The ‘should(n’t)’ of the season
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 01:09
With the imminent launch of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles, many people are asking the question “I’m pretty happy with my PS3/Xbox 360, why should I bother getting a next generation system?”
The answer is: you should(n’t).
Historically, consoles are only “must buy” products at launch when a killer app is released with the new system. These are games so mind blowingly amazing, that they validate the purchase of a brand new system all on their own. Examples of such killer app launch titles would include “Super Mario World” for the Super Nintendo, “Super Mario 64” for the Nintendo 64, “Halo: Combat Evolved” for the Xbox and “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” for the Nintendo Wii.
As of right now, no such title appears to be coming to either system by the end of the year. Promising titles such as “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Watchdogs” and “Battlefield 4” will all be available on current gen systems and unless you’re a total graphics junkie (in which case I suggest you look into getting a PC), there is no need to buy the next generation versions of these titles.
Other intriguing titles such as “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Knack” and “Killzone: Shadowfall” look promising, but until a large volume of review scores come in, its near impossible to say whether or not these titles are worthy of a “must buy” moniker.
Typically once the new systems launch, development for the prior generation’s systems tends to stop, effectively “forcing” one to upgrade sooner or later. However, at least through the end of 2013, Sony is still aggressively supporting the PS3 with two major titles still to come this year, “Beyond: Two Souls” from “Heavy Rain” developer Quantic Dream, and a little racing title called “Gran Turismo 6.” Third – party titles are also on the way such as “Batman: Arkham Origins” for the PS3 as well as Xbox 360.
Unless you absolutely can’t wait to get your hands on the new systems, there really shouldn’t be any urgency. It’s worth noting that consoles purchased in the first few months after launch tend to run greater risks of hardware failures as the products might have possibly been rushed to market in time for the holiday season. Not to mention that both the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 4 are not backwards compatible with Xbox 360 and PS3 games, respectively, at the time of their launch anyway.
All that being said, if you have the money to spend and wish to play your games on the best hardware possible, you’ll have to upgrade to a new system. If you’re a big fan of “Killzone” or “Forza,” the new systems are definite must-buys. And if one of the new systems has a feature that really excites you, such as Xbox One’s Kinect integration, by all means go out and pick it up.
But for serious gamers light on cash, perhaps the best course of action would be to avoid the new systems for the time being. At least through the end of this year, there are plenty of AAA titles coming to your current systems to keep you occupied.