So I thought about this a lot lately due to someone’s offer to sell me his original Xbox. I was thinking about a reason to buy it. I have a lot of nostalgia for the system and the generation in general. It was the first time I had all the consoles and had enough money to actually afford games for all of them. While I have nice memories of Gamecube and PS2 gaming, the Xbox always holds a special place in my heart because of Halo and other 3rd Party stuff. It was also so damn powerful compared to the PS2. Yet, I still sold it (a PAL Crystal Xbox was it)
The games however, while still great and fun, are often just played better on modern systems. So many games got better ports or have PC versions that are way better when it comes to actually playing them.
I just started to replay Max Payne the other day. I finished the games many times in the past on both Xbox and PC. While it is totally playable on Xbox, it’s much better on PC. Same for Halo. I adore the first games but if I had the choice, I would always prefer the 4k/60 versions on X1X.
Same goes for other systems as well of course. Hard to find a reason to play Twilight Princess for the Gamecube when the Wii U remaster is better imo. I know about the bad remakes like the Silent Hill or Splinter Cell collection but I think those are in the minority.
There are still exclusives of course but I would argue that most of the must plays are already playable on a modern system through bc or a remake.
Another problem with the consoles are video signals/connectivity. Component cables for GCN and Xbox aren’t cheap, the PS2 output/picture quality is imo not great. There are HDMI mods for Gamecube and the OSSC but that stuff is expensive. Best bet is probably a good CRT (especially for the PS2).
Long story short, as someone who always tried to have a rather small, curated collection of selected games that I can replay on a regular basis, it’s hard for me to justify buying a Xbox or even play on my old PS2.
What’s your stance on this?