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Don't Give Up on PS3 and Xbox 360 Just Yet

Keep on keepin' on.

This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo made one thing perfectly clear: There are a lot of great-looking games on their way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015. There will come a time when you'll have to buy a new console if you want to keep up with new releases, but for now, there are lots of excuses to avoid the inevitable and hang on to your PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Free Games

Microsoft's Games with Gold and Sony's PlayStation Plus program continue to offer free games for last-gen consoles on a monthly basis, and there's no sign of this trend declining anytime soon. Recently, Microsoft's offered popular titles such as Dark Souls and Super Street Fighter IV to Gold subscribers, and Sony's offered up games such as Dead Space 3, Tomb Raider, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Bioshock Infinite, to name a few. These services do dole out free games to next-gen console owners as well, but neither Microsoft nor Sony has yet to offer full-priced, next-gen, retail releases for free through their respective programs.

Cheap Games

Used copies of games, including Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and Halo 4 cost less than $10 dollars at retailers like GameStop, and there are dozens of other games that fall within that price range. Some, such as Gears of War 2, cost only $1. Beyond small downloadable titles, you won't be able to find retail games that cheap on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in the near future. Chances are, given the massive library of games that are available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, you can find a suitable selection of cheap games to stave off the costly leap to a next-gen console, if you look hard enough.

It's never too late to reconsider playing games that you might have missed, especially when they cost $1.

Huge Multiplayer Base

At the moment, Sony and Microsoft have sold over 80 million units each of their respective last-gen consoles. Compare that to the seven million PlayStation 4s and five million Xbox Ones that have sold thus far, and it's pretty telling that there are far more last-gen consoles in the wild. Granted, some of those customers could have sold their old consoles, or lost them to dreaded hardware malfunctions like Xbox 360's red-ring or PlayStation 3's yellow-light-of-death, but chances are, for the moment, you'll find more people populating lobbies of cross-generational games on old consoles than on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

All the Games You Want in 2014 Will Still be on the PS3/360

Third-party publishers know that there are still plenty of customers who aren't willing or able to upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware. With so many potential customers holding strong with their last-gen consoles, it makes sense that a lot of 2014's biggest games will also make their way to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. These are the cross-generational games that you can look forward to for the rest of 2014.

GameRelease Date
Sniper Elite IIIJuly 1
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty (PlayStation 3)July 22
Hohokum (PlayStation 3)August 12
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil EditionAugust 19
Madden NFL 15August 26
Tropico 5 (Xbox 360)September 2
DestinySeptember 9
Natural DoctrineSeptember 16
NHL 15September 23
FIFA 15September 23
Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360)September 30
Skylanders Trap TeamOctober 5
Alien: IsolationOctober 7
Dragon Age: InquisitionOctober 7
Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorOctober 7
NBA 2K15October 7
The Walking Dead Season TwoOctober 14
Just Dance 2015October 21
Fantasia: Music EvolvedOctober 21
Battlefield HardlineOctober 21
The Evil WithinOctober 21
WWE 2K15October 28
Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareNovember 4
Far Cry 4November 18
The Wolf Among UsNovember 18
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015December 31
Guilty Gear Xrd - Sign-December 31
Lego Batman 3: Beyond GothamDecember 31
Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 EditionDecember 31
Destiny will certainly look better on PS4 and Xbox One, but, does that justify a $400 console upgrade?

Last-Gen Exclusives

Even though we're nearing the end of the last console generation, there are still a handful of games on the way that were designed exclusively for the PlayStation 3 and/or Xbox 360 which won't make an appearance on next-gen consoles.

