Will You Be an Early Adopter Next Gen?


I’m sure we’ve all caught it before at some point or maybe we know of someone that suffers from it. The desire to be one of the first people in the world to get their hands on the latest, newest pieces of technology. Whether it be a cell phone or a gaming system, there’s nothing more satisfying then spending hours in the rain, sleet, hail or snow just to brag to your friends and family how you’ve got what they don’t.  $400? $500? $700?? No price is too high for those who suffer from what I like to call, Early Adopter Syndrome. 

apple-social-proof

So what’s the cure for EAS? There is none. Experts say it’s best to just stay out of the way of those inflicted by the ailment as it can be contagious in some cases. On the bright side, if it weren’t for EAS the media and bloggers wouldn’t have anything to analyze regarding the day 1 sales of the most hyped new gadgets and games.

 When Sony’s next gaming system hits the streets one can expect it to be a high end piece of technology with a high price tag to match. Which brings me to this question;

Will you be an early adopter Next Gen?


Written by: Sakinah - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Royalty32 on February 11th, 2010

    I think that Sony’s nex gen console wont cost as much as ppl think. There gonna learn from there mistakes and make the price reasonable. Im just ready for the new technology that will come along. Lookin at games like Uncharted 2, MGS 4, GoW 3 and even FF13 i wonder to myself, can games look even better than these and the answer is yes, which in a way is creepy. Meaning, games already look like real life, jus imagin how the ps4 graphics will look.

  2. #2 by Ivan on February 11th, 2010

    I typically do not adapt technology until I have had it long enough that the possibility of harming it via adaptation is worth the increased use I might get out of it. So, no. I am not an early adapter.

    I have been known to be an early ADOPTER, however. This console gen, the only one I rushed out for was the Wii. Meh.

  3. #3 by EdEN on February 11th, 2010 [ 139666 Points ]

    To be honest, only consoles I’ve ALWAYS bought at launch are those by Nintendo, going all the way back to the NES. I got a N64 at launch and 2 years later a PSX. I got a GC at launch and 2.5 years later a PS2. I got a Wii at launch and 3 years later a PS3. See a pattern?

    Sony would be crazy to release the PS4 at anything over $450 seeing what happened to the by making the PS3 crazy expensive.

  4. #4 by hobbes on February 11th, 2010 [ 30476 Points ]

    i think we’re still 3-4 years away from a new cycle.

  5. #5 by Trieloth on February 11th, 2010 [ 3426 Points ]

    Money comes and goes so fast that it dont matter to me how much it cost. I work and make plenty of money, so as far as price goes who cares. But I will not be getting the next xbox at all. Same with nintendo. The next Sony I will get day one but if it dont come with a HDMI cable and a headset forget it /s.

  6. #6 by Fatalveli on February 11th, 2010 [ 840 Points ]

    If Sony is smart they will use and updated blu-ray drive with faster seek time and capable of larger capacity discs. also a new version of the cell would be nice and an updated gpu. then hopefully all ps3 games will be BC. As for the actual question i’ll run my ps3 into the ground before i get my next console.

  7. #7 by Nick on February 11th, 2010

    Can I point out that it’s an early ADOPTER, not adapter…

  8. #8 by farz on February 11th, 2010

    If its a new console I have to have it regardless of who makes it. Its better to have them all than sticking to just 1 or 2. That way I get to experience all gaming rather than jsut being tunnel visioned.

    Only thing i don’t go for is buying the re-designed version’s that seem to be coming more common these days.. (some more than others… DS I’m looking at you kid)

  9. #9 by JimmyMagnum on February 11th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    I fixed adapter to apdopter.

    Anyway, I’m a relatively early adopter. For the 360 and PS3, I got those roughly 4-6 months after initial release, which could be considered early, but definitely not day one of course :P. For me, it will come down to price as to how soon I can get it, but I’ll get it nonetheless. Already have an HDMI cable, and my TV doesn’t support v1.4, so I’ll just use what I already have (thus no need to buy a v1.4 compatible cable).

    And I agree with Fatalveli about some of the hardware. One of the biggest lessons Sony has to have learned this gen was that backwards compatibility was a big selling point and taking it away, though saving the company money, got them a lot of backlash (and I’m sure that release of the GoW collection even further proved that), so going with, yet again, a new processor/GPU/media drive would be costly. A faster BD drive, Cell2.0, and RSX2.0 would mean similar needs for programming in the same language, which, in turn, results in BC and technology that would then be familiar to developers, which, in turn, allows them to get more out of the system from the get-go

  10. #10 by Royalty32 on February 11th, 2010

    Both M$ and Sony will have blu-ray disc drive in the next console. M$ is stillin kickin itself for not havin it now. It wall all come down the the CPU’s and GPU’s. Who ever has more memory and a faster processing power thats the console ill buy. Yes i will be a day one buyer for either M$ or Sony, it all depends on who is worth my money.

