I have never bought any console at launch, and honestly I'm a little confused why so many people do. I'll buy a new console when there's a game I want for it, never sooner. And the PS4's launch lineup seems pretty 'meh' to me. Honestly, the only game out of the bunch I could even see myself buying is Knack, but it's not exactly a must-have.
If Sega would localize Yakuza Ishin I might buy one for that. Hahahahahahahahahah, that's never going to happen...
Lastly, as we all remember, launch model hardware for the ps3 was leagues beyond the models that came soon there-after. Does anyone see this being the case with the PS4?
This seems very unlikely to me. The launch PS3 was a beast with its features, which is why Sony was losing $200 on each one despite selling them at $600. BC required a whole secondary chipset and was an obvious thing to cut. Then there were things like all the card readers that most people probably never used.
The PS4 has taken a much more modest approach. Not only is it priced lower to start with, but there's every indication that Sony isn't selling it at anywhere near the kind of loss the PS3 was sold at. But perhaps more importantly, it doesn't seem like there's really anything for them to cut. It's much more barebones to start with, and it actually needs
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