Are Game Consoles Still Worth Premium Money?

11.20.12 5 years ago 40 Comments

Now that smartphones have firmly become implanted into everything, it would seem that mobile gaming is poised to make a dent in the traditional television setups as we know them. PS3 and Xbox developers are already feeling pressure with recent flops like Resistance 3, RAGE, Brink and subsequent financial consequences thereof. But more than game creators, it’s getting harder for game-users to be willing to part with $60+ for a new disc when there is a slew of mobile games available for less than $5. That’s roughly 12 games for your phone instead of one for the PlayStation.

And with the Nintendo’s new Wii U underperforming, things probably aren’t going to end well for the struggling company. After the initial hype last time around, the Mario-makers got completely outclassed by the better-performing (and more fun) Sony and Microsoft consoles and became an afterthought over the last couple years–not to mention that the U’s dual-screen controller appears gimmicky.

Even more worrisome for the average consumer, the PS4 and Xbox 720 are not only going have more expensive hardware, but will likely have more expensive games thanks to an increase in development expenses. The PS3 cost $500 at its launch and games are still going for $60, with prices projected to only go up from here. Also, don’t forget that resale value is going down thanks to new features restrictions like one-time-use online registration codes. And guess what? Even though you shelled out the dough for Black Ops 2, you can’t play it on the bus, in class or at work.

It’s not getting any easier to afford the big-name titles or consoles. So PS4? No thank you. Unless it does laundry, makes lunch and presses work clothes, too, consumers will be just fine checking out demos when they walk by the gaming aisle at Best Buy.

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