I'm down for Wrath of the Machine tonight! I have all three classes near LL 400. I've cleared it on normal and hard mode, though I don't think I've completed the Aksis challenge (in case that matters).
I have mild OCD (used to be more severe) and have in the past worried about a console running games slightly worse because of something happening to the console (moving/setting it down too roughly while it's off), but those invasive thoughts were only slightly aggravating.
However, if you're finding you can't enjoy games due to these obsessions, I'd recommend seeking professional help if you haven't already. I'd say your best results will be with a psychologist trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. That proved to be an effective treatment for me, and I'm better off for it.
If that's something you're interested in, I'd recommend searching for therapists here and cross-referencing them with a patient-review site like Health Grades. You can also search for "Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology" on Health Grades to find potential therapists if the former link doesn't produce any doctors in your area.
Research and development costs, manufacturing costs, asking for developers to adapt their game to three different-yet-similar Sony consoles, market confusion...the list goes on and on. Phones are released annually because:
1. A lot of people buy them.
2. Most smartphones are sold at a profit.
I believe it's generally accepted that PS4s and Xbox Ones are sold at a loss to bolster the user base. Sony and Microsoft then make back that money and more from the games said user base purchases. Making a new console every year is tough to do without splitting the user base, which both companies are trying to avoid. Unless consoles start being sold at a profit, there's little incentive to make slightly better iterations every year.
Sorry to hear you're having such troubles on your birthday. It's not fair that a day of would-be joy is shared with the anniversary of a national tragedy. While there are plenty of games to recommend that might take your mind off things, I would suggest seeing a therapist to discuss these feelings you're having. Not because they're abnormal -- but because it's nice to discuss them with a professional who can help you address them in a healthy manner. Either way, I'm truly sorry your birthday is typically shared with global mourning and wish you all the best.
It's a kind of crappy piece of software that has a lot of really neat ideas in it. I'd probably say it makes me feel "hopeful" that Niantic improves the shallow battle system. Improving the server stability would go a long way too.
This video should be a pretty good starting off point. It's about three years old, but contains a lot of useful information about building in PCs in general. Just note that most of the parts will be obsolete and the prices are probably lower.
As for the budget, newegg offers DIY PC combos with capable PCs for pretty reasonable prices. There might be better deals out there if you look hard enough, but this is nice because you know the parts are compatible with one another.
If you run into any snags, the build a pc subreddit often helps folks out as long as you give them a detailed enough description of the problem.
The biggest thing about building a PC is that you become your own tech support, which can be both good and bad.
The Good: You become more knowledgeable about how computers work and diagnosing problems eventually gets easier.
The Bad: Shit will break for seemingly no apparent reason and digging for a reason why can take hours if not days.
It's totally possible you could build the PC and encounter zero problems. That'd be awesome, but it's important to go into this expecting problems to happen — even if they're tiny.
As for the SSD...that depends on how much space you're willing to sacrifice. SSDs have gotten a lot cheaper over the past few years, but hard drives still beat them dollar per gigabyte. Amazon's selling a 250 GB one for $85.52, but that price might vary if you're in the UK. But you can get a 1 TB hard drive for $48.99. I'd recommend getting both, but that probably eats too much into your budget. This decision all depends on how willing you are to manage space on whichever drive you get.