Here's why the PS4's success could lead to more HD collections

Sony has sold over 7 million PS4s so far. That's impressive. But it's shortsighted to pin all those sales on Sony fanboys who have stuck with the brand since the original Playstation. In truth--according to Sony Entertainment CEO Andrew House, at least--almost half of those 7 million PS4 owners never owned a PS3. So what could this mean for the PS4 and its library? My guess: Don't be surprised when a landslide of HD remasters of Sony's Greatest Hits comes to store shelves. The Last of Us on PS4 is just the tip of the iceberg.

Just look at the number of Sony blockbusters that got their start with the previous generation, with Resistance, Uncharted, and Infamous being the most notable examples. Of those, Sony has already said it likes the idea of Uncharted being remastered for PS4. Sony is no stranger to this practice: PS2 series like God of War, Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper, and Team Ico releases were remastered into collections for PS3. But, as House says, millions of gamers missed out on the PS3. Since many of those same gamers now have a shiny PS4 sitting at home, Sony knows that this is an untapped market. It stands to gain plenty of profit from repackaging games all those people weren't able to play.

This is just one route Sony can--and I believe, will--take, the other being heavy promotion of Playstation Now. This service (currently in beta) will provide streaming access to games from all of Sony's console cycles, so you can relive your PS1 glory days, too. PS Now could even work alongside HD collections--if you only want to play one part of a trilogy, then you only need to rent that individual game. Andrew House sees the value here too: "We're only just getting into our stride with people who now have been playing for 10, 20 years, who have a nostalgia factor."

Compare this idea with how Disney reintroduces its classics to each new generation. When a new title is freed from the "Disney Vault," it's an opportunity for the original audience to share it with others, often their children. There's a whole new market out there for Sony, and it's prepared to tap into the homes of newcomers and nostalgics alike. You can bet that an Uncharted collection--and many others--will soon be a reality.

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  • Carbontm - July 17, 2014 1:34 a.m.

    If you're also a PC gamer (like me) there's something really special about upgrading/replacing your PC and then re-visiting games that you previously enjoyed but had to compromise on quality in order to play. Being able to slide the graphics settings all the way to the right, up the resolution and increase the framerate is sometimes all it takes to really enjoy an old title. If there's extra features, then that's a bonus!
  • alllifeinfate - August 15, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    I agree wholeheartedly! :D
  • Pruman - July 16, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    I wish that everyone would stop calling them "HD remakes." When I think "remake," I think of Resident Evil on the GameCube or Metroid Zero Mission - a game that, although it takes plenty of cues from the original, is really a new twist on the first game's concept. Those are few and far between, and they're usually pretty good, too. What we call HD remakes are more like a director's cut - 97% the same product, but restored and brought in line with modern presentation standards. Would you call the Special Edition of Star Wars or the Redux Edition of Apocalypse Now a "remake?" Maybe some people would, but not me. I have bought exactly 3 "special editions," and my rule is that if I A) already own the game, B) something currently connected to my TV can play it, and C) it costs more than $10, it doesn't get bought. I made an exception for Halo Anniversary because their effort went well beyond just upscaling it to HD, and Wind Waker HD came with my Wii U.
  • shawksta - July 15, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    Crash Bandicoot and Spyro Collection please :D
  • Jackonomics2.0 - July 15, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    Yay, more collections of last gen, just what we need for a new generation that people will still eat up. Seriously though, its cool but wouldnt both HD Collections and Playstation Now get in each other's way? You can stream one game, only to see an HD collection of it already exists. This might have a problem, but hence why i said might.
  • Vonter - July 15, 2014 7:05 p.m.

    The HD re-edition race is open. Who will offer the best? Could Sony offer an Uncharted trilogy bundle? Or Nintendo a Mario galaxies combo? Microsoft is putting the Halo mainline games together. Any other thing could be nice but I think HD versions reached their peak last gen, today's more about more bang for your buck edition.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - July 15, 2014 7:31 p.m.

    "Shit we got no games to sell on our new platforms, we better put last gen games on bundles!" Also Nintendo would be stupid to make a Galaxy combo bundle when the Wii U is already backwards compatible.
  • brickman409 - July 15, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    I wouldn't be surprised if we saw more remakes of GameCube games for the Wii U. They already remade Wind Waker after all
  • Swedish_Chef - July 22, 2014 6:16 a.m.

    F-Zero GX HD Remake when?
  • brickman409 - July 22, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    that would be awesome
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - July 15, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    I wish they would release a Resistance Collection for PS4 INCLUDING Resistance: Retribution. That game was incredible but impossible to play with the PSP's single thumb stick