The Friday Inbox begins to think that the next generation consoles can wait, as readers are upset at so many PS5 games going cross-gen.
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And so the scalpers reign supreme. No sooner have pre-orders gone live than adverts start to appear for resales of confirmed pre-orders for £500 to £650 for the digital and Blu-ray drive versions, respectively. A profit margin of between £140 to £200. I have seen adverts saying they have five or more to sell. Blatant exploitation and profiteering as far as I am concerned.
I was vaguely contemplating making an order, but the announcement that a number of the key releases also coming out for PlayStation 4 means I will be keeping my PS4 Pro for a while yet. As a near 40-year-old, I have been a gamer for almost 30 years. I do not game regularly these days, as I find work and life generally leaves me with little truly free time. However, I keep my hand in and enjoy the spectacle when a game truly grabs my attention.
Sadly, I was working when pre-orders went live and most guaranteed sources were sold out before I had a break to check them out. I suspect I may have dodged a bullet and rather than acting on impulse I will watch how the launch and game releases unfold while plugging away at my backlog of PlayStation 4 games.
Although I have dabbled in Xbox consoles over the years, I much prefer the games on PlayStation and will no doubt get a PlayStation 5 sometime in 2021. Both pre-launch campaigns have impressed and dismayed in equal amounts as far as I am concerned, but with limited gaming time the games must win out in the end, and the Sony exclusives have always held my interest more.
Maybe next time
I’m absolutely gutted at how fast the PlayStation 5 pre-orders sold out on Thursday, I wasn’t aware that the pre-orders would be live today and I wasn’t quick enough with either GAME or Amazon.
This will be the first console launch where I didn’t get my console on launch day, I doubt I’ll get my hands on one this side of Christmas either.
Oh well, just have to put it down to experience.
Wait and see
I have to say I’m in a bit of a tizz about the next gen now all the cards are on the table. I will say how nice it is the consoles’ prices all turned out so much better than everyone feared, they all represent excellent value for the hardware. I wanted and was expecting to get a PlayStation 5 but I’m not prepared to pay £70 for Demon’s Souls (even though it does look absolutely awesome) or any day one first party exclusive.
I bought both The Last Of Us Part 2 and Ghost Of Tsushima day one this year and paid £47 for each. I’m happy to expect a price rise next gen but a £23 increase for a first party Sony exclusive in just a few months has crossed a line for me personally and has taken the PlayStation 5 off the table until prices settle.
An Xbox Series X is now a very enticing proposal for the first three years of the next gen. All the performance/graphical benefits of the next gen with Cyberpunk 2077 heavy in my thoughts, plus £130 a year for Game Pass will provide a huge amount of high quality gaming while I wait for next gen games to drop in price.
Most high profile Series X third party games will most likely be £65 (Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for instance) so Sony’s first party price is just reflecting a generational price increase, it just seems Sony is going to push it that little bit further than the others.
I think I’ve now quelled the urge for a next gen machine though, I think, and will wait it out for a year at least. I’m not exactly slumming it with a PS4 Pro and my three and half year old PC – i7 7700k 4.2GHz, 16MB of RAM, with a GTX1070 will hopefully give me a nice 1080p, 60fps experience with medium settings for Cyberpunk 2077.
I’m going to be interested to see how well the Series S runs that game, Digital Foundry are going to be very busy. Although there’s no clear winner for me to drop my cash I do think that the first year of the next gen is looking better than most.
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The Digital Edition of the PlayStation 5 does not seem like a good deal at all to me, especially without a subscription service to back it up. The £90 I’d save is basically wiped out with the purchase of two new games. Assuming they cost the same digitally and physically (this has been the case until now) two games bought either way would cost an eye watering £140. The physical games can be resold though. Let’s say you get £45 each on resale that’s the PlayStation 5 disc drive already paid for.
I’d happily buy a PlayStation digital-only console with a Game Pass style subscription service or just reduced priced digital releases (why are they the same as physical prices anyway?) but Sony has done nothing to entice me to do so.
Microsoft has the right idea but unfortunately the wrong selection of games for me. As £450 is a lot of money right now, I guess I’ll have to buy the PlayStation 5 in a year or two when the price is reduced and I can pick up cheap older games. It just would have been nice to be able to be playing in the here and now for once.
After watching the PlayStation 5 showcase I decided PlayStation 5 was the way to go for me personally, I had been impressed by the Xbox showcase but it lacked that must-have game for me. I do see the value in Game Pass, so maybe in a year or so will pick up a Series S or Series V, if the rumours are true, and hopefully their studios will have added that killer game by then.
So what swung it? Basically Demon’s Souls. the Soulsbourne games are amongst my favourites and I recently replayed through Dark Souls 1 and Darks Soul 2 (which I never completed before) and the gameplay footage made up my mind.
