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COMMENT | Want A Great Gaming Christmas? Cancel Your Next-Gen Preorder

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Jonathan Lester
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COMMENT | Want A Great Gaming Christmas? Cancel Your Next-Gen Preorder

The PS4 and Xbox One are out in less than a month. We're scant days away from the next console generation, so close we can taste the pixels, and so ready for it too. This has been a long and satisfying hardware cycle, but it's time for a change. Expect our front page to be all next-gen all the time once November starts in earnest.

However, we started out as a simple deals blog and delivering useful consumer advice has always been at the forefront of our minds over the last few years. So here, dear reader, is perhaps the most useful piece of advice we'll ever give you.

Think long and hard about whether you should actually wait until Spring 2014 to buy a next-gen console. It's the eleventh hour, the final countdown, and it might actually be a good idea to sit this one out - if not outright cancel your existing PS4 or Xbox One preorder. Not only will you save a cubic metre of dosh in the short term, but you'll probably have a better Christmas too. It all comes down to cold hard logic.

COMMENT | Want A Great Gaming Christmas? Cancel Your Next-Gen Preorder

The truly exciting next-gen games are coming next Spring. inFamous: Second Son, Titanfall, Project Spark, Thief, DriveClub and Watch Dogs all look fantastic - not to mention indie and boutique games on both platforms - but they're several months away. At launch, we've basically got a rather lacklustre selection of exclusive sequels to tide us over.

Killzone? Great, I've already got three of those. I've got four Forza games before you Xbox fans start jeering. Ryse and Knack both look like equally forgettable shelf-fillers. The Xbox One counters Sony's indie and F2P offering with Dead Rising 3 and Killer Instinct, but be honest with yourself: are any of these games worth dropping £340-£600 on right now? Really? As we'll discuss later, most of the multiplatform heavy-hitters will also be available on current-gen platforms, boast inexpensive upgrade options and run better on PC to boot. If you wait, you'll be able to crack on with the good stuff straight away and enjoy a much more fully-rounded ecosystem of smaller boutique titles too.

Effectively you'll buy your next-gen console with the games you actually want, not the ones you're forced to choose from.

COMMENT | Want A Great Gaming Christmas? Cancel Your Next-Gen Preorder

On the technical front, it's almost certainly a good idea to hold off on spending hundreds of Pounds before knowing what both machines are capable of. Both consoles seem to have issues with native 1080p, the Xbox One especially, beyond a couple of first party options on either side (and CoD: Ghosts on PS4, interestingly enough). Rumours abound about whether the Xbox One's firmware and netcode are up to scratch yet. Third-party peripherals and your existing headsets won't work until next year if at all. Also, let's try to remember one of the basic facts about consumer electronics: DO NOT BUY THE FIRST GENERATION OF ANYTHING. It's basically paying for the privilege of participating in a hardware beta.

So waiting until next Spring, if not summer 2014, is therefore the "right play" as Jack Bauer would say. And that's all before you look at the games headed to current-gen platforms.

COMMENT | Want A Great Gaming Christmas? Cancel Your Next-Gen Preorder

The PS3 and Xbox 360 are getting every major multiplatform release - from Battlefield 4 and Call Of Duty: Ghosts to Metal Gear Solid V and even Watch Dogs. Plus Gran Turismo 6. And XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Not being able to play Killzone: Shadow Fall or Dead Rising 3 is frankly not that big of a deal when Yamauchi and Firaxis will likely blow the entire next-gen launch lineup out of the water. PC gamers also have plenty to look forward to including what will likely be the definitive graphical versions of Battlefield 4 and Call Of Duty: Ghosts, though I'd actually suggest that you take the opportunity to install some of those Steam games you bought but never had time to play! Save the money for a new graphics card, perhaps.

