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Bobby King and The Pinball Arcade on PS4, What Everyone Wants to Know

Posted by on June 24th, 2013 | 5 Comments | Tags:

Previously, on PSNStores, we were told by a Sony representative manning the Pinball Arcade PS4 kiosk that it would be Cross-Buy entitled alongside purchases of the PS3 and Vita versions. Our readers and Pinball Arcade fans alike demanded we take the post down because it was not true according to a response by a Pinball Arcade Facebook account.

I emailed FarSight Studios and got in touch with Mike Lindsey, User Community Manager at FarSight Studios. He hit up Bobby King, lead designer at FarSight Studios, to give us and our readers the best possible answer they can at such an early stage of development on PS4. Here’s what he had to say:

We’re implementing dynamic lighting, adding new features and improving gameplay.
We haven’t decided on how we’re handling cross-buy / cross-discount yet.
The tables will probably be sold in a larger bundle at launch as the shell/platform (all of season one maybe = 22 tables).
We’re not sure whether all of the PS3/PSVita tables will be updated in time for the PS4 launch.

That is a lot of information in just one quote. The last bit was unexpected though, and paints a picture that FarSight is working very hard on the PS4 tables. King says the PS3 and Vita tables may or may not get updated with all the features we’ve been expecting in time for the launch of the PlayStation 4. Does this signal that FarSight may be planning to support cross-platform online support in the way of unified leaderboards and tournaments? The reasoning behind this statement is a grey area at this time.

Now comes the really good part, ever detail about the game as outlined in the official fact sheet. Just about everything the PS4 version will improve upon, as well as unique features that take advantage of the DualShock 4 controller. The playable E3 version of Star Trek: The Next Generation was not actually fully optimized as hopefully most industry professionals would assume, so reading through this list has me worried about the health of my PSN Store wallet.

After you read this list, tell us if you’ll remain committed to the versions you already own on PS3/Vita, or if you might be taking the double-dipping plunge onto PS4. Which features would you like to have on PS3/Vita right now?

Key Features:

  • Best Tables of All-time – Licensed Bally®, Williams®, Stern®, Sega®, Data East® and Gottlieb® pinball tables selected to create the ultimate pinball collection
  • ROM Emulation – 100% accurate gameplay / graphics of real world machines
  • DLC – Table Packs, Pro Upgrades, Bundles and Ball Packs released regularly
  • Leaderboards – Bragging rights over friends or all players world-wide for each table
  • Hall of Fame Score – Combined score of owned tables that ranks players
  • Pro Versions – Operator’s Menu, Table Exploration, Ball Control, IFPA Pro Tips
  • Table Goals – Accomplishments tied to learning and mastering each table

PS4 Features:

  • Real-time lighting, shadows, reflections of 100′s of lights per table
  • Social Media integration
  • Motion and Touch controls
  • Stereoscopic 3D support
  • Video sharing

Tables confirmed for PS4:

Twilight Zone®, Star Trek: The Next Generation®, Theatre of Magic™, Scared Stiff™, Elvira and the Party Monsters™, Monster Bash™, Gorgar™, Circus Voltaire™, Funhouse™, Medieval Madness™, The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot™, Pin•Bot™, Creature from the Black Lagoon®, No Good Gofers™, Big Shot™, Taxi™, Black Knight™, Cactus Canyon™, Black Hole™, White Water™, Space Shuttle®, Attack from Mars™, and MANY other great tables are available.

Game Modes:

  • Arcade Play – Supports multi-player games on any of the tables
  • Challenge Mode – Players are challenged to progress through all of the tables in the collection by achieving a target score
  • Tournaments – Held on PSN in different ability tiers each month to give players a world-wide tournament ranking.  Players of all skills can earn their way up the ranks to compete against the best players.


  • Devin Hudson

    I play pinball on my Vita more than anything, so even if I was getting a PS4 anytime soon I wouldn’t double dip just to play this game on there. That being said, it seems kinda hard to want to continue supporting the PS3/Vita version when it seems like it has essentially been thrown on the back burner.

    • Maggard

      Must agree with Mr. Hudson all points. Developers need to keep both oars in the water, as just rowing with their PS4 may put them off course.

  • Freelance

    I rarely play my consoles these days. I play on my handhelds and my PC a ton more. That said, I have no idea if I’m going to get a PS4, and I will continue buying the table packs on PS3/Vita as long as they keep pumping them out. If the PC version supports my controller, I may buy it there, and if I do I’ll just get my favourites and not every single table like I do on the Vita.

  • Stoker

    Rebuying a Pinball game (which the current gen has enough horsepower to do in its sleep) that then sells extra content that is not compatible across versions I already own? Uh. No thanks.

    I’m about done with this whole rebuying stuff every gen paradigm.

    • Maggard

      As things get tighter, I find myself saving the funds I am able to spend for Vita games or those with Cross-Buy.