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Will the PlayStation 4 be this generation’s lead platform?

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With rainbows!Last generation, the Xbox 360 with its easier to program architecture ended up being the primary development platform for most multiplatform games. It meant that Xbox 360 games looked a little better than their PlayStation 3 counterparts. for much of the last gen, it made a lot of sense. The 360 dominated in the first half of the cycle and its player-base was the largest. Tables look to be turning this time around.

According to the rumour mill, Sony’s console is set to become the dominant development platform for multiplatform games – even usurping the Xbox platform’s throne when it comes to Call of Duty development; a series that’s traditionally been tied to Microsoft’s console.

According to serial inside-information leak specialist Pete Dodd – known on the internet as FamousMortimer – Activision’s switching to the PS4 as the lead platform on future Call of Duty titles.

“I’m not ready to jump on the XB1 is doomed train yet. Titanfall, or really any game, can turn the fortunes, but as of now – yes, good start but valid concerns. The PS4 is above and beyond all projections and publishers are re-calibrating to this. I heard that activision is going to make a public announcement about COD changing to the PS4 as lead platform. I have no idea if this means DLC (I assume MS locked that down for multiple years) but COD was a XBOX 360 game that happened to be on the ps3 last gen. That will be a hugely symbolic move… and don’t discount what that means to the masses, “ he said on internet gaming stomping ground NeoGAF.

That the PlayStation 4 has performed beyond expectation certainly seems true. Right now, it’s ahead of the Xbox One even in that system’s North American stronghold. Europe, which has traditionally been Sony territory seems to have embraced the PS4, largely turning away from the Xbox platform, which last generation grabbed a significant slice of the gaming market share.

In Germany, for example – which got the Xbox One on time, I might add – not a single Xbox One game has sold more than 100 000 copies. Not even FIFA. Reports say the PS4 version of the football simulator has sold in excess of 200 000 copies.

Could developers be switching allegiances towards the PlayStation 4? It’s becoming increasingly likely. Activision’s been showing off bungie’s new shooter Destiny almost exclusively on the PS4. It’s come to light that EA – much like the rest of the industry – expected the Xbox One to dominate which is one the reasons for Titanfall’s exclusivity. Respawn has since said its future endeavours wouldn’t be bound to any single platform.

What difference does any of this make to you as the consumer? Honestly, very little – but it’s worth remembering that games tend to perform better on the systems they’re primarily designed to run on. I’m also still not quite on board the “Xbox One is doomed” ship just yet  – but I certainly do think that Microsoft has got far, far more to prove to get the masses back on its side.   

Last Updated: March 19, 2014

88 Comments

  1. VampyreSquirrel

    March 19, 2014 at 11:09

    No, PS4 will not be… PC will be! Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 19, 2014 at 11:15

      Now now, be nice. The PS4 will definitely lead the race for second place. *innocent whistle*

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      • Anon A Mouse

        March 19, 2014 at 11:44

        But if you come second with only two in the race, does it mean that you are last?

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 19, 2014 at 11:45

          Glass half full?

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          • CrasH

            March 19, 2014 at 12:24

            No… its half empty…

        • Prolific

          March 19, 2014 at 15:12

          According to MSSA, it means a silver medal…

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    • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

      March 19, 2014 at 11:21

      Leading platform for Excel

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 11:28

        I can’t wait to see how well Excel will run once it gets Mantle support.

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        • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

          March 19, 2014 at 11:30

          Lmao, bro, next-gen spreadsheets, HD columns and rows

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          • Mossel

            March 19, 2014 at 11:36

            pfff. We had 1080p last gen already. Now it is VR! So I can see what’s behind the column!

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 19, 2014 at 11:39

            Excel in 3D is rather trippy as is…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 19, 2014 at 11:41

            We can see the matrix!

      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 19, 2014 at 11:37

        Excel is awesome for embedded Flash games.

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 19, 2014 at 11:32

      Oh look a PC is boss comment on a console article, did not expect this at all 😛

      Reply

      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 19, 2014 at 11:33

        BWAHAHAH! Where is NANA!?

        Reply

        • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

          March 19, 2014 at 11:45

          Saving Gotham?

          Reply

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 19, 2014 at 11:46

            lol

        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 19, 2014 at 11:46

          Ripening himself for the world.

          Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 11:34

        If you used a PC you could set reminders! 😉

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        • Hammersteyn

          March 19, 2014 at 11:36

          Reminders?

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 19, 2014 at 11:39

            Of what to expect from PC gamers on console articles 😉

          • Hammersteyn

            March 19, 2014 at 11:50

            Everyone know whats coming, it’s like those “first” articles on Youtube

      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 19, 2014 at 11:34

        PS. In their defence there are so few PC articles they get bored *RUNS

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        • Hammersteyn

          March 19, 2014 at 11:37

          Yeah, There was one about mantle and Star Citizen the other day. Oh and off course don’t forget sales articles. Apparently they can only afford games on sale.

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          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 19, 2014 at 11:38

            Tehehehehehehe!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 19, 2014 at 11:45

          Exactly. When are they going to review Pastel Accounting? Goddamn favouritism I say!

          Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 19, 2014 at 11:44

      Only if the prices of PS4 games stay at R799

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      • HvR

        March 19, 2014 at 11:47

        They will probably stay $60 to $80 but with new corruption reports, strike season looming and the elections doubt that it will be under R999.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 19, 2014 at 11:52

          Then I will have to bid console gaming farewell.

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          • ToshZA

            March 19, 2014 at 11:56

            As much as I’ve argued for pc’s awesomeness over the last few weeks, I think its really sad that the cost of consoles – including the games – is so high this generation. I think consoles have a lot to offer, but they’re just not worth the money any more.

            Also, dig the new avatar.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 19, 2014 at 11:58

            Yeah it is sad but true. I mean sure I can afford to get a PS4 after some time but will I even be able to purchase more than 2 or 3 full price titles a year. I would have to only buy preplayed or if a classics comes out for ps4 games.
            Thanks been playing around with avatars lol

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 19, 2014 at 11:59

            It’s still worth it if you’re prepared to wait for the games to come down in price. But if you can’t, dan moet jy maar kak en betaal.

            I think the worst thing they’ve done is remove most of what really differentiated a console from a PC, which is ease of use.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 19, 2014 at 12:01

            They still easy to use.. Just now gotta install games,but I see what you saying. No longer simply put in and play, but as with everything people must evolve with the technology.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 19, 2014 at 12:04

            But that’s not evolution. That’s putting back all the “features” people used to complain about when using a PC like installing, updating, patching, etc. Removing those things was the real (r)evolution.

          • ToshZA

            March 19, 2014 at 12:07

            The only things PC’s still have that’s more technical than a console is the choice of hardware and the ability to manually change and upgrade it.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 19, 2014 at 12:10

            Yes patching games on console is not cool, hated doing it on Xbox 360, but updates are a good thing to have even know they can be annoying. In a perfect world the PS4 would be exactly like the PS2 just more powerful, but the catch is having a console online makes it have to “deal” with all the issues that come with it.

          • ToshZA

            March 19, 2014 at 12:02

            See, yeah I do agree that the games drop in price over time, but the lowest I’ve seen a console game go is around R200 – which is comparitively fantastic if you don’t include how low the games can get on Steam during their ridiculous sales. Idk, I love my xbox 360 (still do) but I don’t have may games for it, for a reason. Meh. Poor consoles.

            As for your 2nd point, 100% agree. I can’t connect my console to the internet for the updates and crap, and beyond that why should I install a frikkin game on my console?!! So sad what they’ve done.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 19, 2014 at 12:03

            *many

          • ToshZA

            March 19, 2014 at 12:03

            Many thanks xD

          • HvR

            March 19, 2014 at 12:20

            Dion’s online shop sometimes drop essential/platinum games down to R99 or R150.

          • ToshZA

            March 19, 2014 at 12:22

            Delivery costs included? O_O

          • HvR

            March 19, 2014 at 12:25

            yes, I do not even think there is a min order value for free delivery.

            Ordered three times from them, every time they delivered in less than 3 days.

          • ToshZA

            March 19, 2014 at 12:28

            That’s good value then, nice one 😀

    • Rock789

      March 19, 2014 at 12:23

      Hey… You just trying to get sympathy upvotes from the PC peeps… For shame! :p 😉

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 12:26

        Yeah! That’s Rince’s job!

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 19, 2014 at 12:27

        Yeah you totally saw through me there… except I’m busy working on my PC upgrade and won’t be joining the “new” gen for a few years.

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        • Rock789

          March 19, 2014 at 12:29

          You’re what?! Working on the devil’s upgrade?!

          I feel so… betrayed… **sobs**

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 19, 2014 at 13:36

            Yeah… I’m in the process of upgrading my PC… my Xbox has only been on once in the last week, and that was to watch a movie.

  2. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 19, 2014 at 11:10

    I honestly thought this was a Micheal Pachter article….

    Reply

  3. FoxOneZA

    March 19, 2014 at 11:12

    Noooo Riley, you can’t just leave MS stranded…Nooooo Riley….NOOOOOO!

    Reply

  4. HvR

    March 19, 2014 at 11:18

    Xbone hype train leaving, all aboard!!!!

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 19, 2014 at 11:33

      ROFL

      Reply

  5. Sk3tz0

    March 19, 2014 at 11:20

    PS4… Pure Superiority 4eva 😛

    Reply

  6. Ryanza

    March 19, 2014 at 11:24

    I’ve been on the Xbox One doom ship since they announced 24 hour DRM checks and mandatory Kinect.

    PS4 = I’m the captain now

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    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 19, 2014 at 11:42

      I was on that ship too, but seeing as so many MS employees are following your and my calls I am glad I jumped 😉

      Reply

  7. RinceIsIngwer

    March 19, 2014 at 11:27

    I summon Pieter and his straw man arguments!

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 19, 2014 at 11:29

      I think he’s gonna be over at the PSN credit card story soon.

