PlayStation Experience 2016 Reinforces That Sony’s First Party Support For PS4 Is Exemplary

Sony’s first party lineup is truly impressive.

Posted By | On 03rd, Dec. 2016 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Sony just concluded a hell of a PlayStation Experience 2016 keynote – I actually want to say this was the very best one yet – and as we come away from it trying to process the sheer volume of announcements and demonstrations, I think there is one thing that all of us can agree on, whether or not we are PlayStation fans- Sony’s first party support for the PS4 is truly exemplary.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that Sony has the best first party in the world – when they are able to sell an entire system on the basis of nothing but their own games, then I might be willing to concede that point – but I do think that their first party lineup is great nonetheless, and especially for the PS4. Three yeas have gone by since the PS4 launched, and Sony have arguably only launched four games on the system that were truly of note – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Ratchet and Clank, Bloodborne, and inFamous: Second Son. So far, they have slacked, and basically given us one genuinely good game a year. However, the upcoming lineup for the console, especially in the wake of the just concluded PlayStation Experience keynote, looks incredible, and even if a lot of it ultimately does not stick, it demonstrates just how great Sony’s first party has truly become.

We have another new Uncharted in the form of The Lost Legacy, which is a standalone expansion for Uncharted 4; there are God of WarDreams, Spider-Man, and Detroit: Become Human, none of which sadly got a berth at the PlayStation Experience today. There is Days Gone, the intriguing open world post apocalyptic action game by Sony Bend; and let’s not forget about all the Sony games that were showcased at the PSX keynote today, including Horizon: Zero Dawn, Knack 2, The Last Guardian, Gravity Rush 2, Patapon, LocoRoco, Parappa the Rapper, Gran Turismo: Sport, Wipeout Omega, and of course, the show stopping The Last of Us Part 2.

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"The upcoming lineup for the console, especially in the wake of the just concluded PlayStation Experience keynote, looks incredible, and even if a lot of it ultimately does not stick, it demonstrates just how great Sony’s first party has truly become."

That right there is an incredible lineup- the games are varied, across different settings and genres, pushing different play styles, and targeting different demographics. There is no kind of gamer that wouldn’t be serviced by what Sony have in the works for the PS4, in combination with what already is out on the system. New installments in long running, blockbuster franchises, revivals of older, smaller franchises, new IP, experimental games, Japanese games, western games, that list has it all. Indeed, as far as first party support goes, Sony are lapping Microsoft several times over this generation, even with the latter making a concerted effort to shore up their own first party offerings.

If there are any complaints about Sony’s first party offerings – and there are some, all right – then they have more to do with Sony’s inability to actually get their games out when they promise them. It’s actually become a running joke, but no major Sony title for the PS4 so far has actually managed to release when it was promised to release- inFamous, DriveClub, The Order, Bloodborne, Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport, and The Last Guardian have all received delays, and there is no guarantee that this long list of great looking titles that we have been discussing so far won’t be similarly delayed too. This tempers my excitement a bit- I want to get excited for the new God of War and the new The Last of Us (and believe me, I truly am), but is there any point in getting restless with anticipation if the games aren’t going to be out until 2018 or 2019 at the earliest, even if Sony promise otherwise?

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"If you have bought a PS4, at least, then you can be assured that Sony intends to support your purchase whole heartily- with all the might of one of the best, most truly impressive first party lineups that there is."

The other thing I do want to point out is that, as frightening as Sony’s first party support is, it is sadly all concentrated on the PS4. The PS Vita having been abandoned and left to die a premature death, its suffering prolonged by independent game developers and Japanese companies who refuse to let it go for some reason, is a running joke- but I was also surprised to see how little there was for the just launched PlayStation VR at the PlayStation Experience. I honestly expected Sony to spend some more time on their just launched $400 VR headset, maybe announce some flagship games for it- instead, they seem content to throw some ‘experiences’ at it, or smaller, indie games, with nothing on the system either justifying the purchase, or compelling others to invest it in. This is actually in line with a fear I had about the headset that I expressed earlier this year- Sony have been known to just leave their secondary and tertiary products out to die (remember the PSP? PS Move? PS Eyetoy? PS Vita?)- and it bums me out that with such a massive and impressive lineup of games and studios, they can’t spread out the love among all their systems equally. It is something that I feel Sony need to be called out on more.

