So at this point, we’ve now seen PlayStation 5 preorders go live, in a clusterfudge Sony has already apologized for, and we’ve seen Xbox Series S and X preorders go live, which in spite of shade for Sony from Microsoft still managed to be a bit of a disaster yesterday. Would-be Xbox buyers lamented queues, instant sell-outs, crashes, and scalpers, meaning that in spite of Microsoft’s intentions, FOMO-buying on the internet in 2020 sucks as much as it ever did.
While I still intend to splurge on a PS5 for my kids at some point, I have no intentions of fighting for a spot in a virtual line to get one, so needless to say, I’ve got no preorder squared away. I can’t help but wonder if this week’s revelation that Microsoft has purchased the entirety of ZeniMax and Bethsoft, ostensibly to bolster its Xbox game offerings long-term, has changed anyone’s opinion here.
Are you planning to buy a next-gen console? Did you preorder already? And did the Bethsoft buyout affect your decision-making?