Expensive & rife with bugs
However exciting or tiring it may be, it is very important to keep a clear head. Upon initial release, new consoles are very expensive. Some of us can afford it, others not so easily but, as I said before, new consoles are often rife with bugs and hardware issues so it is much better to wait. Another thing I need to point out is I am an American and am writing this article from an understanding of economics in the United States, so those of you in other may not have the same situation as those of us in America. The Playstation 4 system has been marked with a price tag already ranging between $400 and $600, about the same as the PS3 on its first release, though it was definitely in the higher range. Keep in mind though, this is just its launch price and the prices on the consoles will always go down. Add to that the cost of brand new game which always go up as well, and you have yourself one hell of an expensive game system.
So for the console and games themselves, I would recommend being patient and waiting a year, until the holiday season when the prices on them will drop a good deal. What about the games you’ll be missing out on? Well, frankly, none of the developers lately have been making anything noteworthy anyways. They’re all sequels or reboots and the launch titles for the new PS4 look to just be more of the same. So, more than likely, you’re not missing much, if anything at all. So while you wait for the prices on the new console to go down, the price for the PS2 and PS3 games will already be dropping a good deal. Take advantage of this and play the games for this console that you couldn’t before. It will help make the time fly by as the holiday season draws near.
Now what was that about the bugs I mentioned earlier? Well, many of us still remember the infamous Red Ring of Death that plagued early model Xbox 360s and before that, there were hardware and software issues that people experienced with the Playstation 3 that affected the backwards compatibility and its ability to play DVDs and even CDs. For both consoles, they actually had to be reworked and bug tested more thoroughly. Waiting a year or two to get a new console allows for time so that those who do rush out to get are the ones who find the issues and for the developers to address and remedy the issues. Sadly, it’s been shown quite often that when a game console has a fatal flaw, the developers of the console will seldom reimburse you in any way and you will be out the money you spent to buy it.
At your own risk...
Many of you will be eager to go out and buy these new consoles. If you absolutely “have to” do not let this article stop you. Just bare this in mind: the console developers really don’t care about you. If your console comes out defective, you better hope the warranty is still valid and, even then, they tend to look for reasons to say it’s not and rob you of all the money you spent on the console plus the games.
Not to mention that with the Wii U, Playstation Vita, and 3DS systems, there was a major lack of games. The only one that so far has just started to get more games is the 3DS. The games for your PS4 might have hype, might look fancy, might be shiny and expensive but it will be a solid while before anything comes to the PS4 in that 'defining' way.
My advice? Wait for the PS4 Slimline.