Why I Think The Upgraded Consoles Aren’t Good For Console Gamers

Microsoft and Sony have announced new upgraded consoles and it makes me not want one of their consoles even more. 

What’s the point of buying a upgraded console? If we’re going to start getting console upgrades every few years so they can run the latest games what’s the point in investing in one until the final one comes out? Or is the better question what’s the point of investing at all when you can just switch to PC gaming?

The whole point of owning a console is to avoid upgrading it for a few years while you enjoy great games. These new consoles are trying to be PCs in my opinion. Console gamers can say what they want about PC gamers, but the fact is we don’t have to upgrade our rigs every year. I actually went three years before I decided to upgrade mine.

The new Playstation and Xbox will most likely cost $400 at the very minimum. If you decide to buy it you would have spent about $800 on consoles in the last few years. Double that if you buy both of them. That’s a high powered PC and about 50 games for $1,600.

What are you going to do when games release only for the new consoles? It might not happen right away, but it will happen eventually and you’ll be forced to upgrade your console again so you can enjoy all of the latest games that release for them.

I really don’t like this idea and I think this only reinforces my choice to stick with PC gaming. I’ll rather upgrade my rig again in the next 5 or 6 years instead of buying a few more consoles because it’s the smarter choice. What about the exclusives right? I don’t care about them. I refuse to upgrade my console so I’ll just miss out. It won’t kill me and it’s not like I’ll be missing any Xbox exclusives since they’re all on PC anyway and the only Sony exclusive I’m really missing out on is Bloodborne, but I won’t buy a $400 console for one game.

I got of my Xbox One last December before Christmas. I never bothered to buy a PS4 because it doesn’t have enough games to make me buy the console. I don’t think I’m ever going to purchase either one of them because now I know I can’t depend on either console to last me more then two or three years before I have to buy a upgrade.

This officially make the upcoming NX the only console I’m interested in owning.

That’s just my thoughts on the topic, but I’ve already read a few comments from people that agree with me so I know I’m not alone here.

What do you think? Are you upgrading your console?

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12 thoughts on “Why I Think The Upgraded Consoles Aren’t Good For Console Gamers”

  1. I think the only reason the new consoles might be coming is VR: They just don’t have enough horsepower to adequately compete against a decent PC rig with a Rift or Vive. If it takes off, neither Sony or Microsoft want to be left behind. Especially Sony who have invested a lot of money into their own hardware.

    1. I think it’ll be that way at first, but I have feeling some developers are going to start making games with higher requirements because of the new consoles and it’ll eventually force people to upgrade to them.

      1. I think so too – Sony’s plan of forcing developers to build to both PS4 specs won’t last long because the high end console is always going to be held back by the legacy machine.

        It’d be like owning a Ferrari but then being told you’re stuck to driving on suburban streets… how can you enjoy the hardware if you don’t have any way of REALLY showing it off?

  2. I think technology is advancing at a significantly faster pace that it was in previous console generations, so this sort of thing was inevitable. Consoles just won’t last 8 years anymore in their current state, and I really don’t mind buying one every 4 years if that’s the case. I could just dump it all and focus on PC gaming, but I’ve always been a console heathen and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

    With Microsoft’s “project helix” focusing on simultaneous releases on PC and Xbox One, I won’t buy an Xbox console next gen. And I usually don’t buy PlayStation consoles right out of the gate anyway, since their launch line-ups are relatively terrible. The only PS I bought at launch was PS2, and it collected dust for a good majority of the first six months.

    You can always count on Nintendo games not appearing on PC, so the NX is probably a safe bet if you want to continue playing first-party Nintendo games. But I’ll probably stick with that and a new PlayStation, slowly upgrading my PC for Xbox “exclusives” in the long run.

    The industry changes every year though, so who knows?

    1. I also hate to be “that guy,” but if people are okay paying hundreds of dollars to upgrade their cellphone ever few years, I don’t see why doing the same for consoles is any different. I get that phones are more than just phones now, but consoles are more than just consoles (they’re weaker PCs both way, arguably).

      1. Consoles can’t do nearly as much as PCs though. I’ve upgraded my phone twice in my life. I don’t see the appeal of getting a new phone every time a new one is announced, but there are people out there that do it.

        The whole point of owning a console was to avoid the upgrade process until the next generation of consoles were ready to be announced. That’s my take on it :].

      2. “The whole point of owning a console was to avoid the upgrade process until the next generation of consoles were ready to be announced.”

        I think that’s still the case here though. Technology is just advancing faster than ever, so it only makes sense that new consoles release more frequently than they have in the past. I don’t mind spending $400 every 4 or 5 years. That’s not a lot in the long run, it’s just not what we’re used to seeing in the console gaming market.

        It definitely makes a better argument toward PC gaming, I totally get that.

      3. You’re totally right about technology advancing faster then ever. I think a lot more people are going to be more cautious the next time Microsoft and Sony release new consoles because they’re going to know that won’t be the only model. I’m going to stick to PC gaming for a few more years and see what consoles offer before I even think about getting one again.

      4. Totally understand where you’re coming from. If this is how things will be moving forward, I think a lot more people will be cautious about being early adopters for the next generation of console.

    2. I agree that consoles won’t last 8 years anymore, but releasing upgrades makes them no different then PCs now.

      I agree with you about the Sony thing. Their launch lineups are always horrible in my opinion. I was considering a PS4, but I’m really not interesting in owning one and don’t know if I’ll ever be.

      Microsoft have officially shot themselves in the foot by giving PC all of their exclusives. They’re already talking about bringing Halo to PC. What more do they have? I think their new X1 is going to flop because of this.

      Nintendo is the only real option for me since I have a beefy PC and I’m not interested in any Sony exclusives except Bloodborne.

  3. I hope the higher spec consoles flop. Like you say, what’s the point of picking consoles over PC if both systems expect you to upgrade hardware? The New 3DS has set a trend that Nintendo’s rivals want to copy.

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