GameDate
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam RebornJuly 1
One Piece Unlimited World RedJuly 8
Saints Row IV: National Treasure EditionJuly 15
Akiba's Trip: Undead and UndressedAugust 5
Ultra Street Fighter IVAugust 5
Sacred 3August 5
Risen 3: Titan LordsAugust 12
Tales of Xillia 2August 19
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm RevolutionSeptember 8
MX vs. ATV SupercrossSeptember 9
Fallen Skies: The GameSeptember 20
Persona 4 UltimaxSeptember 30
Fairy Fencer FSeptember 23
Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2October 1
Borderlands: The Pre-sequelOctober 14
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!Fall 2014
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 RemixDecember 2
Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2ndDecember 31

There Are More High-Profile Games Coming in 2015

Once 2015 rolls around, we will finally start to feel the effects of a last-gen game drought, but there are a handful of promising AAA games coming out that will cap off one of the longest, and greatest, console generations before the year's out.

GameRelease Date
Dying LightFebruary 2015
Rise of the Tomb RaiderFall 2015
Mortal Kombat X2015
Mad Max2015
Dragon Ball Xenoverse2015
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain2015
Persona 52015

What are you to do once the games mentioned here have come and gone? Well, there's a chance that there may be more games on the way that we haven't heard about yet. Microsoft said late last year that Microsoft will "continue to invest in Xbox 360." Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi also said that "if you look at 360, that platform lasted for seven to eight years and it's going to go for another three years. It's incredibly profitable now in the tail."

Just a few days ago, Sony promised to continue supporting the PlayStation 3 so long as it's profitable. PlayStation software product development head of America Scott Rohde noted that "all the different parts of the world just adopt new technology at different rates. We don't know how long the PS3 tail will last. We don't know how it will be compared to the PS2. The PS2 lasted very deep into the PS3 cycle. There was a broad price difference between PS3 launch and PS2 end of life. We don't know where all this is going to go, but we will continue to support the PS3 through first and third parties as long as there is a good business there for us."

If you want to get a birds eye view of everything that's coming to last-gen consoles, check out our PlayStation 3 2014 Games Release List and our Xbox 360 2014 Games Release List.

Are you holding onto your Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for the foreseeable future, or are you ready to trade them in towards a next-gen upgrade? Let us know in the comments below!

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395 comments
christiaan1996
christiaan1996

Staying with my PS3 and PC...AC Rogue is a ps3 and 360 exclusive...don't care much for Unity at all....might get it on pc...even WWE games are still ok on ps3...I'm more than happy with the graphics...at least it looks better than Here Comes The Pain

Nuvendil
Nuvendil

I've told many people already:  if you haven't got a PS4 yet, don't bother.  You'll probably save $50 next year when the 8th gen only heavy-hitter start to drop.  Buying one early this year was understandable, but since then nearly every single 8th gen-only heavy hitter has been delayed to 2015.  It's kinda hilarious since everyone was talking about this summer being huge and this whole year being the best start to a gen ever and then the delays hit and it has become...well kinda slow honestly.

alabtrosmyster
alabtrosmyster

I have given up on the PS3 (never had a 360) a couple of months after I got the PS4, there is no going back for me...


Now I just hope they will release remakes of my favorite PS3 games with a proper resolution/frame rate!!!

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

Since Persona 5 and Mortal Kombat X comes also on the PS3 I really don't see any reason to own a PS4 since there is absulotly no game that I want on it right now that doesn't happen to also exist on PS3 ... so yeah f*** PS4 or X1


I'm seriously not existed at all for the PS4 nor the X1 ...

diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

When i got my ps4 and one it felt kind of dank to see the empty store with only about 5-6 demos. I still spend a lot more time on my old consoles, Dark souls 2 mostly and most of my friends are still there so i occasionally play destiny on my old consoles aswell.


da_chub
da_chub

With my PS3, Wii U, 3ds, PC and ipad, I see no reason to upgrade to a console that is only going to cost me big $ today, and every month after.  There are 0 games for it that I feel like im missing out on, and right now, my Wii U and 3ds are my main consoles.  Even Destiny on my ps3 doesn't get the amount of play time as Hyrule Warriors gets in my house.  I expect that I may get a ps4 in about 2 years.  But since I don't believe in paying to play, it is a big maybe.

