Friday, November 15, 2013

Xbox One or PS4

We have a major decision going on in my family.  What gaming system do we get.  As neither is backwards compatible with its predecessor, there is no legacy allegiance to worry about.  And trust me, we have played with them all, Wii, Playstation, Xbox 360.  But with PS4 release today and the Xbox One next week, the urge to buy has been plaguing my son. 

Both are expensive systems, neither are perfect, but he wrestles nightly with which platform to get.  For me, the decision seems an easier one and that is to wait.  Why?  Like any release of a new system, software bugs exist and best to not be the guinea pig.  Also, both platforms have limited content choice for games as neither can use older games.  In fact, I might give an extra push and lean more toward the company that recognizes the ownership of games in their prior system and offers free downloadable versions or discounts for online game upgrades.  And lastly, while my son may want to lead the pack, the social elements of each platform rely on friends also on the platform.  I think he is best to learn which platforms his friends are leaning as well before purchasing a new system. 

There has already been a run on pre-orders of both systems.  Game Stop, Best Buy and others are opening at midnight for an early jump on sales.  And with the holidays peaking around the corner, a new gaming platform and its games make for great gifts.   But what is the rush.  The old platforms are still here and many will stay want to play those old PS3 and Xbox 360 games.  And who knows what discounts might await him in January.  But I can only suggest.  For gamers, young and old, the appeal of new platform, the both in many years for Sony and Microsoft, brings more power and storage, as well as better graphics.  The force may be too great for them to ignore or avoid. 

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