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Buyin' The PS4: Convincing Your Spouse, Parents, Or Roomates

Let's say you're trying to convince someone to buy the PlayStation 4. Well, here's a guest editorial that explains the practical, logical bonuses of making the purchase.

Guest Editorial

Need to justify that $400 investment on a PlayStation 4? I’ve got you covered. Here are four great reasons that might help you win over your spouse, parents, roommates, or whoever else needs convincing.

It does more than games

The PS4 is also a Blu-Ray player, just like the PS3. Plus, it includes access to video apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more. It’s probably safe to assume other apps and services will be added to the PS4 as time goes on; remember the PS3 didn’t launch with Netflix, Hulu or any of those other services.

Look at it this way: You’re paying $400 for an all-in-one media box that also plays amazing-looking games.

Sure, there are cheaper media streaming devices, but they get replaced yearly. The PlayStation 3 stuck around seven years before being replaced and it only got more functionality as the years went on. Try using a Roku from three years ago; it’s clunky and slow. The PS4 is built to last.

It’s part of an ecosystem

Already have a PlayStation Vita? The PS4 makes it better. Many PlayStation games will support Cross Buy, which means if you get the PS4 version, you’ll get the Vita version too. You’ll also be able to play most PS4 games on the Vita through the Remote Play feature. It’s like having a portable PS4.

The Japan-only Vita TV device (which will probably come to other territories) can play Vita games, stream media, and even act as a dummy terminal for your PS4. You could have the PS4 in your living room, and still play your PS4 games on your bedroom TV using your PS Vita TV.

It’s like having multiple systems at less than half the cost.

It’s a catalyst for other upgrades

The PS4 embraces connectivity.

Between streaming games to the Vita, streaming gameplay to Twitch, and all games being available to download instead of purchasing physically, you’ll practically need a better Internet connection. This is the next generation! Who wants all that buffering and low-quality imagery?

Use the PS4 as the catalyst to upgrade your Internet. If you're in an area that has fiber internet, like Verizon FiOS or Google Fiber, you will have the fastest speeds available—which makes for a buffering-free gaming experience. Otherwise, check with your local provider to see if you can increase your internet speed, or invest in a new modem. Many times, simply updating your modem to a newer version can increase the speed you’re getting via cable or DSL.

Beyond Internet, you could also upgrade your TV. If you still don’t have a TV that does 1080p, you’ll want one, as the PS4 will support it (most games this generation ran in 720p). High-def TVs are surprisingly affordable these days, so maybe stick with Sony and go with a super thin LED TV. You could pick one up during Black Friday.

Finally, if you don’t have a Vita, you could use the PS4 as an excuse to get one. You’ll get more out of both systems if you have them both. It’s like you’re losing money if you don’t have them!

It’s a great value compared to other tech

You get a new phone every other year right? Why not a new console? If you stick with that comparison, point out that the PlayStation 4 actually costs less than most unsubsidized phones. It even costs less than multiple smartphones on subsidized plans. Plus, you’ll likely use it for more than two years.

Just do the math: You buy two smartphones at $199 apiece, and then pay $115 to $150 a month for the phone bill...forever, because you’re always going to have a phone. You buy one PS4 for $400, and you’re good to go. You could add in the $50 charge for PS+ as a value add, not a fee. The discounts and free games you get for being a PS+ member more than make up for the cost.

Sure, there are a couple holes in smartphone/console comparison, but you’ll be talking so fast, throwing numbers out like crazy, that it won’t matter.

You’ve got your arguments, now go get that PS4!

David Preston is a husband, father of 2 and an avid gamer. When he’s not chasing kids around the house for his controllers, he freelances in the gaming and entertainment space.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, sony, gaming culture

11/12/2013 7:48:20 PM David Preston

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 @ 10:30:59 PM

Thankfully i don't need any permission or convincing. :P

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 8:29:30 AM

Fortunately, I have a wife that I make a habit of making decisions with. She wouldn't need to give me permission or anything silly like that, but it is always better to be on board with on another, and these reasons help it be a more mutually agreed upon purchase as opposed to something for just me.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 @ 10:46:04 PM

yah, don't think a catalyst to other upgrades makes for a compelling pro PS4 argument. Yah, so just think wife, we get the PS4 and we'll probably want to upgrade our internet and tv within a year because of it too.... D'OH!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 12:29:14 PM

Yeah, I can see several of these arguments backfiring... Not everyone thinks the same way, unfortunately.

