E3 Recap: Why 2015 Is The Year To Upgrade Your Console

The world's biggest video game expo has come and gone for another year, and we can't help but feel a little disappointed. In 2013, we urged gamers to hold off on buying a next-gen console. Six months on, not much has changed. Here are five reasons why you're better off waiting until 2015.

"Remaster" double-dipping

Many of the PS4 and Xbox One "exclusives" announced at this year's E3 were little more than last generation's games with a slightly slicker paint job. This isn't what we purchased a next-gen console for.

Sure, it'll be nice to play Grand Theft Auto 5 or The Last Of Us in Full HD at 60 frames per second, but not that nice. If you've already finished these games in their original guises, there's zero incentive to buy them all over again. You can expect more of these quickie "remastered" versions to clutter store shelves in months to come. Hopefully, most publishers will have exhausted their back catalogue of suitable candidates by 2015.

Cross-platform hamstringing

Last year, we lamented the lack of PS4 and Xbox One titles that were exclusively developed from the ground up on new hardware. Sadly, many of the games featured at this year's E3 fall into the same boat (i.e. cross-platform titles that will be appearing on both old and new systems.)

The obvious downside to this is that the new machines are being held back, both in terms of graphical prowess and gameplay potential. As many reviewers pointed out, the PS4 or Xbox One version of Watchdogs didn't exactly scream "next-generation", despite being one of the year's biggest releases. If only it had been an exclusive, eh?

As the new generation's user base grows, this situation will begin to shift. But for now, you can get most AAA games on your old console. Are slicker animations and sharper graphics really worth shelling out hundreds of dollars for? We remain dubious.

Still no price drop

The Sony and Microsoft E3 press conferences were conspicuously tight-lipped on console pricing, which came as no surprise. Traditionally, video game consoles tend to receive an official price drop during their second year on the market. If the PS4 and Xbox One follow suit, we should see a more attractive RRP sometime in 2015.

Apart from the occasional 24-hour sales blitz, you can expect the Xbox One and PS4 to remain at full price for the rest of the year. By contrast, 2015 should be kinder on your wallet. There'll also be a larger games library by then, which could translate to better bundles.

Most big releases aren't coming this year

Most of the biggest announcements at E3 2014 won't actually be appearing until sometime next year. Uncharted 4, the new Zelda, Star Fox, Batman: Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, Mortal Kombat X, Dead Island 2, Star Wars: Battlefront and Halo 5 are just some of the games slated to appear next year. 2014 isn't nearly as crowded. Indeed, Driveclub and Halo Remastered appear to be the only noteworthy PS4/Xbox One exclusives.

2015: The Year of Project Morpheus

Project Morpheus Hands-On: The Virtual Future Is Very, Very Bright

This is a big deal. Project Morpheus is Sony's answer to the Oculus Rift: it's a virtual-reality headset that puts you inside PlayStation 4 games. Gizmodo got its hands on the device during E3 2014 and was suitably blown away: "Playing these games raises your pulse in a way that playing on a flat screen (even a very big one) just doesn’t. By altering your sense of reality, Morpheus successfully manages to trigger some of your fight or flight reflexes... It basically allows you to play in a way that would be otherwise impossible."

A release date for Project Morpheus has yet to be announced, but we wouldn't be surprised if it launches at the tail end of next year -- which makes 2015 the perfect time to snap up a PS4.


Comments

    If 2015 is when next gen games are REALISTICALLY useable then they should have held off the console launches till end of 2014 so they could have packed better hardware into them.

    I can already see my XB1 graphics struggling with battlefield 4 shadows so how is it supposed to stay relevant until Next Next gen in 5 years time if these next gen games arnt even really out yet and my XB1 is struggling??

      Buy a PC?

        I hear that! and believe me i have been thinking about it.. But my friends online dont use PC which holds me back. Plus I like using a console but just wish it had a bit more grunt..

        Or they merge PC and Xbox online would be cool ! but probably unfair.

    ...and articles like this are why games are stuck in cross-generation stage. More new generation consoles in hand = less incentive to build for last-gen. I got a PS4 at launch and after playing the same games on both new and last gen - there is DEFINITELY incentive to buy a new console. Last gen looks so bloody dated, it's not even funny. Obviously the gap isn't as big as PS2-PS3 - but it's definitely a huge improvement. Bagging remasters? I'll be eagerly waiting to re-buy TLOU and GTA5 thankyou very much. GTA5 was barely playable on PS3 due to it's low frame rate. Stop scaring consumers.

      Fastest selling console in history and you blame poor sales for not enough games?
      The only thing the article is doing is giving people like me who are holding off buying next gen something to read. People are going to make the dive and buy when they're ready regardless of what anyone says, and game developers aren't going to give up making games for something in 80 million homes v 8 million just like that.

    I nearly got a wii u today. But I quickly changed my mind. I think the games they have released and upcoming are getting me excited. But I want a ps or Xbox just for the extra bluray and added media streaming. Too much choice right now.

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