Do I really need to upgrade my PS3 this year?
- you have games you want to play, spare cash, time available OR
- Maybe you need a BluRay player in the bedroom so you can move your PS3 in there and get a PS4 for your living room.
Moving onto what matters to people on this website, PS Vita integration is a big deal for me. The graphics and the games look about the same as PS3, but without playing them it's hard to tell. The multitasking capabilities make sense as well (you can listen to music unlimited while playing a game). The social aspect is hopefully fully baked, but until it becomes the norm and used by everyone, it doesn't really matter. The controller looks sick and I think the camera is going to be cool as well. So far, being a PS Vita owner is the only reason for me to buy this thing this year.
A few months in, the games that are being released look much better than the ones at launch. I love the infamous franchise, but I'm not sold on the new character. 1886: The Order looks sick, and I know there's going to be many more heavy hitters as we get closer and closer to launch.
I don't plan on pre-ordering, because there's little benefit. There's going to be launch day bugs and better bundles will come out in the spring. Maybe if you have an older PS3 on its last legs, I would suggest selling it while you can and pre-ordering this.
Personally I think that the current gen (at least PS3) has a few more years of relevance and PS4 didn't NEED to come out for at least two years.