Why do people have to buy a console when it first comes out?

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#1 Posted by psx2514 (212 posts) -

1. The first edition of a console always has issues.

2. The price will eventually go down. (Why buy a console at $500 when you can just wait a year or so, and get it for a few hundred dollars less?)

3. There will be a larger library of games, and the games that have been out for a while will be available at a lower price.

Experienced gamers should especially should know this.

#2 Posted by 1PMrFister (3134 posts) -

Because if nobody bought a system at launch, it wouldn't survive long enough to become worth owning.

#3 Posted by BranKetra (48242 posts) -

If everyone waits for a new video game console to receive a price drop, the price may actually rise because no one would be buying that console and so it would be an unsuccessful console. The only places people would find them would be on eBay when one of those consoles is hypothetically discontinued and it becomes a collector's item because of its rarity. Any sort of library would not be worth the cost of those consoles if they lack support.

Face it. People buying video game consoles at launch are most likely why other people get to buy them at reduced prices and they are why game libraries increase in content.

#4 Posted by Solid_Link22 (5602 posts) -

Because they want to?

#5 Edited by Archangel3371 (15384 posts) -

Because they want to play the games that are available on it when it first comes out. I really don't get why people question this as the answer seems blatantly obvious. If someone prefers to wait for cheaper prices that's fine but certainly not everyone is going to want to do that and there's nothing wrong with that either.

#6 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

@psx2514 said:

1. The first edition of a console always has issues. For every one that breaks, many many more don't. With the exception of the notorious RRoD, obviously.

2. The price will eventually go down. (Why buy a console at $500 when you can just wait a year or so, and get it for a few hundred dollars less?) Because gamers like new kit.

3. There will be a larger library of games, and the games that have been out for a while will be available at a lower price. Why wait to play Dead Rising, when I can afford to play it today?

Some people are more dedicated to their hobby than others I guess.

Personally, I have never bought a console at launch up until this new crop of machines. For once, I didn't want to do the "smarter" thing and I just wanted a little indulgence in my favorite hobby. And I say that both had a pretty decent launch lineup, all things considered. Sure there was some shovelware, but there have been some really fun games too. There is a value to being part of the conversation while the new things are happening for some of us. I like chatting about the new features and games with other owners as well as playing them. That's part of the experience now. It may not be important for some, and I certainly wouldn't blame anyone who didn't jump in feet first to the initial offering. But I've been happy with my Xbox One and I'm sure if I ever get my PS4 hooked up, I'll dig that too. (Stupid busted HDMI port on my stupid old television... GAH!)

Why does a golfer buy the $2000 set of clubs when he can go to Wal-Mart and get a set for $500? Why does a film buff buy the latest format when it's just going to mean having to rebuy their movies on a new set of HDVDBRD discs for their 4K television? Why does a person buy music when they can steal it on P2P sites? Because some people are serious hobbyists and it brings them joy. It's really no deeper than that.

#7 Posted by SoNin360 (5390 posts) -

1. The new consoles seem to be doing fairly well in terms of failure rates as far as I'm aware.

2. I don't see either the PS4 or XB1 dropping in price anytime soon. Maybe the XB1 will drop in price sooner, but the PS4 at $400 is already a great price considering what the PS3 launched at.

3. True, but for some people it's just not worth waiting. They want to upgrade now and enjoy it all from day one. Nothing wrong with that.

Personally, I'm one to wait a while, but I don't think I'll be waiting that long this time around.

#8 Posted by yngsten (199 posts) -

1. They want the latest console

2. They can afford the latest console

#9 Edited by Jaysonguy (37599 posts) -

@psx2514 said:

1. The first edition of a console always has issues.

2. The price will eventually go down. (Why buy a console at $500 when you can just wait a year or so, and get it for a few hundred dollars less?)

3. There will be a larger library of games, and the games that have been out for a while will be available at a lower price.

Experienced gamers should especially should know this.

Worst list ever

1. False

2. Hundreds? False

3. They'll be old by then, newer games will be worth playing that will be full price

Seriously, worst list ever for when to buy a console

#10 Posted by Gargus (2147 posts) -

Because they want to, that's why.

Is this really thread worthy? Why do you care what other people do? How does it actually effect you personally?

#11 Edited by sukraj (22278 posts) -

Because I want to that's why.

#12 Posted by MirkoS77 (7208 posts) -

I preordered and bought a PS4 day one, not because I wanted it, but instead to send a big "fuck you" to Microsoft. I spoke loudly with my wallet, and it worked. Well, at least until MS starts segwaying their DRM into their games in the near future.

#13 Posted by Jackc8 (8500 posts) -

Because each individual makes their own cost/benefit analysis. A lot of people are excited enough about the new consoles to buy one at launch, while others will wait a year or two. Others won't get a PS4 or Xbox One until the PS5's and Xbox Two's have been out for a year or two.

#14 Edited by luke1889 (14617 posts) -

I love being an early adopter. Heck, console launches come round so infrequently, I'm happy to save up and take the plunge.

#15 Posted by Solaryellow (467 posts) -

@MirkoS77 said:

I preordered and bought a PS4 day one, not because I wanted it, but instead to send a big "fuck you" to Microsoft. I spoke loudly with my wallet, and it worked. Well, at least until MS starts segwaying their DRM into their games in the near future.

How did that work out for Microsoft? In theory I understand where you stand but in reality you won't get enough people to purchase a PS4 over the Xbox One causing MS to take notice.