pedal2metal214
pedal2metal214

I see little reason to upgrade at this point (Xbox 360 currently), although I am slightly tempted by D3: RoS on PS4.  If I ever do upgrade, I will probably choose PS4, after being an XBL member for 11+ years (started on original Xbox & XBL in 2002) & having 360 since 2005.  I just think the PS4 is superior technically & MS has had to backtrack on almost every major plan regarding the Xbox One, as well as change old habits (no more XBL Gold pay wall for Netflix, etc...; began free games every 2 weeks due to Sony's leadership here, etc...) since introduction due to Sony competition.


So far, I see little data to make an Xbox One a compelling offering to someone who wants to simply play games on the latest generation console technology.  I think Sony has won the first round of this generation (introduction + 2 years).  We'll see if MS can counter over time but as a long-time Xbox devotee, I won't be upgrading to Xbox One ever, based on current information.  Upgrading to PS4 has a slim possibility if the games/audience on Xbox 360 dies off too much and/or MS kills the 360 (highly unlikely, at least for 2 years or so since I suspect 360 is the only reason MS is still able to compete with Sony right now).

CaptWaffle
CaptWaffle

This has been my secret for years.....the most extreme example of how great the "get in late" philosophy can work: picked up a 500GB PS3 on sale for like $14 last Christmas.... came with Demon's Souls. Grabbed Infamous 1, 2, Resistance 1-3, God of War Collection, Valkyria Chronicles..... all for about 70 bucks total.... 11 games.... so $6.50 a game....if you consider the GoW Collection one game then $10 a game with the aforementioned GoW being a huge chunk. The crazy-huge number of Sony-exclusive games available for cheap (not to mention the free games online) means I'll have more than enough "new" stuff to last until the PS4 and its games get down to decently low prices. Thus the cycle continues. Yeah, it kinda sucks to have to wait when something new comes out.... but this is offset by the euphoria of getting an amazing series like Infamous 1 and 2, which is completely "new" to me, for like 12 bucks total..... or an amazing super-long game like Valkyria Chronicles for around $15. I have trouble rationalizing a $60 purchase when i can get 4, 5....even 7, 8, or 9 games.... cheap only on the basis of their age, for the same price.

GregoryBastards
GregoryBastards

Too late...already given up....also given up on PS4 and Xone.....

Ayzed
Ayzed

uummmm, too late, already got my ps4, haven't touched ps3 in... I don't even know how many months.. would have to be like 8 or 10. I can't even remember what the last game was I played on it.

IMDLEGEND
IMDLEGEND

Great article.  I may skip this new generation completely.    I have a 7 year old PS3 and a 6 year old Xbox 360.   I just upgraded my Xbox 360 hard drive a few months ago from 60 GB to 320 GB,  so that I can get all of the free games/cheap downloads that have been coming.   I plan on upgrading my ridiculously small 40GB drive on my Fat Playstation3 next year,  along with getting PlayStation Plus.   My backlog of games to play on both systems is huge.     Heck,  I still buy PS1 games to play on my PS3.     When I am ready to upgrade,  I may go the PC route (unless there is a dramatic cut in price on one of the current gen game systems).   Right now,   PS4 and Xbox One just look like slight enhancements to last gen consoles.   Until that changes,  color me unimpressed (although I must admit No Man's Sky looks very tempting so far). 

yoda101280
yoda101280

Too late I gave up on them when I traded them in to pay for my PS4.  Was pretty nice getting a PS4 and not having to pay any cash up front. :)  Honestly though unless you just never plan to upgrade to the newer consoles there's really no reason to keep investing money into games on the old ones.  