That said, there's nothing stopping you buying something new. If you're a handheld gamer, the 3DS is arguably one of the strongest consoles on the market right now, offering a slew of utterly fantastic games and coming down in price every day. The 3DS XL is fantastic piece of tech upon which to play Fire Emblem Awakening, Animal Crossing, Pokemon X and Y, Etrian Odyssey IV, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Professor Layton, Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter, SteamWorld Dig and so much more besides... whereas the 2DS eschews the 3D gimmick and hinge for an insanely low RRP (beware the mono sound though). Nintendo can always be relied on to throw their best first-party studios at the platform, unlike Sony who tend to outsource to the lowest bidders beyond a couple of noteworthy exceptions.

COMMENT | Want A Great Gaming Christmas? Cancel Your Next-Gen Preorder

Don't discount the Vita though. In fact, retailers have already discounted the Vita (heh) - providing an incredibly low price point that unlocks a selection of terrific titles. The likes of LittleBigPlanet Vita, Persona 4 Golden, Tearaway and Killzone Mercenaries have to be seen to be believed: you'll have never played anything like them on a portable system. I've rarely found a Vita owner who genuinely regretted their purchase, especially since the indie and JRPG front is seriously strong. I own both handhelds and love them to bits.

And, erm, I should probably mention the Wii U. No, seriously. Retailers are practically giving it away, and you'll be able to net a selection of games that will almost certainly be more fun than either the Xbox One or PS4's launch lineup. Zelda, Pikmin, Mario and Lego City Undercover? Yes please. Plus, the Wii U brings the boxing day local multiplayer shenanigans more comprehensively than either next-gen console. I genuinely can't believe I typed all that, but the logic is sound.

COMMENT | Want A Great Gaming Christmas? Cancel Your Next-Gen Preorder

Will any of the PS4 and Xbox One launch titles score a perfect 10? We highly doubt it.

Ultimately, you shouldn't let anyone tell you what to do with your hard-earned cash. Let alone a flagrant hypocrite like me who still has an Xbox One pre-order to blog about at launch. This is the start of something exciting, a new era, and inconvenient logic shouldn't get in the way of your love of games and new technology.

But we'd suggest - nay, we'd urge - you to use these last few weeks to genuinely think about the decision, and whether holding off now might make more sense for you in the long run.

That's the last I'll say on this. The build-up to next gen starts tomorrow. Either way, we'd love to know what you plan to do this Christmas, and how you plan to spend (and save!) your dosh.

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DivideByZero  Oct. 31, 2013 at 11:16

"DO NOT BUY THE FIRST GENERATION OF ANYTHING. It's basically paying for the privilege of participating in a hardware beta."

Lol, still rocking my release day PS3.

What I would like to remind people is how quickly MS ditched support for the XBOX when they relased the 360. Sony carried on with the PS2 for ages after but MS almost stopped dead in their tracks with the original Xbox.

If you are thinking you will invest in a new Xbox 360, that may turn out to be a false economy if you ever want to play new games again. Time will tell.

chieftex  Oct. 31, 2013 at 12:08

Great article - basically articulates what a lot of people couldn't quite put into words.

Late  Oct. 31, 2013 at 12:12

I fully agree with this piece. I see little reason to "upgrade" in the next six month.

Most of the games available on the next gen machines in the first six months will be available on the current gen machines - and will likely be almost identical. And cheaper.
Not only are you told you should pay around £400 to buy a new machine - you're also expected to pay an extra £10 for each game, despite it being virtually (or completely) identical to the current gen version.

But I'm a hypocrite, and am still looking forward to getting my One on the 22nd.
And the more of you that wait until next year, the better. I'll find it that bit easier to top the worldwide leaderboards on Peggle 2. ;)

aquietknight  Oct. 31, 2013 at 13:17

Cannot wait for the PS4 to come out so I can finally buy myself a cheap PS3 and get stuck into these "Uncharted" games people keep banging on about.

Agree completely with this article. I didn't invest in an Xbox 360 until the release of Modern Warfare, and by that time there was a massive selection of incredible games to choose from. Plus, it gave me enough time to polish off all of the Playstation 2's best games. Going to adopt the same method this time around I think.

stevenjameshyde  Oct. 31, 2013 at 13:35

Sensible, well-reasoned and rational advice that I'm going to be ignoring wholesale. Shiny Battlefield here I come!

