What console should I buy next?
PS3
17.1% (18)
17.1% (18)
Xbox 360
2.9% (3)
2.9% (3)
PS4
8.6% (9)
8.6% (9)
Wii U
4.8% (5)
4.8% (5)
Stick to PC
60% (63)
60% (63)
No point in upgrading
6.7% (7)
6.7% (7)
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Here's an embarrassing confession. I never bought anything beyond a PS2. Basically I've always stayed one generation behind, buying a PS1 when the PS2 came out, and buying a PS2 when the PS3 was released. Because of gild I guess. Also the PS2 has such an awesome game library that the urge to stay updated more or less died out (and I've yet to play through all the games I own for it).

Anyway, I think it's about time I move on. Now everybody's talking about the upcoming generation, but nobody's very sure about the PS4 and the Xbox Whatever. So I don't know what to do, do I buy into the current generation (PS3, Xbox 360) or skip it altogether and keep saving for the upcoming one?

I'm adding a poll but I would really appreciate if you took a minute of your time to illustrate your choice.

I would suggest a PC that can play the newest games at decent resolution. Most of the GREAT games for the Xbox and PS3 came out on the PC, just not the exclusives...

My vote is for PC. Sorry

A PC, friend.
Join us.
Join the true sons and daughters of perfection.
Join the master race.

Either you stick to PC because neither the XBox 360 nor the PS3 have any amount of exclusives that are different enough from PC games / exclusives to chime out that money or you get any Nintendo console because they actually offer something different.

Though I have a hard time suggesting to get a WiiU because there are no bloody games for it... Get a 3DS instead.

Before suggesting a system, I'd advise you look at the games that each one offers and decide if they interest you enough. The PS3 and 360 have largely the same libraries, with just a few exclusives to differentiate. Personally, I think the PS3 has a stronger line-up; it certainly has a greater quantity of exclusives, but I think the quality is there, too. You might disagree though.

I'm mostly a PC gamer, but I use my 3DS quite a lot, if you don't mind handhelds. It started out a bit weak, but it's been getting some good stuff lately.

What kind of games are you into?

Look at the exclusives and go from there.

A PC and/or a 3DS.

The 3DS because it offers a completely unique experience and has some really great games, you literally cannot play 3DS titles or anything similar on any other system. All you are getting out of the Xbox 360 or PS3 is the same games you can run on your pc, except the console will run them significantly worse unless you haven't upgraded your PC in several years. Yeah there are exclusives and its up to you whether or not they are worth buying an entire machine to play, personally I'd like to see this entire practice disappear.

PS3 if you want the exclusives. With the Mass Effect trilogy out for PS3, there are no Xbox 360 exclusives except Halo and Gears of War. Trust me, you won't lose any sleep over not being able to play those games. The plethora of fantastic PS3 exlusives definitely outweight that. However, I'd probably stick to the PC in the long run, and play the PS3 for the exclusives, Playstation Store downloads, and maybe some social gaming with friends who don't have gaming PCs.

I got an Xbox 360, and quite frankly, its not worth it in retrospect. PS3 is superior in terms of the gaming library because there's so much more, great games, whereas I dislike Gears of War, and the one Halo title I enjoyed on Xbox doesn't overwhelm Killzone, Little Big Planet, Uncharted, etc. I don't know if the PS4 has backwards compatibility or not, but if it does, I personally will get the PS4 and entirely skip over the PS3, and I'd recommend you do the same - that way you have the ability to play PS3 and PS4 exclusives all on one console.

Edit: PS4 isn't backwards compatible, so PS3, if you want the exclusives. I'd personally spend no more than $200 for a PS3. Most of the exclusives worth playing should be around $20 by now, and there's still actually The Last of Us to look forward to as well.

A PS3 if you want great exclusives, or PS4 for next generation games.

For me, it comes down to the controller. I could never get used to playing anything heavy with the Playstation controller, so the Xbox 360 was the system for me.

Since you're already comfortable with the PS2 Controller, you might want to pick a PS3.

Though, if it were me looking, I'd just get the cheapest console I could find. Check on Ebay or your local games store for refurbished models - I picked up my PS3 for $125 a year ago (though I paid full price for a 360 when it came out). If you can find one that is significantly cheaper than the other in a convenient place, I'd pick that up.

You could also opt for a new gaming computer, but even the cheapest option will be much more expensive than what you can pick up a PS3/Xbox360 for.

