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