ChrisHyde  Oct. 31, 2013 at 14:03

Good logic. I've never been getting a PS4 on launch, I intend to get one next year some time. And all the delays lately have reaffirmed my position.

Its all about the Wii U and 3DS - all aboard the fanboy train! :D

Breadster  Oct. 31, 2013 at 16:39

What I would like to remind people is how quickly MS ditched support for the XBOX when they relased the 360. Sony carried on with the PS2 for ages after but MS almost stopped dead in their tracks with the original Xbox.

If you are thinking you will invest in a new Xbox 360, that may turn out to be a false economy if you ever want to play new games again. Time will tell.


That's just because the Xbox didn't really do that well. Considerably more people own a 360 so I'm sure there'll be plenty of support still.

Rage1  Oct. 31, 2013 at 17:49

I will agree with this article to some extent. Day one console releases have a slight tendency to end in frustration. Not necessarily due to the consoles themselves, but the online infrastructure that most games are built on now (cause most people, including myself, seldom by a game for the single player). I have a day one xb1 on order and have no intentions of canceling it. My reasoning: 1) i can afford it, it will create no debt for me, nor will it out any of my family members the christams i intend on getting them. and 2) i want a new console damn it! but i will say this....if you arent entertained by BF4 or CoD, dont buy next gen yet. if you are gonna put monetary strain on yourself (or your parents for you younger gamers) dont buy next gen yet. and if you dont have a pre order already...for the love of god.....DONT GET NEXT GEN YET!! Its not worth fighting the bat-****-crazy people that will be scrambling to get the consoles....that at this point....are no longer the day one versions.

Yukes  Oct. 31, 2013 at 18:18

Spot on. Simply put, we can wait. There is no dispute that both consoles will drop in price next year.

Plus I've just got my WiiU and,because Nintendo seem determined not to bother themselves, let me tell you that it's great! The controller is a fantastic piece of kit with its high res touch screen and dinky speakers.

Late  Oct. 31, 2013 at 20:08

480p is stretching the definition of high res.

/pedant

Shadowmancer88  Oct. 31, 2013 at 21:30

I got a Vita day 1 and got laughed at but I didn't then and still don't regret my purchase of the system. I have already saved up and have the money ready for my PS4 and I'm pretty excited for it. I will still buy more games for my PC at Christmas but the new social features of the PS4 intrigue me plus its always a blast to discuss and demonstrate and play around with consoles at launch with the wider gaming community.

codygliss121  Nov. 1, 2013 at 01:27

im keeping my order

DivideByZero  Nov. 1, 2013 at 11:12

The sensible thing is to always wait. You could even take it to the level of games. You could buy a game on day of release... or wait a year and get the game of the year edition in the sale for £5... that is where the smart money is at. You will still end up playing the same game and with the benifit of all the bugs being patched out.

But for those of us who have been waiting for years already, those of us with the money, why not.

For me, I would still buy it even if there were no games I wanted to play right away because it is something I want.

Back when CDs came out, I bought a few CDs before I could even afford a CD player... I still have them today.

Not that anyone would be interested but my first CD was Megadeth - Rust in Peace and my first CD player was the Amiga CD32 (I still have that too).

Late  Nov. 1, 2013 at 12:54

I don't want to follow you on that tangent.
It's scary down there...


The first vinyl record I bought was Mr Blobby.
It was for my sister, who was about 10yo, but I can't avoid the fact it was the first record I bought. Will haunt me for the rest of my days, that.

DivideByZero  Nov. 1, 2013 at 13:06

Haha, that's amazing.

"sister"... sure. ;)

ChrisHyde  Nov. 1, 2013 at 13:12

Wow, that's spooky, my first cassette was Mr Blobby...

And yeah I think this thread is now officially hijacked! :D

DivideByZero  Nov. 1, 2013 at 13:50

http://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=19274.0;attach=30302;image

Breadster  Nov. 1, 2013 at 15:35

Er, I owned fable before I owned an Xbox. I also had a Gold account. :p

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