It’s like your grandpa always said: “boy, you’d better save your money! Most next-gen consoles take a solid three or four years to really hit their stride.”
Er, something like that.
Regardless of the awesome advice that Fictional Video Game Grandad did or did not give you, casual observers of console trends know that it generally takes a few years for a new system to really catch stride. We now have an awesome bar graph to show exactly how this trend played out for the PS3 and Xbox 360, because human beings are visual learners:
Thank BuzzFeed for the breakdown. They note that the peak years of game releases for the last generation – that is, the years that included the bulk of the console’s 100 best-reviewed games – were 2009, 2010 and 2011. Four full years after they released, games like Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim and the peak of Call of Duty. Big names, to be sure.
So, if you’re not somebody who has time to camp out in front of a Best Buy for 36 hours to spend $400 on a system that has no must-play titles, don’t fret. Being fashionably late won’t set you back.