At the moment go for PC.

Its a safe choice, future proof (well as future-proof as any tech can be), MASSIVE selection of games, and at this point we know jack about the Nextbox and barely anything for the PS4 baring specs.

I prefer my 360 to my PC and I'm more likely to buy a PS3 than upgrade my PC to a point where it could run Skyrim.

That said, it's more reasonable to get a PC if you want to catch up on this Gen.

You should be able to buy a prefab PC which can run everything upto and including 2011 releases for less than the cost of a 360/PS3 (will vary by region).

Most of the stuff worth playing is on PC, the rest is PSN exclusives but I can't justify buying a PS3 to only play Heavy Rain, Nobi Nobi Boy, Flower, Flow, and Journey.

(inb4 Uncharted or Killzone series. Not interested in either.)

I said PS3, because there were some good exclusives on there. Heavy Rain and MGS4 were worthy titles.

SlaveNumber23:
A PC and/or a 3DS.

The 3DS because it offers a completely unique experience and has some really great games, you literally cannot play 3DS titles or anything similar on any other system. All you are getting out of the Xbox 360 or PS3 is the same games you can run on your pc, except the console will run them significantly worse unless you haven't upgraded your PC in several years. Yeah there are exclusives and its up to you whether or not they are worth buying an entire machine to play, personally I'd like to see this entire practice disappear.

This. PC and 3DS is the best combo.

PC all the way my friend, I know you want too.

Come join us...we have cookies!

I would highly recommend a Commodore 64k home computer, with datasette and at least two single-button joysticks. If you can afford it, you might like to get a Commodore 1541 floppy disk drive to complement your seething powerhouse of pelvic-thrustingly awesome gaming perfection.

Whatever you do, DON'T opt for a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, or even an Amstrad CPC 464. Totally not worth your dime.

I got all the consoles that are currently in production and a PC. Unless there are games for PS3 or Xbpx 360 you really want then don't buy either. They're on their way out so it's kinda late. The Wii U is a console with some potential and there will probably be some good first party titles for it with some time, there's also bound to be some decent RPGs for it such as the new Monolith Soft game. However right now there is little reason to buy the console and we don't know enough about the PS4 or the new Xbox to say if they will be any good or not.

Stick with PC for now and check in again in a year or more.

I'd do a number of things first. Wait until the specifics of the Xbox420 are revealed, wait until a you have more of an idea of what games are coming out for the new consoles, and see if there are a handful of exclusive games for the current consoles that you want to play. For example PS3 has Journey, MGS4, Demon's Souls, the Resistance series and the R&Cs. Xbox has Gears of War and Halo I suppose, don't really know much. If not, skip then and make a more informed decision after console launch, possibly stick to PC.

Johnny Novgorod:
Here's an embarrassing confession. I never bought anything beyond a PS2.

Yep, me too. I have another confession, I still find plenty of fun in the PS2 games I have. I'm going to stick with my gaming pc and continue to buy consoles ten years after release. My reasoning is that I've never in the past seven years been so bored with my PC that I've felt at a loss for video game entertainment that I felt I needed to have more. I'll still get to play all the good console games, just years after they're hot and most likely at a stupid discount of 90% off. It's not like Silent Hill 2 became a bad game in the seven years it took for me to get around to it after I saw it in a bargain bin for $4.

The online component worries me though, even for this generation of consoles, it's going to stop at some point, and then will my games suck because I can't download patches for consoles without their servers? I might never buy the next gen if it's online only, it takes the benefit out of buying late.

Just stick to the PC, the other consoles really arent worth the money unless you MUST HAVE their exclusives. And since you didnt buy a current gen console earlier, I am guessing you arent in the MUST HAVE category.

If you really want a console I would say a PS3 if you are not to bothered about the latest shinys. The library is pretty big and the games are dirt cheap now, the God of War trilogy is only 18 for example and includes an upscaled HD God of War that looks pretty good even today.

The slim console is cheap too, you cannot even get a good graphics card for that kind of money (you can get a decent one just not high end).

Earlier this gen I was all Xbox console wise (PC gamer mainly) but Sony coaxed me around. Great services like PS+ which is cheaper than XBox Live Gold and you get free games to play, 60 minute demos of the games on the PSN store and you get discounts on games and movies/TV series on the PSN store. The media is actually cheaper than the Sky store and some other on demand services too.

