I'm excited for the Playstation 4. In fact, I still have my preorder set up and ready to go in the event that I change my mind. But I've come into a bit of a problem when it comes to actually purchasing the system.
That problem just happens to be the Playstation 3. And time. But we'll get to that in a minute.
First we'll talk about what that pesky Playstation 3 is doing to sabotage my interest in the PS4.
Playstation Plus Has Given Me A Backlog
I don't normally buy video games right when they come out. I'm a spend thrift at heart, and only the most hyped up or story driven titles can get my attention right when they release. This has worked out for me for the last few years thanks to the fact that more and more AAA titles seem to tank in price after the first two weeks of being on store shelves. But in the last year or so, something new came onto my radar.
I've still got three years of the stuff left
That thing was of course, Playstation Plus. I've only ever actually paid the full five dollars for a single month of the service. Despite this, I'm currently all paid up through Christmas, 2014. Aren't contests just great? The point is, I've got a lot of free games being hurled at me with very little time to actually play them. Of the dozens of games I've already received, I've probably only beaten three of them.
The rest? All in my quickly forming backlog. To make matters worse/better, the Playstation 4 will be included in the Playstation Plus service from day one. So not only do I have a huge backlog of unplayed games, but the longer I wait to buy the new console, the bigger of a backlog I'll have waiting for me once I take the dive.
Games, Games, Games
The fact of the matter is, none of the Playstation 4's launch titles really excite me. Knack looks like a winner and I'm sure I'd play Killzone: Shadowfall at some point, but nothing they're offering at release is really a "must have" title so far. Of course, there are a lot of really big games releasing in the months following the system's release, but those are still almost half a year away.
I'm only getting this game for the Willem Dafoe aspect
I'm okay with waiting for those. In fact, waiting might even land me a better deal on the console after it releases, and that would just make it all the sweeter when I do go out to buy the console. Until then, the PS3 is here and ready to go, and there are still some pretty big games coming out well into the PS4's release. Games like Grand Theft Auto V and Beyond: Two Souls.
While those are the only two releases I'm really hyped up for at the moment, that is still $120 out of pocket for those since I'll be buying them on day one. Not a lot of money considering it'll be spent over the span of a few months, but it is chump change compared to the problems the PS4 would cause for my wallet.
Remember Remember, What Comes After November
The Xbox One and Playstation 4 are both seemingly scheduled for release this November. Just in time for the chaos brought on by Black Friday to take system sales by the horns and really bring up each competing company's sales numbers right out of the gate. While that is all great for them, it causes one serious problem for me. And that is Christmas.
Santa really hasn't been carrying his weight lately
I've got a very large family, and each year during the holidays I make it my mission to knock their socks off on Christmas morning. As you might expect, this makes things very expensive for me very quickly. But that isn't the problem for me. The problem comes from me spending half a grand on myself a month before Christmas. I just can't do it.
If I did end up buying a Playstation 4 this year, it would end up being a gift for someone else just because of how close to the holidays that the console giants are releasing their systems. Of course, this shouldn't stop you from buying yourself one of the big three later this year, but don't be surprised if you start hearing about more people cancelling their pre-orders as the months drag ever closer. As always, thank you for reading.