“PS3 has no games.” Well, it actually has over 700, but don’t say that about the memes of 2013. A decade ago, Sony’s PlayStation 3 started Descent into twilight Once its successor, PlayStation 4, was scheduled to be released on November 15.
The PS3 stumbles right out of the gate. Microsoft’s base Xbox 360 launched at $299. Sony has decided to launch the base PS3 at $499. The $200 price gap contributed to a very large disparity in the install base at launch Microsoft has outperformed Sony by roughly 2 to 1. Development-wise, the PS3 was its own worst enemy. It’s not that the developers didn’t do this Wants To make games for that, it’s been like that very Difficult. The most famous example was the delayed launch GTA IV, Which was delayed from October launch to the following April due to issues with the PS3 version (and a contractual obligation to Released on PlayStation and Xbox simultaneously). Different versions of the same game often showed worse performance on PS3, with developers like EA essentially saying so very Difficult.
So the bar was low for PS4, thanks to a console generation suffering from bad press and missed opportunities. Although the PS3 technically won the console war against Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (87 million units versus 83 million units, respectively), its reputation suffered. Fans aside, it was objectively clear from the number of titles and Metacritic scores that the console was offering more and better games. Microsoft had stronger first-party and third-party support, especially at launch. Players noticed. Gamers meme. Sony noticed too.