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PS4 worries at Activision: 'There are still many unknown factors' about the next generation

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on 9 May 2013

Right now, the upcoming next-generation of gaming consoles are being looked upon as a much-needed boost for the industry. However, not everyone is completely optimistic that they will be enough to raise console gaming back up. In an Activision earnings call this week, company president & CEO Bobby Kotick expressed his reservations on next-gen systems and why he's not as hopeful as others are.

"We continue to face the uncertainties of the console transition,' Kotick explained to Activision investors. "There are still many unknown factors, such as pricing, launch dates and quantities, the level of first-party support and, importantly, consumer purchase intent in a world where consoles are no longer just competing with each other, but also with new platforms, such as smartphones and tablets."

Despite what you may think of Kotick or Activision, the concerns he raises are very much real and something to worry about. Next-gen systems like the PlayStation 4 need to be compelling gaming devices rather than a glorified Netflix machine like the PlayStation 3 has become in many homes.

What are your concerns for the new console generation? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to PSU for breaking PS4 news.


Ernest Lin is a US Editor for PSU when he's not complaining about how kids these days weren't around when Call of Duty first started. You can follow him on Tumblr & Twitter.