But if you are a PS4 owner, then you have very little reason to complain- sure, Sony always delay their games, but the games do release, and when they do, they are almost always worth the wait. There is a frightening amount of stuff in the works for the PS4 at this very moment, and while it may come later than you expect, it will be incredible and possibly generation defining when it does finally all release. If you have bought a PS4, at least, then you can be assured that Sony intends to support your purchase whole heartily- with all the might of one of the best, most truly impressive first party lineups that there is.

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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  • Hvd

    it was a shi* show for the 3rd year in a row.just give it up sony.

    • Dougdec92

      I would choose god of war, uncharted and the last of us over any Xbox game any day bro, except halo…which reminds me o starship troopers

    • Hvd

      have fun waiting for 10years for those games..i actually would rather play games on a console then wait…lmao

      the delay station where delays,remasters and indies await…lmao

    • BelAirBoss

      LOL…Sony releases more games, and they are more highly rated, than Microsoft does….every. Single. Year. Good luck with your delusions. Come with stats and facts, or walk in shame back to your mama’s house, son.

    • kma99

      Sony has released 5 or so first party games on 3 years. Cut the crap

    • BelAirBoss

      I guess it is true. Some folks can be as dumb as they look. Your mama must be proud. Give her teet a pull for me while you’re at it. Poor thing,

    • kma99

      Lol you bitter @$$ sony drones lol. You all have been tap dancing in thr rain over 9 remastered games and KNACK. Lol now tell us who really looks dumb? You in fanboy mode or sony hooking up microphone to the employee’s they shuttled to the psx lol.

    • Aenea

      Okay, number of first party games:

      Retail games: PS4 – X1: 23 – 20
      Digital download: 35 – 12
      Upcoming: 20 – 7

      And if you look at the number of non first party exclusives it will only make things worse for your fave brand….

      So, why don’t you cut the crap, hmm?

      -> http://gematsu.com/exclusives/ps4
      -> http://gematsu.com/exclusives/xbox-one

    • kma99

      Lol lik i said before. Sony FIRST PARTY STUDIOS. dont come here and list all those third party developers indie crap. Try to keep up next time before you bring out those famous sony fanboy list lol.

    • Aenea

      Haha, you might need to keep up, all those games are published by Sony, and the 23 to 20 is from non-Indie retail games…

      That list is made by an independent website, nothing fanboyish to it. But hey, keep believing your own drivel so you can sleep better at night clutching the handful of games that came out for the X1!

    • LifeOnMars

      Enjoy your years wait for the Vapourware AKA Scorpio then another few years wait for some games to go with it. Xbox has no games.
      Microsoft look to be in big big trouble for the next 12 months and maybe for years after.

    • Hvd

      enjoy your remasters delays and indies thats all thats on the delay station…lmao

      lets see
      the order 1 year later bloodborne then another year later uncharted 4.
      1 AAA exclusive each year???….lmao at that rate the ps5 will be out and you will only have 2 exclusives until then…lmao.

      the delay station where delays remasters and indies await…lmao

    • LifeOnMars

      Where are the Xbox games ?

    • Hvd

      been released already 4 exclusives this year alone.have fun waiting for your delays.

    • LifeOnMars

      Please remind me what they are, they must have missed them

    • Hvd

      goggle them for your self i dont have time for your stupidity.

    • LifeOnMars

      Belive me I have realy tried but I can’t find any

    • Hvd

      that shows how dumb your are its not that hard to goggle it.peace

    • LifeOnMars

      I found a few, but I would not call the AAA exclusives, and the mutlplatform ones are sooo much beter on the std PS4.

    • Aenea

      4 exclusives in one entire year! Holy moly that’s amazeballs! /s

      Exclusives for the PS4 are in the double digits for the past 2 months alone!

      And yes, I do count console exclusives, you do too, I also count all the PSVR games that are only playable on a PS4 with PSVR…

    • Dougdec92

      With these Sony killer exclusives , Phil should be smart like when in 2015 he chickened out and had to steal tomb raider from the general public just to counter uncharted 4, with uncharted dlc, tlou2, days gone and the one and only god of war,I think Phil will be better off hooking unto red dead redemption 2 and the first 10hrs of mass effect andromeda

    • LifeOnMars

      The green eyed monster rears it’s ugly head.

