5 Reasons Why You Need to Trade in Your Xbox One Right Now
Let’s get this out of the way. I am not a Sony fanboy nor do I consider myself a big PlayStation fan either… and no, I’m not on the Sony payroll. In all honesty, nobody’s paying me to write this so you can trust that my opinions are my own. I’ve always considered myself an Xbox guy. As I reflect upon all of my years spent gaming I can truly say the Xbox 360 is probably my favorite console of all time. In the past few months my Xbox One still gets more of a workout than my PS4. This isn’t because the PS4 includes a crappy ass mic, and inferior online experience but rather I simply prefer playing games on the Xbox One. All my core gamer friends are ‘Xbots’ like myself. The loyal part of me has always remained faithful to the Xbox. Yet despite this I feel like I am aboard the Titanic and that big flippin’ iceberg is staring right us. It’s a feeling I have in the pit of my gut; this Xbox One ride is creeping to an end.
Here lies my concern. For the past 6-months Sony’s PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One, this isn’t conjecture, it’s fact. Overall PS4 is leading the Xbox One in sales. Is this lead insurmountable? No, but it’s significant. Titanfall did little in terms of tipping the scales towards the Xbox One. Destiny is right around the corner and anyone who is anyone is going to play it on the PS4. Meanwhile, the Xbox One continues to flounder about reversing policies and now ditching the Kinect for a cheaper, more competitively priced console. Well kids, there is a saying in the stock market and in fantasy baseball and that is “sell high”. And folks the time is now to sell high!
Here are five reasons why you need to strongly consider trading in or selling that Xbox One now because that iceberg ain’t getting any smaller:
1: Layoffs? Don’t talk about—layoffs?! You kidding me? Layoffs?!
Earlier this week it was reported Microsoft will close its direct-to-Xbox entertainment branch as part of its extensive layoffs of up to 18,000 people. There have also been reports where big chunks of its global marketing teams have been let go. I don’t know much about big business and massive companies but I am thinking when you lay off 18,000 jobs that cannot be a good thing. Okay, I get how stocks went up after the layoff announcement and I get how the layoffs have much to do with the acquisition of Nokia. Yet I don’t see many instances of thriving companies axing 14% of its workforce. Maybe Xbox is simply ditching the whole “all-in-one games and entertainment system” nonsense that has preoccupied Xbox executives since the botched Xbox One E3 2013 announcement. Maybe they just want to show a profit next quarter by slashing so many jobs. Whatever the case may be Microsoft is laying folks off and Sony isn’t.
2: The Soon To Be Biggest New IP of All Time – “Destiny”
Destiny is pretty much the only game people are talking about right now. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is playing the Beta right now on the PS4. The only people who seem to be holding out for the Beta on the Xbox One are Microsoft employees and their families, those who only own Xbox One’s, and one certain Xbox MVP I know (sorry buddy, he knows who he is). Otherwise, every other gamer on the planet is playing the beta right now. Why is Destiny a big deal? Well how about you read this article (5 Reasons Destiny Will Be the Biggest New IP Launch of All Time) I prepared well over a year ago. According to the latest numbers more gamers are pre-ordering Destiny on the PS4 compared to the Xbox One. I expect the gap to widen in the weeks leading up to the games launch. If you want to play Destiny, the PS4 is where you want to play it – trust me.
3: The Xbox One’s Trade-in Value Isn’t That Bad, Right Now
At the time I wrote this, my local EB Games was offering $215.00 dollar trade-in value for the Xbox One with the Kinect. On Craigslist I am seeing used consoles go for anywhere from $300-400 bucks. I know this is still a far cry from the $500 bucks plus tax or so you paid for it but you if you want to get the most for your Xbox One, the time to cash in your chips is NOW. Sell or trade your Xbox One, trade in a few games and you can have a new PS4 just like that. If you can live without Halo 5, Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive, then ditching your Xbox One makes plenty of sense, right?
4: That’s Right I said It, The Xbox One’s Graphics Will Never Look Better Than the PS4’s
The Xbox One hardware limitations continue to hurt the console, at least in the PR department. There isn’t a week that goes by where the resolution debate surfaces and PS4 comes out the winner every time. Just yesterday I read somewhere that the Destiny beta would not be in 1080p for the Xbox One. I know, shocking right? Microsoft made a decision to go with a cheaper, slower RAM. This decision alone was not only a crushing blow for Xbox fans but also devastating for developers. Development teams have done everything they can to optimize their games on the Xbox One and they have all seemingly fallen short thus far. The Xbox One just isn’t powerful enough and multiplatform games will always look better on the PS4. The leap from the Xbox to the Xbox 360 was significant. The leap from the 360 to the Xbox One is not. If you are happy with an inferior console when it comes to the hardware, by all means keep your Xbox One.
5: PS4’s Vision, Support and Longevity Take The Cake
Based on sales numbers alone and the PlayStation’s track record, the PS4 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It is about as solid as an investment gamers can make. The sole focus of the console is games. Sony’s swagger and arrogance doesn’t seem to hurt the PlayStation in any way and gamers eat it up. They have incredible exclusives on the way and more games are offering PS4 exclusive content. The Xbox One just seems to struggle to keep up and their vision keeps getting murkier by the month. Do I think Microsoft’s new CEO will turn things around? Not at this rate. Sure the recent sales hike with the new cheaper Xbox One is encouraging but in the end this is only a short term band-aid to a problem that needs reconstructive surgery.