Why I sold my Nintendo Switch to get an Xbox Series S
A reader explains why he decided to sell his Nintendo Switch in order to buy an Xbox Series S, and why it didn’t get a PS5 instead.
It’s an expensive business as a video game fan. The start of each new generation brings a bunch of really tough questions which, to me at least, boil down to one simple fact: I can only afford one console and even that will probably involve selling one that I have already. I’m not suggesting I’m on the bread line or anything, but we’re a young family with two kids and not only do I have financial responsibilities, but I don’t have that much time for games now. than when I was a teenager.
Strangely, this means that my situation hasn’t really changed in terms of buying consoles and, to some extent, games. When I was younger I had to choose carefully because I didn’t have any money and now I have to choose carefully because even though I have a lot more money in theory I really shouldn’t spend it in games. Not to mention, when I was a teenager I had all the time in the world for games and now… I don’t have any.
So I did. I sold my Switch and have an Xbox Series S. Or at least that’s what I plan to do next week. I tried to convince myself that I could afford to buy a PlayStation 5, now that they are a little easier to get, but I know I shouldn’t and I wasn’t brave enough to lift the problem with my wife. But when I saw the trade-in offer from GAME, where you can get an Xbox Series S for just £ 40, I decided to take the plunge.
I must say first of all that I consider myself a Nintendo fan, if not a fanatic. Selling the Switch is probably not something I would have considered if I hadn’t also seen the stories this week of the Switch Pro, which now looks certain to be released in a few months. I don’t have a specific project to get it, but the vague idea in my head is that if I sell the Switch now, the Switch Pro will be backwards compatible and I can pick up where I left off.
It was a surprisingly easy choice for me as there haven’t been any new games in a while and none are on the horizon (I realize that some may suddenly appear at E3, but even if they came out right away I think it’s better to take the leap now because getting the Switch Pro later makes sense and if I’m going to act better when there are no other temptations ).
So selling the Switch was a bit of a no-brainer in the end, but the big question for me wasn’t whether I should sell the Switch but whether I should buy the Xbox. As I mentioned, my natural instinct was to get a PlayStation 5, since I enjoyed the PlayStation 4 and don’t really like Microsoft’s exclusives so far – not that there are any. for now with the current generation.
But cost is a factor. The price of PlayStation 5 games and the value for money of Game Pass are just too tempting. Especially since I’m curious to see if I could have missed anything good on the Xbox One and that it’s never good to stick with one format forever. But yes, it is really thanks to the money that I am going to save. Especially since I don’t have a 4K TV so I don’t lose anything by having the Xbox Series S. I mean… £ 40 for a next-gen console isn’t bad!
I’m curious how common my decision will be to others, as the generation goes on and the Xbox starts getting decent exclusives while just offering great value for the money. If everything were equal I still would have preferred to have a PlayStation 5. But they are not equal and I feel I made the right choice.
By reader Orion
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