when in reality it was Sony that knew what gamers wanted and that was more games. Sony used PS2 success as their guide for this generation and it paid off.

  • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

    Generation was won years ago, now they’re just showing off.

    Just keep Kinect dancing to your boy band games Xbox fans like you just don’t care.
    1080p TV TV TV first! ………………….then…………………..sort of games at 720p-900p

  • Ever since Xbox’s “We care more about TV than games” E3 most of us knew PS4 would be the winner. Microsoft just doesn’t care about gamers like Sony does. PS4’s success is true. Some will never believe it. I feel sorry for those people. lol

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      Least they got their TV features in full 1080p haha.
      So true,
      Microsoft “for the watchers”, Sony “for the gamers”

    • Mark

      Lol. “For the watchers”

  • Sulaiman AL-BaKr

    Who’s knows maybe.

  • Note5

    I called this since Feb 20 2014.
    PS2 x 2 = PS4

  • Note5

    Fact:
    Mobile Gaming helped PS4 succeed exponentially instead of killing it
    Gp figure it out …Gamingbolt

  • Note5

    PlayStation Principle:
    Third Party First, First Party Follows
    That is the formula of success

    The exact opposite of Nintendo and Xbox
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