Our Videogame Releases post this week got me to wondering about something. With both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launching imminently, are you still buying videogames for the PS3 and Xbox 360? Or have you decided to wait for the new consoles? Let us know in our new poll.
I feel the need to preface any comments I ever make about videogames with the caveat that I’m not much of a gamer myself. That said, I own a PS3 and have at least a passive interest in buying a PS4 sometime next year. At this point in time, if a new game title interested me, I think I’d wait until it’s available on the best console. I’m patient and in no hurry to play, and online gaming with other people doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. Admittedly, that puts me outside the target audience that most of these games are marketed toward.
Our gaming guru Brian educated me as to the reasons hardcore gamers may wish to buy the 360 or PS3 versions of new games now, even if the same titles are slated to appear on the next generation as well. For example, if someone wishes to participate in online matches, the last-gen community will be much larger for quite a while. If you’re the first of your friends to get an Xbox One, it may benefit you to get Xbox 360 copies of certain games anyway.
Also, some titles, including this week’s hot new release of ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’, are designed with an upgrade path so that you can buy a PS3 version now and get a PS4 version for a small fee later. That strikes me as a very smart move.
How do the real gamers among our readers feel about this?