Friday Flame Wars: Playstation 4 War


According to David Graeber’s fascinating book Debt: The First 5,000 Years, the 17th- and 18th-century kings of Bali exploited their subjects’ love of cockfighting, trapping the Balinese peasantry in a cycle of debt that eventually led to them being sold overseas as slaves.

Commenting on Game Front is free, but like the Balinese kings of old we are occasionally — nay, weekly — inclined to take advantage of our readers love of blood sport, in this case, its modern incarnation: internet flame wars. No cocks were harmed in the making of this post.

This week, the big news is Sony’s Playstation 4 announcement. So far, the response has been mostly “hmm” and “huh,” without as much “ooh” as the Japanese giants might have preferred. Still, we ask you: Will the Playstation 4 justify what looks to be a steep price tag? Will it out-perform Microsoft’s as-yet-unannounced rival console? And finally, and most importantly: will it take any time away from you gaming on PC?

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10 Comments on Friday Flame Wars: Playstation 4 War


On February 22, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Honestly, large yawn. Being mostly an FPS gamer, I’ve always been PC centric. I’m not knocking the console people here, it’s just my personal preference for a nice gaming mouse if I’m going to be shooting pixels. If the jump in graphics quality on the PS4 leads to less crappy ports, then I think everybody wins. No intention of purchasing one though, for what they’re probably going to charge I can easily do an upgrade to my rig that’ll hold for a very long time. For a fraction of the sticker price I could do a twenty second RAM swap and be good for the next three years.

Come to think of it, might do that anyways. Perfect excuse to give Newegg more money.


On February 22, 2013 at 11:59 pm

not a fps centric myself, but +1 generally.


On February 23, 2013 at 12:19 am

I don’t want a dedicated “Share” button on my controller.
Just think. Would you be interested if one of your friends kept constantly sending you status updates on exactly how far he is through Watchdogs? Would you honestly care? Or would it just get annoying?
On top of that, the current Playstation Store is not the best around, and the PSN itself is nothing short of a joke.
So I’ll probably pass on this.


On February 23, 2013 at 2:58 am

I have always enjoyed the reveal of new hardware since I’m into the design aspect of it but I promised myself not to buy another console after the 360, I’m for pc all day every day.

I play some of my pc games on my tv so yeahhhh.

David Graeber

On February 23, 2013 at 5:45 am

actually no I said the ancient kings used people’s fascination with fighting (watching chickens fight to the death) to lure them into debt slavery to sell them overseas

just a point of clarification

Tiagonal, chamán de la lluvia

On February 23, 2013 at 6:18 am

I know it’s saturday, but I spent all night invoking the clouds and channelling the prophecy. So…

Open your eyes people!!! Your Consoles and PCs have blinded you the reality of the new era!!!
There is an immense digital cloud-storm coming and your limited bandwidth cap won’t be capable of sustaining! You have to prepare and move to a more flexible, un-capped ISP while you can!

The PS4 fully supported by GaiKai, ripping off all the most interesting features from OnLive, applied to an old concept console. An unseen way to introduce the clouds to many, unwillingly. A rushed cloud with restrictive speed requirement, will enforce its demands and shock the crowd who embraces it.

The golden ring of OnLive, crippled from an uninterested market, now ad portas of becoming the latest Microsoft adquisition… A cataclysm event on history of gaming. The evilness of the ring will spread as a decease if linked to the x-box.

The valves of Steam closed, slightly releasing the pressure and releasing it’s Big Screen… an imminent ‘R’ to unclog the system.

And far away in the background, Crytek laughing behind the mask of G-Face, Nvidia sewing it’s empowering Grid, and Darkworks forging the obscure Kusanagi.

There’ll be a future… a future where your mere effort on a titanic-sli machine won’t be capable of handling… thus the power of thunders from clusters of clouds will be needed, and all ISP limits shall be broken!!!

According to the prophecy, the first cloud defeated by mindsets, will move far south and east, gaining an unseen force in unexplored markets, and come back as the one to rule them all. However, the events detailed in the prophecy are yet to begin.


On February 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

P.C. is the way to go.


On February 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm

So, uh…..PC? Yeah.


On February 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I’m certainly interested in the PS4. I’ve been a Playstation user since the PS1, so it isn’t really a question for me. I like to use my PC for some games, and my Playstation for others, so there isn’t really any conflict there for me. The social aspects of it don’t really interest me since I don’t really care that much about social networking, in general. I’m also not so sure that the price will be that steep. Sony didn’t set a price, which seems to indicate that they are waiting for Microsoft to make the first move on price. I suppose we could see a much higher price if the PS4′s hardware is significantly more powerful than the next Xbox, but I’m guessing they will be comparable. Also, the price was a huge issue for the PS3 at launch, and I’m sure Sony would like to avoid that. The PS4 won’t have the hardware to be backwards compatible, which is something that was implemented with the later versions of the PS3 to get the price down, and that seems to have worked in terms of generating sales, so I don’t know if the price will be that outrageous.

Ben Richardson

On February 25, 2013 at 10:50 am

@David Graeber

Thank Xenu for Google Alerts, which I presume saved me from an embarrassing failure of fact-checking. The reference has been corrected.