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I just saw that Nintendo revealed a Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet themed Switch OLED model this morning, and while it isn't my cup of tea (not really a big enough Pokémon fan to want a console themed around it) there are others I've seen such as the AC:NH and Splatoon 3 ones that I think are really neat. However, despite that, I know I wouldn't ever bother to trade in my existing Switch for one of those models, and the simple reason is I can't be bothered and don't care that much to do it, even though I would also be getting an upgrade to an OLED model at the same time. I also know that I would need to spend money on the switch even if it was just for the visual difference and not the OLED model upgrade, and I don't feel like I could justify spending money just for a prettier piece of plastic when I could just buy a game or a controller with a design on it instead. Even with the money removed from the equation though, I still don't think I could care enough to do it.

So what about you? Would you ever trade your existing "vanilla" console for one of the custom ones that the big three release from time to time? If not, how come, and would you do it if what was stopping you wasn't a factor? Or maybe you already have done it, in which case, what one did you make the switch to?
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I just saw that Nintendo revealed a Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet themed Switch OLED model this morning, and while it isn't my cup of tea (not really a big enough Pokémon fan to want a console themed around it) there are others I've seen such as the AC:NH and Splatoon 3 ones that I think are really neat. However, despite that, I know I wouldn't ever bother to trade in my existing Switch for one of those models, and the simple reason is I can't be bothered and don't care that much to do it, even though I would also be getting an upgrade to an OLED model at the same time. I also know that I would need to spend money on the switch even if it was just for the visual difference and not the OLED model upgrade, and I don't feel like I could justify spending money just for a prettier piece of plastic when I could just buy a game or a controller with a design on it instead. Even with the money removed from the equation though, I still don't think I could care enough to do it.

So what about you? Would you ever trade your existing "vanilla" console for one of the custom ones that the big three release from time to time? If not, how come, and would you do it if what was stopping you wasn't a factor? Or maybe you already have done it, in which case, what one did you make the switch to?
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Nope I wouldn't trade my consoles. Just feel there's no real reason to do so, not interested in alternate themed consoles. I don't think I'll update to an upgrade version anymore either, I'll just keep the versions I have now.
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Nope I wouldn't trade my consoles. Just feel there's no real reason to do so, not interested in alternate themed consoles. I don't think I'll update to an upgrade version anymore either, I'll just keep the versions I have now.
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(Sep 7th, 2022, 05:00 PM)Mr EliteL Wrote:
I don't think I'll update to an upgrade version anymore either, I'll just keep the versions I have now.
I don't know if you were referring to upgrading from say a PS4 to a PS4 Pro where the design isn't different (in the sense of it being a special design), but if so I didn't really think of that. Considering I wouldn't care to upgrade my Switch to an OLED even with the custom design I'd get along with it, and that I've never upgraded any of my console models period, yeah, I'd just keep my existing model unless it broke down and needed replacing, as was the case with my PS3.
In fact any of my consoles breaking down and needing replacement would probably be the only reason I'd then get one of the custom design ones, since I'm already having to get a new system anyway so why not get one of the custom design ones if it's appealing to me. Tongue
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(Sep 7th, 2022, 05:00 PM)Mr EliteL Wrote:
I don't think I'll update to an upgrade version anymore either, I'll just keep the versions I have now.
I don't know if you were referring to upgrading from say a PS4 to a PS4 Pro where the design isn't different (in the sense of it being a special design), but if so I didn't really think of that. Considering I wouldn't care to upgrade my Switch to an OLED even with the custom design I'd get along with it, and that I've never upgraded any of my console models period, yeah, I'd just keep my existing model unless it broke down and needed replacing, as was the case with my PS3.
In fact any of my consoles breaking down and needing replacement would probably be the only reason I'd then get one of the custom design ones, since I'm already having to get a new system anyway so why not get one of the custom design ones if it's appealing to me. Tongue
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For a special themed console? No, I can't say I have ever traded in my vanilla console. Now, when the consoles actually have improvements? That's a different story!

For example, I did sell my launch PlayStation 4 to a friend to fund my PlayStation 4 Pro... which I also sold after purchasing my PS5.