  11. #11 by Royalty32 on February 11th, 2010

    *blah blah blah blah my comment has been edited by Jimmy because I like to post spoilers*. Also why havent they mentioned Kratos’s other brother who was mentioned when u beat GoW 1. Anyway yes it is true and it sounds ****in EPIC. March 16th, can u hurry up plz.

  12. #12 by EdEN on February 11th, 2010 [ 139666 Points ]

    I’ve just remembered I even got a Dreamcast BEFORE I got a PS2. I’ll be sure to do some DC gaming this weekend.

  13. #13 by Smegmazor on February 11th, 2010

    I’ll be an early adapter when the PS4 drops, but I would not wait one some launch day line just to get it. I’d rather wait a few days.

  14. #14 by Paranoimia on February 11th, 2010 [ 1285 Points ]

    I’ll be first in line for a PS4. At this moment in time, I’d have to say I’m highly unlikely to buy any console from MS ever again.

  15. #15 by Sinlock on February 11th, 2010 [ 7625 Points ]

    I’m not not a big fan of censorship so I won’t ask for it to be removed, but I would like to say that Royalty32′s off topic GoW3 Spoiler was pretty uncool.

    I’ve gone through a lot of effort to avoid stuff like that, only to blunder into a major plot line when in a topic that had nothing to do with GoW!
    :(

  16. #16 by Andy on February 11th, 2010

    Yes, I’ll be first in line for a PS4…but not an iPad.

  17. #17 by TheRealMaxPower on February 11th, 2010 [ 960 Points ]

    I will buy the first system out the gate on launch day. I typically pre-order so no waiting in line. Wait for the phone call that it is ready for pickup. Don’t care which system is out first. If they release the same year I will go with whichever system suits my needs more. Won’t know that until just before release.

    As usual I will most likely by all 3 systems. I buy the first one launch day and the others later on. The nice thing about waiting for the PS3 was there were a bunch of great games available at discounted prices. I figured the PS3 couldn’t sell at launch prices for very long. After the first price drop I was all over it.

    I don’t understand why people will wait 1,2, or 3 years after launch to save $100-200. The PS3 is really the only system I can think of that dropped so much in price so soon after release. 360 sold for $399 for what, two years? I would rather adopt early and go through the growing pains that come with it. Cool watching each game generation get better and better.

    At the 360 launch I also bought a 50″ HDTV to go with it. Really added to the next gen excitement. The 360/PS3 systems definitely sped up my HDTV purchase.

  18. #18 by JimmyStewart on February 11th, 2010 [ 710 Points ]

    Was a launch owner of all the consoles this gen (cept the Wii). Plan on being a launch owner of all the rest, money permitting. And assuming one of them doesn’t launch at $600+.

  19. #19 by JimmyStewart on February 11th, 2010 [ 710 Points ]

    And I’d add that a God of War 3 spoiler is SUPER uncool. Time to stop reading so many comments… glad I missed that one (I tend to read in reverse order). Thanks for the heads up Sinlock.

  20. #20 by Royalty32 on February 11th, 2010

    I apologize for the unrelated comment but how is it a spoiler if its already confirmed. Its not like u cant go and find out ur self but anyway sorry for the comment.

  21. #21 by JimmyMagnum on February 11th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    things will be confirmed all the time, but if it relates to the story in any form, then it’s a spoiler because it reveals details about a story that some people would otherwise not want know

  22. #22 by Fleakitten on February 11th, 2010

    You could always make a thread about GOW3 on the forums Royalty.

  23. #23 by genbatzu on February 11th, 2010 [ 3798 Points ]

    until now i’m not an early adopter, bought my PS2, PS3 and PSP pretty late.
    but for the next gen I will be there, right the first day, now that i earn enough money :P

  24. #24 by Paranoimia on February 12th, 2010 [ 1285 Points ]

    @ TheRealMaxPower

    “The PS3 is really the only system I can think of that dropped so much in price so soon after release.”

    Ooh! Ooh! I can help you out there! The original Xbox.

    I don’t know about anywhere else, but the original Xbox dropped £100 – from £299 to £199 – just FOUR WEEKS after being released here in the UK, because sales were so dire.

    Now even as an early adopter, I expect prices to drop after I’ve paid my money. But FOUR WEEKS?

  25. #25 by Commodore on February 13th, 2010

    I was an early adopter last gen (we had a relative who worked at ToysRUs)

    And I was an early adopter this gen. Was only 16 and skipped school for a day and camped out for 43 hours through freezing temps, constant rain and thunderstorms and it was so much fun to camp out. Can’t wait to do it again. I’ll definitely be camping out for a PS4, might sell my spot in line for the new XBOX or might even get it and sell it.