christiaan1996
christiaan1996

I'm also very happy to read that the ps3 and xbox 360 won't be abandoned just yet...the only thing that I hope would happen is that they would keep on releasing first and third party games on these consoles until at least 2018...five games that I am hoping would see a cross gen release are: DOOM, God of War 4 or 5, Gears of War 4, WWE games at least until WWE 2K18 and Just Cause 3....one other idea that I wish would happen is that they release GTA 5 Stories...it's a far shot but I really hope that someone does that...would be great and gamers of all kinds and platforms would buy it...as I also posted a few minutes ago DOOM is one of the games that I have been waiting for a very long time so I hope that publishers would start listening and release games on all platforms until at least 2018 or at most 2021...but that's a long shot...but 2018 is actually very realistic for the publishers and also for Microsoft and Sony...so please listen to my plea guys!!!  Thanks...

rarerichz
rarerichz

k unlimited world red is also on wii u , that is next gen.

viewjet
viewjet

I'll stay with my PS3 and PC for the time being.  Actually if I'm buy another gaming system, it will be the Playstation TV.  I still have some purchased PSN PSP games I want to finish up (I sold my PSP a while ago) as well as some newly downloaded free PSN Vita games.  It's hard to complain about everything Playstation TV gives you for only $99...

rmcivicex
rmcivicex

I have my PS3 in my bedroom and the PS4 I got for Christmas in the living room. Going to get an Xbox 1 Christmas this year as next year I want to be able to play all the great games both systems will have to offer. I have no intentions of getting rid of my PS3. Hell, I may even get a 360 this summer so I can play some of those exclusive games. Besides, there are still plenty of great games on all the systems that I will be busy for a long while to come...LOL. 


I haven't gone the route of the WiiU or the Wii as the Wii didn't have enough games that appealed to me, however, if the WiiU is backwards compatible, then I may have to pick one up as well. 


I am a fanboy of games and not the system they are played on.

bishop60
bishop60

i still play my ps3 and 360 way more than my X1. hell, i still play halo 3 more than any multiplayer game i have. xbox one is good, but gets boring quick.Battlefield 4 and titanfall are awesome, but they get stale fast. 360 and ps3 aren't going anywhere. people still play gears, older cods, and halo for a reason.

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

One question keeps playing in my head.

Has anyone ever actually given up on the Xbox 360 or Ps3, i mean really now? Recenty my Xbox 360 jasper model started showing flaws (2009 model so understandable tbh) I replaced it for a 360S model, why? because i have a very large library of games i very much enjoy playing on a pretty much daily basis.

Bought a ps3 mid 2013, why? Old titles, God of War / The Last of us / Uncharted. Games i had a sudden urge to play, see what i had missed out on. (was worth it by the way sony people).

If these systems have a future is irrelevant, they have a past. A glorious utter entertaining past.

watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

A lot of games for Xbox one and PS4 are also being released for PS3 and Xbox 360 so that is also contributing to keeping PS3 and Xbox 360 alive. so this takes the pressure off to buy a PS4 or Xbox one fast.

watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

im gonna keep playing my 360 for as long as Microsoft supports it even after I get my PS4

thommohawk117
thommohawk117

I still play my 360 more than my $500+ no games machine with added camera that I can shout at in a feeble attempt to get it to do things. I don't regret my purchase but the fact still remains.

Longhorns62
Longhorns62

I am still playing my PS3 and XBOX360. Still a lot of games out there. I want a PS4, but there are not that many games out yet.

rjphllps7
rjphllps7

one easy solution..backwards compatible!!!!!!!!!!!!!  pipe dream i know but seriously Sony...I will pay the extra $100 for that system today... like i would leave my house right now... Sony, listen, seriously make this possible... special order or whatever I'll take one.

snkcapcom411
snkcapcom411

I have Playstation 4 and WiiU but I am holding on to my PS3 because I still play The Last of Us, Bioshock: Infinite, Beyond: Two Souls, RE6, RE5, RE4 HD and many fighting games like Street Fighter X Tekken, UMVC3, KOF XIII, TTT2 and I am buying the retail version of Ultra Street Fighter IV. Plus the PS3 is a great blu-ray player.

