Hit or Miss: Are new console launches overrated?

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You can feel it in the air. That palpable sense of excitement, tension. Waiting, just waiting for the clock to strike midnight so that you can rush into your nearest shop and secure your pre-order of the latest and greatest console in [YOUR FAVOURITE BRAND HERE] history. And after some general thrusting with that fella in front of you, the whole tordid affair is over as you clutch your new baby and head on home with a happy afterglow surrounding you.

Console launches are odd. The fear of missing out is more than real, for a device for which there presumably will be plenty of stock a few months down the line. Nobody needs to own a console on launch day, but there’s something special about being there for it. About sharing that joy with the crowds and gloating about how fortunate you are to be getting your hands on the latest Okama Gamesphere.

On the other hand, you’re also setting yourself up for potential early model errors. The original Xbox 360 was rife with the dreaded red rings of death, while the PS4 DualShock controllers shed more rubber than a VW Golf driver facing a lane-splitting motorcyclist. Not to mention the fact that the storefront will be barren at first, your friends list empty and your choice of games limited for a few months.

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Instead, you could still enjoy what you have and pick up a new console later when all the good stuff has arrived. If your technolust can resist the FOMO. Having new hardware that works however and amazes all of your friends and family? Occasionally, it is alright to brag a bit, and new consoles are right up that alley. And with the Nintendo Switch launching today, it’s a solid question to ask.

It’s a case of haves and have-nots then. Console launches: Hit or miss?

Last Updated: March 3, 2017

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    It’s been 40 years and people still somehow believe my console is overrated.

    • Lu

      What console? An atari?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Close enough, the personal computer!

        • Lu

          Hehe. If consoles are so much better why are they on the third xbox and fourth playstation, but no PC-2 yet XD.

          • Original Heretic

            If PC’s were numbered the way consoles are, they’d be on PC5000 already.

          • Lu

            Haha more along the lines of PC X Coolermaster AMD Super Edition

          • Original Heretic

            All PC’s would sound like they’re some kind of anime supermove.

          • Lu

            Especially when you take in the hardware brands.
            “Wither under the power of my 4750k Gaming X 1060 RaidMax EVO Tactical Tracer Green LED attack! OVECLOCKED TO MAX!”

          • Original Heretic

            And they say consoles sound ridiculous.

            I’m looking at you, Trevor!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You play JRPGS, we ARE JRPGS!

          • Original Heretic

            You’re a Japanese school girl?

            Your disguise is very good!

          • Lu
          • Original Heretic

            Will the real Trev please stand up, please stand up.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Gender & nationality is just a social construct!

          • HairyEwok

            1060… psh scrub!

          • Lu

            Meh. Still more than I need for now. Will upgrade once I have to play on lower than ultra.

          • HairyEwok

            Scrubbbbbbbbb XD Here I am commenting on your gpu when i do not even have a gpu…. or even a PC..

          • Lu

            *Lols in true 4k*

          • HairyEwok

            Hey at least I ordered my new screen today. I’m waiting now for the 1080ti to release then the system can be built to accommodate the screen

          • Lu

            Oooh. My next purchase is a decent screen. But that’s probly only happening in July 🙁

          • HairyEwok

            Which screens are you looking at. I heard the Samsung quantum dot screens are amazing with colour and contrast but does have some ghosting issues.

          • Lu

            Dunno at this point, as it depends on how much I can save up by then. Definitely not smaller than 27″, but that means if I want a proper 4k screen I’m gonna be looking at around 10 grand

          • HairyEwok

            I’ve seen 28” 4k screen retailing between R8k to R15k so there is at least a lot of options to choose from. Personally I would love to go 4k but somehow i feel gpu strength isn’t there just yet. Thats why I’m getting myself the PG348Q screen.

          • First thing I did after getting my 980Ti was also get a 144Hz screen. Never going back to 60fps xD

          • Yondaime

            *Heavy breathing* *Out of chakra* This is my last attack…Ryzen!: Asus GTX1060 STRIX! Aura LED attack!!!!

          • Lu

            TWIN FROZR SILENT HEAT DEFENSE!
            *The two clash in a massive explosion, shattering the ground beneath them*
            *through the smoke all that can be seen is the eye and the dragon, glowing softly*
            *Twin shields silently spin, dissapating the smoke. Shakily, I stand and face my opponent*
            *The eye stutters and fades, as the AMD core burns out under the strain of its own power*
            *Inspirational JPop plays in the background*
            XD

            Dammit this would make an entertaining web comic.

            PS: I know the ryzen would actually win but I am a biased douchebag, and in anime the underdog always wins.

          • Yondaime

            [OMG, i would toats read this!]
            *Red Dragons glow slowly fading*
            *Twin shields barely spinning, yet ready to collect the spoils of battle*
            *In an act of desperation the dragon activates AMD Overdrive!* [ROARRR!!….EXPLOSION….then menacing silence]
            *Dust settles* (Camera pans over destroyed landscape)
            *Twin Shields begin to spin faster and faster* *Slowly reaching Overdrive Speeds*
            *Earth shattering gail force winds turn water particles into ice*
            (Inspirational JPop soundtrack drops the beat!)
            *Plantation and rocks begin to freeze!*
            [The TWINFOZR has ripped out and consumed the dragons core!]
            (Inspirational JPop soundtrack plays through the destruction of the planet)
            *Winds and smoke begin to clear…*
            *…In the distance stands the victor…*
            *…On comes the fateful Red Eye…*
            A NEW HERO IS BORN: The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You mean like how they went from Xbox 360 to Xbox 1? 😉

          • Lu

            Well 360 = 0. So 1 is the next iteration

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well not to be pedantic because this is going way further than my throw away comment BUT 0 -> 360 -> 1

          • Lu

            Nonono you’re thinking like a non pc person. its NULL -> 360(0) ->1

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Personally I think they’re all NULL 😀

          • Lu

            Hahaha pwned.