  26. #26 by Meander on February 13th, 2010

    No way, not after the failure rates of the 360 and the PS3′s $100.00 price drop after 6 months. I can wait. Worked out for me pretty well. Never invested in either Xbox and by the time of a new systems price drop you can get some used games CHEAP! Bought my PS3 on the first day of the first price drop worked out great.

  27. #27 by Z on February 13th, 2010

    I may end up working for Microsoft or Sony as an engineer to minimize the problems we had this generation. I don’t believe how the engineers working for Sony and MS let the RROD/YLOD fiasco occur. They should know about effects of heat and what occurs at the molecular level. After taking a junior level course in material engineering I don’t believe the engineers were so careless.

  28. #28 by Jim on February 13th, 2010

    With Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii this was the first generation where I really owned all consoles on launch day. I’m still on my first consoles so no problems there at all.

    I will probably wait longer if the price is really high. After around 2 years the first price breaks are there and after 3 years it’s down to half the launch price.

    I think the current generation consoles will last at least until 2012.

  29. #29 by Joe on February 13th, 2010

    Absolutely, I’ll get the next PS day one. I’ll wait for the others.

  30. #30 by topthis on February 13th, 2010 [ 985 Points ]

    Would love to but I probably can’t.

  31. #31 by john on February 14th, 2010

    I own all three consoles and will continue to update — not necessarily part of Day One Frenzy but I’ll buy as soon as the dust settles. It seems that owning only one system tends to turn people into “fanboys”. I prefer to enjoy the best that each system has to offer…

  32. #32 by Eight Ball on February 14th, 2010

    I’m a geek and I can’t help it, I have to have the latest console (usually PlayStation) as soon as it comes out. hehe

    New technology and all the possibilities excite my inner-geek.

    I expect Sony to lead the technical forefront again next generation but the console wil be a bit cheaper and will have various measures to make multiplatform development easier; there’s no doubt about that.

    So yes, I will be an early adopter, with PS3 I pre-ordered over 8 months in advance, I was probably amongst the first few to pre-order in the UK.

    I thing this generation is great but things haven’t quite come together, nothing is quite unified and integrated enough.

    Despite the fact that there has been some amazing gaming and other types of console realted experiences this generation, it feels a bit like a ‘beta generation’ so to speak, like a step towards what will be coming.

    Of course you could say that about all tech and console generations, but in regards to the market and mindset it was all about the PS2 up until a year or two before PS3, whereas with this generation it’s all about what’s coming next and not so much about what we have now.

    PS4 along with PSP2 will have a massive level of potential in the gaming and general multimedia market. I hope Sony realise this.

  33. #33 by Nevaar on February 14th, 2010

    JimmyMagnum: I fixed adapter to apdopter.Anyway, I’m a relatively early adopter. For the 360 and PS3, I got those roughly 4-6 months after initial release, which could be considered early, but definitely not day one of course . For me, it will come down to price as to how soon I can get it, but I’ll get it nonetheless. Already have an HDMI cable, and my TV doesn’t support v1.4, so I’ll just use what I already have (thus no need to buy a v1.4 compatible cable).And I agree with Fatalveli about some of the hardware. One of the biggest lessons Sony has to have learned this gen was that backwards compatibility was a big selling point and taking it away, though saving the company money, got them a lot of backlash (and I’m sure that release of the GoW collection even further proved that), so going with, yet again, a new processor/GPU/media drive would be costly. A faster BD drive, Cell2.0, and RSX2.0 would mean similar needs for programming in the same language, which, in turn, results in BC and technology that would then be familiar to developers, which, in turn, allows them to get more out of the system from the get-go  

    I’m very happy to see that there are real level headed GAMERS out there like myself, and not just all fanboy/haters. You wouldn’t believe the shit I got from everyone when I bought a 360 on launch day…the fact that Microsoft made them, and that they did not have Blu-ray were pointless arguements in my eyes, but i still hear them. Now that I have all 3 current consoles ( bought on launch day like I always have done ) I can say I will continue to do so, and play any game that gets released. Now as to WHEN the next Gen will happen…in the past it’s been every 5 years, but this time it seems way too early to even think about next gen ( except for Nintendo of course )

  34. #34 by David Macphail on February 14th, 2010

    I don’t know, it all depends on the games. The thing that put me off getting a PS3 day one wasn’t the price tag but the lack of good exclusive games, neither Resistance or Motorstorm appealed to me and that was pretty much all their was for the first couple of months.

    If the PS4 launches with some really solid games then i’ll definetly be an early adopter, if not, i’ll be waiting a couple months for the AAA games to hit shelves.

  35. #35 by simran69 on February 14th, 2010 [ 125 Points ]

    im gonna wait a few years for the consoles to get less expensive


You must be logged in to post a comment.

Like trophies? Like giveaways? Want to speak your mind? Register here!