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Uncharted 4 delay paints a tough Christmas for PS4 this year

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Brendan Griffiths
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Console wars, PS4 games, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Sony, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Uncharted 4 delay paints a tough Christmas for PS4 this year

So, Uncharted 4 has been pushed back to Spring 2016. As news goes for PS4 gamers, it's pretty damn heartbreaking. But as we've said time and again here at Dealspwn, delays aren't always a bad thing for a game. We've had enough of unfinished releases like AC: Unity and DriveClub, and are trying to be as patient as possible for the likes of Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher III, both of which have needed more time before the developers have been ready to unleash them. And major kudos to them for that and as much as it pains me to say it, Kudos to Naughty Dog too.

But with Uncharted 4 gone from the PS4's Holiday Season/Christmas line-up, it's hard not to think that staff at Microsoft and Square Enix are laughing their assess off. First up, let's talk about Tomb Raider. Lara's next outing,  Rise of the Tomb Raider, is a timed Xbox One exclusive and was set to go head to head with Uncharted around Christmas (naturally, you'd buy both if you have both consoles), now Square's title will have no direct competition.

Uncharted 4 delay paints a tough Christmas for PS4 this year

Microsoft will no doubt be celebrating Uncharted's delay, but maybe Square are kicking themselves that their exclusivity deal means they won't be sweeping up sales from PS4 gamers with no Uncharted to play this year.

Looking over the release schedule of PS4 exclusives this year makes for uneasy reading, particularly anything for the all-important holiday season where the majority of sales are made for both software and hardware. Sony has some strong titles earlier in the year (Bloodborne especially), but where are the Xmas system sellers? I get the feeling Sony will at least try and do a Destiny-style 'better on PlayStation' style advertising campaign for something like MGSV to at least make it look like an exclusive (this worked very well with Destiny).

Microsoft now has a potential killer line-up for the year's showdown with Rise of the Tomb Raider possibly joined by the likes of Halo 5 and maybe even Crackdown 3. Fingers crossed that Sony have some big plans for E3 and have a few big titles set for the end of the year beyond the interesting but hardly system-selling, Until Dawn, The Tomorrow Children, Ratchet & Clank Remaster, Rime and maybe No Man's Sky.

Uncharted 4 delay paints a tough Christmas for PS4 this year

Exclusives aren't the be all and end all of course. We know the best-selling titles are going to be multi-plats like FIFA, Call of Duty and we expect strong sales to continue for Batman until the holidays too.

Microsoft seriously discounted the Xbox One last year and it was bundle crazy here at Dealspwn over Christmas and the console made up some serious ground on the PS4. The deals have been pretty hot this year for both consoles so far, but are Microsoft set to take the lead after Christmas 2015? Sony's E3 performance this year could be a vital one if they want to stay ahead.

Let's hear your thoughts folks. Let us know if this affects which new-gen console you'll buy if you've not got one yet. How do you feel as a PS4/XO owner? Or are you waiting for another deal-manic season so you can own both consoles anyway?

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Eatitpoorpeops  Mar. 11, 2015 at 15:02

Greatness will NEVER arrive on the PS4. Poor dying Sony.

roberttaylor8273  Mar. 11, 2015 at 15:05

on the plus side if Nintendo release zelda for Christmas i won't be to bothered

roberttaylor8273  Mar. 11, 2015 at 15:08

Greatness will NEVER arrive on the PS4. Poor dying Sony.


they have been dying for the last 20 years by all accounts and they are still here and do people honestly believe that Microsoft wouldn't of gotten into the console market if it wasn't for the PlayStation brand. you would think by now people would be beyond this childish and embarrassing fanboyism

WOW you joined today to make this one post, talk about having no life and seeking attention, you have my pity in your sad and lonely hateful life

http://www.dealspwn.com/profile/Eatitpoorpeops

Last edited by roberttaylor8273, Mar. 11, 2015 at 15:14
Late  Mar. 11, 2015 at 16:47

Depending on your point of view (or loyalties) all three of the main console manufacturers are dying a death.
Surprised they even bother making consoles and games.


"are Microsoft set to take the lead after Christmas 2015?"
I can't see them catching up with Sony in the next year or so, but it's encouraging that they're making up a little bit of lost ground. For a while there, as a xbox One Day One customer, I was worried I might've bought a doomed console. As Sony sped further and further ahead there arose the very real possibility that publishers might start to favour Sony and maybe begin to abandon Microsoft. Recent events have quashed those worries.
And tbh, Microsoft catching up a little bit is probably good for Playstation owners too. After all, competition helps to keep developers and publishers pushing to be better, and incites the platform-holders to throw their customers (and prospective customers) some nice treats from time to time - something they'd be much less inclined to do if they had no competition.


"...maybe Square are kicking themselves that their exclusivity deal means they won't be sweeping up sales from PS4 gamers with no Uncharted to play this year."
Ha - there's a thought. Do we know, yet, when Tomb Raider is supposed to be coming to ps4?
There's a possibility it'll be head-to-head with Uncharted if (as I suspect) it's scheduled for Spring 2016. That's the last thing squeenix want!

BlueBits  Mar. 11, 2015 at 18:47

PlayStation 4 is the new generation console with most games and most high rated (meta 75+) games. And it will continue to get more of those including major console sellers like Persona 5 even after summer.

Will Sony announce AAA retail games for holiday at E3 and gamescom? Most likely.

PS4 has been the best the best selling home console every month so far and I don't think tomb raider can change that.

Last edited by BlueBits, Mar. 11, 2015 at 18:48
JoyceRollsRoyce  Mar. 12, 2015 at 13:43

PlayStation 4 is the new generation console with most games and most high rated (meta 75+) games. And it will continue to get more of those including major console sellers like Persona 5 even after summer.

Will Sony announce AAA retail games for holiday at E3 and gamescom? Most likely.

PS4 has been the best the best selling home console every month so far and I don't think tomb raider can change that.


Only if you're a poor deluded fool that likes indie crap.

JoyceRollsRoyce  Mar. 12, 2015 at 13:43

Greatness will NEVER arrive on the PS4. Poor dying Sony.


Pretty much this!

datdude  Mar. 12, 2015 at 16:02

There is no guarantee that Halo 5 or Rise of the Tomb Raider won't be delayed...it's just the way this generation is going so far, it seems every major title is getting a delay, and the ones that don't are shipped broken, or need multi GB patches day one to fix their mess. Quantum Break, another anticipated title was also pushed to 2016. I have no doubt we'll see more before long...I expect it by now. Games like Rime, No Man's Sky, and The Tomorrow Children haven't gotten firm release dates yet either, so.....while they look great, when will we be able to play them? I wouldn't bet my money on any game coming the day they say it will at this point.

BlueBits  Mar. 15, 2015 at 16:19

PlayStation 4 is the new generation console with most games and most high rated (meta 75+) games. And it will continue to get more of those including major console sellers like Persona 5 even after summer.

Will Sony announce AAA retail games for holiday at E3 and gamescom? Most likely.

PS4 has been the best the best selling home console every month so far and I don't think tomb raider can change that.


Only if you're a fool that likes indie crap.


Only what?
If you are talking current games you should remember that PS4 has 107 retail games.
If you are talking possible announcements you should remember that SCE is platform holder with the most AAA studios.
If you are suggesting that only people who likes "indie crap" are buying PS4 then you are wrong.

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