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10 reasons not to buy an Xbox One or PS4 before Christmas

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10 reasons not to buy an Xbox One or PS4 before Christmas

The Xbox One and PS4 are guaranteed to be high on the wishlists of millions of adults and kids across the world. But there are a few reasons why we should all consider cooling our jets and waiting a while before investing in next-gen gaming. In fact, we'd argue the reasons not to buy (right now) are better than the reasons to buy one.

10. The games library isn’t any good yet

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A games console is mostly about playing games, and the games libraries of the Xbox One and PS4 are fairly poor at present. The Xbox One has a slightly greater variety of games, but most of its more interesting early titles won’t be out until 2014. The PS4’s Killzone is a fairly anonymous shooter, the Xbox One’s Ryse is a classic example of the lo-fi console launch title and most other games are sequels that fail to get us truly excited.

Many of you will find yourself going back to play a different game on your old PS3 or Xbox 360 half-way through the Christmas break, which brings us onto our next point...

9. You still have 700 last-gen games to play


If you’re anything like us, you still have a load of top-quality last-gen games to play. Now is the time to get stuck into those, rather than buying a new console. Not only are some of 2013’s titles much better than the vast majority of next-gen launch games, once you start playing Xbox One and PS4 titles, you’ll effectively be spoilt.

Once you’ve gotten used to next-gen graphics, heading back to the ‘old’ visuals of PS3 and Xbox 360 games will ruin some of the excitement of those perfectly good older games. So appreciate them before you ruin your eyes with those shiny new visuals.

Our best games of 2013 has a few you may want to try before you move on.

8. There are always first-wave hardware nigglesPics 2

This is one of the most serious reasons to consider holding off buying an Xbox One or PS4. There are likely to be some hardware issues with both the new consoles.

So far one of the most commonly reported is an issue with the Xbox One disc drive malfunctioning. However, it’s a bit early to tell if there are going to be problems widespread enough to worry about. Microsoft has been very careful in the Xbox One, using an oversized frame in order to avoid issues with overheating. But it's no guarantee.

7. They can’t replace your old consoles yet

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If you’re thinking you’ll simply replace your old Xbox 360 or PS3 with a new console, you can’t. Not unless you want to wave goodbye to all your old games too, anyway.

The next-gen consoles are not backwards-compatible with games from the previous-gen machines, and nor will they ever be. Sony is working on a game streaming service for older games, but this won’t be out until next year at the earliest.

This is true in other ways, too. The PS4 doesn't have DLNA support at the moment, a feature present on the PS3, while anyone who uses the Sky app on Xbox 360 will be disappointed to find it's not there on the Xbox One.

6. Getting one is easier said than done

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Predictably, both consoles have sold out. Many retailers now say that they cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas. Unless you’re willing to put in a bit of effort to find one not selling at a ridiculous price, you may be better off waiting until the rush has died down a bit, and stock levels are back up. This will be a few weeks – we wouldn’t guess more than six – after Christmas.

5. They currently miss out on loads of featuresPics 5

Many features are missing from the PS4 and Xbox One at launch. The worst-affected are the media and TV services that let you watch films and TV through the consoles. For example, the Xbox One does not have BBC iPlayer yet and most of the more advanced TV control features of the Xbox One are not available in the UK yet.

How long these extras will take to appear is not yet clear, but if you rely on your console for any of the above then the Xbox One and PS4 fall short at present.

4. Bundles with games cost a bomb


Being an early adopter costs. Consoles aren’t cheap, and neither are the games that go with them. Launch titles cost £50 a pop, and don’t really drop under £40 online. When there are so many great last-gen games available for a few quid, it’s a pretty painful investment – especially if you’re going to end up buying a game just so you have something to play on your new console.

3. Games won’t be cheap for a while, and poor freebies from XBLA/PSNPics 1

The prices of games will drop, but it’s unlikely to happen much before Christmas. Three to six months after the consoles are out – around March – we’ll start to see games drop rapidly in price as the launch titles descend to budget levels in order to win over a new audience.

For the budget-conscious among you, waiting until that price drop point is a good idea. There are also unlikely to be any full retail games available through PSN of Xbox Live Gold for quite some time.

2. A price drop will come… at some point

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As ever, the consoles will drop in price at some point too. But when? This will depend on the sales performance of the consoles, and it won’t be any time soon.

We wouldn’t advise waiting for a price drop unless you’re cash-strapped. The Xbox 360 took 18 months to get its first price drop, and unless something goes very wrong the Xbox One is unlikely to get a significant price drop until around the same time.

1. It’s not clear which is better, yet

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Unless you’re going to end up buying both consoles, you need to buy the right one. And as yet it’s really not clear which one is going to end up being the superior console.

The PS4 has a weaker launch line-up. But will that change? Is Sony going to pull its finger out and make an amazing game streaming service, as planned? It’s not clear. Will we in the UK ever get the full power of the Xbox One’s entertainment skills? In the US it can be used to control a digibox. But will we get that? The jury’s out.

Picking the wrong console could prove to be an expensive mistake, so sitting it out for now is the best move for most people.

