The PlayStation 4’s real competition to come from Samsung?

Forbes Magazine has been around for a very long time. They are renowned for posting their yearly billionaires list and generally covering things that we mere mortals could only ever dream about. But it seems that they are also human and have made a momentous cock up right here.

According to an article on their site right now Sony’s next biggest challenge isn’t going to be coming from Microsoft, or Nintendo, or even Valve with their on again off again Steambox.

No the new gaming powerhouse on the market is Samsung… and no Samsung aren’t making a gaming console but rather have released a gamepad for their Samsung Galaxy S4 phone…

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Okay stop laughing this is serious business. These guys wear suits and stuff… So what awesome games is the S4 going to be launching with that is making Forbes think they are gunning for PlayStation?

"The company had a game arcade section set up for press and attendees to gets hands-on time with the new smartphone playing games like Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 and Electronic Arts’ Real Racing 3.”

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It’s launching in May with 8 games… and will be compatible with 80 current games in the app store.

Okay I’m done… let us know if you think PlayStation should be worried about this new attack on it’s space?

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Author:Gavin Mannion

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  • http://www.facebook.com/cuan121 Cuan Robertson

    That Fisher Price controller is sweet.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Heh, sign me up for this!

  • Kingkappie

    cellphone gaming will never be a contender for console gaming but this is a cool concept

  • Zero-Cool

    I’m not so sure that they made such a mistake with this prediction, think of how much the gaming space has changed since the introduction of mobile gaming and $1 games. While Sony might not have direct competition from Samsung, the masses might gravitate more towards smartphones for casual gaming than buying a dedicated system.

    • Deon Steyn

      Exactly, casual gamers. I can’t see anyone playing Cod,God of War,Gta or Dead Space on a cellphone. Plus I think Samsung is just trying to get in on the PS4′s hype.

      • Zero-Cool

        That’s what many people thought when they got their first smartphone, I’m not going to play games on that! Until Angry Birds and others came out, then it all changed. All the phones need is that one awesome game to tip the balance.

        • Deon Steyn

          But again Angry Birds is for the casual gamer. I have that on my phone and I play that in bed or at the office on the toilet. I still have need for God of War or Metal Gear Rising and I don’t see Samsung catering for that anytime soon.

  • Deon Steyn

    cellphone gaming is to consoles what consoles is to pc gaming. There is no way the one will or can ever replace the other. The cellphones biggest competition will be the Vita and the 3DS.

    • Skyblue

      More like the biggest competition to handheld consoles are cellphones. They are rendering the handheld console market obsolete which Nintendo has traditionally dominated.

  • iPrimal

    seriously? It’s still a handheld. If anything it would be a contender against other handhelds.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Yeah. Forget trying to compare apples and oranges. Here they are trying to compare apples and bread. Not even in the same ball park….

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    While I guess this is kinda cool, for the price of an S IV I’d much rather buy myself a next gen console or buy a current gen one and actually save on cash.

    Smartphones are not meant to be hardcore gaming platforms

    • Deon Steyn

      I chat a lot on my S2 through Whatsapp after work. Now imagine closing or minimizing the game every 30 seconds to reply to a message while it’s plug into my HD TV.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Dude, I freak out when I have to do that when playing freaking Pinball or Temple Run. Urg, On an HD TV to pause every few minutes would be disastrous!

      • loftie

        Get a second S2? :P

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          S2′s have been discontinued

      • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.spencer.758 Bluesky02

        Yeah agree on that point and I mostly don’t have free time to spend and sit playing game on near the TV

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Not crazy about her voice O_O

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Sonic NOOB :P

    • Deon Steyn

      Good Lord thank heavens for the barriers in Need for Speed, no telling where she would end up.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        XD, the pedestrians are safe for another day!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    There is one main reason why a handheld smartphone will never be able to compete with the console market. Forget about anything else. The main reason is…..

    Hard Drive space.