I'm sort of mixed on the situation though. As a collector, I like to hold onto my older consoles. But at the same time, if the new consoles can still play my older library of discs, keeping it around seems like a waste.

I'm sure I'll eventually pick up another PS4, as it's currently the only PlayStation console I don't currently own a variant of. Tongue
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For a special themed console? No, I can't say I have ever traded in my vanilla console. Now, when the consoles actually have improvements? That's a different story!

For example, I did sell my launch PlayStation 4 to a friend to fund my PlayStation 4 Pro... which I also sold after purchasing my PS5.

I'm sort of mixed on the situation though. As a collector, I like to hold onto my older consoles. But at the same time, if the new consoles can still play my older library of discs, keeping it around seems like a waste.

I'm sure I'll eventually pick up another PS4, as it's currently the only PlayStation console I don't currently own a variant of. Tongue
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(Sep 11th, 2022, 11:56 PM)Frank Wrote:
I'm sort of mixed on the situation though. As a collector, I like to hold onto my older consoles. But at the same time, if the new consoles can still play my older library of discs, keeping it around seems like a waste.
I've had a case where keeping my old consoles was actually useful to me, because when my OG PS2 broke down and had to be sent for repairs I was able to use my PS1 to keep playing games, even if it was limited to just my PS1 titles. Had I sold it or got rid of it I'd have had nothing to use.
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(Sep 11th, 2022, 11:56 PM)Frank Wrote:
I'm sort of mixed on the situation though. As a collector, I like to hold onto my older consoles. But at the same time, if the new consoles can still play my older library of discs, keeping it around seems like a waste.
I've had a case where keeping my old consoles was actually useful to me, because when my OG PS2 broke down and had to be sent for repairs I was able to use my PS1 to keep playing games, even if it was limited to just my PS1 titles. Had I sold it or got rid of it I'd have had nothing to use.
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(Sep 17th, 2022, 10:25 PM)Moonface Wrote:
(Sep 11th, 2022, 11:56 PM)Frank Wrote:
I'm sort of mixed on the situation though. As a collector, I like to hold onto my older consoles. But at the same time, if the new consoles can still play my older library of discs, keeping it around seems like a waste.
I've had a case where keeping my old consoles was actually useful to me, because when my OG PS2 broke down and had to be sent for repairs I was able to use my PS1 to keep playing games, even if it was limited to just my PS1 titles. Had I sold it or got rid of it I'd have had nothing to use.

That's a fair point, but I guess for me if one of my consoles broke, I'd switch to an entirely different one until it was fixed. So if the Switch broke I'm just going to play something on Xbox PC or PlayStation.  LOL
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(Sep 17th, 2022, 10:25 PM)Moonface Wrote:
(Sep 11th, 2022, 11:56 PM)Frank Wrote:
I'm sort of mixed on the situation though. As a collector, I like to hold onto my older consoles. But at the same time, if the new consoles can still play my older library of discs, keeping it around seems like a waste.
I've had a case where keeping my old consoles was actually useful to me, because when my OG PS2 broke down and had to be sent for repairs I was able to use my PS1 to keep playing games, even if it was limited to just my PS1 titles. Had I sold it or got rid of it I'd have had nothing to use.

That's a fair point, but I guess for me if one of my consoles broke, I'd switch to an entirely different one until it was fixed. So if the Switch broke I'm just going to play something on Xbox PC or PlayStation.  LOL
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(Sep 18th, 2022, 03:51 AM)Frank Wrote:
(Sep 17th, 2022, 10:25 PM)Moonface Wrote:
(Sep 11th, 2022, 11:56 PM)Frank Wrote:
I'm sort of mixed on the situation though. As a collector, I like to hold onto my older consoles. But at the same time, if the new consoles can still play my older library of discs, keeping it around seems like a waste.
I've had a case where keeping my old consoles was actually useful to me, because when my OG PS2 broke down and had to be sent for repairs I was able to use my PS1 to keep playing games, even if it was limited to just my PS1 titles. Had I sold it or got rid of it I'd have had nothing to use.

