Console launches have been something I’ve always looked forward to as a gamer. The buzz that I get when a new console is announced is always such a great one. Seeing the trailers for games built specifically for new hardware fills me with a massive amount of hype as I see how much has changed from one generation to the next. There are always a few titles I see that make my jaw drop and fill me with this sense of urgency that I need to snag the newest console as soon as possible. With the PS5 and Xbox Series S and X being announced in September, you’d think I’d be back on that next-gen hype train. But for the first time in my life as a gamer, I’m not excited… In fact, I’m a little worried. In my personal opinion, I feel that this next console generation is happening way too soon and at the worst time possible.
As of writing this, it’s currently Tuesday, October 13th, 2020. The Xbox Series X and S are scheduled to release November 10th, 2020 worldwide. The PS5 is set to release November 12th, 2020 in the US, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. We’re less than a month away from launch for both consoles. The holiday season is right around the corner and most people would assume this is an ideal time for these consoles to launch. But we’re also amid a global pandemic that has completely flipped the world upside down. If you’re in the US, we’re also in the middle of a Presidential election so needless to say a lot of us are mentally scattered right now.
I don’t know about you but because of the current situation, I’m hurting for money. The PS5 is launching at $499.99 with a digital-only edition running $399.99. The Xbox Series X will be $499.99 and the digital-only counterpart, The Series S, will be $299.99. You’re looking at an initial investment of $300-$500 and that’s BEFORE sales tax. Games for the console will be $59.99 and NBA2K as well as Call Of Duty: Cold War will be running $69.99 each. Needless to say, this next-gen of gaming isn’t going to be cheap. With the current state of people’s employment in this country and the fact we probably won’t be seeing a stimulus check anytime soon, upgrading to next get isn’t something a lot of us can realistically do right now.
Now let’s take the entire pricing thing out for a minute and let’s talk about games. Hardware is only one aspect of next-gen, and the biggest thing that sells these consoles are the games that are launching alongside it. For PS5 exclusives we’ll have Astro’s Playroom, Demon Souls, Destruction All Stars, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (which will only be obtainable if you purchase the Ultimate Edition of Mile’s Morales.) and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. For Xbox Series exclusives we’ll have Gears 5, Gears Tactics, Scorn, and The Ascent. Looking at this list, besides Miles Morales on the PS5, nothing here really screams “I need an Xbox/PS5 day one!” to me. But what about non-exclusives, Cris? Well reader I’m glad you asked!
On launch day both consoles will have Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, Call Of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, NBA2K21, Maneater, and Watch Dogs Legion. Those are some pretty solid non-exclusive titles, with a few such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077 that I’m looking forward to. But you see there’s a problem with these titles. What’s the problem? I can buy all of them on the PS4 that I currently have sitting in my living room. Like I said before, one of the biggest factors to upgrade to a new console is the titles that you’ll find exclusive to the next generation. But there’s nothing out at the moment that would scream “I need to buy this now.”. I plan on getting Cyberpunk 2077 on day one and will be playing the heck out of it on my PS4. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla? I’ll also snag that for my PS4. I’m a HUGE Spider-Man fan and I’ll be getting Miles Morales day one… on my PS4. Do you see where I’m going with this? There’s nothing in this lineup of titles that makes me want to go spend $500 on a new piece of hardware.
Now I’m sure some of you are going “But don’t you plan to upgrade eventually? Don’t you want to play these titles on a next-gen console with massive graphical upgrades? Aren’t you worried about buying the same game twice?” and to answer those questions in order: Yes, Yes and No. CD Projekt Red has announced they will be upgrading your current-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 to next-gen FREE of charge. Hell, they’ll be offering a free upgrade for The Witcher 3 on the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles. Ubisoft has said they will be upgrading Watch Dogs, Valhalla, as well as Far Cry 6 when it’s released, to whatever next-gen console you decide to pick up. Sony has offered to upgrade Ghost’s of Tsushima for next-gen, and Gearbox plans to upgrade Borderlands 3 as well. While I don’t approve of this, 2K games and Activision have offered next-gen upgrades for $10. The fact that I can play upgraded versions of these games when I do decide to take the leap also gives me more reason to hold off.
To top things off this current generation has so many amazing titles I still haven’t had a chance to play. Titles that have released this year on the PS4 that I still want to get my hands on include Ghosts Of Tsushima (Which is getting a Coop update this month), Persona 5 Royale, Crash Bandicoot 4, Resident Evil 3 Remake, and Death Stranding. I have yet to dive into all the DLC for Borderlands 3 and I also have a MASSIVE collection of PS4 classics thanks to PS Plus. I’ve got more than enough to play on the PS4 for the next year or two. I also picked up a Nintendo Switch at the start of the year and all I’ve picked up so far is The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. With so much left to play this current console generation I don’t see a rush to upgrade.
Now I do understand there’s the group of gamers out there who want everything on day one. They want to be up to date on the newest technology and eventually, titles exclusive to the next-gen will be rolling out. I know I’ll want a PS5 to play Final Fantasy XVI because the trailer blew me away and I’m a sucker for Final Fantasy. I do want to see how much of an upgrade the current-gen titles get on the new hardware. I know eventually, the PS4 will get phased out and I’ll have exhausted the list of titles I want to play on it. But for now, I’m more than fine with sitting in this current generation of gaming.