    Sorry. But Unless you can have something like 500GB+ on your phone (and not just USB type storage but proper fast access HDD space) it will never work. Yeah you can have your cutesy fun games (Sonic etc) and some fun FPS shooter style games. But huge AAA games are going to be a huge problem as the devices simply don’t have the storage capacity that the bigger consoles have.

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      Have you played Chaos Rings or DrakeRider? not to mention the upcoming camaflouj.amazing games that are not that big. but even then 64 gig is quite alot to manage a AAA game. even conduit that was on the wii is on smartphone now

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        The problem isn’t that it isn’t possible.

        But at only 64GB of space you are going to run out very, very quickly.

        A Playstation or Xbox is capable of handling many, many games. Without constantly needing to install or uninstall constantly. Simply because they can run from disk as well as HDD.

        A smartphone would eventually suffer an issue where you run out of space and you will have to start removing games to install new ones and vice versa if you want to go back to your old games. This is what I meant.

        It’s possible to run a few good AAA games on the device yes. But at some point it’s going to become impractical.

        • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

          Definitely . At some point you are going to have to manage your installs. probably on the PC or cloud. but it is possible and the space of a mobile will increase a lot, with the way current technology is going, won’t be long before we get a TB phone. and look at project shield, mobile devices has a lot of potential. If we have AAA games + the ‘millions’ of casual games on the Play store, we could have a behemoth on our hands … but that won’t be any time soon

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            All valid solutions. But I don’t want to have to manage my installations via the cloud or PC if I have a mobile device or console.

            The reason being that
            a) SA internet is teribad and would be horrid trying to run a game through the cloud
            b) Needing to connect my device to PC just to manage my games? Well then I’m simply going to use my PC for gaming or buy a console which don’t need to manage game content so badly.

            I’m not saying it’s impossible or a bad idea. Not at all. I’m simply pointing out why it wouldn’t (in it’s current state) be a threat to the console market.

            It’s 2 very differant markets that are being targeted by these 2. Consoles more for the “core gamer” and smartphones more for the “casual gamer” with a bit of core gaming thrown in, in the hopes it will attract more core gamers.

            But they won’t be direct competition, nor will they eat in to eachother’s markets due to the fact that it’s such a different market on either side of the fence

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Sjny is DOOOOOMED! (Watch the downvotes come like a moth to a flame…)

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Nice try. But how can we take you seriously as a troll when you can’t spell Sony right :P
      #trolol

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        This is true #fuckit

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          GO SIT IN THE CORNER!

          • Darth_Clericus_The_Ultimate

            Troll fail hahaha!

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Or troll brilliance?

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Since your spelling failure, should it not be trikk?

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Actually Tromm ;)

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Actually trjll :P
            Edit, almost sounds like tril, which is just epic lulz

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            As in Jazdia Dax Trill? 0_O YUM.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            No, as in the alternative name for penor in Afrikaans, and you just said YUM!
            XDXDXDXD

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            No yum?

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Nee dude, too late, you said tril was yum, so nee, nee, nee :P

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Well, if you are going to be like that, I’ll go sit in the corner with the red fire truck, at least he’s only a prick… Wait, what?!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            I rest my case…

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Jy like trill? Well, I’m not gonna judge man :P

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            0-O

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Lol sorry man. I shall stop trolling you now. I apologise. It was fun though :)

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Haha! Not at all! I was too! But it just goes to show, the power of passive aggression wins. With examples like Tibet and France under my belt you really stood no chance…

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            You need psychological help man.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Please tell me you picked up the EPIC sarcasm in my statement!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            No! Sarcasm? Where? I never! Woah. You are sarcasm master!

            #sarcasm
            #Troll
            #MyMomTaughtMeIShouldPlayNiceWithOtherKids

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            #momwasnotagoodteacher hahaha sorry ;)

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            #ImSuchARebel
            #RAWWWR

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            that Rawwwr just reminds me of OVG shooting the moon in ME3 on Saturday… He kept asking WHY he was coming last…

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Ok, I am not scarred for life now. Not at all

          • Deon Steyn

            Is it still brilliance if the downvotes doesn’t come?

