Obviously, a strong launch lineup is important for any new video game system.
But if you ask gamers about the reasons they bought a console, the initial titles is only one of many reasons. The question is, how much stock do you put into the launch games for a brand new machine?
There are some veteran collectors – mostly from the old school – who simply must have any new console that's released, so the launch lineup is almost irrelevant. Then you've got those who are looking to the future; they've done a lot of research and they're lying in wait for the games they really want. Others aren't even pinpointing specific titles; they're just weighing the system itself. In other words, they're evaluating its power, capability, reliability, price, etc.
In the PlayStation world, you will find a great many fans who bought a PS platform based on the promise of something huge. For instance, how many do you think bought the PS3 because of Final Fantasy XIII ? Little did they know the game would eventually go multiplatform. Also, remember how huge Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec was? It was arguably the first true-blue system-seller for the PS2. And that's the key: Will there be any system-selling titles for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when they debut later this year? I suppose you could mention Killzone: Shadow Fall for the PS4 and Forza 5 for the Xbox One…but is that enough?
Personally, I do put a lot of stock in a launch lineup. But I also look to the future; I expect certain things, and that's part of the reason I pick up a new console. How about you?