Sony’s broken promises have destroyed my interest in PS5 – Reader’s Feature

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A reader gets very angry at some of Sony’s recent announcements about the PlayStation 5 and accuses of them lying and breaking promises.

I think we can all agree that the PlayStation 5 Showcase on Wednesday was pretty impressive stuff, just like the last one. The games looked great, there was lots of real gameplay, they were mostly running on an actual PlayStation 5, and there was a minimal of waffle and time-wasting. Sony announced the price and for both models of console it was cheaper than I expected. Great stuff… until the lies started.

As tempting as the price of the Xbox Series S and Game Pass is I don’t think it’s controversial to say that, in terms of games, Sony has been running rings round Microsoft all generation. And in terms of next gen games that seems to still be the case, even if a few of them are coming out a little later than they originally planned. There’s nothing anyone can do about COVID, obviously, but Demon’s Souls is a launch title alongside Spider-Man: Miles Morales, so that’s actually a decent little launch duo.

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Except apparently Miles Morales is also coming out on PlayStation 4 and there’s a remaster of the first game on PlayStation 5 but PlayStation 4 owners don’t automatically get it? Oh, and Sackboy A Big Adventure is coming to PlayStation 4 as well? And Horizon Forbidden West too?! The first two I can sort of understand – a spin-off and a family game that looks current gen already – but Horizon Forbidden West? That’s not going to be out for ages, and I thought it was meant to be a big high-tech game that needed next gen tech to run? Apparently not.

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So are Sony holding things back so it can run on the PlayStation 4 or was the game just not pushing the PlayStation 5 in the first place? I mean it’s got to be one of those two things, right?

Only a few months ago Sony was talking about how much it was in favour of generational exclusives. It was almost mocking Microsoft for their stance against them and it seemed to me that most gamers agreed with them. Nobody wanted Sony to change their stance, most people thought it was the right one. But the thing that gets me is not just the lies but the way it was announced on the quiet, with a tweet from Geoff Keighley, of all people, and not even Sony themselves.

I just don’t understand why it’s happening. A climbdown like that only happens when a company admits it was wrong and has to take a U-turn, like Sony did with Fortnite cross-play, but where was the demand for any of this from the public? And if Sony thought it was such a good idea why didn’t they announced it properly?

And what was all that stuff about the PlayStation 4 DualShock controller not working on the PlayStation 5, because all the games are designed around the DualSense? Except apparently three of them aren’t? Lies upon lies.

Then there’s the weird way they handled the Final Fantasy 16 unveil, which later turned out was coming to PC six months later and Xbox six months after that – but we only found out that from some random analyst I’ve never heard of.

And somehow, during the most important night for Sony in seven years, they make the ‘error’ of the Demon’s Souls trailer implying it’s coming to PlayStation 4 and PC, forcing them to take it down and replace it with a different video. Yeah right, ‘error’. Like anyone’s going to believe that at this point.

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And then the final straw, the absolutely disastrous handling of pre-orders. Before this week we were promised that there’d be plenty of warning before pre-orders start. ‘It’s not going to happen with a minute’s notice’, said Sony’s Eric Lempel (I looked it up here). And he’s right, that’s not actually a lie. It happened with not even a minute’s notice.

Before most people had any idea of what was happening the pre-orders had started and ended, with absolutely no attempt at fairness or proper communication of what was going on. So, another lie. And that was the final straw for me. At that point I was still planning to buy a PlayStation 5 but the chance had gone before I had any clue it had started. So forget it.

Considering the stream of lies and half-truths that have happened before the console is even out I don’t want another seven years of that. Microsoft can have my money and Sony can stick the PlayStation 5. And I can assure them, that’s not a lie on my part!

By reader Lutus

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