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Putting my “Early Adopter” card back in my wallet … for now … | The Gadget Consultant

Freddy Cloud

Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade. “I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher... Read his full bio

Putting my “Early Adopter” card back in my wallet … for now …

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The problem with being an early adopter is by all intents and purposes you’re the guinea pig. Any issues with the hardware you’re going to run into them. Software? You’ll run into them. Microsoft had to replace 12 (yes, TWELVE) of my Xbox 360’s before I got one that didn’t have any issues. Vizio has replaced my television because of issues it had, and yes, I got one of the first of that particular model. In the world of consumer electronics, being first isn’t always best. But for those of us with a pretty severe case of “Gadgetitis”, we generally throw caution to the wind just so that we’re in on the ground floor, dealing with the issues and bugs that come along with that opportunity to be first.

So why am I not jumping in with both feet with the Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Several reasons:

1) No backwards compatibility. None. Zilch. Nada. Which means any cool games coming out for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 for the next few months (or longer) you’ll have to hold on to your old consoles, and I don’t know about you, but I’m running out of outlets and HDMI inputs. And speaking of games …

2) There aren’t any for the new systems that move me. Forza is beautiful, but it’s not worth spending $500 for the chance to play it.

3) I still have too many old games I haven’t finished. Especially since there are games that I can get used for around $20 at GameStop or even cheaper from GameFly. Not being able to play them on the PS4 or XBO sucks big time.

4) There’s a HUGE library of games for the 360 and PS3 you can get in on, and a lot of them are excellent. Why buy new systems with limited libraries when the current ones are cheaper and still extremely fun to play?

5) They’re expensive. And you know this time next year not only will there be more games to play, but stores will be discounting these systems to move them.

6) For my house, neither of them is adding any functionality that I need or desire. The XBO has some pretty cool control integration for your television and cable/satellite, but I have more than enough stuff connected to my TV. I can’t talk to it, but if I wanted to talk to my TV, I would have gotten a TV I could talk to, or upgrade my Direct TV. My gaming systems are primarily for games, and right now, I’m not seeing any that compel me to drop the coin.

Will I get them eventually? Absolutely. There are games on the horizon that I am MORE than excited about, but they don’t come out until next year. So what I’m telling you is that if you’re starting from scratch, a PS3, Xbox 360 or even the Nintendo Wii are more than entertaining enough for the time being. Don’t feel compelled to buy the new hotness when the old joints are perfectly fine. Experienced gamer or early adopter? You’re in the same boat as I am. Your mileage (and opinion) may differ from mine. Let me know what you think. I’m sitting this one out for now … but my card is twitching with every new game announcement …

Talk to you soon!

Freddy C.

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