Note: I was pretty confused when I began to write this topic yesterday, but since then I've kind of resolved things as I did research and had a day to think about it (so now the best solution seems kinda obvious to me) But read on anyway and see if you can offer some advice/ if I made the right decision
I have been an only-PC gamer from the beginning, which has caused me to miss out on some great console exclusives over the years. Also, my laptop (with an nvidia GT 650m) is now beginning to age, meaning I need a complete gaming overhaul.
For reference, the kind of games I love are story driven, rich in atmosphere single player games and RPGs (Fable, The Witcher 1, Mass Effect, Dragon Age Origins, TES:Oblivion, Gothic 3 etc)
The games I still want to catch up on really bad are Fable 2, TLOU, Uncharted series and RDR. Of those, I need to play Fable 2. As you can see from my profile picture, (and this topic I made 8 years ago talking about how I want a PC port of it)I'm a big fan of the original and have spent years waiting for the sequel to come to the PC after eventually giving up a couple of years ago.
Money is a concern too, and I'm keeping that in mind while making my decision.
In more detail, here are the games I've wanted to play on each platform (Bold are the ones I've really wanted to play from the day they were announced) :
Xbox (360/ one) - Fable 2, Gears of War, Halo (This list seems weirdly short)
PS3/ PS4 - Uncharted 2, TLOU, Journey, Ni no kuni, Persona series,Infamous series, Heavy Rain, Yakuza, Wild, Ratchet and Clank, Catherine
Non - PC console games that I'll get either way, that make the case for a console stronger - RDR, Neir
PC games (non exclusive) that I'm waiting for and that my laptop is too weak to run - Mass Effect Andromeda, Kingdom Come deliverance - These I could play on a current gen console as well
Compiling that list for my own research, and for this forum post, made me realize that the only thing I'm interested in for the Xbox is Fable 2, and the common console games (I really thought there was something more!) So probably a Playstation would be the way to go, but I could buy a whole console just for Fable 2! (When will I ever play it if not now?)
So I could either build a great PC and buy a last gen console to play the exclusives that I've talked about, or just buy a current gen consoles and not build a PC (which would allow me to play the old exclusives, plus the upcoming multiplatform games that I'm excited for)
I could just go ahead and get an Xbox one and finally play Fable 2 along with the new stuff, or get a PS4 and play all those cool games I've missed out on over the years.
Somehow my mind has kind of settled on getting a PS4 (in between starting writing this post yesterday and finishing it today)- the thought of catching up on all those games + playing new titles without being forced to set everything on "low settings" like I've had to do on my laptop for a few years now is pretty exciting. I'll have to figure out another way to play Fable 2 someday I guess? (I have a friend who just bought an X360, maybe I could borrow it. Rental services otherwise are not available in my country/area)
Am I missing out on something big by giving up on the PC as a gaming platform for the next couple of years that for some reason I can't think of right now? Most indie games/ rpgs seem to make their way to all platforms nowadays (Kingdom come, for example) I would probably be playing fewer games for lesser time (probably just a couple of hours on the weekends), so I probably don't need to get a PS Pro, right? Will I regret not buying a console just for Fable 2, or are there any other great exclusives for xbox that I'm overlooking now that would make it's case stronger?
Let me know what your thoughts are as I think about buying my first console ever! Thanks duders