Have you gone out and purchased yourself a shiny new PS4 or Xbox One yet? No? What are you waiting for!? The time is now for players who were waiting to purchase their PS4 or Xbox One to get their hands on a next-gen console so that they do not get left behind. With the release of the PS4 and the Xbox One – I don’t think the Wii U can technically be considered “next-gen” – a great divide has been made between players who are keeping up-to-date and those who choose to stick with either their PS3 or Xbox 360. It’s been about two years now, and at first, this divide wasn’t a huge issue because developers were releasing versions of their games on last-generation and current-generation consoles. Nowadays, however, developers either only make their game for the current-gen systems or, if they do make them for both, the last-gen version has very little substance to it in regards to content. The time to upgrade is now because you won’t have to worry about missing out on exclusive content, the prices are dropping, and the library of next-gen games is rapidly expanding. Don’t get stuck on the wrong side of the great divide.
Before I go further, I have a confession to make: I am a die-hard Playstation fanboy. I’ve owned a PS4 since the night it was released and am extremely biased in that regard. Regrettably, I may have been ‘that one guy’ arguing in the YouTube comments’ section about why the Xbox is a waste of money – because, really, it is.
Anyway, let’s talk about content. Recently, players on the PS3 and Xbox 360 have been experiencing a lack of content featured in current versions of games. For example, if you’re planning on purchasing Call of Duty: Black Ops III for last-gen consoles, you will not be receiving a campaign, unlike the players on the PS4 and Xbox One. This is a trend that’s not going away anytime soon, simply because it’s not worth it for developers to make two versions of their games anymore. Players are finally seeing games take advantage of the hardware that the PS4 and Xbox One offer, which means that the same version of the game can’t be released on the PS3 or 360 because those systems can’t handle it. Why pay the same price as someone like me when you’re receiving a lot less? Besides lack of content, players who still have their old system have very little to choose from now. From my experience working at GameStop for a year and a half, I constantly heard customers complain about not being able to play the newest games because they weren’t being released for older systems, and when these customers would look at the list of pre-orders available, they would find a page and a half full of PS4 games and less than half a page of PS3 games. If you’re a player who wants to play that one new game that looks really awesome (you’ll find most of these on PS4), then you can’t stay on your PS3 or 360.
Now, let’s talk about prices. Yeah, they’re expensive. The PS4, after two years, has still not changed its $399 price tag (to be honest, it’s completely worth it), and we’ve seen the Xbox One’s price reduce from $500, which was ridiculous for something that looks like a giant VCR, to $349. At these two prices, both systems are incredibly expensive for the average gamer, and I completely understand the hesitation to drop that kind of money on a video game system. A lot of people are perfectly fine with sticking with their PS3 or 360 – or their Gamecube – and waiting awhile for prices to drop significantly. However, players can easily plan their purchase so that that high price tag drops from $399 to something like $199 with the help of retailers buying your old systems and games and the option to buy used systems online.
I always recommend players to sell their old systems and their old games, which most people like to hold on to, but, the way I look at it, if you’re buying a PS4, you’re gonna want to play your PS4 games. This is why I’m fine with not having backwards compatibility on the PS4, because I simply don’t have any desire to play those games. I still own my PS3, and it’s been collecting dust for two years. Even though I still have the opportunity to play it, I just don’t ever have the urge to play my old games. I want to get my money’s worth and play the new, graphically beautiful games. Ways to get good money for your old systems are periodically available at GameStop. I say “periodically” because even though I worked there, I still think they sometimes don’t give customers a fair value. Every now and then, though, GameStop will have deals that give customers $100-$150 for your old system if you put it towards a PS4 or Xbox One, and that’s not even including the games you bring in. From my experience, I have seen customers bring in their old systems and walk out with a PS4 (converting Xbox-ers is my specialty) for only $50 – less than the price of a brand new video game. I think of it like ripping off a band-aid: you rip it off quickly so the pain doesn’t linger, to “get it over with,” right? Get rid of your old system now and rip that band-aid off so you can move on and heal, and in return you will have a better, more reliable, and more powerful system. If GameStop isn’t your forte, there are always options like Ebay where you can sell your system and games at the price you specifically want, which is not always a successful route, but it does work.
Now, we come to the most important issue: exclusive games. Have you ever been talking to a friend who’s playing the newest release, and he/she asks you, “Do you have [insert game title here]?” Titles like Uncharted 4, No Man’s Sky, Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Halo 5, and Star Wars Battlefront are games soon to be released on next-gen consoles, and odds are your friends will be asking you the same question. These games are either only coming out for the PS4/Xbox One or have restrictions on old systems, which is dumb, I agree. But all of these games look incredible both graphically and narratively (we’ll see about Black Ops III…), and if you’re still on an old system, you’ll be missing out on these experiences. If you plan on waiting, then by the time you’re catching up with these games, there will be a wealth of newer games that you’re missing out on because you’re too busy catching up on the old games. If you enjoy being a gamer, then I know you want to play the new titles coming out, which simply cannot be done anymore on the PS3 or Xbox 360. The time is now to upgrade if you haven’t done so already, and I urge you to not look back. I can guarantee you that you’ll be happy with your decision to buy a PS4 or Xbox One – seriously, though, Playstation is better. I’ve been more than satisfied with my Playstation 4, and I know you will be too.
So what do you guys think? Have you already upgraded to a next-gen system? Are you still on the fence about it? Comment below and let me know!