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How Does PlayStation 4's Launch Stack Up Against History?

Is the PlayStation 4 too expensive? How's its lineup? We compare Sony's latest console to its older siblings.

By Jeremy Parish. Published 5 months ago

With less than three weeks to go before Sony launches the PlayStation 4, we don't have long to wrestle with the greatest launch day question of all: "Is it worth it? And if not, should I cancel my preorder?"

Rather than tell you how to spend your money (what do we look like, financial advisors?), we'd prefer to simply lay out the facts and let you make an informed judgment for yourself. We've assembled a ton of information about Sony's previous console launches, from the original PlayStation through last year's PlayStation Vita debut, and assembled them into pretty infographics for easy digestion, even including inflation-adjusted pricing for the sake of cost comparisons. This is strictly about the U.S. launches, because... well, did you see what the site's called? I mean, really now.

The best community comments so far 13 comments

  • cscaskie 5 months ago

    Oh dear sweet Jumping Flash. How you soothe me.

  • Funny_Colour_Blue 5 months ago

    @docexe I glance at the numbers for psone and playstation 2 and sigh happily, but then as you go further down the list it's like "...ARGH! what happened?!"

  • brionfoulke91 5 months ago

    Wow, I had forgotten just how bad the launch titles were for each of these generations. Very few games that I'd want to play across the board. A couple of gems like Jumping Flash and Eternal Ring, but otherwise so barren.

    Has there ever been a launch lineup as strong as the SNES? I guess there likely won't be again.

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