Buying A Next-Gen Console On Day 1 Might Be A Bad Idea
There was a time when I was a big advocate of hardcore gamers landing the latest and greatest console on launch day. After all, if it's your primary hobby, you might as well be proactive and passionate.
However, as consoles have become more and more like personal computers, it's becoming painfully evident that purchasing a brand new system on day one probably isn't the best idea.
Launch lineups are rarely anything to crow about and even if there are titles you really want, there are usually a myriad of problems and issues that take time to fix. Plus, you've got the whole price issue; prices fall with time, as in any other industry, and when the price of a new console does fall, it's a guarantee the unit is more stable. Enough time has passed to make it more reliable and more appealing overall, yes? It goes way beyond more (and better) games.
Note the multitude of issues surrounding the recent Wii U launch. At one point, I was almost convinced that Nintendo - despite my waning interest in their products - was almost immune to such problems. They usually produced a wicked reliable machine and because it wasn't as technically insane as the competition, it was, perhaps by default, more stable. Oh, and it was usually cheaper, too. But obviously, there are a great many early adopters who are none too happy with the new Wii, and that isn't a new phenomenon. Quite the contrary, in fact.
The Xbox 360 was a hardware catastrophe out of the gate and it had little to nothing in the way of compelling software. The PS3 had a formidable price tag, there were hardly any machines available, and it too suffered from a lack of software (although for some, Resistance: Fall of Man alone was worth the price of admission). I really don't foresee either the new Xbox or PlayStation launching with perfectly stable hardware and a ton of awesome software, nor do I see totally accessible price tags. Therefore, I'm finding it difficult to stick to my previous position, where all the ardent gamers out there line up to get their shiny new console the night before launch.
I'm sorry but practically and even logically speaking, it just seems like a bad idea going forward.
11/19/2012 10:03:32 PM Ben Dutka