Welcome back! Many of you probably heard negative feedback about preorders for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. What’s the fuss about? Is Sony and Microsoft releasing their new consoles too early? Are the new consoles going to be better than the current ones? I’ll give you my thoughts below.
I survived the preorder hysteria for both game systems, but it wasn’t easy. Retailers began selling the PlayStation 5 an entire day before the official preorder date. Microsoft gave a specific preorder date, time, and they generally seemed quite strict with retailers. However, preordering the Xbox Series X was still a nightmare. Regarding both game systems, most retail sites were unresponsive, slow, crashing, and experiencing technical difficulties. Yet it didn’t stop scalpers from grabbing multiple consoles. They literally use bots that can bypass login details, credit card payments, and any steps the general public must obey to purchase an item. The bots just automatically purchased a bunch of consoles, so scalpers could sell them on eBay for huge amounts of money. It’s irritating because the general public could barely get through the retail sites on the preorder date. If you were lucky enough to nab a preorder, that’s great! But don’t feel bad if you were unsuccessful for the following reasons...
Hardly any new games will be available on the launch date for both consoles. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will have a few launch titles and that’s it. Actually, both systems will only have a tiny number of releases during the rest of 2020. I would say you’re not missing anything if you wait until Summer or Fall of 2021. We’re not going to see many new games until then anyway. If you’re purchasing a new console at launch, most of your gameplay will include backwards compatible games that are already part of your library. It’s simply not worth the headache for most consumers. The Xbox Series X will be available for physical purchase on November 10th and the PlayStation 5 will go live on November 12th. Normally, I wouldn’t care if people wanted to stand in long lines at retail stores, but we’re in the middle of a pandemic. If you’re shooting for a purchase at launch, I recommend trying online, even though it will be difficult. Best of luck to you guys!
I don’t know if Sony or Microsoft should release new consoles yet. It seems like we had a couple more good years on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but you know how corporate greed works. They want more money and releasing new game systems is a great way to make a profit. It sounds like both consoles will run faster, have shorter load times, and better graphics. However, it doesn’t sound like the perks are Earth shattering. There was a huge difference between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. I don’t think the difference will be so gigantic for the new consoles. They’ll probably run better, but I simply don’t know if it was necessary to release new systems yet, especially because the next gen games aren’t ready. Seriously, I’m buying one game for the PlayStation 5. I’m getting Spider-Man: Miles Morales and that’s probably it for 2020 on the new consoles.
Are the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X worth your time at all? In the long run, they’ll be a necessity for gamers because the current systems will become outdated and developers will stop releasing new games on them. However, you can wait a while. In fact, you can probably wait a year or longer. Prices will go down and buying the new consoles will become less competitive. Ultimately, it’s your decision. You have the option of pushing for the new consoles this year or waiting for everything to calm down.
Storage space is also an issue. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will only have one terabyte of storage, which is pretty small considering how much space modern games require. I recommend purchasing an external hard drive instead of the horrifically expensive SSD cards. Basically, the SSD cards are like memory cards from the old days. They’ll store and run your games, but they’re pretty small and very costly. No joke. You’ll pay more than $200 for an extra TB of space. You can buy an external hard drive with tons of space for a hundred bucks or less. Store your games on the external hard drive and transfer them to the console’s storage when you want to play them. You can move them back and forth from the console to the external hard drive indefinitely.
Here’s a question that brings out a lot of toxicity in gamers. Should you buy the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? I don’t think it matters. Honestly, I’m one of those weirdos who has a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I use the Xbox One as my primary game system and I mostly play exclusive titles on the PlayStation 4. You might not realize it, but I also have a Nintendo Switch. Blasphemy! You must pick one console, not three! It’s an unspoken rule! That’s probably true, but don’t let people give you peer pressure. Many gamers are hung up on the PlayStation being superior or the Xbox is the best instead. We don’t know anything yet because neither the PlayStation 5 nor Xbox Series X is available to the public yet. I think it’s just a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind, the PlayStation 5 will probably have more exclusive games, but that might change because Microsoft bought Bethesda, one of the biggest game studios. If you’re gaming on a budget, Xbox Game Pass is an excellent streaming service that gives you tons of games per month for ten dollars. However, Sony is thinking about revamping their streaming service to be more competitive.
Ultimately, pick the console that sparks your fancy. You can have both if you don’t mind spending the money. I’m talking about $499 plus tax for each console. That might sound expensive to you, but I expected worse. Truthfully, I literally thought the new game systems could be $700 or even $800. Considering my worst fears, $500 didn’t sound that bad. Also, don’t freak out if you have to wait for consoles to become available. They’ll become plentiful eventually. Don’t be afraid to put away new games and accessories if you’re waiting for the consoles. Items get discontinued after a while, so you might want to think about that part.
Thanks a lot for visiting my website again! Leave a comment if you have anything to say about this post. Good luck hunting for a new game systems. Unfortunately, some retailers are cancelling preorders. Quote The Hunger Games, “May the odds be ever in your favor!” Peace!
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