Submitted by Grateful Ghoul 362d ago | opinion piece

The Upgrade or Wait Dilemma of Next-Gen Gaming

If we can learn anything from the phenomenal crowds at the Eurogamer Expo each year, it would seem that gamers will travel far and wide to get their hands on a game before anyone else. Even if it means a three hour journey and a one hour queue to play the latest must-have AAA title, then so be it.

With this is mind, I cannot help but think that the UK release date of the PS4 on November 29th is a slight misstep by Sony. Nearly every AAA release such as Watch Dogs, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 4, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Battlefield 4 can be enjoyed on your current console.As customers, we pre-order and purchase our favourite games as soon as they are released, so if the average gamer has their hands on the year’s big releases and the behemoth that is known as GTA V comes online in October, what incentive is there for you to upgrade to next-gen gaming?

The majority of gamers that I have had the pleasure of conversing with have echoed the same sentiments and when asked the question about PS4 or Xbox One, their replies seem to consist of “I’m going to wait; there’s no point in upgrading yet.” (Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V, PS4, Tag Invalid, Watch Dogs, Xbox One)

Lukas_Japonicus  +   362d ago
I understand the caution some people have when new consoles release but i just can't see myself being able to wait for a PS4, impatient i know but ive wanted new consoles for a few years now. I'm ready for next gen.
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black0o  +   362d ago
We waited 7 years .. cant wait any longer
negative  +   362d ago
I'm excited for two new consoles but am not sure what to do. I still love my PS3 and 360 - and have a ton of games to get to!!!

Cancel or keep preorders??? UGH!
KwietStorm  +   362d ago
Exactly. This particular calendar year has an outstanding lineup, but thus argument is silly, as you could say it any time you want, and you could justify it with enough evidence. Like you said, we've waited long enough, and good current gen games aside, we have to move on at some point. It's not like you're obligated to opt in at release, but I know I am.
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darthv72  +   362d ago
i wouldnt really say this is upgrading. That implies you are trading up with the intent to not go back down.

That would be something reserved for cell phones and the sort where you generally need just the one.

console gaming (and gaming in general) is more about coexistence. Meaning that even when you buy the newer you dont generally give up on the former as an automatic response.

there is plenty of room for the addition of new systems to coexist with those of past gens. i welcome the addition of a Ps4 to go along with my ps3, ps2 and ps1. same with the xb1 to compliment my 360 and xbox library.

Bring on next gen and the next one after that and the next one after that. Its all good.
MizTv  +   362d ago
Bleucrunch  +   362d ago
I am ready for next gen as well...I mean i can understand waiting if you don't have the cash yet. But that argument is shut down by me stating that you knew a new console was coming out and you could have scrapped and saved for it. No excuses gamers...Next Gen here we come. Oh the previous gen consoles are still good so their is no need to get rid of them just yet.
ABeastNamedTariq  +   362d ago
I can't wait anymore, darn it!

Also, if that current gen version of Watch Dogs doesn't scream UPGRADE I don't what does haha. I mean, it's not THAT bad, but it's still... A little yucky (to me).
Williamson  +   362d ago
I'll upgrade and at the same time stick with my ps3, I can't abandon my ps3 when great exclusive/multiplatform games are still coming. Also I've grown attached to my ps3 from all the great times I've had with it in the last 7 years.
Nekroo91  +   362d ago
the only reason to not buying a console at launch is hardware failures but since the ps4 is colder than the ps3 and the bluray as quite some time i dont see anything that could break the console .

As for the X1 i have to wait to see
aLucidMind  +   362d ago
I know some, including myself, are holding off to see whether developers will do what they did this gen: make the games on the xbox and port to ps3. While im more a 360 gamer, I worry about constantly getting significantly inferior versions due to a game being no more than a port. Dont wanna get the short end of the stick if I decided to only get one of the two.
Nekroo91  +   362d ago
i think its time for you to change since youre getting inferior games,360 version of dragon age will be the worst of all platforms, titanfall version on the 360 is being made by another team etc
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   362d ago
Im just waiting for Infamous:SS then ill upgrade. But theres still a few 360/PS3 games ill be getting next year.
jay2  +   362d ago
Well I'm upgrading hardware wise, software depends on if saves carry over.
nextgengaming_pr  +   362d ago
IDk with Sony i upgrade immediately because their hardware track record is generally good. Launch editions of hardware tend to offer more and ps3 phat was the best ps3 imo so waiting for a cheaper, different sku just wont be good for me.

Plus i have to get the new tech when it comes out in regards to console and televisions (bought 1080p and 3d tvs whent hey were fairly new and cost several thousands and now 1080p 50 inch are like 600)
MasterCornholio  +   362d ago
Im upgrading to a PS4 from a PS3.

AceBlazer13  +   362d ago
I was stick between whether or not to upgrade, but then I saw that if I didn't hope on the next gen train now I will not be getting a console anytime soon due to pre-orders.So I decided to get the console and touch back current every no and then for must have titles I missed.
Aleithian  +   362d ago
It's a tough choice, and really depends on what the individual wants. $400/500 is a lot to fork over for the average person. For some, they'll have no choice but to wait for the next gen edition, and so getting current gen may just be the way to go. In this respect it's actually a great boon that the companies are selling cross gen games (especially with the crappy state of the economy pretty much everywhere).
Linchpin  +   362d ago
There's nothing wrong with waiting... if anything, the games will be cheaper :D

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