Other reasons include already being a PlayStation 4 owner, so I can just move over to PlayStation 5 with my friends and play my backlog on PlayStation 5. The only negative so far is £69.99 for one game is a lot, hopefully this is just a launch window money grab. Most other games seem to be £50 to £55, which is about right. Keep up the excellent coverage.
BOB1972 (PSN ID)
OK, so the price is right, they’ve got a back catalogue proposition, but does anyone else think the PlayStation 5 is a seriously ugly looking piece of kit?
Honestly, I love the controller, with its armoured carapace look. Very crab like. But the machine itself is awful, aesthetically, to me.
I know it’s a matter of opinion, and that’s probably the idea behind the thinking, but it looks cheap and, hopefully, seeing it in the flesh might alter my opinion. Perhaps I’m just someone into the purity of the 2001 monolith look, as those Xbox Series machines look much more like the business – in the same way that the PlayStation 4 looked great compared to the original Xbox One.
To be honest, now that they’ve said that Horizon Forbidden West and Spider-Man: Miles Morales are coming to the PlayStation 4 as well, I know I can wait and not jump straight into the next generation. So I can give it a year and then decide. Not like you can get any launch units now anyway.
So, all is now revealed, now we can concentrate on whether those upgrades really are worth it by seeing the games. Please let there be lots of 60fps action!
Waited all year for the PlayStation 5 release details, finally got them Wednesday night. You can pre-order your console on the 17th September. Try to order one off several sites throughout the night and this morning but could I get any joy? No!
This release of the new consoles has been an absolute pain. Deflated is an understatement.
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As with many gamers, I’m disappointed that Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy were not given the Odyssey makeover. It’s such a cynical collection but still utterly essential. After all the debates about Odyssey, finally those who haven’t played Galaxy will now have a chance to judge for themselves which of the two are better.
I approached your review of Super Mario 3D All-Stars with some hesitation, fearing that you’d declare that Galaxy hasn’t aged well and that, sharing your views of the game, I’d be drawing the same conclusion. I’m delighted that you think it more than holds up to your memories it. I look forward to seeing for myself whether I feel the same.
I remember when first playing Good Egg Galaxy, the first fleshed out galaxy you encounter, thinking there’s no way they’ll maintain this quality for the entire game and if they do it’ll certainly be the best video game I’ve ever played. But hope beyond hope, it exceeded all promises.
Galaxy is what inspired me to write a book about video games, dissecting the form. Video games are often thought about as art in terms of storyline, character, painterly visual styles or verisimilitude. On this basis none of the Super Mario games would stand up as art. Galaxy afforded me the opportunity to strip the form to its bones to conceptualise what in essence makes a great video game. It not only holds a special place in my memory, it’s the sole reason that I made a contribution to the field of video game theory.
I should add that the accolades you’ve lavished on the Galaxy games over the years also helped give me the confidence to defend my claim that they are indeed the best video games ever made and exemplary of the form.
Following on from the first, Super Mario Galaxy 2 couldn’t possibly have had the same impact, which for me is why I always ranked the sequel the ‘second best video game ever made.’ It was your declaration that 2 is superior to the original that persuaded me some years ago, when I still had a Wii, to revisit them and play them back to back. I remember at the time agreeing with you that level for level 2 miraculously outclasses the first, but by a slither. I find the hub world of the first utterly charming, though, and have no issues with the story elements. They deserve their own package.
With its gravity themed levels that ingenuously overcomes the problem of invisible walls and arbitrary barriers, and the many different gameplay innovations it affords, I’d love to see Nintendo revisit it with a third in the series. As they demonstrated with Super Mario Galaxy 2, when building a game based on the same template it is still possible to innovate and produce a game that is just as essential. They could do it again.
If Tenacious D aren’t somehow affiliated with Immortals Fenyx Rising, I’m going to be far less impressed.
StickyUK (Steam ID)
Currently playing: Hotshot Racing (PC)
Is this were we say the launch PlayStation 4 is holding back the PlayStation 5 or do we praise them for releasing cross-generation games because it’s Sony?
GC: We haven’t seen anyone praise them for that yet.
I’m calling it now, this God Of War Ragnarök will be a short spin-off à la Spider-Man: Miles Morales and not a full fat sequel. I hope I’m wrong.
GC: Why would you think that?
I gotta say I’m pretty annoyed at Sony. I sold my PS4 Pro because they said the PlayStation 5 games would be exclusive. I even thought it was a good idea, leave the old stuff behind and move on fresh but it was a pack of lies.
This week’s Hot Topic
The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader JAH and others, and asks whether you are now considering buying an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S?
What were your opinions on the Xbox Series X prior to this month and how much has that changed with the announcement of the Xbox Series S and the price of both new consoles?
The PlayStation 5 price is likely to be announced on Wednesday, so it may be best to wait until after that to send in your letters. But if Sony does reveal its prices how does that affect your plans for getting a console this year and is this the final information you needed to make your decision?
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