If you have a couple of hundred quid to spend (or Dollars and whatever else) its a great pile of entertainment for the money.

You could probably get a current gen console for pretty cheap nowadays. It's really up to the exclusives as far as which one to buy. I have a higher opinion than most on Halo and Gears of War, look those up and if they tickle your fancy get a 360. PS3 has the Uncharted series, which is pretty great, as well as many other exclusives (most notably Journey). Also consider the controller, I vastly prefer the 360 pad, but you need to see what works for you.

As far as the next generation goes, I'd wait for Microsoft to make their official presentation before entering into the decision making progress.

Now, whether or not to upgrade your PC or get a next-gen console will depend on 1) Your budget and 2)exclusives. Gaming PCs are always going to out-muscle a console, but can get pricey quickly if you're trying to stay near the cutting edge. A console will run every game you put in it, now and throughout the console's life cycle, and costs less than the latest GPUs (not counting your CPU, RAM, hard drive, power supply, etc.) You won't have to worry about tweaking your settings to optimize the game. Also, if you really like some of the console exclusive titles (Halo, Uncharted, Gears, Killzone, etc.) then I would recommend a next-gen console.

I hope you consider your choice carefully, and have fun!

Obviously, because this is the Escapist, you'll see an overwhelming amount of "GO PC OR GO HOME" votes.

But if you're dead-set on a new console, get the PS3. You've already gotten the first two, and as one who walked that same path I can tell you that the PS3's library doesn't disappoint. There are a lot of great games in there, exclusive or otherwise.

Since you've already been doing the backlog-a-whole-generation thing, it seems silly to go and invest yourself in the next generation, especially since nobody knows if it'll even be any good yet.

You can't go wrong with a PC. There are very few console-only games in this generation worth buying.
Also, there will be emulators eventually. If you are as patient as you seem, it'll probably be best to wait for those.

You can't ever go wrong with the pc though if you don't have the money the ps3 is a good route to go.

For me, having a PS3 is worth it just for a few console-exclusive racing games and JRPGs... but my PC is absolutely necessary for everything else. If you have the cash and want a bunch of console exclusives, get a PS3 and keep an updated PC. If there is no game you want that doesn't work on your PC (personally, I'm just waiting until I can emulate a PS3), stick to the PC.

Go for the PS4. Given you have the earlier version of the console, I would say go for that one.

While I would like to be a PC gamer, I can't trust my computer to play WoW properly, so I stick with console gaming. But given that the PS4 will not have backwards compatibility but will allow you to download PS3 games, I would say the PS4 is the better option.

The PS3, while a great piece of hardware, is severely limited by its RAM, just like the Xbox 360. I have found, personally, that there is no real exclusives that jump out at me on the 360. Halo is becoming the 'Madden' of FPS games, Gears of War induces motion sickness with it's headbanging run camera, and the Fable games have been sliding in quality since Fable 2.

I do own a 360, but when I play games I have already played on my PS3 I do notice more pop-ins for objects on the Xbox.

At the end of the day, it is and always will be your call, but I say the PS4 would be a better option.

i suggest keep the PC close to heart. but, buy a ps3/4. there is something much more relaxing with being able to have just 12 buttons to tend to, a bigger screen and laid back in your couch with mates. than to sit crouched over a pc alone. sure it is better graphics and engine and......stuff in general on PC. but the PlayStation got it's charm and will be a loyal companion... just don't trust it with any credit cards. i won't say xbox isn't good. because it is. but i never really got in to it.

Do4600:

Johnny Novgorod:
Here's an embarrassing confession. I never bought anything beyond a PS2.

Yep, me too. I have another confession, I still find plenty of fun in the PS2 games I have. I'm going to stick with my gaming pc and continue to buy consoles ten years after release. My reasoning is that I've never in the past seven years been so bored with my PC that I've felt at a loss for video game entertainment that I felt I needed to have more. I'll still get to play all the good console games, just years after they're hot and most likely at a stupid discount of 90% off. It's not like Silent Hill 2 became a bad game in the seven years it took for me to get around to it after I saw it in a bargain bin for $4.

The online component worries me though, even for this generation of consoles, it's going to stop at some point, and then will my games suck because I can't download patches for consoles without their servers? I might never buy the next gen if it's online only, it takes the benefit out of buying late.

