I know. I know.
We’re all excited for what is coming out this fall. Regardless of your feelings on which one you may think is better or which one you may be purchasing, this holiday is a big deal because of the launches of the Playstation 4 and the XBOXONE. They each have a pretty solid launch lineup, and adopting early is a guaranteed “in” to the conversations that will be circulating the industry. Yet, despite all that; there are some pretty solid reasons for not grabbing one on day one.
Games, Games, and Games…
Like last generation, both platforms are still going to be releasing new products on each of their previous gen systems, and many of those games have the potential to be amazing experiences. There are titles coming out, big and small, that will be only coming out on the 360 and PS3. Games with names like, Grand Theft Auto V, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Beyond: Two Souls, Puppeteer, and Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. These are titles that will still have an impact, but won’t be on their newer big brothers (or sisters if you prefer.) I am just as excited for these titles as I am for some of the big launch titles. Both companies are making an excellent case for you to upgrade this fall, but they are giving you an equally compelling case to make sure that you hold onto your old system as well.
The Possibilities of New Hardware
I know that this sounds like a positive…and it is; but do we all need to be reminded of the “red ring of death?” For all the excitement that builds around a new console launch, we all seem to forget the problems that happen. I know people who went through four 360s, and people whose launch model PS3s ran as hot as a jet engine. These types of problems happen at the beginning of a life cycle. Hardware will always have kinks to be worked out, and there will always be a small number of people who draw the proverbial “short straw,” and end up with a dud. It completely sucks, but statistically speaking; it is bound to happen. Buying a new console has the possibility of being like russian roulette, and it can be just as nerve wracking.
Cross-Gen, Split-Gen, but is it Really Next-Gen?
The interesting thing about a launch are the games that seem to be on both sets of systems. This year games like Assassin’s Creed IV, Watch Dogs, Fifa, Call of Duty, and many more will be on both the old and next generation systems. I won’t deny that the PS4 and XBOXONE versions will be prettier, and probably have some more features than their older counterparts; but for some that isn’t enough to justify a new console purchase. This can be especially true when you think of the horror stories from last launch, games like GUN, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, and Just Cause that were just higher resolution ports of the other versions. We’re not going to truly see some actual “next-gen” gaming until next year, when we start to see games that were made exclusively for the new systems from the ground up. Until then, these split-gen games only muddy the waters and make the decision to upgrade a difficult one.
Lastly, do you simply have the money? With all the above reasons, do you really want to drop anywhere from $400-$600 on a new system this fall? In the end, I guess you weigh all the previous factors together and factor them in to this one final decision. So, in the end, it all comes down to spending your hard earned cash. Is it worth it?
So there you go; my attempt to talk you out of buying the “new hotness” this fall. Albeit, I am getting a PS4, and my own arguments mean nothing to me. So, what are you doing this holiday? Are you sticking with your old system or taking the next gen dive? Comment below or just use the nifty poll I put up. (Also, this was our 101st post, so thanks everyone for supporting us thus far and continuing to share us with your friends. Hopefully we’ll still be doing this for another 100!)