Lunchtime Discussion: Console Revisions

Technology, like time, moves on. You can’t freeze development of new gadgets, not even for a day, and no matter how powerful, how innovate, how expensive your latest console purchase might be the giant faceless corporation that made the box of silicon you’re now holding is already working on the next model.  Or the one after that.

It’s a situation that some of us still haven’t come to terms with.  Yes, Sony are working on the PS4, and yes they’ll have ideas for things after that, too.  Believe me or don’t, I don’t care, but the truth is that if Sony are to keep up with whatever Microsoft are also planning for next generation they’ll already be testing some very geeky new waters.

New consoles, however, are one thing – console revisions are another.  I’ve personally lost count of how many versions of the now ‘fat’ PS3 there has been – it’s not just hard drive sizes that have changed, the number of USB ports fluctuates, the ability to play PS2 games, the wifi speed…

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And that’s not to mention the brand new slimline PlayStation 3 either.

But look at the PSP – if you (like me) bought one of the original Japanese machines at launch it’s now so far away from the refined beauty of the PSPgo that it’s almost a brand new console.  But it’s not, is it?  Like the PS3 Slim, the PSPgo plays exactly the game games as the day one PSP 1000.  It’s the same console, but a new revision.

What do we, as consumers, feel about this?  For new customers it’s a good thing, but do we like to own ‘outdated’ technology knowing we paid twice as much as those newbies just popping down to Tesco for the latest model?  Will you be getting a DSi XL with bigger screen?  Did you rush out for a PS3 Slim?  Not me, I’m still rocking my 60GB.

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