Are you early adopters ready for limited variety?
I'm buying the PS4 day one, but I don't know how good to feel about that. Hopefully Killzone and the free version of Drive Club will be awesome, but maybe they won't be and I'll just want to play GTAV essentially wasting spending MSRP dollars day one. Consoles are strictly about games and having variety on the shelf.
IF a critical launch title flops, or simply turns out to be average and not "must own" consoles in the early years suddenly have a tough sell. Of course, reviews ultimately play a huge part in this process and reading the article on IGN about the graphics on of the PS4 version of Battlefield 4 being inferior lead me to think about how important early titles are to the success of a console.
At the same time I really want to know what type of difference are we talking about graphically for multiplatform games from PS3/360 to PS4/One? Are the new games coming this fall, like NBA2k, Madden, COD, AC Black Flag, and Watch Dogs still going to look and play great and on par with next gen on the 360 and PS3? Or is EA, Ubisoft, and Activision going to nail the next gen freshman year and have these titles looking and playing flawlessly on next gen consoles?
I could see the PS4 version of Battlefield not being that great, but if the console is so easy to develop on why shouldn't it be? What other games could you see being suspect at launch? I'm guessing Watch Dogs will run better on One for some reason but Killzone will blow everything away, but not critically.
I couldn't possibly disagree more. First off, I have been through console launches time and time again over the last 25+ years so I understand going in that it takes time before you see a steady stream of quality titles hitting the market. As long as you understand that its simply a part of jumping to a new generation of consoles, its simply becomes a non issue. Second, I consider the XBox One launch line-up to be the strongest launch line-up in the history of game consoles. It literally destroys the launch line-ups from previous generations. I have 9 games pre-ordered for launch (Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4, COD, Crimson Dragon, Need for Speed, Assassins Creed IV) and I think the most I had ever pre-ordered with previous generations was 3. Not to mention there are great games coming a few months down the road like Titanfall (which if its as good as it looks will be a game I play for a very long time), Project Spark, Wolfenstein, etc. Plus I will still have my PS3 and XBox360, and the huge backlog of games I have for both of those systems. Not to mention the new game releases that we will continue to see for those systems as well. There will be no shortage of games to play in my household. That much is a given.
Consoles are strictly about games and having variety on the shelf.
Once again, couldn't possibly disagree more. The last thing I wanted from this generation of consoles was a console that went back to doing nothing but gaming. For me, consoles have become just as much about the entertainment options as the gaming options. And again there will be plenty of variety once the wheels start fully turning. To expect this at launch is simply unrealistic. Once XBox Live arcade starts churning out titles on a regular basis (or the Playstation store if your going with a PS4 at launch) and we start seeing retail games hitting the shelves on a regular basis, there will be all the variety one can hope for in gaming. This is just a perfect example of a gamer going into a new generation of consoles with completely unrealistic expectations and expectations ultimately play a large role in how much enjoyment a person gets out of something. I am going into this generation with realistic expectations, even with the amazing line-up of launch titles, and as such, I have no doubt whatsoever that I will be 100% content with my decision to buy an XBox One at launch. My PS4 will come later down the line and I have no doubt that I will feel the same way about that purchase as well.
Of course, if you wind up buying a console on day 1 and your disappointed or unhappy with your purchase, sell it on eBay. Problem solved. There will be hundreds of people, probably a lot more, that will be more than happy to take it off your hands and you will likely get 75%-80% of your money back, maybe more if your lucky. Or you could just bring your expectations down to a realistic level. Maybe then you might actually enjoy your new console. I know I will be enjoying mine.