I am holding on to my Xbox 360 because I still play Alan Wake, Left 4 Dead 2 (Coach in the man!), State of Decay, Deadlight, the GOW games, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum HD and even Shenmue II.

I hold on to my Wii because of SMG 1&2, Zelda: Skyward Sword, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Samurai Shodown Anthology, Conduit 1&2, Deadly Creatures, NSMB Wii, HOTD Overkill, Madworld, No More Heroes 1&2 and others.

Not touching Xbox One until they show next gen versions of Gears, Alan Wake, Left 4 Dead, Deadlight, State of Decay and others.

And my 3DS XL still gets a lot of playtime plus Super Smash Bros is coming to it.

Heck, I even hold on to my Dreamcast for Shenmue!

G-Legend
G-Legend

I'll still have my PS3, but I feel like the end of this year is a perfect time to jump on the PS4. 2015 is when the next-gen consoles will be worth it, and with destiny bundle coming out I might as well let that game take me into 2015. If I want I can still get games for PS3.

one_l
one_l

I just picked up GoW, GoW2, BFBC, BFBC2, and BF3 all for about $13 at Gamestop. (All used) People still play them online, i'm having a blast with the past!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I picked up an X1 and that and a WiiU will be my systems.

I recently updated my PS3 and I gotta say that thing is a piece if junk. It's grainy looking, slow, and confusing. Plus, every damn game needs an update. Now I have a premium Internet connection, but updates take between 10 minutes to 2 hours. Comparatively, my 360 took seconds. The games - yes, there are deals, but I've yet to score an actual fun title. Uncharted? I feel like I'm missing out on the joke. When do these games get good? Little Big Planet? It's pretty - but is it fun? Ridge Racer 7. I loved RR6 on my 360 - best arcade racer of last gen imo. How did Namco screw up what was a perfect game? You can barely see the track at any angle - the graphics took a major hit for the worst - and the load times are ridiculous. Ridge Racer on my IPhone is better.

Sorry Sony, you're gonna have to try a lot harder to get me on board your newest system. I'm not a marketing sap like most of your customers as of late.

93ChevyNut
93ChevyNut

I say switch over to the current gen as soon as possible, if funds support it.  But don't get rid of your last gen hardware.  With Games with Gold and PS+, you can stockpile free games while playing the last-gen systems until some good current gen games come out.  Seems pretty simple to me.

Not to mention putting together a completely rad entertainment center.  Mine has an X360, PS3, gaming rig in a HTPC case, Wii and an original NES (belongs to my wife, but she never plays it).  The X1/PS4 will round out my collection nicely.

domisbatman
domisbatman

Why would I give up on my PS3? Persona 5 is coming out next year 

psycadelix
psycadelix

Bought Uncharted 2 & 3 other week for the pricely sum of £9 from a shop. Just received Mafia 2 from EBay for £3 (it's £20 on PSN).Happy days!

4_Horsemen
4_Horsemen

This article nailed it. There is no real reason to buy a next gen console until maybe fall of 2015. After all it's all about the games!

dancthorpe
dancthorpe

If they remix Skyrim, I'll upgrade. If not. I won't its that simple.

fred0309
fred0309

how do games? make the ps3 and 360 better going forward? because theres a lot of games makes it better games or not the ps3 and 360 have done all they can do there not going to get any better going foward

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Until there's an RPG exclusive to either platform there's no reason to get a next gen console.


X with be that game for the Wii U.

Bloodborne will be that game for the PS4.

Annnnnnnnd there will be no reason to ever get a Bone.

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

Well, my main reason for not giving up on my x360 and investing in current gen is that there are not enough games for them yet. I'm not getting any console until there are at least 15 games I WANT to play.

