2-9 Console Life-cycle: Late to the Party

I’m late to the party, but the good thing is that there’s plenty of food to devour. That’s how I feel having been gifted a console (PS4) so late into it’s life-cycle. We already know that the PS5 (PSV?) has been announced for December 2020. So why now?

There are a ton of advantages with jumping into a console so late in it’s life-cycle. Here are just a few of them:

  • Discounts on console/bundled deals.
  • Games are cheaper (used games easily acquired)
  • GOTY editions (bundled DLC game packages at low prices)
  • Bugs/updates have been worked out for major game releases

Those are just a few of the reasons to jump into a gaming console at the end of it’s life. You just save a ton of money and have a lot of media to consume.

There are certainly trade-offs, as the number of games that are being released for the older generation start to taper off as release of the latest approaches. But for me, this isn’t really a deal-breaker. I did this with the Xbox 360 and here I am at the tail end of Sony’s Playstation 4.

2-3 Abandoned Systems: *blows dust off of Vita*

Since the purchase of my Nintendo Switch, many of my other handheld consoles/systems have been sitting idle. They sit there in the corner, looking forlornly at me. My PlayStation Vita and My Nintendo 3DS have probably felt a little bit neglected.

Nintendo 3DS

I guess it’s inevitable, this is just something that happens. This isn’t to say that I won’t go back. I will. The 3DS is a powerhouse of a system and has some lovely games worth spending time with. But every time I do venture back, it’s harder and harder.

My Nintendo Switch has spoiled me. It has hit this perfect spot in the middle with regards to how I hold it, how much screen space I have, the games that I can carry on the go (many of which have been ported off of these older systems). I just struggle to go back and play unless it’s specifically for a game that cannot be re-purchased on the Switch.

It’s an evolution, we’re always moving forward. We’re always improving upon the past (or at least we’re always trying).