Well folks, that day if finally upon us. Today the Playstation 4 has officially launched in the US and the XBOX One is just one more week away. I've had so many friends come to me worried that they aren't going to get their hands on one. Pre-orders sold out in record speed, and it's looking like whether you're hoping for an XBOX One or Playstation 4, if you didn't sign up early you'll be waiting until after Christmas.
However, that being said I would ask you, is that really such a bad thing?
If you listened to our episodes The Great Debate: Parts I & II, you'll know that we recommended waiting until early next year to jump on with one of these consoles anyway. This recommendation has not changed, and please allow me to give you a few reasons why.
The truth of the matter is that there really aren't many titles that are exclusive to the next-gen consoles and the ones that are just weren't enough to tempt me. The big fall blockbusters, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Batman Arkham Origins, and Call of Duty: Ghosts are all available on the PS3 and the Xbox 360.
Furthermore, if you are like me, you rushed out to pre-order the copies of the games you really wanted, and all of these games released well before the new consoles. So you already have them on the "old" consoles anyway. Sure some may have waited to bundle them with your shiny new X1 or PS4, but then you missed out on all the great pre-order perks.
Now I already know what your thinking, "Franc, didn't you see the signs everywhere?" Pre-order now, upgrade later for only $10! Folks, I did see the signs, and frankly I was less than impressed. If you really think about it, this was the biggest joke in history to me.
Really listen to what they are saying to you here. Allow me to break it down for you a little bit in this dramatization of how the conversation went down.
Retailer: "Hey, here's an idea, pay us $60 for the game right now, and then later, pay us another $10 for the very same game on the new console."
Sucker: "Wait, so I have to end up shelling out $70 for a game that only cost $60 on either console?"
Retailer: "Yea, but now you can play it again on the new console!"
Sucker: "Hmmmm, well maybe, so if I pre-order now for $60, do I get all the pre-order perks on the next-gen version after I pay an additional $10?"
Retailer: "Well not exactly."
Sucker: "What do you mean, 'not exactly'?"
Retailer: "Oh, I mean not at all. You pay $60 now and enjoy all the great offers on your current console, then you pay me another $10 for the 'standard version' of that same game you went through all the trouble of pre-ordering and get none of the perks on your new console."
Sucker: "Ok, that sounds good. Ring me up please!"
Luckily however, if you purchase the season pass for any of these games on the PS3 or 360, developers were smart enough to make those transferable to the next-gen consoles.
In short when it comes to the games, there is just nothing out there yet tempting enough to get me to pre-order or line up at midnight and fight for the hope of getting my hands on one of these consoles. I'll just wait for the PS4 Destiny bundle to be announced, and I'll pre-order that.
#2: I've Been Burned By Your Red Ring Once Before
This area is pretty self explanatory, but really only applies to those of you planning on buying an X1. If you bought the first outing of the Xbox 360, odds are at some point you had to stop playing, request a box from Microsoft, pack up your 360, mail it away, wait several days, and hope it either got fixed or you were sent a replacement before you killed your roommate out of rage for not being able to play the console you just dropped crazy amounts of cash on. If this is true, it means you too suffered the wrath of Microsoft's "Red Ring of Death".
With that in mind, I had to remind myself that I had been burned once, and simply couldn't go through that hurt again. With Microsoft having to retool their entire console after deciding to change gears following a piss poor showing at E3, why wouldn't I expect anything less than another "Red Ring" situation and a console riddled with bugs?
I have a very real, very valid fear that you simply can't rebuild your entire system a few short months before launch and not run into some bugs. Therefore, why be a test bunny. Wait a few months, let them find and work out all the kinks and get a console that you'll be able to enjoy, without "Red Ring" interruption.
#3: Because 2 is OK but...3rd Party?
The final reason why it's worth it to wait until next year to buy your PS4 or X1 is that it gives third party companies like Turtle Beach a chance to catch up. As we know, there aren't any options for stereo gaming headsets right now for any of the new consoles. While Turtle Beach is working hard to remedy this, new headsets, or even a simple adapter to make your old ones function with the new consoles, are still a few months away. I've grown way too accustomed to my epic headset to go back to a basic mono one now.
Also, if you are like me and have been playing Xbox for the better part of a decade and are now making the switch back over to Playstation, then you may be worried about being parted from your comfortable and familiar controller to make way for the new Dual Shock 4. Well, if you wait a little longer, soon enough there will be plenty of third party options for you in the way of PS4 controllers with an Xbox layout. These already exist for the PS3 and we have no reason to think that they wouldn't hit shelves again with the PS4. This will bring back all the comforts of that old, trusted friend as you tear through the next wave of first person shooters.
So, in short, will I be buying a next-gen console in the very near future, without a doubt. However, it's simply not a purchase that you need to make before the new year. The exclusive games available at launch and into early next year are simply not compelling enough or are available on the previous-gen console as well (ie. Titanfall). Since you have to keep your old console anyway to play your old games, where's the fire?
Let the developers work out all the kinks and bugs that are too be expected with any new console, and allow time for all the accessories and tools you need to make your gaming experience as epic as possible to catch up and become readily available. Why sacrifice gameplay so you can say you got the new toy on day one?
We're dying to know your thoughts on this. Did you pre-order, and if so what compelled you to rush to get your console on day one? Or are you like us and waiting patiently so you can have it all the first second you turn on your X1 or PS4 for the first time?
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