It will probably surprise those of you who have never seen me comment before, but I love video games. Shocking, right? In fact, I love them so much I tend to branch out beyond my favorites and play whatever I can get my hands on that also peaks my interest. This past generation is also the first one in which I have not sold older consoles to get the newer ones, so of course it's that much more difficult to get them. Having done some calculations, I'm pretty certain I will have about $450, if not more of saved money by the end of this year. Which leads me to my little conundrum, what the heck do I get with this money? The obvious choice would be a PS4, right? But why get one system when I get two other ones that have a few more games I want to play? Decisions, decisions...
Just to get it out there, I do not plan on buying an Xbox One or a PC. Those things may come at a later time, but for now I want to focus on getting one of the two options I am about to list for you below. Also, I did technically ask all this in a comment before and got some really awesome responses, so I thought I would approach the rest of the community and see what they think.
So let's start with the obvious choice: the Sony Playstation 4. The Playstation 4 is the hot sensation in the gaming scene right now, the strongest piece of console hardware on the market and Sony's big console comeback after the wonky launch of the PS3 (or as I like to call it, the third console curse). PS4 isn't perfect by any means, its updates are slow and there are not too many games I want for it just yet. I would say that the one game I REALLY must own for it right now is InFamous. Though I can say for certain that that will quickly change come this Fall when games like Arkham Knight, Evolve and Destiny come out. At $400 for the console, it is obviously the most financially demanding of my options and I will most likely only be able to get one game. That all being said, I will more than likely be able to ask for more games as holiday gifts and save up for even more later on down the line.
Now herein lies my other option. A $300 Nintendo Wii U and a $200 Sony Playstation Vita at the same time. Both of these systems are like illegitimate cousins to me: They are both profoundly underrated, have great overlooked content, and some controversy surrounding their launches and cycles. So why pick these two over a PS4? The answer is simple: games, games, and more games.
The Nintendo Wii U is FAR from perfect, to say the least. No party chat, no invitation system, not a lot of online multiplayer games, and of course third party support for it is a big pile of meh. This "meh" is also about two steps from being completely nonexistent. So why am I considering the Wii U? Like I said, games. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D was an amazing experience and I am insistent on getting my hands on its sequel. I played coop on my friend's Wii U on this as well as Mario 3D World, both of which were crazy fun. And with games like Mario Kart, Smash Bros. and Bayonetta's sequel on the rise, it feels like a no brainer to be ready to jump in. There is also the chance of a price drop around the holiday season.
Vita is actually a pretty similar case (to say the least). Having an HD screen that can fit in my hand is a pretty awesome investment, especially if this screen can support my PSOne Classics, indie games and any full console games I get through cross-buy. With the possibility of a price drop come the holidays because of the new slimmer model and of course because Black Friday. So put these two together and it's at least $500 when not counting deals and price drops. An even bigger stretch than the PS4, but it should be doable, give or take. The reason why I don't consider price drops or deals for PS4 is because in contrast to Wii U and Vita, the PS4 is selling much better than both systems and is set to outsell both (it already has outsold Wii U if I'm not mistaken). So I'm expecting to have to pay $400+ for PS4 and less than $500 for the Wii U and Vita.
Just to clarify, I know it's a little unethical to buy a Sony handheld in tandem with a Nintendo console. But the thing is I already own a PS3 and a 3DS. Vita can technically do some sync up features with PS3 and the 3DS has connectivity with Wii U, so I do believe that I will be satisfied with both.
But which should I choose?! Both selections are extremely enticing. PS4 will have a ton of software on it by the beginning of the following year (which doesn't even consider indie support), while the Wii U and Vita already have a small but respectful and growing collection of games I would love to play on them. Whichever I decide ultimately, all I can say is it certainly will feel great to be a gamer.
So what do you guys think? And thanks for reading.