Here’s something off-topic I’ve been thinking about the past few weeks.
Any console gamers here?
I play console games. A LOT. Enormous collection and all that. I have pretty much every console since the PlayStation 1 era except Dreamcast, and that includes Nintendo and Sony handhelds except for the original Gameboy (which I don’t need) or the PSP-Go.
Microsoft and Sony are ready to launch their next consoles next month (PS4 on the 15th, XB1 on the 22nd). I’ve leaned more towards the XBox 360 this generation, going to PS3 only for its exclusives (Uncharted, God of War, etc). I like the feel of the 360 controller far better than the DualShock 3. Plus, I like being able to swap out and charge rechargeable batteries rather than having to charge the entire controller. (I don’t sit close enough to my TV to make corded play or charge-while-playing practical.) PS3 is sooooo sloooow when it comes to downloading system updates or game patches. What takes 20 seconds to download and install on the 360 takes a whopping 15 minutes (no exaggeration) on PS3 for the same thing. I like the 360 interface. I have sound issues through my stereo on the PS3. My friends are on the 360, not the PS3. The list goes on.
I counted Microsoft out entirely when the XB1 was announced. Since I collect games and dip heavily into the used game market to do so, their restriction on used games was a killer for me. They’ve since reversed that (and pretty much every other decision regarding their original announcement), but it still leaves me a little skeptical.
I have both consoles pre-ordered on Amazon. In fact, the extra DualShock 4 I ordered already arrived, well in advance of the console’s release. I have to say, it does feel nice. I hated how the thumbsticks were too close together on the PS3, and they’ve moved them a little farther apart for the PS4, but IMO, it could have been more. Still, it feels good. I could get used to it.
I’m more interested in the launch games for the PS4. I’d rather have Knack and KillZone than Dead Rising 3 and Ryse. Form multiplat, I’m disappointed that Watch Dogs was pushed back, but I’m looking forward to next-gen Assassin’s Creed IV at launch. I like what I’ve seen about The Order 1886 and Infamous Second Son, and my favorite game of the past few years (The Last of Us) is from a Sony-exclusive developer. I just played Beyond: Two Souls, from another developer who seems to be Sony-exclusive, and it’s about as close to interactive fiction as you’ll find from a AAA title.
Most of the other games I want will be cross-platform anyway.
Factor in $100 less than the XB1, Vita remote play, reportedly higher processing power, and some interesting indie titles, and I’m starting to think I don’t need the XB1. Maybe after launch. Maybe after I’ve recovered from the $$$ hit I’ll take just by getting started with PS4. Maybe later. I’d hate to miss out on Swery’s D4, for instance (loved Deadly Premonition – so awesome).
Anybody getting a new console next month at launch? If so, which are you going for? I keep postponing the day I’ll cancel my XB1 pre-order, but unless I can come up with some really good reasons to justify it, I think the day is coming.