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PS4 announcement ‘a disappointment’ to most gamers

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Ahead of the pre-Christmas PS4 release date, a new study has found that the majority of UK gamers are “disappointed” by Sony’s next-generation console.

With Wednesday’s PS4 launch event confirming Sony’s next-gen gamer will play host to a raft of new hardware and software features designed to give a more immersive gaming experience, a new consumer study has found that most gamers have been left disappointed by the Nintendo Wii U rival, with the console’s lack of PS3 games back compatibility the main gripe.

The study, carried out by MyVoucherCodes, has found that 52 per cent of 949 self-confessed British gamers have been left feeling “disappointed” by the official PS4 unveiling, whilst just 31 per cent said they had been left impressed by what Sony had to show.

"It was quite surprising that so many people admitted that they were disappointed with the PS4 announcement, although the fact that they have announced that the console won't be backwards compatible is a big turn off for many,” Mark Pearson, chairman of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk said.

“It would have been interesting to see a big reveal of what the console will look like, but so far we only have the controller to go on. From the information that has been released, it seems like the new console will be a lot more interactive, as well as being more socially compatible."

According to the figures, 59 per cent of those disappointed by the PS4 have been deterred by the console’s lack of back compatibility meaning users will not be able to use the console to play PS3 games. On top of this, a further 43 per cent said they felt let down by not being offered a glimpse of what the expected Xbox 720 rival will look like.

Off those left disappointed by the console’s lack of native PS3 support, 61 per cent of gamers said the issue would put them off buying the console following the ‘holiday 2013’ launch, whilst 27 per cent said they would now consider jumping ship to Xbox.

Although the PS4 will be able to play pre-owned games, Sony shocked many by revealing the device would not support past generation titles. Despite this, with 8GB of RAM and a new AMD PC architecture the PS4 is expected to be a dramatic improvement over current consoles, with a touchpad hosting DualShock 4 PS4 controller offering new input options.

Have you been left disappointed or impressed by the recent PS4 unveiling? Will you be snapping up the console when it touches down with retailers later this year? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Gavin Martin

February 22, 2013, 11:18 am

I've seen it mentioned that older games will be playable using the Gaikai streaming feature?

In fact I didn't see an optical drive mentioned in any of the previews I've seen, so maybe it doesn't have a BR drive? That would be a big no-no for me since I don't have a decent internet connection at home and don't want to wait a week downloading a game before I can play it!

Would have been nice if they'd supplied a ball-park price range for the final retail product, too.

devperson

February 22, 2013, 11:31 am

It has a 6x Bluray drive (confirmed by Sony), so not to worry :)

Gavin Martin

February 22, 2013, 11:41 am

Ah cool. Funny how they released so much blurb that it's easy to miss things when you're reading all the summaries! I've always been a PC gamer and never owned a console, but I like the look of those Infamous games...if they try selling the thing for £500 though I'm out!

devperson

February 22, 2013, 11:51 am

I was in the same boat until the current gen consoles. I just don't have time to fiddle with PCs anymore and consoles do offer far less hassle in my opinion. No, they're never going to compare to the power of PCs but they're good enough. The Infamous games have been brilliant so far as well as many of the other exclusives (particularly the Sony ones).

Gavin Martin

February 22, 2013, 12:04 pm

I just can't do first person shooters with a gamepad. But I've got used to a gamepad in third person stuff, I've played through GTA IV, Arkham City and now Just Cause 2 on my PC (on a 46" plasma), so I feel like the PS4 might sway me if the price is right. The use of x86 architecture does make it sound like they're trying to make it easier for cross platform development too. PS3 seems to have better platform exclusives than XBox (some of which end up on PC anyway) so I think PC and PS4 would be a good combo! I guess we all just have to wait and see how much they're going to charge for it. It took them around 4 years to make a profit on the PS3 so they might wait to improve their margins this time around.

