If you’re into gaming, then you’re going to want to get your hands on every game possible. That’s just the way it is!
The thing is – games are expensive – no matter where you are based. With new releases coming in at around sixty dollars or fifty pounds sterling, gaming is an expensive hobby. We haven’t even mentioned the equipment yet… However, don’t let the price-tags put you off. As long as you show a bit of self-control, there’s plenty that you can do to ensure that you keep your gaming hobby going.
First off – stick to one console. There are some amazing exclusives available – like Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the new Nintendo Switch which will see Link tackle an open world. There is plenty to like on XBOX ONE including the Halo franchise. Sony Playstation keeps pumping out exclusive titles as well, like Horizon Zero Dawn. For this reason, it really is hard to stick to one console – you’ll be missing out! If you want to game, you’ll have to stick to a solitary console, and the choice really is between Xbox and PS4 right now unless you love Nintendo. Why? Because the former consoles have the biggest collection and a bunch of budget games while the Nintendo Switch is limited to premium releases right now.
Stick to one console allows you to invest heavily in a game collection for that console and Microsoft and Sony do offer plenty of digital sales. One interesting point might be the Netflix-style ‘Game Pass’ offered by Xbox which affords the user a digital game collection for a monthly fee – Halo 5 could be yours for ten dollars a month! This service gives the user access to 100 XBOX ONE and XBOX 360 games, so you can save a lot if you give up the physical portion of your games collection. If you want to go digital, PC and the STEAM platform offers your best bet, though. Steam sales are frequent, and the power of computers are only limited by your wallet rather than hardware, so you get a bit more for your money.
Sticking to a physical gaming collection might be a bit more pricey, but you can do it. You might want to buy a ‘retro’ console if you need a fix, though – Older consoles are cheaper and come with enormously cheap back catalogs. If you are a graphics junkie, though, you should consider trading in used games to get money or credit from sites like BuyBackExpress.com/bulk-buyback. Of course, that does mean sacrificing your collection, but if you need the latest games and want to save money that’s one way to do it!
Of course, the best way to build a collection on a budget is to simply not hoard games. It’s easy to do, but wait to finish or complete games before buying new ones. Prices do go down, and if you take your time, you’ll have a collection in no time. Just build one that you can enjoy, rather than sift through!