The Point - Should you hold off on next gen?
Now that Watch Dogs has been delayed, Danny wonders if you should wait until next year to buy an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4.
by Sarah Lynch on
I have never understood why anyone would buy ANY console on launch day. Not only are the machines ridiculously expensive on day0, u've got like 1 or 2 games to play (whether or not they are any good is another matter, it's just the fact that there's so few), u need to wrestle with all the bugs and wait for firmware/software updates plus later on in production there are hardware revisions to fix manufacturer defects and chronic hardware faults. The upside is playing 1 exclusive game before anyone else -- is that worth all the grief?
Consoles are in a strange place atm too. The previous gen was so stretched out that consoles have been left in the wake of virtually everything else. The calling card of a new tier of consoles is that they push the boundaries of graphics etc... but because consoles have been left in the doldrums for so long, when it's tried to play catch up for this generation, it's only caught up to where PC was 3 years ago. When the consoles are trying to impress us with fancy new graphics, it just doesn't.
p.s. An exclusive is not an exclusive if it's released on any other platform!
1. excluding or not admitting other things.
noun: exclusive; plural noun: exclusives
1. an item or story published or broadcast by only one source.
The argument is that "Microsoft" is it's own platform that encompasses PC and Xbox.
Don't ask me, it's a ridiculous argument to make.
@Hardcoreehb That feature's been taken out.
yup, I have my pre-order in and the cancellation of watch dogs leaves me with a console with no game, I will get the PS4 anyway despite the big game for me now being Dark Souls II, exclusive to last gen ;-)
@xeis-net and PC!!!
For anyone with a decent gaming PC the only real draw to the next gen consoles are the sports games and maybe Dead Rising 3 or Killzone Shadow Fall. Everyone else can obviously get that jump they've been waiting for with the likes of AC4, BF4, and as much as it pains me to say it COD Ghosts. Personally until the sports games become more seasoned (they always suck gameplay wise the first year or two of a next gen) and first party exclusives like Uncharted, Last of Us, Halo, etc come along it's hard for me to justify a purchase of either especially after sinking a bunch of money into a new rig.
It's the ultimate irony. The console always cost the most when it has the least amount of games available, and the least when it's library is nearing or at completion.
i'll be occupied with other games and just pick the game up later in 2014...if i'm still interested there are some other good games coming next year too
For some people, a single game might change their decision. But honestly watch dogs reminds me of Assassin's Creed in the future.. Everything is strikingly similar down to the HUD and Animations. So that game doesn't really excite me as much as it may someone who didn't play all the AC games. Personally, I'm just excited to get my hands on Battlefield 4 and Drive Club for the PS4 on launch.
@malificus1 Wasn't Drive Club delayed?
@malificus1 same here... I think awtch dogs is going to be a flop..
I'm going to wait. Still have a load of PS3 games to play. I've always bought PlayStation consoles on or around release day, but, this time I'm waiting until next Christmas. More choice games and possibly a little cheaper too. Unless I win the lottery and I'll see you in the queue on release day.
I may hold off to the point of getting a gaming PC. With all the limitations consoles have compared to PC's I'm not worried about exclusive titles for the consoles considering I play games for enjoyment. The amount of options on PC's (Mods etc) means I can enjoy older games that aren't supported online with consoles but the PC equivalent is still popular in the PC online community. I realize PC's hardware can be more expensive but as I see it you can get more out of a game, Mod's, Community etc., offsetting the hardware costs because you stick with a game you love rather than buying a new game.
well it is a good thing actually...i can finish KZSF, Knack, Second Son, AC4 and other great games for PS4 and PS3 one by one before the Dogs's release. If devs think its not good enough i believe it's better to do things right and release it later.There are a lot of games coming out next month... i don't think the Dogs's delay will affect PS4 sales.
It is very curious how the video footage was put together. I won't dwell on that. The only compelling argument of not getting a next gen system is that there are exclusives still coming to the PS3. 360 is still alive from a third party perspective but MS has almost abandoned the console already. Watch dogs seemed cool until I played GTA5. GTA5 just has many layers. Watch dogs just hasn't shown enough for me to say I must own this game just yet so I think that they will add and polish to make sure that the series has real legs rather than rush it out and it pales in content to a last gen game. As far as launch games go I want to be WOWED when I get home. So KZSF and NBA2K14 are my launch games. I know I won't be disappointed in gameplay and visuals. Forza 5 is the only sure bet from MS to be WOWED when you get home. Dead rising is trying to match Uncharted visually but I need to be WOWED. Dead rising will be chaotic and may be fun one would hope but I need next gen when I get home. Rise seems like visually it should have what it takes to WOW gamers but It feels like Lair 2 will be incomming. KI would have been awesome if it weren't rushed and was a finished product. The game will have 6 characters, no story mode, no finishers.... Really? I will wait for the full game next holiday when they will probably cut price or subsidize the Xbox one with cable or something. The only sure bet to me on all fronts as a next gen game is KZSF and NOW NBA2K14. I want to be happy I bought a next gen console. If you get an Xbox One I would go with Forza 5 at least you will have something to show for what you bought that could not have been done before.
