Why You Shouldn’t Trade Your PS3 In
We’re within two weeks of the release of the PlayStation 4.
That’s a pretty crazy thing to think about, that in less than 14 days we’ll be enjoying the newest gaming tech and playing crazy games with our friends on the newest platforms and all the excitement and allure of what the PS4 and Sony has been promising us. We can’t really forget what the PS3 has managed to deliver at the tail end of it’s lifespan, which personally I don’t see it’s lifespan ending just yet.
Financial reasons aside, I think if you can, you should really hang onto your PS3. I know many adopters of the PS4 hardware will likely say, “it’s not like I’m going to play it again once PS4 is out,” but I think you’re probably mistaken. The last 6 months or so have provided us with some of the best games for the PS3 in the last 5 years.
The Last of Us (Naughty Dog) – This is by far one of the BEST games to release on the PS3 and it came within a year of the PS4 launch. Breaking records, TLoU has proven that even great games can come at the end of a life cycle and provide the energy to keep interest in the console for years to come. The multiplayer community between Uncharted and TLoU is enough to keep thousands of active users running their PS3s alongside their new PS4s.
GTAV (Rockstar) – Most recently released, GTAV is also proving to be a huge contender for Game of The Year. Many who were arguing between BioShock: Infinite and TLoU are now questioning that decision and considering GTAV’s story as well as online component as some of the most exciting gameplay in years. A huge step up from GTA4, GTAV is going to have a huge online community rallying behind it on all platforms, not just the PS3.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision) – While I cannot say I have religiously followed the franchise, you cannot discredit the popularity of CoD games. The simple answer is that as long as they keep making them, there will be people buying and playing them. While Ghosts will be available on PS3 and PS4, it will most likely have a very strong following on PS3 for those who either cannot afford a PS4 at launch, or simply would rather have it now than wait till the PS4 releases.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft) – The Assassin’s Creed games have always had a strong following, and while I feel that offering a PS3 version as well as the PS4 version is a smart move, I can see where people would much rather have it on the PS4 given how much better the game will look and play on the PS4’s much more powerful architecture.
Battlefield 4 (EA) – Constantly butting heads with the Call of Duty franchise, Battlefield has stood out with an equally hardcore community of gamers who want a different experience than Call of Duty offers. BF4 is also being released on PS3 and PS4, and for the same reasons as CoD has, I imagine it will sell equally well on both consoles.
Other great games that are being released soon or already out: Puppeteer, Batman: Arkham Origins, and others. Even if you are going to have a PS4 at launch or shortly thereafter, there are tons of great games both in single and multiplayer varieties that provide more than a good reason to hang onto that PS3 after November 15th. Given that many of the games releasing dual platform are offering “upgrade” deals (See article) for the PS4 versions, any late adopters to the PS4 platform will still be able to jump into the existing game at a slightly reduced cost. This makes the burden of coming up with $400+ dollars on a new console and PSPlus membership (if you don’t already have one) a little bit more bearable on the wallet. PSPlus is reason enough to hang onto the PS3 even if you don’t plan on buying new games, because the free Instant Game Collection will continue on for Plus members so you’ll always have “new” games to try on top of the amazing games already listed above.
What do you think? Will you be keeping your PS3 or trading it in when you pick up that new PS4? Let us know in the comments below.