Your Daily McMaster: why I cancelled my PS4 pre-order

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It was not easy for me. I hovered over the Amazon “cancel order” button for quite some time before forcing my finger down upon the left mouse button. I love gadgets and I love technology, but I couldn’t make myself buy a PS4.

After the jump, launch woes.

There are quite a few reasons people are buying the PS4 this Friday, and all are quite valid for each individual. I’m sure the PS4 will be a good console for years to come, but it’s not the right console for me. For November. When all is said and done, the most important part of a game console is the games. While Sony has talked a really good game about all the things the PS4 can do, I’m just not interested in their initial software offering. Let’s take a look at the lineup and I’ll try to explain why.

Cross platform with XBox One –

Angry Birds Star Wars
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Just Dance 2014
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Madden NFL 25
NBA 2K14
NBA Live 14
Need for Speed: Rivals
Skylanders Swap Force

This list of games represents the titles you can get on either system. There’s always bickering about performance, etc, but in the case of most of these titles, the difference should be negligible. These games don’t really draw me to the PS4 because, well, I can get them on either system.

Currently available on other platforms –

Blacklight: Retribution – PC
Contrast – PC, XBox Live, PSN
DC Universe Online – PC, PS3
DiveKick – PC, PS3, PSVita
Flower – PS3, PSVita
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition – PC, XBox 360, PS3, PSVita
Super Motherload – PC, Mac, PS3, PS4
Trine 2: The Complete Story – PC, PS3, XBox 360, Wii
Sound Shapes – PS3, PSVita
Warframe – PC

Here we have “launch” titles that have, mostly, been out for quite some time. To that end, I’ve already played most of these games, so no real sway involved for the PS4.

Exclusives –

Killzone Shadow Fall

Here we have the meat of the reasons to purchase one console over another, unless your purchase decision is moral or loyalty based. Looking at each title individually, there’s not much that calls to me. I like Killzone, but I don’t 400 dollars like Killzone. Knack looks neat, as does Resogun, but both are PSN titles. Playroom is the PS4 pack-in.

I’m well aware of all the arguments against the XBox One – it’s too expensive, Microsoft is no stranger to hardware failure, the Kinect is watching you, etc…. Yes, these are all fair points, but they also have games that interest me, starting with Dead Rising 3 and Forza. I just can’t justify purchasing a console just to purchase it.

Hell, even with all that said, I’m still going to buy one very soon. I’m Jason freaking McMaster after all.