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I was wondering that too. Perhaps success has decided to loiter on the corner of Sjny and Trjll? ;)

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I don’t want to. The red fire engine is already there, and he’s a prick…

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      SONY! (post coffee)

    • Deon Steyn

      *Sony – hehe you just earned a downvote
      Edit – changed to upvote.

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Bring it!

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Why thank you!

  • Anon A Mouse

    Yes I can see this happening, although not to the PS4, rather Sony’s handhelds, which I don’t even want to own. This is just another contender in the casual gaming market and nothing else. It’ll probably also last for about 3 months after the launch.

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    I wonder if it was some pissed up intern messing about. I am pretty sure info like this should be checked by these peeps. I mean, it’s not News24 for goodness sake!

  • McDangerousZa

    I actually think they might be onto something. The whole technological singularity thing is coming, that’s for sure. Just consider the increase in power phones have seen in the last 4 or 5 years. Soon you’ll be plugging your phone into your TV (or even streaming it wirelessly) and enjoying AAA games with all of the bells and whistles turned on.

    Sure, there will always be a market for a dedicated console and a dedicated computer, purely from a processing power perspective, but soon smartphones will have enough processing power to allow the majority of users to use them for the content they want.

    • Deon Steyn

      I don’t think it will be that soon. Remember consoles are already powerful machines dedicated to gaming only and they are still bigger than laptops. To shrink that power into a device as small as a phone will be very expensive if at all possible. Yes the graphics looks nice but try and play something hardware intensive like Crysis,Metro or Bioshock on the Samsung.

  • fintel

    Looks like something you get from verimark.

  • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

    well I’m ADDICTED to chaos rings on my S3. I pay full price for some of the games and they are not cheap,and many people buy them too, so I’m sure there is some good revenue in that not to mention the ease of publishing on the Play Store. the quality is AMA-ZING!! but I’m not sure if it rivals a console though …. but mobile devices are becoming stronger and stronger and they are taking quite a nice junk of the market.

  • fred

    Can it play Crysis?

    • Deon Steyn

      I know 100% that it will play Angry Birds without a hint of lag.

  • FoxOneZA

    The Vita can go suck it now.

  • FoxOneZA

    Someone at Forbes mistook the Samsung’s 8 Core CPU for the PS4′s 8 Core CPU and said same to same right?

  • Melasco

    Nah, Playstation 4 should not be worried. People easily confuse 4 or 8 core ARM CPU’s with the stuff you get in PC’s and consoles. Although the development in the mobile space is impressive and growing rapidly, we are still far far away from phones running Crysis 3 at current console quality and performance… PS Vita… They should be worried….

    This article makes me realize that it’s funny how people will spend R8000 on a phone without thinking twice, but moan at the possibility of PS4 costing R6000…. Human logic not always very logical is it…

    • Weanerdog

      Well the CPU of the ps4 is not going to be a lot better than the ones found in cell phones. The gpu on the otherhand is, for now, anouther story.

  • Skande

    Well for those on a S3 here is a nice bundle 10 games or so for $7 (works on a few devices and can be played via steam)

    https://www.humblebundle.com/

  • PsiCoRe

    With enough capital I would’ve built this controller at least 5 years ago. There were some decent games out there but the phones buttons never worked for it and the N-Gage proved that trying to have best of both didn’t work. A clip on controller just seemed obvious. Back to the question: In a pure numbers game which is all these suits care about then MS, Nintendo and Sony might lose a small percentage of the casual market, but with that controller I don’ think much. If it were me I’d have an additional battery on the controller and have a better shape. The phone would clip onto the gamepad, not slide into it so I can play anywhere.

  • matthurstrsa

    No thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.spencer.758 Bluesky02

    The Samsung Galaxy 4 is a great phone, if I had to chose an S4 or PS4, then I would probably go with the S4.

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