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      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 19, 2014 at 11:31

        You mean using a PS4 controller on a PS3? TOO SOON? 0_O

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        • Hammersteyn

          March 19, 2014 at 11:32

          I’m ashamed

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 19, 2014 at 11:31

      You need to tap one land…

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      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 19, 2014 at 11:31

        Eh?

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 19, 2014 at 11:38

          Refresh for image 😛

          Reply

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 19, 2014 at 11:39

            Ah, and well done 😉

      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 19, 2014 at 11:36

        HAHAHAHA!

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      • HvR

        March 19, 2014 at 11:39

        specifically a swamp

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 19, 2014 at 11:40

          lol. You know, I actually went 🙁 when I found that card & you didn’t need a swamp.

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  8. Anon A Mouse

    March 19, 2014 at 11:45

    I think Sony is helping the bone out a bit. I see they’ve increased the price of the PS4 in Canada as well.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      March 19, 2014 at 12:16

      I think the correct corporate term is MILKING IT

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 12:18

        Maximising value. Get it right 😛

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        • ToshZA

          March 19, 2014 at 12:19

          They do need a new Ferarri, after all. The old one’s already a year old.

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      • Brian Murphy

        March 19, 2014 at 18:07

        Actually, the correct term would be noticing that the Canadian dollar has slid in valuation against the American dollar, and that American’s were buying PS4’s from Canada (At $360) and selling them for profit in America (At $400).

        Research – The best way to keep yourself from looking stupid.

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    • HvR

      March 19, 2014 at 12:28

      Exchange correction, US dollar increased average 15% in value against other currencies over the last year.

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      • Anon A Mouse

        March 19, 2014 at 12:36

        Yet you don’t see Microsoft doing it, that’s why I say I think Sony is helping the bone out a bit.

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        • HvR

          March 19, 2014 at 14:02

          MS is behind in market share, so they are taking the further 15% loss.

          Probably affect any price cuts in the future.

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    • Brian Murphy

      March 19, 2014 at 18:09

      Canadian dollar has fallen in valuation, American’s were buying the PS4 in Canada for the equivalent of $360 American, and selling them for profit in the US.

      Reply

  9. TiMsTeR1033

    March 19, 2014 at 11:56

    I certainly think that the PS4 will win this Console War hands down. Xbone will have some great games but will slowly fall away and live in the shadow the Ps4 casts. Overall I see PC gaming seeing a boom in number of people joining the Master Race for the sole reason prices of Next gen games are becoming so expensive and for the price of 1 Ps4 game one can get a host of games via steam.

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    • ToshZA

      March 19, 2014 at 12:05

      Do you also think the Steam Machine will have an impact on the transition to more pc players? It might be a good first buy for previous console owners who want to move to PC.

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 19, 2014 at 12:16

        I dunno depends. Would be a good stepping stone to make the transition easier. For myself I rather go back to PC. I left Pc Gaming due to costs of upgrading and having 1 new game force you to upgrade unless you prepared to play on sub par Graphics, but with the cost of R800 or more a game I could rather save up that cash and put towards building better pc and buying through steam being most affordable.

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        • ToshZA

          March 19, 2014 at 12:21

          Yeah, for you it makes sense just to get a new PC. You’re no stranger to hardware configurations. But the average console gamer would probably be lost in all the choice, and I’ve seen some sales people give some terrible advice, purely from lack of knowledge on their side. Steam Machine will remove both of those factors for people who know nothing about building a pc.

          Also, something I think needs to be mentioned – if you’re on capped internet, Steam’s cost should also include bandwidth for downloading games as well. This is one of those hidden costs that nobody thinks about. If you’re on uncapped it means nothing, but capped – yeah it matters.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 19, 2014 at 12:25

        I think the idea of Steam machines is good, but the current implementation is bad, and won’t encourage many people to use one.

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        • ToshZA

          March 19, 2014 at 12:28

          Well as a pc user for now 20-something years (386 was my first beauty) I think its stupid for me. I’d never buy one, not now, not ever. Not in any iteration. But from a console gamer’s perspective – one who’s not used a PC before. One who doesn’t know how to put a gaming rig together, one who doesn’t realise that an i3 with a GT640 isn’t going to get you great results. I think the Steam Machine might be a good buy. The only important thing to them is “Can it play the games?”

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        • CAE9872

          March 19, 2014 at 17:31

          Sure won’t encourage me – too many options! Sounds like a PC if you ask me – and I don’t like choice in my gaming! Narrow the parameters, make it have some level of “default” and we can talk further.

          Right now – no chance for me.

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  10. Sk3tz0

    March 19, 2014 at 12:35

    I say Lazygamer should host a Pain tBall Event.. PS4 Vs Xbox Vs PC.. settle the score once and for all…

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 19, 2014 at 12:41

      Can I use a mouse-controlled auto-gun?

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      • Hammersteyn

        March 19, 2014 at 16:57

        Fine, lemme use aim assist.

        Reply

  11. Dhananjay Sutar

    March 19, 2014 at 13:25

    yeah….obviously ps4 leads…..

    Reply

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