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When to buy a 360 or PS3


#1 EvilEvincar   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   35 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:05 AM

I probably won't buy one for a little while, but I am thinking about getting a 360. Yes, I know I am late to the game; been job hunting and relied on PC for gaming fix. But with the possible announcements of next-gen coming at E3 or earlier, what is the best option? There is a few things I thought of:

1) Buy as soon as a good sale comes up. This is presuming that a price drop won't happen upon launch of the new system.

2) Wait for announcement of a price drop (likely coinciding with announcement/release of next-gen system).

3) Wait for next-gen system to take advantage of backward compatibility. This will presume that buying next-gen will be around the same price that current-gen consoles are.

So what are your thoughts?

#2 WV Matsui  

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:07 AM

Get a like new 360 from Amazon Warehouse Deals

They typically pop up for $119

#3 commandercody83   SAMURAI!!! CAGiversary!   874 Posts   Joined 6.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

It sounds like you could wait considering you've got a PC for some gaming.

There are always great overlooked deals happening like the above poster mentioned.

Also, don't always count on backwards compatibility or a price drop.

Personally, I wasn't afraid to buy now. I found this years holiday bundle for $250 and went for it because my old 360 pretty much died.

Then again, I don't plan to be an early adopter for the next generation. That's if I decide to go on at all...

#4 GBAstar   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9258 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

If you're just looking at the basic 4GB console I don't think you'll do any better then $150 (I would have jumped on the $199 + $50GC deal at BB last week---you could have used the $50 GC towards 1 year of XBL which BB also had on sale for $35).

^ This is of course if you are planning to buy new. If Microsoft does a price drop I expect it to be $179.99 and if we're lucky $149.99 but I think that is doubtful. When you look at the Wii still selling for $129.99 it doesn't make sense for Microsoft or Sony to do too much of a price drop.

#5 detectiveconan16   Batbutt. So Jealous. CAGiversary!   5527 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

Either wait until the end of the year or you'll have to do some work, searching for a deal that fits your wants. Amazon Warehouse, Craigslist, LE bundles, etc.

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#6 GBAstar   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9258 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

I don't know if waiting that many months is worth saving $20-$50 dollars unless you don't really care about playing it. I'd rather possibly spend more (you can't predict the future) and have something I can use when I'm ready to use it then wait months hoping for a price drop.

Pick a number you are comfortable spending, and a model/bundle you're interested in and pull the trigger when you find something. At this point waiting for a price drop is kind of silly because nothing has been annoucned and if their is a price drop you're going to be out a maximum of $50.

#7 mkelehan   Xbox Live Arcade Fiend CAGiversary!   2469 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:54 PM

When we're this late in the game, I'd say just wait for the next generation, if they're backwards compatible. You'll pay more now, but you'll future proof yourself.

#8 IronChariot   In My Country There Is Problem CAGiversary!   2154 Posts   Joined 6.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:34 AM

I'd wait for next gen too, but you might be able to score a cheap system on Craigslist or Cowboom.

#9 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   19183 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:17 AM

When we're this late in the game, I'd say just wait for the next generation, if they're backwards compatible. You'll pay more now, but you'll future proof yourself.


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#10 AzGoat   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   380 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:48 AM

just wait or maybe look at the game stop bundles of the older fat ps3 or 360

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#11 Billytwoshoes   Perpetually behind the times CAGiversary!   1619 Posts   Joined 2.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

If you've waited this long, I would just wait until the successors come out first, and just buy a used older gen console off one of the early buyers. If the new consoles are backwards compatible, you are more than likely going to find the older consoles for dirt cheap on craigslist near launch. If not backwards compatible, then I would consider going the new clearance / sale route for the older generation.

Personally I don't like buying new consoles at launch, as there are usually some sort of manufacturing and reliability issues in the first round of consoles. The only reason why you would really want to get a new console at launch is if you can't wait to play the new games, but seeing your track record of waiting 6 years, I don't think that is an issue for you.

#12 MattZack   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1036 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

3) Wait for next-gen system to take advantage of backward compatibility. This will presume that buying next-gen will be around the same price that current-gen consoles are.


I don't think the next gen systems will be around the same price that current gen consoles are. Substitue the word were for that and then I would recommend option #3.
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#13 Methoes   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   635 Posts   Joined 2.6 Years Ago  

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:07 PM

I say stick to PC gaming... If I could start over that is what I would do. Now a days, most games are published in all platforms except for those that are exclusive to the 1st party which you'll need that console. Plus, you can just download the games via Steam so there is no physical disc to clutter up your room (like me \ which I am disliking now a days)