Updated Consoles

Rachel Mii Double JumpHello, guys!

I don’t know about any of you, but Kris and I have a lot of video game consoles. I mean, you have to if you want a grand variety of games, right?

Of course, the consoles get old eventually. And then what?

The Xbox 360 was developed by Microsoft being released in November 2005. That’s almost 11 years ago. That’s a long time, right?

Well, the Xbox 360 was officially discontinued on April 20, 2016. While Xbox Live is still being supported on the 360, the console has run its course.

I got the 360 a few years ago (maybe in 2011 or 2012?) for my birthday. It’s the original Xbox 360, preowned. Yet it never gave me any trouble.

I tend to play more Wii games than Xbox, but I do have my fair share of Xbox games. I played it off and on throughout the years.

Now, being ten/ten-in-a-half years old, my Xbox has finally decided that it’s going to retire. Of course, I had no say in the matter. The other day Kris and I went to turn it on and it just decided not to. We tried to figure out why, looked up ways to fix it, but in the end… it’s old.

We’ve been thinking of upgrading to the Xbox One for a while, but haven’t. The 360 was working fine and we really didn’t feel like spending the money. Of course now it looks like we may upgrade sooner than we thought.

It’s funny because we’ve had the Wii since it came out and it still works just fine. We don’t use it too much anymore as we use the Wii U now, but it’s still plugged in and there if we ever need it.

Speaking of the Wii U, Kris and I had the original Wii U. It came out November 2012 and we got it for Christmas that year. However, it didn’t have much space on it.

Before we knew it, we had run out of space, it being only 8GB.

A few months ago we traded it in and got a 32GB Wii U, the Mario Maker bundle. We didn’t think we were going to need a new console until the newest Nintendo console was released (meaning the NX).

It stunk replacing a perfectly good console just because it wasn’t able to handle the amount of games we wanted to play… I mean, that’s what the console is for, right? To play a lot of games?

The NX is supposedly being released in March 2017. It’s not near the holidays so Kris and I can’t ask for it for Christmas, like we usually do. Kris’s birthday will have already passed and mine won’t be for another six months. Usually we ask for new consoles as gifts, but we won’t be able to for the NX.

Seeing how the consoles are always updated and upgraded, I wonder if will be worth the wait? Maybe instead of splurging and buying the Nintendo NX when it comes out, I should wait for my birthday or Christmas. Maybe in those few months they’ll come out with another NX that will have more space on it. Maybe some possible glitches will be fixed by then.

Who knows?

Home consoles can last a lifetime. At the same time, they seem to need to be updated a lot. How do you feel about that? How’s your luck been with your consoles?

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10 thoughts on “Updated Consoles

  1. Personally I love consoles. My brother and I still have our old PS2, and we still have the copy of our first game for it.
    But it is a bit annoying when you have update/replace it. When we had the first model of the Xbox 360 after a year or so it got the red ring of death and we couldn’t get it fixed. We went I think half a year, year and a half with no console games till my brother got a new one for his birthday.
    I reckon it never hurts to wait before moving to next generation. While you waiting the price of the console (and more importantly its exclusive games) drop and the problems in the hardware and bugs in the games are being fixed and patched. Also you can enjoy the current/previous gen consoles and/or PC games from Steam while waiting. Granted however you might have to wait a long while before any of this begins so it’s not for everyone, but I don’t mind.

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    • I love consoles as well. I love anything that allows me to play my games, lol.
      Yeah, I think my sister and I are going to have to wait until Christmas or something before we get a new Xbox. The Xbox One is still so expensive and there are rumors of a newer Xbox One coming out sometime soonish, so… I don’t know. It’s perplexing, lol.

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  2. Very interesting! We live in an age where updates between consoles are somewhat minimal resulting in potentially longer shelf-lifes for consoles. Yet, the smallest of updates can divide gamers within a system’s life cycle like how much storage space is available or the 4K update for the PS4. I like that systems can be updated now at no cost because if there were ever some system-breaking bug for the SNES, there’d be no way fix it without sending it in.

    I tend to have pretty good luck with consoles because I mostly have Nintendo systems. Now, the issue with that is Nintendo updates their consoles more often than Sony and Microsoft now because they want to innovate more. Another reason is because they tend to be a little behind on aspects such as HD or online play. Whatever the case, they do tend to be durable machines, lasting well beyond the time when the next system is already out. I do hope that the NX lasts longer than the Wii U did. Consoles get really expensive!

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    • Nintendo is fantastic when it comes to consoles! Our Wii U worked great, we just couldn’t play any more games on it because of the storage. But we still use our Wii U and even our Gamecube and Nintendo 64 still work. Our Wii U, now that we have more storage, works as though it’s brand new so it’s weird to think we’ll be getting the NX fairly soon, lol. But they do get really expensive… I’m not sure if we’ll get the NX right away.

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      • The storage is bad on the Wii U, which is a shame, because they try so hard to promote digital games. It ends up sending mixed messages. I usually get physical games, because I prefer to have the box and disc, but if I ever wanted to switch to digital, the low 32 GB (8 GB on white model) would tell me it’s a bad idea…

        But yes, Nintendo consoles and handhelds are fantastic! Or at least, I used to say that but their recent New 3DS models have very flimsy back covers, breakable circle pads, and cheap paint jobs… It’s disappointing when you consider this was once the company that made a Game Boy that survived after getting blasted during a war.

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      • It is, I agree. We used to have the 8GB because we got the console not too long after it came out.
        I don’t have the New 3DS. I still have the first original one and it works great. I think the battery is starting to go on me… I don’t think it lasts as long as it used to, but I just play it too often I think, lol.

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      • The New 3DS is only worth it if there are specific games you want. Otherwise, it’s a pretty small update, just increasing the CPU and giving it a nub. It helps for games like Hyrule Warriors Legends, Super Smash Bros., and the N3DS exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. But I think that the original 3DS is actually better built and more functional (aside from the N3DS’ right stick nub which is pretty useful).

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