The next generation of consoles is nearly upon us. The PlayStation 4 will be out in about a week’s time and the Xbox One will be release a week after and everything with video gaming will revolve around these two consoles. However, while I will be reading up on the wonders of next gen and the problems that inevitably brings, I won’t be joining the next gen. At least not yet.
I have this rule with new consoles, having lived through three of them (N64, PS1, Saturn / PS2, Xbox, Gamecube / 360, PS3, Wii). I don’t buy a new console until it has been out for a year and there are 10 exclusive games to the console that I want to play. That exclusive games list can also include games available on other platforms but have a feature on that console that make it the noticeably superior version. For example, Rayman Raving Rabbids was released on the Wii, 360, and PC. I don’t know why you would ever get that game on the 360 or PC so that game counts in favor of the Wii.
So keeping those rules in mind, obviously I will not be getting a PS4 or Xbone at launch. But why do I have these rules? Honestly, it’s because of what has been happening with those new consoles recently. It always happens with every console launch. We’re all excited for new console, we say we’re going to get it day one, and then more news trickles out over the course of the year towards launch and that amazing console looks noticeably less so once the facts are laid bare and our blinders are taken off.
First the Xbox One. The console is going to be $500, which is a lot to pay for a console. Kinect, a peripheral that only extremely casual gamers like, is going to be included in every console. The console’s much lauded recording features are going to be extremely restricted, working only with Twitch.tv and for five minutes. Finally, the launch titles, while admittedly better than the PS4, are still weak. Looking at the launch titles, if I were to pick up an Xbox One, I would want Killer Instinct, Crimson Dragon (because I’m a fan of Panzer Dragoon), and maybe Dead Rising 3 and Loco Cycle. I say maybe to Dead Rising 3 because I haven’t liked any of the other games in the franchise and I’ve heard some troubling things about Loco Cycle. Also, I’m almost sure Killer Instinct is going to be a disaster and I would get it solely out of morbid curiosity.
Next the PlayStation 4. The console is going to miss a lot of multimedia functionality that the PlayStation 3 had, like streaming media from your computer. Also, you can’t use external hard drives, making digital games a tough sell since games like Killzone: Shadow Fall are 40 GB or so in size. The PS4 also has restrictive recording features and the games line-up is weak as well. If I look at the PS4’s lineup, I would get now Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Contrast, Resogun, and Call of Duty Ghosts. Oh and I would get Ghosts for PS4 because of the 1080p resolution, next gen graphics, and the fact that the PC port is all jacked up.
Both consoles have all these missing or restricted features and not very many games to be excited about. Hell, two games I listed for the PS4 I can get right now for my 360 or PS3! What’s more is games like Crimson Dragon and Resogun, while fun (especially for me as I like that kind of retro feel) are not fun for long. These are more condense experiences, something that’s enjoyable in small bursts. Ultimately, there’s not enough here to justify a $400-$500 price tag. I know that the games will come and there will eventually be all these awesome games to play but I’d rather not buy a console on a promise. I’ll give them the money once the promise is fulfilled. You don’t pay someone for a job before they’ve done it, you do it afterwards.
So what about you? Are you getting a console at launch? Which one? If not, do you want to? Or if you don’t want to, why not?