Up For Debate - Is there any point in buying a current gen console?

Written by Arnhawl on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 4:40 PM

I won’t lie to you: I’m quite a big console player, and on top of that, I don’t really have much brand loyalty - at the moment I own a PS4 and a Nintendo Switch, both of which I play fairly regularly, but with a new console generation looming, is there any point to me buying an Xbox One? On that note, is there any point of buying a current-gen console at all now anyway? 

Let’s start by saying this: I understand that current generation consoles will still be supported for a few years after the launch of the next consoles - I mean, you can still get Just Dance 2020 on the Nintendo Wii, so support for upcoming consoles will definitely still be there, provided you somehow still adore dancing to Gangnam Style in 2022. What I’m questioning is, if I were new to gaming, would it be better for me to buy a current generation console, or wait a few months for the next generation?

Personally, I’d wait a few months. The current generation of consoles are worth the money, but why pay £350 for a console that will be out-of-date in a few months? Plus, when you do eventually get a console it’ll be that much better in terms of hardware. 

In terms of price, the next generation of consoles are looking a whole lot more pricey than the last - with the PS5 predicted to cost $499 - but, the plus side to a new generation is the cost of the last generation will go down. While you will be splashing out big for the next-gen consoles, if you wanted to go back and get current gen, you could do so at a much cheaper price than they’re currently going for. If you wanted to get yourself an Xbox 360 at launch, it’d have cost you £279, but now, they’re going for about £44 on Amazon - the difference isn’t going to be as dramatic, but you could likely get a cheaper current gen console after the next generation has launched.  You’d also have access to a huge library of potentially dirt cheap games. Sure, some will be showing their age, but it’s pretty much nailed on anyone picking up a PS4 or Xbox One today will have plenty to play for years to come.

On the flipside, it looks as if both of the next-gen consoles will be shipping with at least some form of backward compatibility. They’re going to be pricey, but they’ll also offer far more versatility. Then there’s PC gaming to consider. Right now, practically every worthwhile game on Xbox One game be played on a PC. Sony’s still got its exclusives locked up tight on PS4 but even that looks set to change; Detroit: Become Human has already come to PC and there are strong rumours Horizon: Zero Dawn and Dreams could be next.

From the perspective of someone who wants to experience the very best of the current generation, I’m not sure what I’d recommend. I’m someone who still regularly uses my Nintendo Gamecube to play nostalgic treasures, rather than buying their remasters on newer consoles, so I can definitely understand why someone would want to own a current gen console. But, as mentioned before, remasters and remakes are undoubtedly going to appear on the newer systems - plus, the PS5 is to have the aforementioned backwards compatibility, meaning you wouldn’t even need to own a PS4 to play some of the greatest hits, another tick towards waiting for the next generation. 

I sound fairly weighted towards waiting for the next generation, but I’d still recommend owning at least one current gen console. The PS4 has an impressive array of exclusive titles that have blown me away with their quality and depth. The Xbox One’s utility as more than a console (something which was hammered home to us when it was first announced) and Xbox Game Pass service has proved its value - both consoles are worth owning, and perhaps trying them out could get you more excited for what the next generation has in store for us.

Is it worth buying a current-gen console this late in the generation?

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15:23 Jan-26-2020

There should be a theoretical price cheap enough to make them worth buying. In reality, they never get to that price though.


Of course, the cost of waiting is different for every person, so for some it would be worth buying.

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10:51 Jan-26-2020

If you don't have a gaming machine then sure, they are very cheap and will get cheaper and will get new games for the next 2-3 years just like every generation of console does after the next comes out and their games will get very cheap as well.
And the switch is always worth getting if you like Nintendo's games and want a portable console.

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07:09 Jan-26-2020

i have both of em. xbox one and ps4

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05:36 Jan-26-2020

I would wait until release date if the next PlayStation or Xbox has a pro model then get it, if not the ps4 pro the next gen will have a pro model eventually and you won’t feel like a fool

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05:19 Jan-26-2020

Yes, for the Switch, defintely.

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00:59 Jan-26-2020

i mean for like a kid that don't no know about the PC master RACE

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22:49 Jan-25-2020

Xbox, none, maybe if you want really low and device or to fill that empty shelf? :-D PS, if you really really want to get access to exclusives that aren't coming to PC, though from what I heard, PS5 is supposed to have backwards compatibility. But yeah, I definitely would recommend holding back and waiting for next gen. Next gen will be miles better and is not that far off.

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22:52 Jan-25-2020

Oh and I almost forgot about Switch, I think Switch is still worth getting for portable gaming and exclusives. As well as some indie games, which play really well on it. I actually have it beside my PC and I like it. But then again, Switch is not traditional console and it kind of slides in bit of unique spot, where it can get away with having weaker hardware.

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22:28 Jan-25-2020

If you don't have a current gen console I would say buy an xbox X or a ps4 pro and wait for when MS and Sony release their top tier console. Otherwise, you might be in the same situation people were in, go from seventh gen to eighth gen.

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22:28 Jan-25-2020

You buy an eighth gen console, then surprise they release a better console.

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22:29 Jan-25-2020

You should never buy a game or a console at the time of release, wait for the beta tester to do their thing and for for prices to go down.

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21:17 Jan-25-2020

I think only the Switch is worth getting from this generation. All the exclusives I want to play are coming to PC eventually so I don't really need a PS4 or Xbox.

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18:49 Jan-25-2020

My PS4 is collecting dust, my Nintendo Switch remains in its case with my physical games. I only want to play on my laptop.

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17:59 Jan-25-2020

If one is really interested on what ever exclusives, then why not. Current consoles are getting so cheap and they are easy to sell if you get bored with it so there no much financial barriers in playing some exclusives at least. Then again, if you are in no hurry to play current console's exclusives and you are thinking you'll get a next gen console, they are guaranteed to have backwards compatibility with at least current gen games.

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17:43 Jan-25-2020

After i had Xbox 360 Xbox One and PS4 i have conlude that console gaming is nohting for me.


Alwas be a pc gamer.

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17:32 Jan-25-2020

NOT NEW IF U WANT TO PLAY BUY USED CONSOLE AT DIRT CHEAP

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17:45 Jan-25-2020

Though used ones can be get for incredibly cheap, even on brand new ones there are sales where they could be pretty much called dirt cheap. Have seen PS4 going for 130€, Xbox One S for just 100€.

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17:12 Jan-25-2020

if you haven't played a single ps4 exclusive yet like uncharted, God of war, Horizon, Spiderman etc than i think its worth to buy a current gen playstation and try to find a old/used ps4. XBOX= BIG NOOOOOOOO

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17:35 Jan-25-2020

Slim ps4 with all those good exclusives from last 5 years is really good choice and it's pretty cheap.

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17:05 Jan-25-2020

Depends on how the backwards compatibility is implemented. PS5 launches boom buy and play any PS1-4 game(unlikely) then why bother but at this point no one knows.

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16:56 Jan-25-2020

Got a PS4 Slim 1TB for Christmas on an amazing bargain and I will definitely enjoy playing all of the exclusive awaiting the PS5. Might sell it in order to buy the next gen console, but the games do remain.

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19:41 Jan-25-2020

There's not much to gain if you'll sell it. They're really cheap now, so it's best if you enjoy the crap out of it and try to get the offline games (used) for cheap.

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15:44 Jan-26-2020

To be honest with you, in the country where I live, they have a pretty high value second hand. Even with the PS5 releasing and the price dropping, it would be a great re-sell value to buy the new one afterwards. It really depends on the market you live in.

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