All right, it’s new console time. Now, I haven’t pre-ordered anything so I have a loooong time to make a decision, but I thought I may as well get some input from you guys.
Some info about me. My first console was the original Xbox, then I got the Xbox 360. Once the PS4 and Xbone came along, I decided that Microsoft were heading in the wrong direction (console as a home entertainment device rather than purely gaming) and got a PS4.
I like FPS games but don’t always find them compelling enough to finish (I played Ghost Recon Wildlands to the end that wasn’t an end but didn’t continue playing afterwards). I finished most of the COD games, loved Halo 1, didn’t finish Halo 2 or 3 and haven’t played any Halos since. I like the Elder Scrolls games a lot. I’ve also recently enjoyed Red Dead Redemption 2 and am currently playing and enjoying Horizon Zero Dawn.
It is very rare that I will play a game more than once. I’m not sure I’ve ever done it with any game that isn’t a racing / sports game such as MotoGP or F1. Additionally, the only games in my library are PS4 games and I have played most of the ones that I want. Due to limited time, it takes me a while to finish games, so I may still be playing Horizon Zero Dawn when I get the new console, so backwards compatibility is a factor, but not a big one.
I am in New Zealand, the prices for the consoles in the poll are in New Zealand dollars and are just for comparison. I realise US prices will be cheaper, or at least the numbers will be smaller. I have budgeted for a PS5 with a disc drive, so price is not a problem per se.
I don’t have a 4K TV and have no intention to buy one. So resolution is not a factor at this stage. Frame rate would be more important.
Some factors that are affecting my decision currently:
PS5 with disc drive is ugly compared to the other PS5 and is the most expensive.
PS5 with no disc drive, is pretty but I do like to buy second hand games from a bricks and mortar store.
Xbox X is cheaper than the most expensive PS5 but uglier, IMO.
Xbox S is pretty, but suffers the same issue of not having a disc drive and its specs are lower (but does that matter if I’m not wanting 4K video?)
I like the idea of the Xbox game pass and would pay to have it if I got the Xbox.
Thoughts and comments welcome.
- PS5 with disc drive - $819
- PS5 with HD only - $649
- Xbox Series X - $799
- Xbox Series S - $549