PS4 remakes will welcome back Wii gamers to PlayStation

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PS4 remakes will welcome back Wii gamers to PlayStation

A lot of PS3 games are being re-released for PlayStation 4, and Sony hopes they will help "welcome back" gamers who may of had an old PlayStation, but skipped the PS3 and Xbox 360 in favour of the Wii.

"Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously," Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House told Eurogamer.

Tomb Raider relaunched to much success earlier this year, The Last of Us: Remastered is coming this month and a port of GTA V to PS4 was a highlight of Sony's E3 presser.

"I hesitate to say this because I know committed gamers may roll their eyes about it, but there's an opportunity with some of the remastering or re-imagining from PS3 franchises that will potentially find an audience that hasn't played them in the previous generation because they skipped that generation," said House.

Surprisingly, he said 40 percent of PS4 early adopters in Europe didn't have a PlayStation Account, suggesting they didn't have a PS3 or Vita -- although that figure includes returning gamers forced to make a new account since PSN doesn't allow username changes.

"Anecdotally I've had people who were the Wii generation and who are back in the consideration set. It's certainly something I hear about," he said.

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One good thing of the remakes is that the game can finally run on the system it was meant to be on without choppy frame rate and bad textures.
I'd suggest the new user were coming from the 360 rather than the Wii. The only gamers that went Wii only last gen are Ninty fanboys and the casuals and I can't see either of those groups switching to a PS4.
Were there really any PS2/Xbox/Cube gamers that bought a Wii, only had that, and now have decided to get a PS4 though?

You'd think they would have picked up a cheap PS3/360 over the last year or two if they're still into gaming.

Maybe PC gamers that have a secondary console for exclusives, but they'd have probably either got a PS3/360 by now for their few exclusives, or stuck with the Wii U.
Sounds like an excuse to justify first-party ports. Nice try Sony [MOG]

@Jayden27 said: Sounds like an excuse to justify first-party ports. Nice try Sony



They might as well - third parties are whoring it out.

A shame really. Yes, the upgrades look prettier - but full price prettier? I don't think so.

How long can this really last? I mean the stage is set for the entire PS3 back catalogue to be re-released digitally on PS4, for a much lower price, without being touched up. It sounds like PS Now is how that'll happen.

But are they purposely delaying it so they can squeeze money out of the re-releases right now while there's nothing else? I mean, imagine if even 10% of the PS3 catalogue was available on PS4 at launch.

Yes, some games like Last of Us and GTA deserve the remastering, but the majority will be fine released as is, and it really should of happened now when there's no new games, not in two or three years when they can't be retouched and sold for $80 each.
Sony are taking the same path as Nintendo... release a remake of a remake that was remade 2 gens ago....
we'll never see the end of this

Letrico said: One good thing of the remakes is that the game can finally run on the system it was meant to be on without choppy frame rate and bad textures.


Remade... for the system it was MEANT to be on...

wow, what a retarded comment

Gryllis said: Were there really any PS2/Xbox/Cube gamers that bought a Wii, only had that, and now have decided to get a PS4 though?
You'd think they would have picked up a cheap PS3/360 over the last year or two if they're still into gaming.
Maybe PC gamers that have a secondary console for exclusives, but they'd have probably either got a PS3/360 by now for their few exclusives, or stuck with the Wii U.


Me. Though I only really want a PS4 for Tekken 7.
I never owned a 360 but if I was to get an xb1 I would be happy to purchase the remastered halo to give it a go. Other titles like gears of war would be another.

These are titles I missed out on.

I see 1st party titles succeeding more unless it was a title that was rebooted/remade from a 'generation' or 2 or so ago. Nostalgia can turn into purchases.
your headline gives me a headache ben

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