The current console generation is nearing its end, but I’m finding it difficult getting excited about the upcoming releases of the new bigger, more powerful boxes. This mainly has to do with my atrocious backlog — I have a lot of games I still want to play and the Nintendo Switch still feels incredibly new.
It’s not that I’m soured on the idea of a new console generation, though. It’s been 7 years since I got my Xbox One (and a PS4 a few years later), after all.
In terms of my gaming diet, it mostly consists of RPGs (both Japanese and Western-developed), horror, 2D fighters, and narrative-heavy adventure stuff. Right now, I feel like the Nintendo Switch has me covered when it comes to JRPGs, visual novels, and the Nintendo series I still enjoy playing (Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Xenoblade), and, like I said, the whole console experience still feels very fresh.
With that in mind, I’ve been tossing around the idea of which console I’d go with if I could only afford one (and going by this whole COVID-19 thing, I may not be able to afford either) of the two new ones.
I began this generation with the Xbox One since I was an Xbox 360 guy last-gen and loved the original Xbox to death. I thoroughly enjoyed the console for a few years until its brand of exclusives either didn’t land in my wheelhouse or were altogether canceled. Around the time Until Dawn came out, I picked up a PS4 and that sucked up a lot of time due to all of the JRPGs I’d missed out on.
We’ve now come full circle, with me mostly playing my Xbox unless I have a game to review on PS4 or I want to play the Trails of Cold Steel series. The main reason? GamePass.
Xbox GamePass is an astounding value for the price, which is basically Netflix for games (but allows you to download the games rather than streaming them). Thanks to GamePass, I got to play Devil May Cry V, Monster Hunter World, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Gears 5, and countless other games that I really wanted to dig into. What it also does is gives me the opportunity to check out games I never would have without the subscription. Games like Subnautica, Crackdown 3, The Gardens Between, Tacoma, The Turing Test, and Sea Salt would have always flown under my radar otherwise. Not only that but some games I just play for their Gamerscore. Yes, I’m one of those people sometimes.
Look. I’m 38 years old, I have a relationship, and I only have so much time and money for video games. This is my primary hobby, but I can’t play everything.
Knowing that the Xbox Series X is backwards compatible with my entire existing Xbox library, meaning I can pick up interesting games now that are on deep discounts and play them on the new console, plus the absurd value of GamePass Ultimate (GamePass and Xbox Live Gold), PLUS having a massive interest in some of the studios Microsoft has acquired to develop exclusives, PLUS one of my favorite PlayStation exclusives (MLB The Show) is going multi-platform, PLUSSS it’s my preferred ecosystem, I’m pretty sure I’ll end up getting the XSX first.
Maybe not on day one, given my backlog and the Switch, but aside from Trails of Cold Steel and Persona, I’ll have plenty of JRPGs to play on the Switch while GamePass and third-party games like Final Fantasy, Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed are multi-platform anyway. In terms of exclusive content, I loved Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War, but also loved Gears of War 4 and 5, Halo’s Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon, and Killer Instinct. Whenever my girlfriend and I play games with our mutual friends, it’s on Xbox. It just seems to be the most cost-effective, which is important nowadays, but also the most familiar.
What about you? Are you stoked for next-gen? If so, which of the two consoles would you rather have?