Exactly 7 years ago, on November 15, 2013, with the release of PlayStation 4 in the United States began the now outgoing generation of consoles. To Russia and Europe it reached only in 2 weeks, 29 numbers. In those years, many market participants expected that the consoles were done: the generation PS3 and Xbox 360 dragged on, publishers believed in a bright future shareware games on PC and smartphones, because of which there were not many new projects at the output of new systems.
And thats why the first time players were actively fed remasters and other updated games, which seem to only come out on consoles of the previous generation. The success of the PS4 took companies by surprise — publishers didnt expect that the consoles needed anyone else.
For example, Square Enix was going to translate Hitman and Just Cause to a shareware distribution model. However, after record sales of the PS4 and Xbox One, and excellent performance of games like Fallout 4 and “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” plans had to be changed.
The outgoing generation of consoles will be remembered not only for hundreds of great games, but also the revival of mid-budget projects thanks to publishers like THQ Nordic and the advent of subscriptions. And even though the nominal first was EA with its EA Access, the Xbox Game Pass thundered the most.
In addition, in the middle of the lifecycle of the PS4 and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch was released. Nominally, the console is not included in the current generation, but it can not be noted – Nintendo after the failure of the Wii U still managed to make a furor, releasing a hybrid system on the market.
In the end, the generation that started 7 years ago will be remembered for great success stories. 7 years ago CD Projekt RED was a niche Polish developer valued by players in Eastern Europe and Russia, and now it is a world-class studio.
Sony claims that the transition period from the PS4 to the PS5 will take up to three years, but now all the focus will be on the new generation console. At the same time, the PS4 will still have major releases — even the sequel Horizon Zero Dawn.
As of September 30, 2020, the PlayStation 4 has a circulation of 113. 6 million systems.
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