There’s no need to buy a PlayStation 4 right now. There, I said it. Now give me a few minutes and I’ll explain myself.

Keep in mind that the above statement is coming from a PlayStation faithful who has been gaming with Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Solid Snake, Sackboy and Co. for more than 15 years. I have love in my heart for all gaming platforms (Even the abysmal Jaguar), but every parent has a child they love just a little bit more whether they like to admit it or not and, honestly, Sony consoles have always managed to edge out the competition in my book.

Now that I’ve got the obligatory and ridiculous credentials out of the way, I’ll lay down my reasoning for telling a handful of friends and family (and now you, dear reader) why they should keep their money in their wallet for the time being.

Keep in mind that I’m not currently speaking to those gamers with plenty of dough to spend who simply want to be in on the ground floor for a new console generation. If you’ve got the disposable income, love new tech or just want to support the PS4 in its early stages then, by all means, grab one of those machines as soon as you see it on the shelf. I want to see all three of the major home consoles do well, so I’m not just saying “nobody should buy a PS4.”

But over the past several weeks, I’ve had a number of friends, family members, co-workers, twitter pals and the like say something along the lines of, “so, I’m thinking I might want to get a PlayStation 4 soon. What do you think?” These are average Joes and Jills, all working normal 9-5 jobs that have nothing to do with the games industry. None are diehard game fans, either. They’re just regular folks who play a bit, are hearing a lot of buzz about Sony’s new console and have started kicking around the idea of taking the plunge.

And that’s exactly the type of person I’m talking to right now. Folks who enjoy gaming, have had a blast using their PS3 and Xbox 360 media services and, with all of the hype surrounding the recent launch of a new console, are starting to feel like maybe they are missing out and would do well to run out and get a new console as soon as humanly possible.

To those people, I simply say that there is no need to buy a PlayStation 4 right now. It’s a nice device, it has amazing potential and a handful of games that I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of over the past month, but I can’t recommend anyone not in dire need of a console fix plop down 400 bucks for the thing right now.

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