IDG Answers is a community of experts who are passionate about technology. Ask a question or answer one below.
It would be a close call for me, assuming that otherwise the console was a significant step forward. The fact is, I don't mind paying $60 for a blue ribbon, A-level, high production value game, but there are many games that I simply wouldn't even try if I couldn't buy them used. There have been a few series that I never would have discovered if I hadn't figured it was worth trying out a used copy. I got the first Kingdom Hearts used on a whim, for example, in part because of how odd it looked with Disney characters and Final Fantasy Characters in the same game. Turns out I loved it, and ended up buying multiple titles after on 3 different platforms SOLELY because I got the first Kingdom Hearts used. I would never have played it otherwise. Same goes for games I've borrowed. I'm actually playing Zelda: The Wind Waker, a 10 year old GameCube title, for the first time right now because a friend let me borrow it.
I don't have strong brand loyalty, because frankly I find it silly. I have multiple consoles from Sony (2), Nintendo (2), Microsoft (1). Now, if suddenly one or more of those companies made changes that ensured I couldn't sell my own used games or buy games used while another "allowed" me to, I would see that as a rational reason to favor the console(s) that didn't put me in a box. With so many title being cross platform, it wouldn't even be that hard of a decision.
So let me start by saying OPTIONS are key selling points! Second if not first is PRIVACY!
XBOX ONE OR PLAYSTATION 4
In order to have a great system we would need these ptions.
1. Allow us to turn off our console completely! No sleep mode!
2. Do not make us have to have a video/audio device on at all time in order to use the device!
3. Same as 2 but for no video/audio tracking games we don't want this to be mandatory!
4. Used games are a must!
5. Backward compatablity is a mush with games and controllers and headsets!
6. Let the consumer have options and choices.
7. You can have a box that does it all, but give it options to make sure things are indeed not
being turned on. Provide a way people can see and check this for themselves at both
non-technical and technical level!
8. Stop controlling gamers and their options. Provide more for less and you will get more in revenue!
Well maybe another system will take the big spot light soon. Or just gonna have to head back to PC Games. Disc media and control of programs running in memory and on network and online and ect..........