@Darnytoads dude, you didn't get to the ending yet? i will not say much more than, you will know that it's the end when you get there. :)
i didnt even finished morrowind yet. still playing it. Okey im joking im playing Skyrim most of the time yet i didnt finished Morrowind but spending 1 hour almost everyday. Same goes for Oblivion and same will happen for Skyrim. I dont finish Elder Scrolls games.
@arqe I'm taking a guess here: but I'd bet at least half the people (or more) who start an elder scrolls game doesn't finish it. I finished Morrowind in college but Oblivion and Skyrim...pssh!
@Darnytoads You can finish Elder Scrolls games?!
I'm still getting an Xbox One at launch because three of my favorite game series are Forza, Halo and Gears of War. Since Forza 5 is coming out at launch I will definately be getting it (or at least around Christmas time). The fact that Dead Rising 3 looks pretty sweet is just an added bonus, not to mention I'm also pretty pumped about Titanfall as well. Either way, I feel like a pretty good percentage of gamers (most likely myself included as well) will eventually end up with both consoles. Because as long as I'm being honest, the first time a new Motorstorm or Twisted Metal game gets announced, I will probably be looking for a cheap PS4.
@KenderDragon I felt the same way when I found out, lol. Went to looking up trailers for Knack and thought, "this might actually be a decent game".
The sales for PS3 games are getting ridiculous. GameStop is offering AAA titles at 2 for $10, some of which I haven't played or else just rented. I can easily hold off getting a PS4 game until the spring and just focus on a backlog of great PS3 games or play the ones I love again and again.
I have so many games to play on ps3, Easily i can wait for about 2 years and then i will buy Ps4. I am only able to play on my day offs from work so can not play as much as i would like to................. Besides i have other consoles which will satisfy my gaming needs for 2 more years and by then there will be a price drop f Ps4
Honestly the only reason I am not getting a new gen console on launch is the cost. I simply can't afford one right now. But in the end I think I'll be much happier purchasing a system in spring 2014. Not only will the list of available games be bigger and better. But hopefully some of the bugs and issues that are sure to be present at launch will be taken care of. The current gen systems are still offering a lot of new titles and still provide a lot of entertainment value.
So in regards to the topic of Watchdogs. I have no problem with the game being pushed back. In fact, I'm glad it's being pushed back to the time period that I'm actually going to be purchasing an Xbox One.
I'm with you on that. I had a 360 since 2006 and just recently bought a PS3 so I can keep myself busy with all of those exclusives while the next gen dust settles.
Should we hold off? NO Gamespot....nice try...trying to make us cancel our pre-orders so your friends can get one on launch day....I am on to you :)
But no, like many of you Watch Dogs was my corner stone game at launch, I even put a few extra bucks for the collectors edition. I think most people will keep their console pre-orders...and from the Electronics Boutique (NO SELLOUT :)) that I go to, people are even keeping their Watch Dogs order -- sadly because nothing else is worth it. But heck for me....already tog the time off from work...might as well take it :) Just without Watch Dogs :)
Honestly I can't see one game that pops so much that I need a new system. And I got $100 down for a PS4. Which now I am just gonna wait. And I will just get the first wave games next year when they are $30 and under on e-bay
It is a shame that a decision was made to postpone"Watch Dogs", but I'll still get a PS4 on launch date. First of all; I really want a new, upgraded console first, be able to learn "the ropes" and get into the XBL. Second, I am looking forward to playing FIFA 14 on the PS4 with my mates. FIFA is always a must have for me and now with the new console coming out, hopefully, the experience will be even sweeter. The launch line doesn't change things: I'll still get the PS4 and enjoy it. Great games will come later, and both BF4 and COD:Ghosts look like great options. In the mean time I'll keep my PS3 and play GTA5.
There isn't a single game I've seen coming out either at launch or in the future that makes me want to buy a ps4. All the titles in looking forward to are cross gen or current gen. Destiny, dark souls 2, watch dogs, metal gear v, thief, daylight, and im sure more will be too. I know there's the argument that these games will look or play slightly better but for me its not enough to warrant the purchase.
I was going to wait a little while anyway. Give more time to work out all the kinks and bugs and such. The wait would probably get harder when most of the current gen games start to taper off. Isn't the last known PS3/360 game to come out Dark Souls 2 which I want way more than any next-gen game. Not to mention Watch Dogs never really jumped out at me. It looks like a game I want to play, but nothing about it said I must have this now. Oh, and there is a little game called GTAV kinda taking over and I'm not close to done with it.
@tightwad34 agreed. That's what I was thinking too about watch dogs. Just kind of seemed like it would be like GTA 4 really. With the boring depressing atmosphere.
I actually did cancel my amazon ps4 pre-order, there are just no games that are actually interesting. Kept my xb1 because of Forza and Titanfall.
i'm already preordered PlayStation 4 and I wouldn't to be cancel the preorder even no games will came in the launch day