Dear PlayStation Four,
The past few years have been amazing and I’ve loved every moment we’ve shared together. You rekindled my love of gaming, got me through many, many hard times, and inspired me to start writing about our adventures together. Despite all we’ve shared, there’s an impediment to real growth our relationship.
I’ve tried being patient. I’ve waited and waited for the PS5 to be available at regular retailers. It’s been over a two years and I can’t wait any longer. it’s time for me to go back to my XBox. And yes, before you even ask, it’s a series S. I know it’s younger than you, my darling PS4. And yes, I won’t sugarcoat it, the improved graphics and load time have a lot to do with my decision. Not to mention that soon, gaming companies are going to stop making new games that are compatible with the old gen. I never meant to hurt you, but I have to move on.
I hope I can come visit from time to time. I hope we can still be friends. I will miss you. With all my love, Cindy
So yeah, I finally pulled the trigger on a next gen console. I waited and waited for a PS5 to be available through regular means. Not judging anyone else, but personally I refuse to reward scalpers by making a purchase from them. Plus the fact that Sony seemed to have no reasonable resolution for the bot-scalper issue offended me as a gamer.
Players should be Sony’s target demographic; we’re the consumers of their product. But they seemed to take the attitude that sales were sales whereas Microsoft addressed the supply chain issues fairly quickly. A year ago, while I was still waiting on a PS5, I purchased an XBox Series S for my son’s birthday on Amazon from Amazon at a regular price. A year later, I bought my XBox Series S on Amazon from Amazon at a regular price. I actually bought two, one for me and one for my boo. Again, that’s something I couldn’t do, even if my opportunity finally came up Sony’s wait-list. And don’t get me started on the wait-list. I was at work when my thirty minute window came up, I missed the email so, yeah. Yeahhhhhh. And yes, the PS5 is listed as “available” on Amazon now. Available by invitation. F@#k you, Sony.
Honestly, I don’t really care which console I play. I don’t buy in to the console war mentality. And really I could game on a PC and forgo the system altogether. But I cut my gamer girl teeth on Atari and Nintendo so I just plain prefer playing on a console.
I wanted to wait for a PS5 because despite the fact that I had an XBox 360 and XBox One, I switched to the PS4 right about the time I found myself with almost two years of nothing to do every day but play. It was the last gift my father gave me before he passed away and in those two plus years I played over 100 titles so switching back to XBox meant re-purchasing my favorite story games and abandoning all my progress on non-crossplatform online games, such as RDO and ESO.
Actually the fact that Rockstar has all but abandoned RDO had a lot to do with me letting go of my hopes that one day Sony would straighten out the PS5 distribution problem. As much as I have a deep sentimental attachment to RDO, there’s nothing to do on the game anymore except grind, rinse and repeat and I’m at a ridiculous level (like 260 something) so without new career paths or new features, it’s just grinding for the sake of grinding. Meh. Not interested. But I digress. Sort of.
As silly as it sounds, I really did agonize over the decision as to whether to go back to XBox. There’s just something sexy about the PS5, but at this point I feel like that guy at the bar who’s been watching a pretty girl dance, chatting her up, buying her drinks all night and then she goes home with another man. Weird metaphor, but I stand by it. Sony teased me with something I just couldn’t get my hands on unless I was willing to support a$$hole scalpers. Like I said, not gonna do it.
But what about the superior graphics and super fast load time, you ask? As much as I agree with the staunch PlayStation lovers as to the superior visuals on a PS5, I don’t have a fancy enough TV to notice the difference. And let’s face it, I’m pushing 50. My eyesight started diminishing ten years ago. Let’s be honest even if I had a UHD 4K HDR monitor, I doubt I have the physical ability to note the super crisp display anyway 😀 As for the load time, with age also comes patience and the XBox Series S still loads faster than the PS4 so it’s still an upgrade. Not to mention the price point. I got two new Xboxes for about the same price as one PS5 at MRSP.
The bottom line is I will always have a soft spot in my heart for my PS4. It got me through a terrible time in life, but life moves on. I wanted a next gen console and the XBox Series S is what I could get my hands on. For a gaming addict like me, that was the deciding factor. Mama needs her fix 😄