My PS4 Has Been Nothing But a Big Paperweight Since I Bought It

Here's one big PlayStation fan who hasn't had much use for the new system since it launched.
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Disclaimer: I’m a lifelong PlayStation aficionado. In my estimation, the original PlayStation and PS2 are quite possibly the two greatest consoles of all time (and I’ll toss in the SNES).

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I’ve bought every PlayStation on launch day and in retrospect, that really wasn’t necessary with the PS3. I would’ve missed out on Resistance: Fall of Man, but that’s about it. Now, despite the much better launch lineup of the PS4, I still find myself ignoring the new console, and I don’t think I’m the only one.

The problem isn’t that I don’t like the brand, and it has nothing to do with impatience. It does, however, have everything to do with the fact that purchasing consoles on day one – despite the hype – never seems to make much sense to me.

And yet, I still do it. I think it’s a disease.

If I’d waited a year, what would I really have missed?

I was disappointed with Killzone: Shadow Fall, even though it was a solid shooter and probably didn’t deserve half the flak it received. And I will say I had fun with inFamous: Second Son, the only game I’ve really played to any extent on Sony’s new machine. Now, I know what everyone is going to say: “There are third-party multiplatform titles, too.” Yes, I’m aware. And I’m a big fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, so Black Flag was a possibility (if I really didn’t like all that naval stuff).

However, I’m of the mindset that PlayStation’s bread-and-butter is its exclusive lineup. inFamous is a great example but in nine months, it’s the only one I can mention. I know LittleBigPlanet 3 and Driveclub are on the way but they won’t be out until the fall. Therefore, if I had waited to purchase the PS4 for a year, I only would’ve regretted missing Second Son. And I could’ve played catch-up easily enough, right?

A very long previous generation has created a very large backlog

My college days are well behind me. The days of having a ton of spare time have long since disappeared. The precious hours I have in any given week are valuable and unfortunately, I can’t play every great game that comes down the pike. Therefore, I’ve got a hefty backlog with big blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto V staring me in the face, and those are far more appealing than what’s currently available on the PS4.

Everyone I know has a long list of games they still want to play on the “old” consoles. I haven’t even come across too many digital PS4 exclusives that I absolutely had to play, so 99 percent of my play time remains with the PS3. Think of it: In over seven years, the previous generation produced a lot of games and right now, we’re not really seeing any definitive “next-gen” productions. Sure, we’ve got some remasters and upgraded versions of old games, but when a 2013 title – The Last Of Us – remains the best game of 2014…

That’s what I get for being swept up in the PS4 hype of 2013. Reason and experience told me to wait, told me the PS4 would barely be touched after I bought it. Ah, but reason and experience often crumble under the weight of “new system” excitement. 😉

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