Press Row Hangout Clips: Are Patches Helping or Hurting Games and Publishers Fail to Provide Specifics on Last-Gen Editions

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Posted July 28th, 2014 at 11:15 am

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The latest Press Row Hangout tackled a number of topics and the first two are featured in the clips below. More will be posted throughout the week and the full show audio will be featured on Friday’s Press Row Podcast.

1) Patches have allowed developers to continue working on games right up to and beyond release. But is that resulting in better games or simply ones that are left unfinished while relying on consumers to hope that fixes and improvements are made later?

2) It’s the first year with Xbox One and PS4 games releasing alongside the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Publishers are heavily promoting the games for the former but won’t detail what might be missing from the feature set for the latter despite both being the same $60. How big a problem is this deceptive form of advertising?

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  • Keith.

    Given that most sales are still going to be on X360/PS3, it’s going to be really interesting to see what kind’ve drop-off there is this year in light of the nominal changes made to the games on those systems. In Madden’s case, I’d expect to see the PS4 numbers improve from the 500-600,000 copies sold last year to closer to 1 million. But will the 1+million copies sold last year on X360/PS3 drop to 300-400,000, more than off-setting the gain on PS4/XBone? Another factor is a lot of people bought M25 on both X360/XBone or PS3/PS4 last year, taking advantage of the $10 upgrade. Without that $10 upgrade option this year, what can we expect from the sales numbers over all? Regardless, it’s going to be really interesting to watch and see what happens.

  • LenInFlux

    I think the point about the price for the ps3/360 versions being the same as the next gen versions is the most important – to the average consumer who isn’t clued into this website or something else where they gain more information, they walk into a gamestop and based on the price and same cover they are led to assume that, aside from the quality of the graphics, the games are the same. Maybe they are but EA should come out and clearly state what the differences are if any. Why they continue to not do this is beyond me – if there are a few things missing from the lesser gen versions then just say so.

  • LenInFlux

    In regards to patches, they are a good thing in theory but over time they’ve seem to have made the dev teams either lazy or apathetic (or both) in terms of the finished product that hits the shelves on release day. It’s one thing to miss a few bugs that are fixed a month or two after release but these days there are new features that seem unfinished and have to be completed with a patch. These days I won’t buy games on release day because of this……all too often it’s an unfinished product. I’d rather wait for the 2nd patch.

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