Stuart Andrew

February 22, 2013, 12:39 pm

Terrible reporting, you mention the backward compatibility in nearly every paragraph, just have one section and be done with it. I'd be inclined to say you mention it so much for scorewords in a google hit.

Stevo Jenkins

February 22, 2013, 12:43 pm

will be around 300 ukp

James Smith

February 22, 2013, 12:48 pm

If the PS4 left you sad, don't expect any better from the 720, exact same chip at 8x1.6 (1.6 really?!) but a lesser graphics chip.

I don't know why people expected backwards compatibility, it's a fundamentally different architecture, the chips are only similar in that they are computer parts, that it!

I think the telling sign of dissappointment for me is that it is still way way under powered compared to a mid range gaming PC from early 2010. My rig is a 6core 3.4 AMD with ATI Radeon 5970, 8gb ram, you can build a more powerful PC for less than £3-500 so why this pile of low tech junk called a PS4/720?
If this is the best either company can offer, I'll just stick to my PC for this generation.

Stevo Jenkins

February 22, 2013, 12:50 pm

think they have made a big mistake not being able to play ps3 games. will wait for the new xbox and see what they have to offer. Rumour (as always) has it that it will not allow pre owned games. I must say prob 50% of my games are pre owned. Will not be good if you have to pay full whack for every game...will lead to chipping and pirate copies no doubt.

Charlie

February 22, 2013, 12:58 pm

Wow, a survey of 949 people qualifies as giving an overall opinion of gamers does it?!

I can understand the frustration but they did talk about the streaming of PS3 games in due course so it will be coming. Hopefully it will be linked directly into games you already own in the same way you can play PS3 games on your VITA now. Overall, I'm very excited by it, I was worried there would be some very bad news but it sounds very promising. Don't forget, this is really just the tip of the iceberg of the capabilities and features that Sony have let us see so there'll be a lot more yet to come. Watchdogs, for a start looks stunning, as well as the snippet of other incredible games (Killzone, Destiny) and graphics they showcased. Can't wait!

Michael Cane

February 22, 2013, 1:14 pm

People are only dissapointed because they didn't get to see the console, I am one of those people but at the same time i am very excited at the prospects of the new console. what Sony have done is smart in my opinion because it has mad me all the more anxious so see the PS4, and good things come to those who wait.
For those of you concerned with backwards comatibility if you watched the reveal then you would of heard that Sony are working on bringing all titles from the history of playstation to PS4.

Charlie

February 22, 2013, 1:29 pm

I think you miss the point - of course your PC is more powerful, it has a lot more to do than a gaming console. The point is what the processors are able to generate is almost all dedicated to the game you're playing, it doesn't have the multitude of other hardware and software that a PC has to run. You only have to look at the games they showcased to see what they can do with them.

Pg

February 22, 2013, 2:27 pm

A more powerful PC for less than £300? Ha...funny. Low tech junk? Really? That 8gb ram isn't the same thing for starters. Closest thing in the PC world with 8gb DDR5 is the new Titan card from nVidia which has 6gb DDR5, which costs about a £1,000. Then there's a BR drive, controller, hd, all of which ain't cheap. And don't forget labour costs, it all adds up.

You can be sure Sony will pack as much in as possible in (such as doubling the rumoured 4gb DDR5 to 8gb) and try keep the price point a low as possible. It doesn't take a genius to know that they aren't about to throw together some cheap parts and over price it, in fact they might even make a loss on each console. As you mention, Microsoft will be doing the same, they all know their business. Lots of money at stake.

The difference between your PC and the new consoles is that they don't
run windows, and the games will be optimised for the fixed hardware in
them, unlike PCs which could have any combination of hardware in it.

But by all means, stick to PC gaming (I do for the most part). Of course, it cost quite a bit more than a console but you can't beat mouse and keyboard for aiming.

