3rd parties didn't really abandon the PS3 either. Destiny, Watch Dogs, Shadow of Mordor, AC Rogue, FF XIII Lightning Returns, South Park Stick of Truth, Dark Souls 2, Metal Gear Solid 5, Alien Isolation, Borderlands Presequel, CoD Advanced Warfare/Blackops 3, Far Cry 4, Resident Evil Revelations 2. Though you're right that PS4 support should be better.
$149 might be possible, though I don't expect we'll see it happen. If it did drop to $149 though I could see it actually beating the PS2. We're not even down to $249 yet though.
There is a vast differnce now though.
Both PS4 + PS5, will be x86 (cpu) and same gpu vender.... makeing porting + dual releaseing for two systems MUCH easier than PS3 to PS4.
And due to PS4 being more popular, along with deminishing returns on hardware performance.....
I think support for the PS4, into the PS5 gen, will be vastly better, than what the PS3 got from 3rd party ect.
Yeah I dont "really" believe in 149$ either, the only way that happends is if they do a die shrink to 7nm.
Without another shrink, I dont think it happends, and Sony might not see the value in spending money to shrink it again.
That would be around double what the PS3 sold post PS4 launch, plus the PS5's ability to play the PS4's library means you now have the option of gaining access to both libraries for whatever the difference in price between them happens to be and that surely has to take away sales. Anyway my theory is there will a cheap PS4 but it will be rebranded the PS3 pro so Sony can say they that all their home consoles reached 100M.
People arnt tired of their PS4s yet.... Plus I suspect the PS4 will have better legs (into PS5 gen) than the PS3 did (into the PS4 one).
Mainly due to support from multiplats.
If costs of doing so arnt so high, and theres still a large enough player base there (120-130m+).
Will it's legs be as long as the PS2's was? Probably not.
However I suspect it ll pull off a better showing than the PS3 did.
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