Since I got a Playstation 2 this year that I wanted so badly, I really missed the simplicity it had to offer. Sure at it's launch date the pricing was ridiculous, and it's major downside was you could not store data inside the console, it needed an external memory card that it sold the memory cards separately which at the time was very expensive. Aside of that, the console is phenomenal, to me personally there is no better games library than the Playstation 2. There was a lot of contributions from powerhouses like Capcom, Konami, Namco, Namco Bandai, Square Enix, Criterion etc, a lot of Great games that are still exciting to this very date, infact they're aged like fine wine defining what a Genre should be like. You bought the game, it's all yours. No monthly subscriptions, no microtransactions, no DLC, no season pass. The whole game, is yours.
You can call me a game scavenger, I'm a very patient person and I tend to buy games minimum three or two years after the initial release, or after its discontinued. Why you may ask, It's difficult for me to answer this because I myself hardly know the answer. I just feel like, the game after a lot of time matures, it gets bugfixes and performance fixes, the price is also streamlined from an unfair fullprice to more suitable one. And after the dust settles, the community decides on how much this game actually is worth.
That has nothing to do with my rant, just a recap.
This kind of bullshit is the new normal both on consoles and PC. But as we thought we are the master race of gaming, we have to deal with a lot more than consoles do.
The release or evolution of new hardware rate is insanely fast, just when you thought you got your bleeding edge graphics card or cpu, months later a new one is released and its significantly better than yours. It could be minimum a year that you start feeling performance tearing in latest AAA Titles.
The vastly outdated PS3 which released in 2007 in EU, Still have new games released to this date, and they run just fine. Despite that the game console was discontinued in September of 2015. Not in PC apparently if you won't update your hardware every 2 years apparently.
That's an another thing I have to deal with, Horrendous PC Ports. I clearly know that the publishers prioritize Consoles over PC Machines. It's blatantly obvious that the games should have been released for PC first with attention to detail and visuals that the current generation of hardware can handle it, then release it on consoles and nerf the game engine to be suitable for console gamers. Instead they do the opposite, I have to run bad console ports on lowest settings and still making the game unplayable.
And last, barely support for legacy hardware. I have an overclocked q6600 with a GTX 650 Ti and 8GB 800Mhz RAM. You may laugh about it as you want, I can barely run a bloody game at 1080p 60fps when the rest of the visuals are toned down, because even if your video card can play the game smoothly the cpu sometimes will bottleneck it. If I decide to upgrade my hardware the cost is approximately 900EUR, to enjoy your latest gaming titles without having to deal with performance issues. Then I know that we have a paradise like steam and they don't, Steam has DRM. And as I said I'm a very patient person, the new PS3 is very seasoned and you can buy it around 150EUR, and I know a used games market that each copy costs 10-25EUR. The PS4 is very near enough to drop their prices too, and there you barely don't have any PC exclusive because literally a PC exclusive is ridiculously rare.
What is really sad about that is even the consoles are vastly inferior to PC, they're more efficient. They're cheaper, you don't have to deal with performance bullshit, the rendering quality is fair, the games from second hand market could be better than Steam. Because you don't have to deal with DRM. I need to think about it.