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Would you buy a PS4 Portable ?

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Yes, but at this point I would rather have a PS5 Portable.

With Ryzen and Navi Sony has a much better base to build a Portable version of the PS5 than the PS4. Ryzen and Navi are both built with scalability from Mobile to High End PC in mind.

If Sony ever does bring a Portable system back into the mix, I will be there day one. I have no doubt at all that they would succeed, if they had a unified Library with the Home Console, and Mobile Connectivity for Online Gameplay, Calling/Texting, Apps, and Web. It would honestly make a lot of sense, even if it was Japan only. They could move 20+ Million PlayStation Portable units, if it had the previously mentioned features in Japan alone.

Unfortunately, for me, my fellow Western Gamers seem to have little interest in gaming that is unteathered from the TV, and with Sony seeming to have shifted PlayStation's focus to Western appeal, the chances of a Portable/Mobile PlayStation look pretty slim. I'll never stop holding out hope though. The 3G PlayStation Vita was the best Home Console, Portable Console, and Phone that I have ever owned. If we could make it back to that level of freedom and functionallity from a single device I would be on cloud 9.

One thing is for certain. Using a Dual Shock and a Smartphone for Remote Play and/or PS Now is out of the question. Extremely un-ergonomic, and much to cumbersome for any practicality. At a minimum, Sony will need some sort of super cheap Streaming device in the form factor of the Vita once Streaming catches hold, otherwise they will be left in the dust on that front.



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Naw, I'll stick to playing at home on a TV



mZuzek said:
BraLoD said:

Grape soda won't give you the taste of Horizon: Zero Dawn tho.

I haven't played Horizon: Zero Dawn to know, but yeah, I'd assume it doesn't taste like poison.

What about its orange sister, tho?



BraLoD said:
mZuzek said:

I haven't played Horizon: Zero Dawn to know, but yeah, I'd assume it doesn't taste like poison.

What about its orange sister, tho?

That one only tastes like piss.



mZuzek said:
BraLoD said:

What about its orange sister, tho?

That one only tastes like piss.

Come on, orange soda is great!



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I don't have the time for mobile gaming, so I generally don't buy mobile devices.

So that would be a "no". - Plus with the Playstation 5 looming, Playstation 4 titles will fall by the wayside anyway, making a Playstation 4 Portable a rather superfluous release anyway. - A Playstation 5 Portable however makes things interesting? Especially if it retains support for all Playstation 4 titles.



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I'd buy anything potable.



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They get destroyed everytime they try to do anything portable in terms of gaming and left their most recent one to die...so no. Better off focusing on the PS5.



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BraLoD said:
mZuzek said:

That one only tastes like piss.

Come on, orange soda is great!

Ehh... I can drink it without vomiting, I'll give you that much.



Sony is kind of in a no win situation here. The easy path is just to focus solely on home consoles. The home console market is where they have the greatest strength. But the problem with that is that the PS5 is going to struggle out of the gate, because Switch will just be too popular in 2020-2022. After that it still has to compete head on with Scarlett, Stadia, Steam and Epic Games. On top of that if the Switch's successor is the Switch 2, then it will probably be the most popular platform in 2023+. The hybrid concept can really be the future of console gaming as long as Nintendo wants to stick with it.

So then there is the other path that Sony could take, the hard path. Sony could release a handheld device and invest heavily into it, so that it competes with the Switch. This is a better long term plan, but it doesn't play to Sony's strengths. They will still probably lose on this path too, because Nintendo is so much stronger on the handheld side, but they actually have a better chance here since they could compete with the Switch directly.

In the end it is probably smarter for Sony to invest all of their eggs into the PS5 basket. Sure they'll lose, but they'll go down swinging and their hardcore fans will still love them. They can blame all of Sony's problems on "casuals" or something like that, so Sony still looks good and they might be able to eventually recover by the late 2020s.