With the next generation of consoles right around the corner, Mona and I decide to look at the some of the finer pros and cons of picking up a PS4 or Xbox One at launch. Some of the obvious benefits of being an early hardware adopter consist of, well, for starters, actually being able to get a system. With preorders for both consoles having sold out (and been “restocked”) at various retailers fairly quickly after being made available, it doesn’t take a market analyst to know that scoring a system on release day without a preorder is going to be near impossible. There’s also the sheer excitement that comes along with the new generation of hardware, which is a huge factor for me personally. I love being a part of the excitement that surrounds a console launch (despite having to avoid a fair bit of cynicism).
On the other hand, the current generation of consoles is far from dried up, and you might choose to save yourself four or five hundred dollars that you might have spent playing games that were designed with current-gen limitations in mind. Whichever path you choose to go this November, there’s still going to be plenty of gaming going around on both generations of consoles. Happy gaming!