The Xbox One looks likes a great bit of kit but for now there’s only one game available for it that I want to play – Call of Duty: Ghosts – so I’ve opted not to buy one.
But because I’m almost certain to get one in a few months when there’s a more games which appeal, I’ve also decided not to buy Ghosts for my Xbox 360 either.
That’s because Microsoft hasn’t made the new console backwards compatible with games written for the Xbox or Xbox 360 and I don’t want to pay £40 for a game I won’t be able to play on my new console when I do get it.
Microsoft’s decision means its game publishing and retail partners won’t make any more money from me until I buy an Xbox One sometime next year. I know from speaking to friends and from discussions online that others have made the same choice.
But the lack of backwards compatibility also has me wondering whether I really want an Xbox One or might prefer to save £80 and buy the new Playstation 4 instead.
I still regularly play Star Wars Battlefront – released for the original Xbox – on my 360.
Yes, the graphics might not be as great as on newer games and yes I know each level backwards, but I enjoy going back time and again for an hour of familiar, no-effort fun and thereby squeezing some more value from a game which cost a lot of cash when I bought it back in 2004.
The ability to replay existing games is a big feature for me, big enough that if the Xbox One offered it I’d happily pay the difference between it and the Playstation 4.
But instead Microsoft has left me pondering whether the absence of that feature makes me want an Xbox at all.
If I’m going to have to keep the 360 to play my existing games, why not get the cheaper Playstation and use the saving to pay for Call of Duty: Ghosts?