So yesterday I went down to the local "independently owned" games store to pick up some Wii and PS3 stuff they were holding for me, and there was a discussion going on about what retro gaming will look like in 20 years. Like, will there even be a PS4 retro gaming scene 20-25 years from now.
Eh... no? Maybe? It's a little hard to imagine since there are so many digital exclusives out there and physical/retail copies of current gen games are slowly falling away. Yeah, there's still a surprising number of physical editions out there, but, with the exception of outliers like the Limited Run Games catalog, most of those physical editions have dlc and day one patches and patches after that. At some point, those patches and additional content are going to go away and it's going to be a lot harder for a retro gamer in 2045 to scrabble together everything he/she needs to make God of War or Fallout 76 play as intended.
For PS3/PS4 I've started collecting GotY/Complete editions as well as the "black label' release - if the GotY edtion has the dlc and patches on the disc instead of via download code.
Anyway, somehow this has inspired me to spend the rest of the summer with the PS4. I own one, but aside from a couple AAA titles each year (Sekiro, Bloodborne, AC: Odyssey, etc.), I don't spend a lot of time with it. Meanwhile, I still love my PS3 and Wii. Finally started putting together a PS4 want list this morning. Have a feeling I'm going to be underwhelmed and go back to PS3 though.
Question: How much of a difference is there between PS4 remasters of PS3 titles, and the original version? I'm thinking mostly of games like Dark Souls Remastered, the PS4 versions of Darksiders i and II, God of War III remastered, Devil May Cry HD Collection, Journey Collector's Edition, etc. Is the jump in quality really that great if you own the PS3 edition. I've always felt like the gap between generations was larger going from PS2->PS3 than PS3->PS4.