Will Hardcore Gamers Keep Purchasing Multiple Consoles?
For the most part, if you consider yourself a legitimate hardcore gamer and you love video games, you should probably own more than one console in any given generation.
Nintendo just lost me some time back, so they've been out of the equation since the N64 days. But I got the Dreamcast when I had the PlayStation, and I had the PS2 and Xbox and currently use the PS3/360 combo. Granted, I have always used the PlayStation systems far more often, but that's simply because Sony has excelled in the realm of exclusive software. It also helped that most all RPGs I wanted were on the first two PlayStation machines.
But will the hardcore group continue this approach in the new generation? Will most of those who label themselves "avid gamers" own both the PS4 and Xbox 720? I suppose many will get the Wii U and pick up either the PS4 or 720 at some point. That being said, if the new systems are pretty expensive and you find your available time dwindling, won't you just have to pick a side and go with it? Or are you just convinced that there will be exclusive titles for all available consoles that you'll just have to play? There's the argument that multiplatform efforts are better on one or the other machine but that debate typically dwindles as a generation wears on.
So what are your plans when the new era rolls around? Will you maintain the multiple console approach? Or are you thinking you'll just pick a horse and stick with it, as you spend most of your time with one or the other platform, anyway?
10/7/2012 9:56:27 PM Ben Dutka