With all the recent news of games being ported to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, I find myself at a bit of a crossroads. It’s nothing short of a first world problem yet the choice between playing some of last year’s greatest hits or waiting for them to cross the generational gap is still a tough decision to make.
Like many who frequent TheSixthAxis, I allot a fair amount of my free time lounging around playing video games. However, with work, studying, and the other myriad distractions in our lives, we often find games either slipping through the net or being returned to the shelf unfinished. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to blitz through every major release as well as those lesser-known titles that appeal to our own personal tastes.
For me, Grand Theft Auto V slots directly into this situation. During launch week I absolutely hammered Rockstar’s latest satirical sandbox though quickly set it aside, satisfied in knowing that when I came back to it, Los Santos would still be waiting. Several months down the line, however, I started to doubt this decision.
During this year’s E3 Rockstar confirmed that, indeed, Grand Theft Auto V would finally launch on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Maybe I’m a sucker for not realising the inevitability, but now, having returned to Grand Theft Auto V, I can feel an invisible barrier. One part of me is content in waiting a few more months for the newer version, whereas the other – perhaps more sensible – part would rather stick with what I have now.
After all, I did spend £40 on the game when it came out – surely it would make sense to get my money’s worth instead of paying twice for the same experience? Still, just the thought of playing on newer hardware is enticing enough for me to doubt myself.
Sticking with the topic of value, the supposed listing of Beyond: Two Souls creates a similar dilemma. Having adored Heavy Rain, I was keen to sit down and blast through Quantic Dream’s divisive technical showpiece. However, with so many other games on my slate, it slipped under the radar. Even up to a few weeks ago this never seemed like a problem, however. I’m sure many, like myself, often put off buying games so they can snatch them up later for half or even a quarter of the price.
With the recent sighting of Beyond for PlayStation 4, it seems like I will be paying full price when it hopefully launches in the near future. In this particular instance I’m not too bummed: having seen The Last of Us: Remastered being flogged for £30, it’s not as if I’ll have to go hungry to grab a PS4 copy of Beyond. Not everyone is in the same situation though with some die-hard fans having snapped it up last year, their wallets now on stand-by.
This strange practice of holding out for new generation ports is bizarre yet (hopefully) temporary. With the cream of 2013’s crop having undergone the scalpel and the fact that most new games now launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well, there’s little chance of players being caught in the gap for much longer.
With that said, those who are topping up their last-gen libraries may still want to tread carefully for a little while. Only a couple of days ago a developer from Gearbox, currently working on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, hinted that the game could come to newer hardware after all. Similarly, Sony has scoped the Uncharted series as a suitable “Remastered” candidate.
Other studios and publishers such as EA, Ubisoft, and Deep Silver may also be planning re-releases behind the scenes. There would be nothing stopping them from porting recent hits such as Saint’s Row IV, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, or even the Mass Effect Trilogy.
I suppose it all comes down to how picky we are as gamers. Though some will be more than satisfied in just playing what comes out first and enjoying a game for what it is, there will be those wanting the very best experience they can get.