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?