Why I Can Wait For The Next Gen

The odds of me getting a PS4 or Xbox One at launch were always going to be low, the amount of money they’re asking for simply doesn’t match up with the amount of money I have available to invest in a new machine.

I could probably buy on credit, but unless I’m buying something I truly can’t afford without credit, like a house, the thought leaves me a bit nervous; do I really want that weight hanging around my neck just to get a new console? However, things seem to be conspiring to make my future lack of a new console a lot easier to swallow.

Take third party titles as an example. We were always going to be in a situation where a lot of third party titles would come to both the current and next generation, but with the likes of Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV and Batman: Arkham Origins all hitting the PS3 and Xbox 360, the next generation really does feel like it can wait a bit.

There’s obviously the exclusives as well, somewhere the PS3 really shines. Sony have the intriguing Beyond: Two Souls, the intimidating Gran Turismo 6 and the enchanting Puppeteer all coming later this year, and I’ve still got to take a look at The Last of Us at some point soon.

That’s not to say that next gen titles don’t look great of course, Drive Club looks fantastic and while many dismissed Ryse it certainly caught my attention. Both the Xbox One and the PS4 are going to have great stuff arriving, even if we may have to wait till 2014 for some of each platform’s announced exclusives.

I’m sure all those games will be absolutely fantastic, and some of the things like The Crew and Sunset Overdrive that are coming a little later into the next generation have sunk their claws into me with startling rapidity. The thing is, I’m not sure they’re good enough to justify the outlay on the console, and then the additional outlay on buying those games, particularly as they may well be more expensive than current gen games.

That outlay seems even crazier when I look at the backlog of games I’ve still got to play. I’ve not only got a good chunk of old Xbox 360 games to play, including some big games like Assassin’s Creed Revelations, but I’ve got a hefty catalogue of games sitting on my PS3 from PlayStation Plus.

We’ve talked a lot in the past about the value for money that Plus offers subscribers, so I won’t go into it too much here, but the games that the service offers really do start to stack up quite quickly. Although I’ve managed to work my way through the rather disappointing single player of Battlefield 3 recently, I’ve still got massive games like Saints Row the Third completely untouched, and huge chunks of Just Cause 2 and inFamous 2 still to explore.

It doesn’t look like PlayStation Plus’ onslaught of quality titles is going to let up any time soon either, with Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Mafia II and Spec Ops: The Line all coming in August, and all looking like they’ll be worth my time. I fully expect September and October to bring us more goodies, and they’ll likely be more still even after the PS4’s launch.

Beyond anything else, PlayStation Plus really is the thing that means I’m not done with this generation yet. Sure, Sony are working hard to bring us wonderful indie titles and I certainly appreciate that, and even Microsoft are making a vague stab at giving me games as part of my Gold subscription, but the way that Sony continually deliver games of exceptional quality straight to my hard drive makes me feel that there’s more than enough life in my PS3 to keep me going for quite some time.

The next generation will certainly have the latest and most impressive titles on offer, and may well even have games that are simply more fun than what’s available via my current consoles, but as things stand I’ve still got so much enjoyment to wring out of my PS3 and Xbox 360 before I give them up. Why on earth would I want to spend a minimum of £349 to replace them?



  1. I will only buy a PS4 in 2014 :)

  2. Solid article, one which I have to agree with to be honest. For the past 12 months I have been putting money aside (as well as selling things such as older consoles and my guitar kit) to build up a “next gen fund”, knowing the consoles would be around the £400-500 price point.
    Its only recently that I’ve sat back and realized that I still have plenty to keep me busy on the 360 and loads lined up on our recently purchased Wii-U.
    Once the X1 has seen a price drop and has a few more games out for it, sure, I will probably cough up and get one, but until then I’m happy with the likes of Gears3 and the crap-tonne of Wii-U games coming out soon.

  3. While I think I am ready for the PS3 to be replaced (or rather, have it’s slim new brother to be sat along side it), I still have a lot of PS3 games on my shelf I am yet to complete, with games like GT6 and GTA5 still to come (not so bothered about Beyond), I too think there’s life in the old dog yet. Also, for a new console, well the Wii U that arrived 2 days ago will suffice there (that controller is awesome btw), and there’s a host of games coming out for it that I really want, more so than anything offered by Sony or MS on their next gen of machines. I am a happy camper for now. Having said all of that, I would love to own a console on release day, simply because I never have…

  4. I can’t wait for next gen ,then I can buy a new graphics card from AMD

  5. I’m with you Kris – ‘S ok, whilst others are playing with their shiny PS4’s, we’ll still be hammering away on our PS3’s & the many many games yet to be completed.

    Who knows, i may even have space on my friends list then! :D

    • You planning a mass cull of us all then chief! :D

  6. I’m keeping my PS3 for my existing non-transferable library and for the upcoming games, especially Beyond Two Souls and Puppeteer.
    I can understand why many people won’t feel the need just yet, with both the cost and the great line-up of PS3 games still on the way, but i simply can’t wait – i’m already fantasising about the unboxing! :P
    And as i’m paying whatever i can spare each week or so towards my preorder at Gamestop it works out quite affordable and i’ll have it paid for by launch day.

  7. I however cannot wait.

    This gen has gone on too long and although ps3 atm is getting a second golden age in exclusives any multi-plat games i’m not going to get on ps3 if there’s a shinier (shinyyy) version available.

    PS4 and even Xbone aren’t that expensive really if you compare it to say ipad/iphone/smartphones hell most gadgets and for the tech you get it’s a bargain.

    Anyway i’ll be enjoying my ps4 come Nov/Dec.

  8. 6 months ago I would have felt the same way but since the reveal, I’ve been super excited for ps4. I don’t even know why.

    You could hype up a garbage can and I’d probably want to buy it.

  9. until the next gen comes, I’ll play PS3 !!!

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