Well, it looks like I'm back on the PC bandwagon, at least for this Fall. I was excited about the Xbox One Family Plan, but with that now being toast, I just don't have much interest in either systems launch library.
Part of it was seeing a video of Next-Gen Madden. I watched this video of Next-Gen Madden, and for the first five minutes watching it, I thought they made a mistake and it was actually the 360 version. I didn't notice anything next-gen about it. Then they started to zoom in on some of the replays, and you could see that it was indeed the next-gen version, but to call it underwhelming would be a HUGE understatement. I saw that video on Tuesday evening, and it had me a bit depressed about next-gen, because the realization hit me that the difference is going to be very subtle, and not night and day. Then on Wednesday came the bombshell from Microsoft. I know that 99 percent of gamers see the Microsoft backtrack as one of the best things to ever happen to gaming, but for me it was a huge downer because the Family Plan got thrown out with the bath water.
Now, there isn't anything special about either system, and both can be judged on their launch games (or lack thereof). Personally, I think both of them have pretty craptacular launch lineups. Especially Sony. The loss of infamous to 2014 was a huge blow for Sony, because that game would have single-handedly guaranteed my purchase of a PS4. Now, neither console appears to have any sensational exclusives that I feel like I just can't live without. Sure, Dead Rising 3 might be interesting, Forza 5 might be good, Knack might be fun. But none of those games are system sellers in my book. Madden, had it looked amazing, could have been that game,but it appears that isn't going to be the case.
As far as I'm aware, all of these games are coming to PC this fall:
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
So, the only thing I'm missing out on, are a few lackluster exclusives. Big deal. In 2014, when either of these systems gets a real system selling game, then I'll jump on the bandwagon. For now, I'll just stick with the my underpowered PC, and see if I can get Watch Dogs to run at lower settings. Fifa 14 and NBA 2K14 should both run relatively decent on my system, if I lower a bunch of the settings.
I'm in a bit of a conundrum with the power of my PC. It's been two full years since I built my first gaming PC in many, many, many years. Here are the specs:
CPU = i5 2500k 3.3 GHZ 6MB Cache LGA1155
Motherboard = P8P67 R3 LGA 1155 P67
Ram = G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
GPU = Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
Obviously, my PC is pretty ancient by today's standards. Most would say, just spend the $500 you were going to spend on "The Bone" on upgrades for your PC and you'll be fine. Well, the thing is, I still will be getting these next-gen consoles at some point in 2014, once some compelling software is actually available (infamous Second Son, Destiny, etc, etc). So, spending $500 on PC upgrades, just to cover me till mid 2014 is probably not a good idea, so I think I'll just try to survive with what I have. I've got a giant backlog anyways, so I'll live. (Plus my bank account will look much better