Indeed I game on the PS2 and to lesser extent on the PC. I have a laptop though, which isn't the best option for PC gaming. I have a Core i3, 4GB of RAM and more than enough hard drive. OS Windows 7 (64 bits). My main problem has historically lied with graphics requirements, though I got Star Wars ToR to work fine a few months ago so maybe that's over with? I've suffered a lot of disappointments because of graphic requirements that needed video cards and such I never had and were too expensive for me to buy. So I've been more or less shock-conditioned to trust game consoles to play the games that get released on them, as opposed to spending weeks trying to get a game to work on the damn PC.

Join the retro gaming master race, because you know, graphics are overrated anyway...especially on this site.

Any console would do, just avoid the CD-I, unless you enjoy a lot of 90's cheese, and edutainment titles. The games still look rather good on HDTV's if you have the right cables. Most retro gamers swear by VGA, so getting a VGA cable for certain consoles would be a good way to go.

I'm not trying to be ironic here, retro gaming, and collecting is a great hobby (not just a way of playing games), and you truly find some great stuff that you might of never played, or even heard of before. There's various website that would help you on your way, such as Racketboy, and Digital Press. You have a laptop anyway, so unless you like your new games to look the absolute best, then get a new PC, overwise just buy games off GOG (and low graphical required steam games), and just get yourself a cheap 360/PS3, and a few retro consoles.

Variety is the spice of life, or so they say. I would rather choose a variety of games, over just playing on one platform personally.

People like to downplay console gaming, but it's only because they only can afford one platform to play games on, so they stick by it. Me I play on everything, and it didn't cost me a fortune at all.

At this point I would not buy a console. They're still quite expensive and only the WiiU has a shelf life of more than a couple years (at which point the current consoles will be much cheaper if you want to catch up). As for the WiiU, still has a weak library, and I won't be terribly shocked if no third party games come out for it once the PS4 and Durango arrive (doesn't matter how much Nintendo kisses third party butt, the AAA publishers will want the systems with the best graphics hardware).

Johnny Novgorod:
Here's an embarrassing confession. I never bought anything beyond a PS2. Basically I've always stayed one generation behind, buying a PS1 when the PS2 came out, and buying a PS2 when the PS3 was released. Because of gild I guess. Also the PS2 has such an awesome game library that the urge to stay updated more or less died out (and I've yet to play through all the games I own for it).

Anyway, I think it's about time I move on. Now everybody's talking about the upcoming generation, but nobody's very sure about the PS4 and the Xbox Whatever. So I don't know what to do, do I buy into the current generation (PS3, Xbox 360) or skip it altogether and keep saving for the upcoming one?

I'm adding a poll but I would really appreciate if you took a minute of your time to illustrate your choice.

I was in the same situation that you are in some two years ago. Of course there was no PS4. I had never had a portable device yet. After looking up games for it and seeing that my favourite genres, the JRPGs and platformers were so scarce on the home console market, I decided to buy a Nintendo DS. I bought a DSi for some insane reason I still don't fully comprehend, but it was still worth it. I played some good Mario games, I played some great RPGs, such as the Dragon Quest DS offerings, and I still have a very rich library to choose from.
I think that because the games are cheaper to make on portables they became the place to go for genres that were once popular, but have become niche, and also for innovative games.
My opinion is you should get a 3DS. You should probably look for purchasing the new console generation later when the libraries are good enough.
If you don't like portable devices, you should look for Good Old Games and Steam accounts.

Johnny Novgorod:

Do4600:

Johnny Novgorod:
Here's an embarrassing confession. I never bought anything beyond a PS2.

Yep, me too. I have another confession, I still find plenty of fun in the PS2 games I have. I'm going to stick with my gaming pc and continue to buy consoles ten years after release. My reasoning is that I've never in the past seven years been so bored with my PC that I've felt at a loss for video game entertainment that I felt I needed to have more. I'll still get to play all the good console games, just years after they're hot and most likely at a stupid discount of 90% off. It's not like Silent Hill 2 became a bad game in the seven years it took for me to get around to it after I saw it in a bargain bin for $4.

The online component worries me though, even for this generation of consoles, it's going to stop at some point, and then will my games suck because I can't download patches for consoles without their servers? I might never buy the next gen if it's online only, it takes the benefit out of buying late.

