Sony recently held their game showcase, arguably the most important gaming event of the year. She presented us with games designed not only to show the coolness of their next console, but also to persuade us to buy the PS5, and not the XSX. As you know, when the White Wolf finds himself at a crossroads of choice, he prefers not to choose at all. In our case, you shouldn't choose right away, but after a certain period of time, because the best time to buy a PS5 is a year after the release.
PlayStation Year One
Almost all consoles [with the exception of the Switch] repeat the same story: the lack of good games at the start. Starting a new console lifecycle has always been problematic for developers. As you can see, the graphics in the new games that Sony presented were not very innovative, so many were left disappointed with the exclusives shown.
The thing is that the console has just been fully completed, many developers have just started making games for it, faced with the first problems, and in general they only touch the tip of the iceberg of new hardware capabilities. The first exclusives are more like technical demos or pen tests than actual next-generation video games. Only the second wave of exclusives brings truly cutting edge projects.
In addition, the first projects will have backward compatibility, for example, the same Microsoft recently fully talked about Smart Delivery, which supports all projects of the internal studio. It can also be used by other developers - and will. For example, CD PR confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be on the XOne and XSX, but there will be no graphical improvements on the latter. The PS5 is backward compatible, although nothing is known about it yet.
No one is interested in launching console games owned by only a handful of people if your current customer base is literally hundreds of millions.
It was similar at the start of the PS4. There were about 30 projects in the games catalog in total. 15 of these were from third-party developers and were available on both XOne and past consoles. Every PS3 and Xbox 360 owner could play Assassin's Creed 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and Injustice without buying new consoles.
The big PS4 exclusives at launch were Killzone: Shadow Falls and Knack. The first was just a beautiful game and nothing more, and the second was a miscalculation that no one remembers now. The most significant exclusive that came out later was Infamous: Second Son, surpassing the quality of the previous games in the series. As a result: one beautiful game, but empty inside, the second is a frank prodigal, and only the third is worthy of attention. These three games tried to sell the console, but of course that wasn't enough. The Order 1886 came out a little later, but I can't call it a good project.
PlayStation 4 only gained momentum in 2015, when exclusives such as Bloodborne and Before Dawn were released, and third-party developers finally abandoned the previous generation with games such as The Witcher 3 and Mortal Kombat X. Only then did it make sense to buy yourself PS4. If you think that this is only one console, I hasten to upset you - this happened with previous versions of the PlayStation, but maybe with the exception of the first console, but there were also pitfalls.
The very good shooter Resistance: Fall of Man and the equally successful arcade race MotorStorm were the first exclusives for the PlayStation 3 in early 2007. But then the failed Heavenly Sword and Lair came out. As a result, these two games were erased from the history of the industry, both by the players and by the publisher itself.
In addition, the PS3 and its ducks have had big hardware problems. It took developers a long time to figure out how to get their games to work on the console. Only a year later [towards the end of 2007], when Uncharted and Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction, the console looks like a new technology worth buying.
PS2 also had a bad start. A shortage of consoles to sell, compatibility issues, and ambiguous titles at launch are common consoles' first year illness. Before games like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo and Grand Theft Auto came out on PS2, people didn't like the second curling iron.
As I already said, even the first console, for all its phenomenality, was not without a mountain of games, whose name today means nothing to us. Do titles like Battle Arena Toshinden, ESPN Extreme Games, Kileak: DNA Imperative, NBA JAM Tournament Edition, Power Serve 3D Tennis tell you something? Not? That was all there was to prove.
The next wave of exclusives and the benefits of buying in a year
But this was not only the scourge of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo also fell into this trap. A handful of multi-platform games that we could have played on the previous generation as well, and a few exclusive games designed to showcase the hardware are all there was to offer.
As for me, it is more logical to wait until the starting year of launch is over, and the new hardware will be able to enter the industry fully. In addition, there are a number of advantages, thanks to which the purchase of PS5 in a year will be logical from the buyer's point of view:
Of course, many hoped for a decent PS5 launch, and thanks in large part to Switch, which at the start greeted us with great exclusives like The Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild, which was soon followed by Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Arms, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. They've fixed their damaged reputation with the Wii U like this, and this could be a new trend. Alas, it's gone.
Most of the games announced on PS5 have an undefined release date, but we know for sure that we will not see them this year. Those that will be released before next year: Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Astro's Playroom, Bugsnax, Deathloop, Godfall, JETT: The Far Shore, Kena: Bridge of Spirits and NBA 2k21. And then, of all the projects listed, only Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Astro's Playroom are exclusive. Here are just the first game - a regular add-on to the hit of 2018, and the second does not even claim to be a new generation game.
The most notable projects that will ever come out were: Horizon 2, Resident Evil VIII, aka VII.I.AGE and the new Ratchet & Clank. But again, no specifics. And the cut will appear on PC and XSX.
Overall, I recommend waiting. Yes, it will be difficult to resist the hype surrounding the purchase of the PS5, but after waiting just a year and most likely playing many of the announced PS4 games that will surely come out on it, you will not lose much.
The Topic of Article: The best time to buy a PS5 is in a year.