          • Original Heretic

            Yeah, because Microsoft has shown that they can count so well. Windows….

    • MonsterCheddar

      For the last time Trev. The Abacus is not a console!!!!!

      Sheesh.

    • HairyEwok

      My cars console is overrated…

  • Zoe Hawkins

    I got a Super Nintendo, PS1 and PS2 at launch and PS3 and PS4 soon after launch. Got Wii U at post-launch clearance. But I will probably get the next PlayStation at launch again. Not FOMO, just want the latest games on the prettiest tech. But I will definitely be waiting a long while for the Switch.

  • MonsterCheddar

    I got into gaming late and got my Xbox 360 long after release. My Xbone I had to save for and got a year or so after release, so I wouldn’t know.

    Xbox or PS I wouldn’t really hesitate though…..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81b0e50ac746c6c7c10fc453a15861c0bd4db535308be2176fae396fa2a7d7ac.gif

    • HairyEwok

      Is that you sinking into depression knowing you’ll always be a console peasant 😛

  • I have never bought a console at launch…ever xD

  • MonsterCheddar

    * Sits quietly down in the corner to wait for the PC Master race’s comments of hatred, derision and ridicule to come through so I can scoff at their elitist snobbery.

    • No worries. You have Netflix to keep you busy 🙂

      • MonsterCheddar

        Loop kak jy.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’m just happy that you concede we’re better than you. 😀

      • MonsterCheddar

        No I didn’t. I made it out that you THINK you are. 😛

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I also think gravity is real.

    • Lu

      *Adjusts monocle*
      *Sips tea*

    • No need to comment as we won years ago.

      • Dutch Matrix

        But that PC I bought years ago cannot run Doom. 😛 I know what you meen..

    • Magoo

      I hate consoles.
      I deride their ridiculousness.
      I am elite.
      I am #PCMasterRace

      • MonsterCheddar

        Good for you. 😛

        #Smallwinkysyndrome

        XD

        • Magoo

          I thought you were going to scoff at my snobbery, not counter with snobbery!

          • MonsterCheddar

            I will have thou knowest that my scoffery is not scoffy enough to scoff at thou snobbery at the moment.

            Tis but a foolish endeavour.

  • Original Heretic

    I always wait until the kinks are ironed out. There are always small issues at launch (sometimes BIG issues, I’m looking at you XB360 Red Ring of DEATH) that get fixed up soon after.
    Best to wait.

  • Original Heretic

    After reading this article, I have another question:

    What does “tordid” mean?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      He tordid saw a puddycat.

      • MonsterCheddar

        XD. ROFL

      • Original Heretic

        After D’s article the other day about the Elmer Fudd/Batman crossover, I suspected he had a Fudd fetish.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Or as we like to call it… a fuddish

  • HairyEwok

    What’s a FOMO? I do not know this since I never buy stuff on the first day.

  • Dutch Matrix

    At launch I’m like: “R6000.00 for a console??? Are you mad? My 5 year old PC is still fine thank you!”
    Then I see a game on said console and with puppy eyes and promises of backrubs and threats of naked table dances, I approach the minister of finances, aka The Wife.

  • Sock-puppet

    Listen, that thing can have space age rubber that molds to your hands for maximum comfort for your twiddling ways and still be over-priced. If it was like R4k then it would’ve been acceptable but currently there is an Xbox one with 1 tb and Fifa selling for less than the switch with the PS4 prices going for R4 859.00 , on Takealot!

    One game, that also costs a further R1 199.00 (Zelda) does not a good buy make (also a game on a console that doesn’t have full HD should not cost more than the Witcher 3, that’s on launch day). Objectively the Switch is a really bad choice, financially and gaming wise. Of course every single time that I have pointed out to people that maybe waiting a while is a good idea I get steam rolled by Nintendo fanboys and other people that would be extremely difficult to argue with.

    The thing can’t even play full HD on any screen, all we have so far is a crap load of promises from Nintendo that better things are to come. They have already gone back to the stupid friend code system that is notoriously frustrating to use

    If by some miracle Pokemon and preferably at least 20 third party games are released on it the switch would be a good option for children, except for the price being more than it’s competitors. Because, yes, the Xbox and Playstation are it’s competitors. But stepping back a few steps, the New 3DS sells for R2 999.00 and you can already play all the older games on it as well as the new Pokemon games, some Zelda games and let’s not forget the 3d functionality without random frame drops that have been reported elsewhere.

    Currently the Switch is another gimmicky console from Nintendo that has made promises it won’t be able to fill. There is no reason, none at all for non-reviewers, to get that console now when there is almost nothing worthwhile on it.

    • Yondaime

      What he/she said ^

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