    • Riggybro

      They can’t give up and let down their (by the beginning of 2017) 50 million fans.

      On the other hand of the three lower selling devices the Wii U and Vita have already lost support and the third console on that list is… hmmmm

      Ha dont worry the replacement is only a year away. Save up all that brewing resentment for its release.

    • BelAirBoss

      Your pain knows no bounds. Sony just crushed another show, and you can’t take it. Sucks to be you. Enjoy looking at all the games you won’t be playing, LOL.

    • Hvd

      if im in pain its because of the laughter my sides are hurting on how sad and pathetic psx was but thats 3 years in a row if a pathetic psx show.

    • BelAirBoss

      You stand alone on a limb, surrounded by death, and drowned out by the sound of your own tears and magnificent loneliness. Good luck with that. Now that’s laughter.

    • Hvd

      id rather stand alone then be in a sea of stupidity like you…lmao

    • kevin

      Aww someone is salty it’s alright one day your favorite company might have an impressive first party stable like Sony

    • Aenea

      How many games were announced at the Xbox yearly show? ohh wait…..

  • BelAirBoss

    The author says, “Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that Sony has the best first party in the world – when they are able to sell an entire system on the basis of nothing but their own games, then I might be willing to concede that point”

    I say, no console can sell huge numbers based strictly on first party in today’s gaming environment….see the Wii U. The Switch may sell, but it needs to be priced well and have better 3rd party support than the Wii U, which it seemingly has. Not even Nintendo can pull off the feat the author is suggesting in 2016/2017.

    • chaz

      But the Gamecube, Wii, N64, and 3DS have all done that exact thing, and the 3DS is a modern system. Sony have been unable to do this with any of their systems.
      Look, I respect Sony’s first party, but credit where credit is due, Nintendo’s is simply better.

    • BelAirBoss

      What part of “today’s gaming environment” do you not understand? And you’re seriously naming handhelds? Might as well name phones and mobile games while you’re at it.

      You say “Sony have been unable to do this with any of their systems”….because the ps2 is only the best selling system of all time. You can’t have it both ways. Sit down.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Don’t mind Chaz. He has an agenda.

    • Mark

      I agree, multiplats are king now, and there’s staggering numbers to support that. Not saying Sony doesn’t have a great line-up, but, by the numbers, multiplats simply crush all PS4 exclusives….that goes for the X1 as well lol

  • Barry Harden

    So many variety of games on the Playstation platforms.

    Predictable xbox? Just the usual Halo, Forza, and more Gears for 2017.

    • The truth-ier

      lot of junk, the big ones are the same as xbox…predictable.

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    • Barry Harden

      Yet PS4 is now sitting at over 45 Million sold to date. XBone? Around 23 Million units. I guess the population has spoken on what they want out of gaming.

    • crazy_black_man-

      I think he was agreeing with you bro.

  • The truth-ier

    A bunch of junk, some are not first party but sony money hat the exclusive, sony also announces stuff that wont ship for over a year…. 3 big games, a dlc, and some niche titles are not impressive.

    • Mark

      Tbh, I could care less if a game’s first party or not. Don’t know why people get hung up on that so much. If a company’s got interest in said project, and they invest in that game, that’s all I care about because it tells me they have taste, or not lol. Look at Death Stranding, looks nuts, but it ain’t first party, and why would I care? Ahh oh well

  • Completely agree, if they can ship most of those by 2019 then I’ll forgive my PS4 purchase for sitting collecting dust except 2 times a year.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Its a known fact that you just can’t fix Xbox gamers from being complete idiots by moving up PS4 release dates. You’re stuck with yourself.

  • Michael

    Please put Uncharted Golden Abyss on PS4.

  • Mr Xrat

    Meanwhile Xgimps are getting mad as all h3ll because their mediocre new IPs don’t get a bean of support from head office once they flop. That “event” Spencer teased a few months ago ended up coming to nothing too. I’d be angry as well.

  • PC

    Dear author, you could punctuate your sentences a lot better. The whole article is larded with dashes, most of them used in lieu of other punctuation marks. I would urge you to please read up on punctuation in general, and the differences between (and uses of) a hyphen, an em dash and an en dash in particular.

  • Mark

    Well written Pramath, and I agree. Sony’s got some real good stuff….Death Stranding looks sick!

  • kee1haul

    Deleted my comment did you?


 

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