Originally Posted by Crash44
Wow. What's so wrong with this gen of consoles that hurts the chances of buying the next? I've had a blast with my PS3, more than with my PS2 (which I wouldn't have thought would happen). What is the hold up for you- launch price? Potential problems? Typical barebones launch lineup?
For me, it's expense. More specifically, Sony and MS have grown increasingly hostile to consumers and developers. And the horizon looks even worse. As long as Sony and MS continue to keep a stranglehold on their online marketplaces and media streaming services, they'll continue to overcharge and double-charge for things that can be gotten much cheaper (and more conveniently) elsewhere.
For example, why can Steam have great sales on games that XBLA and PSN can't? Because MS and Sony can monopolize their respective marketplaces. And it's gotten increasingly worse and it will get even worse in the next generation. Sony killed PS3 BC for PS2 in order to charge for re-releases. Sony and their publishers are currently double-charging for Vita ports of PS3 releases (when we know the system is capable of using Remote Play). Sony's media partners charge extra for streaming services. Few digital releases go down in price. And MS is even worse.
Sony and MS have piled on increased services and features at the consumer's expense. This has been a long process over the course of this generation. Consoles are slowly making themselves obsolete and unnecessarily expensive. The difference now in 2012 between a console and a PC is almost nothing--except that consoles are more expensive and overly restrictive to their developers. Consoles used to be the cheap alternative. That's no longer the case.
It's also worth saying that I'm completely console agnostic. Or better, I dislike
the entire corporate culture that runs and manages console ecosystems. Instead, I like games. I only have my gaming consoles (all three) in order to play good games
. I feel no sense of brand loyalty to a corporation, especially when they do things that make it harder and harder to create and enjoy quality games.
I agree that this generation was a real golden age in a lot of ways. But we've also witnessed the leveling off of the console market, the birth of the mega-blockbuster game, the advent of mobile gaming, and a horrible global financial market. Major console publishers and manufacturers have gotten conservative, restrictive, and risk-averse. They're unwilling to open the gates.
But there's always the possibility that Sony surprises me and gives me a reason to believe.
As should be obvious by the fact that I post here on AVS, I'm a tech geek. I'm still a sucker for sexy tech.