Why I'm not buying the PlayStation 4... yet

Good things come to those who wait, says Stuff.tv Deputy Editor Tein Hee Seow. He won't be splashing his cash on the new Sony PS4 when it's available in Singapore just before Christmas. Here's why

Next month, I’m not swiping my oft-abused credit card for Sony’s PlayStation 4. Before you label me a PlayStation hater, let me clarify - I am getting the PS4, only later.

My love affair with Sony’s PlayStation consoles started in 1998. The affair has continued with the PlayStation 2, which made way for the PlayStation 3 two years ago. With an extensive list of console games exclusive (or shared) on Sony's next-generation console, the decision is pretty clear - I'm all set for the PS4. That, and one other significantly important reason - Microsoft’s Xbox One will be launched nearly a year later after Sony delivers the PS4 to Asian gamers.

But it's still not the right time to get a PS4.

PS4? Why not PC games?

So why would anyone even think of holding back on that PS4 purchase, when there is no lack of PS4 games to get hooked on? Games that are recently launched will be available on the PS4, in full HD glory as they should be. That means you won’t see any huge differences between a PS4 and a decently souped-up PC when cross-platform titles such as Batman: Arkham Origins or Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag are played on both platforms.

So the question is - why not just stick with PC gaming? Such games are also available on Valve’s Steam distribution platform, which is known for heavy discounts during holiday seasons. In short, the price you pay for these games, could be a fraction of what you fork out for the PS4 experience.

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So, why buy a PS4?

One really good reason to get a PS4: console-exclusive games. And not just any games - A-list titles such as Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III are sufficient reasons to break that piggy bank. And there’s no good reason to stick with a PlayStation 3 and miss out on the glorious cutscenes and action sequences of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in 1080p resolution.

Yet, these games do not have a release date in sight, leaving a huge gap to fill between the PS4’s launch next month and the arrival of these blockbuster titles. Though the console is pumping out some exciting first-party games such as Infamous: Second Son and The Order: 1886, the true draw is still in the blockbuster titles from renowned game studios.

Waiting for the right moment and content

Given time, Sony will most probably refine its console’s design and launch a slimmer and lighter PS4. The second iteration would have ironed out all the kinks of the first generation, ready for the games that you truly want. All good things come to those who wait. So if you are gearing up for the PS4 launch titles, ask yourself if it makes sense to be an early adopter.

If not, stick with me as we ride out the wait for the blockbuster games, and the hope of an even sleeker PS4 console.

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