Keeping your PS3/360 plugged in: Good point IGN now let me add to that
IGN recently wrote an article compiling a list of some of the great games coming out, and stated for this reason we as gamers shouldn’t be in such a rush to toss our current consoles to the side — which are indeed great reasons.
I personally see that realization in my own gaming life as the back half of this year is filled with games I want. Every month leading up to the next generation I want at least one title; Splinter Cell: Blacklist in August, (Madden NFL 25 would’ve been included but I think I’ll wait for the next gen version) Grand Theft Auto V in September, Batman: Arkham Origins in October, Beyond: Two Souls in October then boom! Next Generation starts in November (allegedly :)). Actually these games force my current console to remain relevant (should be a nice send off too).
But I thought the article was going in a different direction and well…since it didn’t, allow me to add to that.
I thought the article was going to be based on some sort of comparison like, “Before you rush off to get Call of Duty: Ghosts for next gen you might want to consider buying Call of Duty: Ghosts for current gen instead” and list all the reasons why. Out of the 11 reasons they gave for keeping our current consoles plugged in I thought one reason that would be mentioned is the considering of the gaming community — the online gaming community’s presence, if you will.
That’s a reason I hadn’t previously considered, maybe because I have a single player gamer’s mindset? But a reason nonetheless that stands out to me. How migrated will the gaming community be in the first few months of next gen anyway? You’ll probably have a better time buying the current gen version of a game; playing it safe with the 70+ million instead of taking a chance playing with the few people in next gen, resulting in inconsistencies in your attempts to get into a match.
I know there are probably a lot of pre orders out there and demand is sky-high but there is also a lot of people that is content on waiting a few months, until next year or even later to adopt. And even if the PS4 and Xbox One “blows it out” in sales, it still will not match those numbers, so essentially even at its best you’re still settling and increasing your chance to be disappointed.
I look at the PS4 and Xbox One as a “single player gamer’s console” in the first few months to a year not a “multi player gamer’s console”.
And even as much as a single player gamer I am, I can’t turn a blind eye and not recognize I live in a multiplayer gamer’s world which means most gamers and I’ll even include myself in some instances are going to be concerned and more importantly affected by the online gaming community or lack thereof, as a whole which in turn affect their buying decisions when applicable. And oh boy! How disappointed will a PS4 owner be if expecting to get the same online experience they’re accustomed to — oh by the way now has to pay to play but there is hardly anyone to play with?
When the current gen and next gen offer the same game what as a gamer do you do? Go for better graphics, smoother gameplay and more content or a more stable online community? COD: Ghosts is probably the perfect game to test what gamers covet more especially because COD in general is viewed and approached as a MP game. Are those that are fans of COD going to give up the ultimate online experience for an upgrade visually? That would be interesting to see how it plays out (no pun).
I mentioned earlier I want Madden 25 for next gen, now with the hope that EA fixed some of things I’ve been asking for I’ll be online heavy. So I have to ask myself the same question will there be enough people online to play with? I don’t know. That would be humorously ironic that the first year I decide online is worth my time there will be no one to play against.
So again while IGN went in a different direction as reasons for now to keep your current gen console/s around — the upcoming games, it also might be better for those who are looking for a healthy populated online experience to not be so quick to toss them to the side and go with the current gen versions of games for now.
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