"just like the PS3? Great. We don't need another machine to watch Netflix, Hulu, and all that other stuff. You've already got one of those. And it doesn't even play CDs or MP3s yet? But your old one does!"

"Part of an ecosystem? Oh jeez, now you're going to spend tons of money on the Vita and the Vita TV, and all this other stuff, too..."

"More upgrades? I don't want to pay more for faster internet or another TV. Doesn't ours work just fine?"

"Yeah, we're already burning $150 a month on phone bills and getting new phones all the time, we don't need to spend more on other technology!"

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 2:51:26 AM

I will get a ps4, but it won't be right away. I'm not excited about any of the new social media business, and while the launch titles are better than the last generation, they still don't bring enough bang to entice me to purchase right away. I bought all other ps systems at launch and felt that there was always a "wow factor" that pushed me to buy. My ps3 still has everything I want from a multimedia system and there are too many games I still want to play that I haven't gotten around to yet, unfortunately. Give me the new Naughty Dog game, the new Quantic Dream title, The Last Guardian (finally), and Beyond Good and Evil 2 (please?) and my wallet will be out in a second. Until then, I'm content with what I have at the moment.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 3:18:28 AM

@OverBerg: same here bro.. I will not be getting the ps4 right away.. I know the console itself gives me too much hype to buy it right away, but I'm not hyped on its launch games especially that most of them are available on the ps3... I'll probably wait for a price cut before buying a ps4..

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 3:33:49 AM

Cool article mr Preston, and welcome to PSXE! It's your first, isn't it?

But I didn't know the PS4 has a feature to stream to Twitch? That is cool, if so!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 4:27:41 AM

yeah um i don't need to i have a tv in my room that sud work but if not i sud be able to use the big tv or maybe get another tv later an this year or nxt but yeah i sud be alright i'm sure every one will want to have a go with the new bax anyway during our holidays but it looks like gud advice if u need it

happy gaming =)

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Banky A
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 5:27:01 AM

Ok my kiwi bro you got me with sud...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 8:34:14 AM

very soapy

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 6:17:56 PM

He meant should just in case u didn't know.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 9:16:52 AM

Another David! David Preston, David Nelson, and David Mason should create a league of some kind.

Umm back to the article, I'd also try to sell a spouse on all the kid-friendly stuff, even if you don't have kids everyone's got relatives.

Nice job and informative!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 5:06:42 PM

Frankly, my wife knows I love gaming and it just happens to keep me out of trouble. She was the one that convinced me to preorder the PS4 earlier this year cause she had to brave the lines when the PS3 came out.
Now if I can just convince her to get me GT6 for the old PS3...

Last edited by Cuetes on 11/13/2013 5:07:15 PM

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Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 12:28:24 PM

Except...I have a PS3. I'm not getting rid of it, either, because I have games I'm still playing that won't play on the PS4 (certainly not now, maybe not ever, or maybe through Akai or whatever it's called -- next year, with a fee).

And it's not $400, because I'll need at least one extra controller, so it's $460. Throw in a fob so the thing can take IR commands and I'm probably close to $500.

With the PS3 I have Netflix and Vudu and Blu-Ray covered. Don't have a Vita, though I'd like one - but that shoots those arguments. I don't buy the new Madden until it's the old Madden, and pretty much follow that with everything else (just picked up Bioshock Infinite this week, and looking for a deal on Red Dead Redemption GOTY now).

So when I get a new console, it will likely be a PS4. Gaming in the family room with headphones plugged into the controller so nobody has to hear while I play on the big screen TV...looking forward to it. But until some PS4 games start hitting the bargain bin or my PS3 dies, I'm going to be waiting. Maybe NEXT Christmas.

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Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 2:06:41 PM

i just bought it because i wanted to, but my roommate plays it more than I do!! :/

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