P.S.
Does anyone know, Diablo 3 Reaper of souls, for x360, is it just an expansion or is it a whole D3 game PLUS the expansion and changes?
I already own the D3 for x360.
(I guess answer to my question can be found online, but I'm too lazy to search)

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

@da_chub Is it lonely being the only person using a Wii U on a regular basis? 

GraveUypo
GraveUypo

@pedal2metal214 yeah i thought the same way about the ps4. but then i realized most of the games i like in my xbox360 are exclusives, and that there are currently absolutely no games on ps4 that i care about and had to buy a xbox one instead. i hope i don't regret this decision later down the line (if i do, oh well, that's only about $550, not going to end my life). 

oh, about the specs? i don't care. if i cared i'd have sold my consoles and only kept my pc (which i still have btw).


ps: i still consider my xbox360 my main console.

chippiez
chippiez

@GregoryBastards  OOOOKay... then leave the site?  I mean...  you sound like a miserable person who has never known the touch of a lady.

nikon133
nikon133

@Ayzed I got PS4 early (PS3 I got only in 2009). It definitely wasn't a must, but I must say I did enjoy Infamous Second Son, Killzone a lot. ISS is, by far, my most favourite Infamous game, and coincidently, I played Infamous 2 on PS3 just before jumping on SS on PS4, so memories are fresh and easy to compare; for me, ISS builds up on every aspect on previous game - better visuals, more powers, more depth to gameplay. I even didn't mind main character that so many people are unhappy with, sure he is not Peter Parker, but as rebellious teen from underprivileged minority, he is not outrageously out of place.

I also did some cross-platforms on PS4 - Black Flag, Wolfenstein. They don't justify PS4 - I could have played them on PC just as well - but I enjoy playing relaxed from my sofa in front of big TV, after spending 8 hours in office in front of kbd, mouse and two screens, so there's that.

My PS3 still sees some usage, outside of being BD player. Party games and racers are still being enjoyed there, though not too often - maybe twice a week, at least once. It doesn't really matter, I have a habit of collecting and keeping my old consoles and games, so PS3 wouldn't go anywhere even if I don't play it at all. I'm planing my next house to have big enough man-cave (or, let's call it "entertainment area") to set up all consoles permanently, maybe even on dedicated instead of shared screen.

My PC is currently exclusively Planetside 2 when it comes to gaming, but I am spending same or more time in that one game than in all the others together, so there's that, too.

Ayzed
Ayzed

also sooner they get rid of doing "cross gen" the better, when a game is cross gen that just means the next gen versions are held back by the previous gen. the only addition next gen really gets is a few textures..... Iwant better games, not just a few extra textures.

Ayzed
Ayzed

@christiaan1996  2018?????? really???
also doom is overhyped garbage, I can gurarantee you 100000% that it will just be another shooter. nothing special. just ANOTHER first person shooter.. Think a prettier Doom 3.. I think that's all we're gonna get.

nikon133
nikon133

@rmcivicex Yeah, I'm also considering to get XBO or WiiU this Christmas... I was never Nintendo, so their exclusives will be fresh to me. But then, I'm craving for good current racer and couple other XBO games look good - Sunset, Quantum... definitively interested.

northArrow
northArrow

Microsoft: What are you talking about? WE have both First and Third person shooters and I'm sure you could find a Rocket Propelled Grenade and nearly all of them.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@Thanatos2k Only if it`s a gift or some giveaway then sure...X-bone will be a treat for this Bad wolf!!!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

You are correct about D3 - it's the whole thing again with the expansion. Not sure why blizzard hates your hard drive. Your save should carry over though and the updates do apply.

da_chub
da_chub

@klugenbeel @da_chub  fact...I know 1 person with a ps4.  2 people with x1's.  And as of 2 weekends ago, when my best friend finally bought one, I know 8 people with Wii U's.  I know nobody with a Vita, but tons with 3ds's.  Yea, I know lots of people with 360s, ps3, last gen.  So the answer is No, its not lonely.  Im to busy playing Smash and hyrule warriors.