Though there’s very little that could dissuade the most hardcore tech enthusiasts from picking up a next-gen console later this month, there’s plenty of precedent to support the practice of patience.
The abnormally long lifespan of the current console generation has made the arrival of the next one a highly anticipated event for some. Based on the pre-orders and reports of already limited stock for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it seems there’s no shortage of anticipation for next-gen to finally hit critical mass in just over a week.
In many households, consoles like the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Wii U currently take up prime living room real estate next to the television set. In a few weeks, this real estate will be contested when thousands of console owners welcome an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 (or both) into their homes.
So what’s a person with so many consoles to do, especially when their new shiny systems can do what their existing systems are capable of (and more)? Console owners have a few options. According to the vice president of insights and analysis for Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, Jesse Divnich, it all comes down to what kind of consumer you are.