Indeed I game on the PS2 and to lesser extent on the PC. I have a laptop though, which isn't the best option for PC gaming. I have a Core i3, 4GB of RAM and more than enough hard drive. OS Windows 7 (64 bits). My main problem has historically lied with graphics requirements, though I got Star Wars ToR to work fine a few months ago so maybe that's over with? I've suffered a lot of disappointments because of graphic requirements that needed video cards and such I never had and were too expensive for me to buy. So I've been more or less shock-conditioned to trust game consoles to play the games that get released on them, as opposed to spending weeks trying to get a game to work on the damn PC.

Yes, the problem with laptops is that you can't really upgrade the video card so you'll be stuck in whatever generation you bought it in and to really upgrade your performance you need to buy a new laptop. It's sort of the console of the pc world. The CPU in my desktop is something like five years old, but I replaced the graphics card a year ago and now I'm playing brand new games on maximum. It's the video card that matters most, and if it can't be replaced you're stuck.

Do4600:

Johnny Novgorod:

Do4600:
Yep, me too. I have another confession, I still find plenty of fun in the PS2 games I have. I'm going to stick with my gaming pc and continue to buy consoles ten years after release. My reasoning is that I've never in the past seven years been so bored with my PC that I've felt at a loss for video game entertainment that I felt I needed to have more. I'll still get to play all the good console games, just years after they're hot and most likely at a stupid discount of 90% off. It's not like Silent Hill 2 became a bad game in the seven years it took for me to get around to it after I saw it in a bargain bin for $4.

The online component worries me though, even for this generation of consoles, it's going to stop at some point, and then will my games suck because I can't download patches for consoles without their servers? I might never buy the next gen if it's online only, it takes the benefit out of buying late.

Indeed I game on the PS2 and to lesser extent on the PC. I have a laptop though, which isn't the best option for PC gaming. I have a Core i3, 4GB of RAM and more than enough hard drive. OS Windows 7 (64 bits). My main problem has historically lied with graphics requirements, though I got Star Wars ToR to work fine a few months ago so maybe that's over with? I've suffered a lot of disappointments because of graphic requirements that needed video cards and such I never had and were too expensive for me to buy. So I've been more or less shock-conditioned to trust game consoles to play the games that get released on them, as opposed to spending weeks trying to get a game to work on the damn PC.

Yes, the problem with laptops is that you can't really upgrade the video card so you'll be stuck in whatever generation you bought it in and to really upgrade your performance you need to buy a new laptop. It's sort of the console of the pc world. The CPU in my desktop is something like five years old, but I replaced the graphics card a year ago and now I'm playing brand new games on maximum. It's the video card that matters most, and if it can't be replaced your stuck.

I made a thread in the Advice Forum about this but I wanted to ask you, with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a crappy Intel HD Graphics Family video card, what would be the range of games I could play? Roughly? Like, will that run Gen. VII? Up to what year, more or less?

Johnny Novgorod:

Do4600:

Johnny Novgorod:

Indeed I game on the PS2 and to lesser extent on the PC. I have a laptop though, which isn't the best option for PC gaming. I have a Core i3, 4GB of RAM and more than enough hard drive. OS Windows 7 (64 bits). My main problem has historically lied with graphics requirements, though I got Star Wars ToR to work fine a few months ago so maybe that's over with? I've suffered a lot of disappointments because of graphic requirements that needed video cards and such I never had and were too expensive for me to buy. So I've been more or less shock-conditioned to trust game consoles to play the games that get released on them, as opposed to spending weeks trying to get a game to work on the damn PC.

Yes, the problem with laptops is that you can't really upgrade the video card so you'll be stuck in whatever generation you bought it in and to really upgrade your performance you need to buy a new laptop. It's sort of the console of the pc world. The CPU in my desktop is something like five years old, but I replaced the graphics card a year ago and now I'm playing brand new games on maximum. It's the video card that matters most, and if it can't be replaced your stuck.

I made a thread in the Advice Forum about this but I wanted to ask you, with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a crappy Intel HD Graphics Family video card, what would be the range of games I could play? Roughly? Like, will that run Gen. VII? Up to what year, more or less?

It depends on the model of the graphics card, it's all important really, the difference between a Intel HD Graphics 2500 and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 is huge. Also it depends on how the graphics scale in a particular game. For instance, if you want to play Bioshock: Infinite without trying to change every config file you need a more powerful video card. However, anything made by Blizzard you shouldn't have a problem with, because they make the graphics so scaleable that you could literally play almost every game they have made on a machine made in 2005.

Check this site out: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-2500.69812.0.html

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