One interesting point to consider is that as Sony and MS are using AMD hardware, which will lead to games being optimised for their hardware, this could in turn could give them an advantage in the PC market if games are optimised for their hardware.

phalancs

February 22, 2013, 2:32 pm

Totally disappointing. I mean the announce a console almost one year prior to release? What were they thinking? The specs given might sound nice now, but i am sure they won't be as cool as now in december...

Elem187

February 22, 2013, 3:09 pm

I feel dissappointed because the demo KZ4 and infamous wasn't impressive at all... From what Sony fangirls have been boasting that the PS4 will look better than Crysis 3 on PC, and so far it came up WAY short.... Looks like I'll stick with PC gaming this gen and a Nintendo system again.

Elem187

February 22, 2013, 3:11 pm

When Sony said they will put 8gb of gDDR5, was actually incorrect.. Sony tends to say stuff at their reveals, and most of it turns out false.... Google PS3 announcement myths.
GDDR5, if this is correct, the console will cost well over $1000.... Sony cannot afford to take a larger haircut over $200 per console. I'm raising my BS flag on Sony.

Elem187

February 22, 2013, 3:12 pm

yes it is representative... When you see political polls released, they are usually only polling one thousand or so people, which is supposed to be representative of the populace.
Most gamers feel let down because the jump from PS1 to PS2 was so massive, same with the jump from PS2 to PS3.
But looks like the jump to PS4 will be a baby step in graphical fidelity.... PC will remain king of the hill this gen as well.

Elem187

February 22, 2013, 3:13 pm

If it does have 8gb of gDDR5 memory the system will be absurdly priced, in the grand range.

Nintenjoe82

February 22, 2013, 3:17 pm

not to mention one of the paragraphs is barely in English and talks about PS3 to Wii U backward compatibility. I am certain no Wii U gamer was disappointed that they couldn't play PS3 games on their Nintendo.

Nintenjoe82

February 22, 2013, 3:22 pm

Maybe it will be that cheap with a subscription but the pound is weak so the cost will be higher than the PS3. If they manage to make it £300 with those specs then I will buy 2 at launch.

James Weir

February 23, 2013, 9:47 am

949 is a great proportion, considering women's make-up adverts are only surveying 200 people, or at leat, use statistics from a positive range of 200 people....

Charlie

February 23, 2013, 4:35 pm

Just because make-up manufacturers or political survey's only use a few hundred people, doesn't mean they're representative!! Considering 1% of the the UK population is around 626,000 (and there's probably more than 1% of the population that could be considered gamers) I wouldn't say that 949 is anywhere near the level to say that this is the overall feeling of gamers!

Evan Eve

March 3, 2013, 1:34 am

Angry IT first off your computer blows.. Second off you can only fit so much in a console sized computer and honestly 8gigs of ram is all you need for any PC or anything period to play the top games. You can get a 150-200$ graphics card and IT will play every game out there on high setting and you only need a Quad Core Processor to do it.

The fact is a lot of people find it easier to play on a console then a computer although my computer is only used for MMO games and FPS I stick with the console.

degsy

November 16, 2013, 10:20 pm

I cannot believe the PS4 fanboys cannot see the fuller picture. Sony are in big trouble with money, they have thrown all their eggs in the pS4 basket. They have made a console that is I agree is quite good, Not great, but the quality is lacking, the machine has been packed into a small space to save money it will have problems like the XBOX 360 had, they have used FOXCONN to build there MBs again cheap and nasty. can you not understand Sony are losing money at a alarming rate, so ask yourselves where is the cash to pay for the exclusives, the money they make from the PS4 will be used the stop their other departments going under not to develop the console, the death of the PS4 will be down to the lack of exclusives. Software companies are in it for the money not how good it looks. Microsoft know this. exclusives are the key. Remember ATARI and SEGA great consoles were released better that the competition at the time but failed because they could not compete financially. I will get you that in two years time there will be Microsoft and Nintendo competing and the pS4 will be the next Jaguar or Saturn.
I'm not a XBOX 1 fan im a PC gamer who can see the potential of the XB1

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