That's a fair point, but I guess for me if one of my consoles broke, I'd switch to an entirely different one until it was fixed. So if the Switch broke I'm just going to play something on Xbox PC or PlayStation.  LOL
Ah. Well at the time my PS2 broke down, I only played on PlayStation so it was either that or nothing. Tongue

Looking at it in front of me, I just realized that the PS5 might be one of the first consoles where we won't ever have to trade it in if we wanted to get one with a custom appearance, since the face plates detach so unless the central part gets customized at all on a future PS5 bundle, there isn't actually anything that can be missed out on when it comes to custom designs that get made. I also wonder if Sony will try to make sure any future PS5 model revisions are able to still use the existing plates so that owners who choose to upgrade don't have to sacrifice all their existing plates. That would actually be way worse than just trading in one console for a custom equivalent I think.
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(Sep 18th, 2022, 03:51 AM)Frank Wrote:
(Sep 17th, 2022, 10:25 PM)Moonface Wrote:
(Sep 11th, 2022, 11:56 PM)Frank Wrote:
I'm sort of mixed on the situation though. As a collector, I like to hold onto my older consoles. But at the same time, if the new consoles can still play my older library of discs, keeping it around seems like a waste.
I've had a case where keeping my old consoles was actually useful to me, because when my OG PS2 broke down and had to be sent for repairs I was able to use my PS1 to keep playing games, even if it was limited to just my PS1 titles. Had I sold it or got rid of it I'd have had nothing to use.

That's a fair point, but I guess for me if one of my consoles broke, I'd switch to an entirely different one until it was fixed. So if the Switch broke I'm just going to play something on Xbox PC or PlayStation.  LOL
Ah. Well at the time my PS2 broke down, I only played on PlayStation so it was either that or nothing. Tongue

Looking at it in front of me, I just realized that the PS5 might be one of the first consoles where we won't ever have to trade it in if we wanted to get one with a custom appearance, since the face plates detach so unless the central part gets customized at all on a future PS5 bundle, there isn't actually anything that can be missed out on when it comes to custom designs that get made. I also wonder if Sony will try to make sure any future PS5 model revisions are able to still use the existing plates so that owners who choose to upgrade don't have to sacrifice all their existing plates. That would actually be way worse than just trading in one console for a custom equivalent I think.
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I'm still on the fence about getting myself some of their official plates. I really dislike the white color the console has stock. I also don't like the idea of paying $60 for a color change. I'm holding out hope some cooler 3rd parties come out (even though Sony has been lawsuit crazy) or they release some cooler designs to coincide with a new release!

Also to your point Moonface, the New Nintendo 3DS has a removable face and back plates, so that's another example of a console you could upgrade the appearance of, without needing to buy a new unit. Smile
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I'm still on the fence about getting myself some of their official plates. I really dislike the white color the console has stock. I also don't like the idea of paying $60 for a color change. I'm holding out hope some cooler 3rd parties come out (even though Sony has been lawsuit crazy) or they release some cooler designs to coincide with a new release!

Also to your point Moonface, the New Nintendo 3DS has a removable face and back plates, so that's another example of a console you could upgrade the appearance of, without needing to buy a new unit. Smile
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(Sep 21st, 2022, 02:07 AM)Frank Wrote:
Also to your point Moonface, the New Nintendo 3DS has a removable face and back plates, so that's another example of a console you could upgrade the appearance of, without needing to buy a new unit. Smile
I actually forgot about that. Gasp
There was actually a lot too and some of them are really nice!
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(Sep 21st, 2022, 02:07 AM)Frank Wrote:
Also to your point Moonface, the New Nintendo 3DS has a removable face and back plates, so that's another example of a console you could upgrade the appearance of, without needing to buy a new unit. Smile
I actually forgot about that. Gasp
There was actually a lot too and some of them are really nice!
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Some of those designs are really cool. That aspect made me sorta regret getting the New 3DS XL, but after holding a regular New 3DS, I was reassured I made the right choice.
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Some of those designs are really cool. That aspect made me sorta regret getting the New 3DS XL, but after holding a regular New 3DS, I was reassured I made the right choice.
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