Maybe there’s no question, right? I mean, in the years where VHS takes overlapped with DVDs and cassettes stood alongside CDs, the newer tech won without question. And here we are now with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, both of which easily outpace their predecessors in terms of capability and power.
So why would any gamer in her right mind think about buying a current game for anything other than a current system?
Well, one’s “right mind” is a matter of perspective, I guess. Because this issue is one I face with Rise of the Tomb Raider. I’ve wanted to pick it up for a few weeks now, and at first, getting the Xbox 360 version wasn’t even a consideration. Of course I’d get it for the Xbox One, because why the heck not? Obviously it would do a better job with the game being the more advanced system. The Xbox One would do a much better job rendering the graphics and keeping up with the necessary frames per second in order to make for the best gameplay. It would better display Lara Croft’s massive world of stealth and puzzling and combat. Running the game would simply require less labor on the part of the machine itself.
(My mind reels: There is no “but!” Once again, no question. Why would anyone with a current gen system get a current gen game for a previous gen system??!?)
Looking just at my predicament with Rise of the Tomb Raider, sure I’d like to have the Xbox One version, but I’ve been offered the Xbox 360 version at a considerable discount from a friend. In my house, the Xbox 360 is more regularly accessible as it’s hooked up to a secondary TV. (The Xbox One is connected to our primary TV, which we use for everything from YouTube viewing to The Walking Dead. It’s a very busy television.) I also have something of a sentimental connect to the Xbox 360. We’ve been through a lot together, and I hate to see it ignored. It powered through sizeable series such as Mass Effect and Fable. It met a reckoning with Red Dead Redemption and didn’t question the wackiness of South Park: The Stick of Truth. It’s a good system, and I’ve read that it can handle Rise of the Tomb Raider almost as nicely as the Xbox One. I’m not really one to balk at slow frame rates and imperfect graphics, so the pragmatic, frugal part of my brain says I should really just shut up and take the cheap version of the game while I can. But it remains at odds with the part that insists that I must get with the times. After all, Microsoft has reported that there’s only three more years left in the life of the Xbox 360, so it’s round about time to jump safely off the bandwagon. Why wait until the train is an empty, decaying shell?
As much as I’d like to have Rise of the Tomb Raider, the fact remains that it’s just not a priority right now, so that’s why I’ve not jumped in either direction. But what do you think? For which system should I get it? If you have both past and current gen systems, what parameters guide you when getting games for them?