As you are at this point no doubt aware, the ?next generation? of gaming has finally arrived. Last month, Sony and Microsoft unveiled the latest iterations of their home video game consoles: the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively. Understandably, folks have been making a pretty big deal about them; many have already rushed out to the store to pick up their own shiny new system. Me, I?m not terribly excited, or even all that impressed.
Oh, don?t get me wrong. Both the Xbox One and the PS4 are a cut above the current crop of consoles. It goes without saying that I?m going to be purchasing one (or both) eventually. That said, though? Neither system is actually worth buying right off the bat. Me, I?m going to wait a while. I?ve got some very, very good reasons for that.
All The Good Exclusives Are Coming Later
There are some damned promising games on the way for both the Xbox One and the PS4. On one side, you?ve got Deep Down, Driveclub, infamous: Second Son, and The Order 1886, and Kingdom Hearts. On the other, there?s Below, Quantum Break, Rabbids Invasion, and a new Halo game. The thing is?none of these games are currently available, and what exclusives both consoles do have available aren?t system sellers by any stretch.
Oh, there?s also an awesome crop of indie developers waiting in the wings to create games for both consoles?but it?s going to take a while for that particular avenue to bear fruit. Again, it?s probably better to wait a bit.
Most Games Are Available On Other Systems As Well
To be fair, both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 launched with fairly impressive libraries of games. Unfortunately?aside from the few lackluster exclusives I?ve already mentioned, almost every single title on both consoles is already available elsewhere, either for PC, Xbox 360, or PS3. Not only that, some of them actually run better on other platforms ? take, for example, the problems Battlefield 4 has been having on the PS4.
They Don?t Really Do All That Much That?s New
I?ve heard a lot of talk about how both consoles offer so many new and exciting things; how they take gamers to new, previously unexplored frontiers. Both companies have talked up the Family Sharing feature of the Xbox One (which I understand Microsoft still plans to implement at a later time), the PS4?s Play Room, the Xbox One?s new media abilities, and the PS4?s unique cloud features. Save for the last one, none of the stuff I?ve mentioned is all that revolutionary or even all that exciting ? it certainly won?t change the landscape of gaming to the degree that Xbox Live and the PSN did, at any rate.
The Developers Haven?t Really Unlocked Their Full Potential
In my experience, every new console has gone through something of a grace period after launch, while developers worked out how best to tap into the new platform. This is yet one more reason why it?s a good idea to wait a while. Just look at the current generation: nearly all the best games available on both the 360 and the PS3 didn?t? come until much later, well into the life-cycle of both consoles. It?s not really much of a stretch to assume that the PS4 and Xbox One are going to follow the same pattern; with the best and most promising games arriving only after some time has passed.
Newer Consoles Tend To Have More Hardware and Software Issues
With any new system, there are going to be kinks to work out. As many people who rushed out to buy their systems at launch can attest, both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 have run into a whole plethora of issues with both hardware and software. We?ve seen PS4?s crashing and burning with the Blue Light of Death, while Xbox Ones have been shipping with faulty disc drives. While waiting to purchase a new system won?t necessarily ensure one won?t have to deal with these issues, it?ll certainly reduce the chance.
There?s Still No Modding Community
Although Microsoft intends to eventually give players access to the Xbox One development kit, they haven?t done so yet. As a result, for all the talk we?ve been hearing about giving more freedom to the players, the PC gaming community still has a huge leg up on console games. This won?t change until both manufacturers and developers/publishers clue in. Again, I expect that this is going to happen eventually?but it hasn?t happened yet.
They Aren?t Exactly Cost-Effective
If you?re going to drop $400.00-$500.000 on a new system(that?s without any games), you?d best be damned sure you?re getting your money?s worth. After all, as I?m sure you all know very well, the economy isn?t exactly great at the moment. Neither console is thus really something you want to purchase without a guaranteed return?which, as I trust I?ve shown here, they aren?t yet ready to offer.
Most Every MMO Worth Playing Is On PC, Anyway
Since this is a site about MMO gaming, I figure it?s worth mentioning that neither next-gen console is launching with any worthwhile MMOs (nor are there any MMO exclusives coming any time soon). What? It?s a legitimate reason.
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