So, the closer we get to PS4 and XB1, the more conflicted I am about buying them. Just last nite, I was playing some Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in 1080p at 60 frames per second via my now old GTX 560 Ti. I was thinking how good the game looked, and then I started wondering if I would notice anything in a game like DriveClub or Forza 5 or the Next-Gen Need For Speed Rivals that would make me think I'm getting any kind of a real improvement over just playing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Sure, Hot Pursuit is a few years old now, but it was probably the best Need For Speed game in recent memory, one of Criterion's best games.
What are the chances that I'm going to see anything super impressive with the new driving games coming to these next gen consoles ?
What about games like Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4 and all that ? I mean, if I get the PC versions of those games, even on my old 560 Ti, will the games look "almost" as good as the Next-Gen versions ? Will the games even look better, on my 2 1/2 year old PC, than the brand spanking new consoles ?
I mean, I know that console games will eventually put my old 560 Ti to shame, but it might take a little while. What's the real incentive for me to run out and buy both of these boxes ?
Still, at the same time, I've been a hardcore early adopter my whole life... why stop now ? I bought the original Xbox on it's launch day. The 360 on it's launch day. Why not buy a XB1 on launch day ? I bought a PS1, PS2 and PS3 all on their respective launch days. Why wouldn't I buy a PS4 on launch day ? Why break the streak ? I totally understand that having a streak like this is kinda silly. I had a much longer streak going with Nintendo hardware, that dated back to late August of 1991. I broke that streak when I didn't purchase a Wii U (still haven't purchased one by the way). So, streaks are made to be broken.
I will also confess that part of me just wants to be a part of the whole launch madness that is going to happen in November and December. Despite the software looking pretty mediocre, there is something to be said for being part of the conversation. Years later, you can look back at the launch and remember what those early days were like. Some of my all-time best gaming memories were during the launches of various consoles.