Next, read our Xbox One vs PS4 comparison

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November 27, 2013, 1:19 pm

I'll be waiting a few years for a drastic price cut and the 'PS4 Slim'! ;)


November 27, 2013, 1:39 pm

10. But Battlefield 4 is awesome. And is all I'm going to be playing anyway. A true next-gen game! And COD is there too.

9. If I was bothered about playing the back library I would play them. I'm not and I won't.

8. Do you advise people not to buy a phone or tablets on day one? Of course not. We're all used to patches, upgrades and temporary issues early on.

7. Just keep your old consoles.

6. My preorder will arrive tomorrow.

5. See 7.

4. My preorder tomorrow is for Console, two controllers, camera & Killzone SF for £429, the same as the bare PS3 + Controller system I bought in 2007 & I believe, the same as the bare Xbox One+kinect2+controller. I think it's a bargain.

3. Poor freebies? Resogun is amazing, Contrast is decent, Drive Club to come soon & all the Free to Play games!

2. The iPhone 5 is really reasonably priced now too. Yet it's not the phone we all desire now, is it?

1. It'll never be clear. See YouTube comments. Choose the console your friends have, the one with the controller you're most comfortable with & the one with the exclusives you use play.



November 27, 2013, 1:49 pm

When will the market become saturated? I am keen to purchase however not inclined to be a part of a price skimming strategy.

Alex Walsh

November 27, 2013, 1:58 pm

I could spend the value of either on a top drawer GFX card for my PC, that'd be a better investment.


November 27, 2013, 2:09 pm

Some good counter arguments there, Wicksy. Enjoy your PS4!


November 27, 2013, 2:35 pm

No regrets getting my ps4 day one.


November 27, 2013, 2:46 pm

I can't say it'll be a better investment. My 7 yr old GFX can't handle any new games, my 7 yr old PS3 ran The Last of Us beautifully.


November 27, 2013, 2:49 pm

Thanks. Are you going for a console?


November 27, 2013, 3:11 pm

At some point, definitely. Probably a PS4 - need to check out Remote Play for myself. We actually have one in the office going right now!


November 27, 2013, 3:48 pm

Everything he stated was obvious. I have the white xbox and never saw a need to buy the console with the kinect. I have purchased Xbox One and love it! I bought it for Bf4 and have no regrets.Yes i use the voice commands and have had minor issues but nothing to complain about. Does the writer of this article have any next gen consoles?


November 27, 2013, 3:50 pm

Lol! You guys wait, while I will be enjoying my XB1 and next year when Infamous comes out, I will be enjoying my PS4. Great games are out now, BF4, Forza 5, the over the top zombie killer Dead Rising 3 as well as CODG and Assasins Creed Black Flag. And if you cant find a game to play out of all of that then I have to ask you, what kind of gamer are you?


November 27, 2013, 4:40 pm

You sound like such a corporate tool.

Robyn B Holmes

November 27, 2013, 4:41 pm

a gamer who is :
a: over the age of 12.
b: wanting more than just a point and shoot "game"
c: anyone who isnt brain rotted by playing the same games over and over already.lifes about variety... come on, dont falter in the gaming evolution.

Robyn B Holmes

November 27, 2013, 4:51 pm

phones and tablets dont generally have a 50% fail rate. neither does sony game consoles. xbox however, has a long history with those rates.

microsoft is already known to build in back doors to allow surveillance and monitoring options for the authorities.

do you really want to trust them NOT to use that against you while you munch out, blaze and play games?(on a video recorded system lol,have fun arguing that proof in court).

iphone 5 is not reasonably priced.
iphones never are. why? because they know that most people are suckers and are just buying the hype.

reality is, is that iphones suck . people are just tired of their friends phones working right and being FAST. no iphone is fast compared to its relative counterparts.

lastly, your only going to be playing one game.....
how relevent is your opinion on game availability to begin with when your obviously biased enough to not care at all?

all you need is 1 game. thats fine for you, but not all of us play THAT one game or even that genre of game.

f-xbox.. lol.

f-ps4 too! lol ill never buy a system its first year out.
i have almost everything since atari already though, so i wont be bored.:D


November 27, 2013, 5:01 pm

I agree except7 and 9 as i have not owned any last gen console but the wii


November 27, 2013, 5:40 pm

Truth is I would like to have a ps3 but did not feel the urge to pre order... if a ps4 excusive was announced on launch I would of remembered to pre order.


November 27, 2013, 5:41 pm

Sorry ps4* love my ps3 still have some games to finish too. Ha.


November 27, 2013, 5:42 pm

Killzone is always fun but once u play its not as memorable like other titles.

Raul Ybarra

November 28, 2013, 1:37 am

Yep. And all those reasons are why I decided to go with Wii U.


November 28, 2013, 3:21 am

Battlefield 4 on the PC blows away consoles.


November 28, 2013, 6:23 am

LOL!...You can play BF4, CODG and Assassins Creed Black Flag on current gen consoles PS3 and XBOX 360...HA!

I have to ask you...did you know that...as a gamer?


November 28, 2013, 4:43 pm

Many people who have played both PC & Next-gen would disagree.


November 28, 2013, 5:05 pm

Chill out, it's only a comment on the Internet.


November 28, 2013, 5:13 pm

I hear the latest Mario is amazing, I hope they back it up with more triple A games too.


November 28, 2013, 5:14 pm

What game would make you buy one tomorrow?

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