Maybe you just weren’t sure that a PS4 at launch was worth it. Maybe nothing the first few years did much to change your opinion about the new tech, or maybe you were totally happy playing the games you already had on PS3. Goof news for the indecisive: if you’ve managed to wait this long, you’ve ensured that you can get an excellent console with years of refinement, games and price drops. This holiday season you’ll find yourself with a solid discount on the base model PS4, and you’ll also be able to buy a bunch of discounted games both new and old to play on it. If you’ve been waiting around for the right moment to get into the current generation of console gaming, now is a great time to pull the trigger.
Some of these reasons are very similar to The Seven Best Reason Why This Holiday Is A Great Time To Buy An Xbox One, because these are two pretty similar machines at the end of the day. But PS4 has its own reasons too, most specifically when it comes to exclusive software.
Price: Right now you can get a 1 TB PS4 for $199 at Amazon, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better introductory price towards making your first step into the wide world of current-generation gaming. That represents about 1/2 off from the $399 that the console originally debuted at, and you get a hard drive with twice as much space to boot. The PS4 has long been out of the early adopter phase at this point, and you can rest assured that you’re getting a powerful, capable machine for a pretty reasonable price.
Cheap, Great Games: Games aren’t cheap, at least until they are. Bloodborne remains one of the best games of the current console generation, and right now you can pick it up for a paltry $20 on Amazon — less if you buy it used. This is probably the biggest benefit of waiting a few years to jump onto a new console generation: even the best games of year’s past can wind up deeply discounted, and you can build out a library of excellent titles for comparatively little. Horizon Zero Dawn, which isn’t even a year old and is nominated for Game of the Year, only costs $20 now. Older titles come in even cheaper: The Last of Us Remastered clocks in at a dirt-cheap $10, and there are plenty more out there. Early on in a console’s lifespan you can expect to pay $60 for subpar games, but a few years in and it’s a treasure trove.
Exclusives: At this point, Sony’s dominance in exclusive software has become pretty much insurmountable. If you’re looking for narrative-based single-player experiences, you’d be foolish to go with Microsoft. Sony’s platform not only has the genre-defining Uncharted series, but 2016 alone saw critically acclaimed titles like Nioh, Nier: Automata and Horizon Zero Dawn, and next year will bring us God of War, The Last of Us Part 2 and Spiderman. Sony’s stable of exclusive developers include the best in the business, and that’s a major selling point here.
PlayStation Now: The PS4 may not have the sort of broad-based backwards compatibility of the Xbox One, but it does have an interesting streaming-based solution to playing old games that’s improved greatly in the years since it was first introduced. PlayStation Now allows you to stream both older and new games to your console so long as you’ve got the Internet connection to handle it, and you can snag yourself access to more than 500 games for $19.99 a month, or $44.99 for three months. Among those games are titles like Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3, Resident Evil 4 and more. It’s a solid way to find yourself with a giant collection of games.
VR: Sony’s PlayStation VR may not have become the platform-defining device that some may have hoped it would become, but it’s an impressive little headset nonetheless. VR is a great party trick as well as a fascinating glimpse into a brand-new world of technology, and PlayStation VR is a great introductory headset for those without the sort of beefy PC required to run an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Even if you’re not planning on buying one of these things right away, it’s nice to have the option to do so eventually if you become interested somewhere down the road.
PS4 Pro: PS4 is not just a console at this point: it’s a family of consoles that includes both the base model PS4 and the PS4 Pro. And while the PS4 Pro isn’t as powerful as the just-released Xbox One X, it’s still a capable machine that can handle 4K graphics, if you’re the sort of with a 4K TV that’s looking to take advantage of that new tech. And even if you decide to go with a base model PS4 for now, it’s nice to know that you could easily upgrade while maintaining all your game saves and purchases. At $399 it’s also a touch cheaper than the Xbox One X, so you can take advantage of your fancy TV for a little less money.
Online Community: A multiplayer community is only so good as the players that fill it, and Sony at the very least has the most of them. This is one of the biggest benefits that comes with winning the console war: there are a ton of PS4 gamers out there, and that means that any given multiplatform game is likely to have more players on PSN than on Xbox Live. That means shorter queues, better support for less popular games, and a higher statistical chance that people you know will be on the service.
Microsoft is outflanking Sony to some degree through cross-platform play with PC and Switch, but for right now Sony is king.
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