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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.

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