The Playstation 4 has Become a Necessity

And the other consoles need to catch up.

2017 has been an amazing year for video games. Nintendo released their fastest-selling system ever in March; Microsoft plans to release “the most powerful console of all time” in the holiday season; and franchises that had once been called old and tired like Resident Evil and The Legend of Zelda are suddenly game of the year contenders. Here’s the rub: I don’t have a Playstation 4 or a gaming PC. I have a Nintendo Switch and an XBOX One and that would normally suffice, but I feel super left out this year. It’s not that I think I deserve these games; it’s that I wasn’t prepared for two out of the three consoles to not be enough.

Let’s look at Sony’s treasure trove of Playstation 4 exclusives that came out or will come out this year. Some of these may or may not also be available on PC.

The original Playstation mascot has returned to remind me that I chose the wrong two systems to buy this year.

First, Yakuza 0 came out in January. Horizon: Zero Dawn came next in February. Launching just four days after the Nintendo Switch, Nier: Automata was initially overshadowed. Persona 5 made its long-awaited American debut in April. Also in April were Dragon Quest Warriors 2 and What Remains of Edith Finch, two more divisive games that I’d love to get my hands on. Not only are these games critically acclaimed, they seem right up my alley.

Later in the year, PS4 owners will also have the opportunity to play Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a standalone expansion of Uncharted 4 entitled Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a remake of the first Yakuza game called Yakuza Kiwami, a new Spiderman game, and Shenmue III. This is only counting games that aren’t on other consoles. There’s also Resident Evil VII, Destiny 2, Prey, Injustice 2, and For Honor among others.

I’m still glad I have my XBOX and Switch. I’d be really upset if I missed Breath of the Wild back in March or Sea of Thieves later this year. Just… I can’t remember a time when I missed out so much because of this much of a landslide in console exclusives. It’s just a lot.

So, congrats Sony. You convinced me that you were the way to go. I’ll probably get a PS4 soon. There’s no use spending such a bountiful year for games in the drought under my Nintendo-Microsoft umbrella.