#16 Posted by bezza2011 (2395 posts) -

What is the smart thing to do?? Wait for a big game library where I can't afford all the games and a console, wait for a a price cut, wait everything to get sorted and what miss out on all the new kit. No my ps4 is running smoothly I've paid for my console I have 4 games and a load of free games it came out just before Christmas so I got games for Christmas and now I have time to finish my games before a big game comes out and I have enough time to save up, and I can slowly build my game library and have time to finish the games and it doesn't hurt my bank account instead of being back logged with games and end up at the end of the gen not even playing half the games I wanted.

#17 Edited by -ParaNormaN- (779 posts) -

The last console I bought at launch was the N64 and I have no regrets lol. The rest took me a while since I wasn't working or anything. When the 360 and PS3 hit and they had problems with the new hardware, I decided to be one of the people to wait for price drops and wait for a 2nd release of the console. Also older games are dirt cheap a lot of the time so, I can't complain about that. I'd get a new game at launch and pay full price if its something I like though, especially online games so I can play with my friends before the servers are shut down. How disappointed I was when I bought MGS4 and found the servers already closed lol.

#18 Posted by Jacanuk (4234 posts) -

@psx2514 said:

1. The first edition of a console always has issues.

2. The price will eventually go down. (Why buy a console at $500 when you can just wait a year or so, and get it for a few hundred dollars less?)

3. There will be a larger library of games, and the games that have been out for a while will be available at a lower price.

Experienced gamers should especially should know this.

Because its great to be a part of the beginning and try something out as one of the first.

Like why people line up for the new iPhone, new movie, new music. etc.

And its worth it despite the problems if they even occur.

#19 Posted by Shmiity (5059 posts) -

I'm not really one to buy launch electronics. I tend to buy stuff about year after they come out. I applaud early adopters... but I'm not one of them. Especially non-backwards compatible consoles.

#20 Posted by MirkoS77 (7208 posts) -

@MirkoS77 said:

I preordered and bought a PS4 day one, not because I wanted it, but instead to send a big "fuck you" to Microsoft. I spoke loudly with my wallet, and it worked. Well, at least until MS starts segwaying their DRM into their games in the near future.

How did that work out for Microsoft? In theory I understand where you stand but in reality you won't get enough people to purchase a PS4 over the Xbox One causing MS to take notice.

Microsoft was forced to do a 180 to the gamers' benefit. That they completely reversed their course on their DRM policies shows that MS has taken huge notice. Now, whether they'll remain true to their decision remains to be seen (I doubt it....they'll attempt to get DRM implemented again, albeit in a much more sly and insidious manner over time), but nevertheless all the massive PS4 preorders forced MS's hand to do what they did.

#21 Posted by klonoafanboy122 (203 posts) -

its so they look hip and cool

they wanna have the latest console so they can show off to people that *oh i have the new ps4 now isnt it awesome*

i mean seirously im guilty for it 2 mind *i got 3ds in 2011 worst move i ever made* but i woudnt go around gloting about it

people buy the consoles on launch so they can gloat and have whats in right now

#22 Posted by Evdne971 (223 posts) -

I'd have to agree, the more people but, the cheaper it'll get.

#23 Posted by RimacBugatti (1194 posts) -

Well to wait 12 months for a $100 price drop would be like saying it's not worth entertaining myself for $8.50 per month. That's cheap entertainment. I'm sure you spend a lot more than that on your girlfriend who keeps cheating on you. Crunch the numbers and you will see that you may save money by spending it now. Saving can cost and spending can save.

#24 Edited by Heirren (16639 posts) -

-Excitement

-People may be ready for something new

I think most of all people like to discuss what they think of the new tech with people that share common interests.

#25 Edited by Solaryellow (467 posts) -

@MirkoS77 said:

Microsoft was forced to do a 180 to the gamers' benefit. That they completely reversed their course on their DRM policies shows that MS has taken huge notice. Now, whether they'll remain true to their decision remains to be seen (I doubt it....they'll attempt to get DRM implemented again, albeit in a much more sly and insidious manner over time), but nevertheless all the massive PS4 preorders forced MS's hand to do what they did.

People were still going to purchase an Xbox One console even knowing the shenanigans Microsoft was trying to pull. Pre-orders were strong and the actual sales numbers from the last month are quite nice. Of course the PS4 has sold more but the numbers put up for the X1 are not too shabby in the least. Ultimately if you want a company to take notice of your concerns you need a solid foundation of people boycotting the product. Microsoft can and most likely will do whatever it is they want (DRM) because the gamers have already bought the product and will continue buying it. I highly doubt we will see a scenario reminiscent of the Wii U (poor sales after launch) causing great concern and alarm out in Redmond.

#26 Edited by nicecall (428 posts) -

i bought the original xbox cause i wanted to play Halo on it. but if it wasnt for that, i wouldn't have bought it.

But with the current consoles I didn't see any games on them i cared about so I won't buy them. Im sure the ps4 will eventually get some good stuff on it though. its kinda funny though, they released this batch of consoles with nothing at all worthy of playing on them.

#27 Posted by Kevlar101 (6081 posts) -

I still don't know if I am gonna be going with the Xbox One or the PS4 (most likely the PS4), but even so, I'm gonna wait a good year before getting either of them. I'm perfectly content with my 360 right now, and I still got a crap load of games i still need to play on it. Hell, I am still yet to lay a finger on Fallout 3 and NV.......