Up until the reveal of the PS4, I wasn’t that excited for next generation consoles. Even though it has been eight years, it honestly felt like hardly any time had past and I thought there was plenty of life left in my PS3. But then I saw the games, I saw the features, I saw that it was truly a step up from the generation before it, arguably unlike the Wii U.
And, unlike Kris, the money they were asking for – Sony in particular at the sweet spot of £349 – matched up with exactly what I’m able to invest in a new machine.
£349 means I don’t need to buy on credit, and the double payment of my student loan helps all the more. I can save the money I’m making from working during the Summer, meaning I’ll be able to pick up at least one truly next generation system. Kris’ points in his article are valid but I believe these systems can co-exist and buying a PS4 on launch is ultimately a good choice.
There’s obviously the third party problem – but is it really a big problem? With the next generation of consoles will come better versions of games – why wait and be stuck with a poorer version of Watch Dogs or Assassin’s Creed, rather than experiencing them in their full glory? Even then there might be games that won’t be on PS4 and Xbox One – but who cares – my PS3 and Xbox 360 won’t go away, will they?
In fact, I plan to keep my PS3 in my living room not only to play these games that aren’t heading to next generation consoles, but as a media device, for TV, Netflix, music and anything else I want, leaving my PS4 as a pure games machine.
You have to remember that most of the current generation exclusives are arriving before November, meaning that I’ll have plenty of time to digest them while I anxiously await the release day of the PS4 – I pick up most Sony exclusives on launch, so I don’t feel as though I’m missing out.
The only big kicker is GTA V; a game which hasn’t been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One yet will prove extremely popular and perhaps extremely good. Of course my PS3 will still be around for this, but GTA V is a game which should keep me entertained for months and the only thing that I feel could keep me away from a next generation PlayStation.
But that’s just temporary. The PS3 and Xbox 360 releases won’t keep coming forever (except for FIFA, that never seems to stop) and a year or two down the line there’ll be a plethora of titles I won’t be able to play if I stick with the current generation.
“Why don’t you just wait a year?” I hear you say. Well the truth is that I don’t want to. I want a new, shiny black box under my TV; I want more polygons and a better framerate in my games; I want the next generation.
All the hype from the reveals and E3 has got me really excited and this time I don’t feel as though I’ll be disappointed at first as I usually am with new consoles; I feel like there’s something I’d be missing out on this time round.
And as for my backlog? Who cares – there’s newer, better games coming out. I’ll find time for my hundreds of games that I still need to play some time, perhaps only picking out the best rather than all of them. As I’ve said, my current generation consoles will still be there, still playable, waiting for the day I put down my PS4 controller in order to spend some time with them instead.
PlayStation Plus has only made my backlog of games worse, but I’m quite sick of getting titles that I only sort of want to play rather than big, next generation adventures that I can’t wait to get stuck into.
The next generation will certainly have the latest and most impressive titles on offer, and will have games that are simply more fun than what’s available via my current consoles, but my PS3 and 360 will still be there, allowing me to wring out the enjoyment when I feel like it; I won’t have to give them up. Why on earth wouldn’t I spend £349, it’s not like I’m replacing them completely.