Should You Buy a Next-Gen Console?

The Xbox Series S and X have both officially been announced. They will release on November 10th for $299 and $499 respectively, with pre-orders starting on September 22nd. PlayStation 5 news has since been confirmed for Wednesday, September 16th 2020, so now the topic of next-gen gaming is really getting the spotlight. However, I imagine some of you are wondering if this next-gen upgrade is worth it! Let’s figure it out together!

I got a PS4 the Christmas of 2013, just a month after it released in the UK. I played it on Christmas Day and for a few weeks after… and then went back to my Xbox 360 for about a year. Why? It had more games, more of my friends owned the console and GTA Online had just released in October 2013. So, I was unsure about whether I needed to upgrade to the next-generation so quickly this year. The more information that gets released, the more certain I am that this is an essential upgrade.

Firstly, the vast majority of popular games from the past year will be available as free upgrades on launch for the next-generation consoles. So, if you are wanting to pick up Borderlands 3 and play it, you’ll be able to download it to your Series S/X or PS5 and get straight into it. Addicted to Rainbow Six Siege? That’s fine too, because it’s getting a free upgrade for the new consoles to run at 4K, 120 FPS. This means that there won’t be the usual issue we face at the start of a new-generation where the consoles are lacking titles. Most of your games will be playable on the new consoles, and that’ll be the best place to play them with so many upgrades getting announced.

So you’ll be able to play all your old games, but you can still do that on your current-gen console. The upgrade might be nice, but I imagine frame-rate and graphics are good enough right now for more casual gamers. Well, the difference is significant and will make those games you love feel far better, as many PC gamers will make clear. But there are plenty of titles you will not get the chance to play on current-gen machines too. Xbox are trying to avoid this for the first year or two, offering all their first-party titles across both current and next generation consoles. But Sony are pushing the traditional generational leap, with Spider-Man Miles Morales, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon: Forbidden West all exclusive to the PS5. If you’re wanting to experience any of these sequels, you’ll have to make the leap and buy the Playstation 5 soon after launch as they’ll all be releasing in the console launch window.

Xbox might not have any first-party games exclusive to the Xbox Series S and X, but they are also offering plenty of reason to upgrade. With the ability to play thousands of games on launch thanks to backwards-compatibility, there won’t be that same launch drought we saw in 2013. This isn’t the only reason to get an Xbox though. With their focus on services such as Xbox All-Access and Xbox Game Pass, they are seeking to make next-gen as content-packed and affordable as possible. It’ll be available on launch for $24.99/$34.99 (for the Series S or X respectively) per month for two years, bundled with two years of game pass ultimate. This actually works out cheaper than buying those products separately, so Xbox All-Access is a steal (you can see my breakdown in the article I linked above). So, if the initial cost of a console scares you off jumping into to next-gen straight away, this is actually a surprisingly consumer-friendly way to upgrade earlier than usual.

I think the decision to purchase next-gen this year is much easier than it was back in 2013. There are new games to enjoy, whilst you’ll still have access to all your favourite recent titles when new releases slow down. With many of those older games getting free-upgrades, they’ll look and feel way better on next-gen too. We have no news on the Playstation’s price (yet), but all eyes are on Xbox’s affordable entry level console Xbox Series S right now – it really is the cheapest way to get into the next-generation of gaming.

What do you think of the next-generation consoles? Will you be buying one on launch? Let me know in the comments below or over on my social media! Make sure to come back Wednesday for all the news on the PS5, and in the meantime go check out Generation Xbox for your gaming news!

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