What To Do With Older Video Game Consoles

xbox-1200296_960_720We are entering an age where the console is trying its hardest to compete with the PC in terms of performance. In the days long since passed, a console would be released, and that was it. There were no software updates, changes to UI, upgrades to it. Nothing. What you originally bought was what you had until you got with the next console generation. It was a total simplicity (which is one of the bigger arguments for console gaming vs PC gaming).

Now, things have changed. It started with console addons which first appeared in the mid 90’s (well, not if you count the NES Japan-only disk drive), and has worked its way to software updates, and now we are seeing upgraded versions of consoles halfway through a single generation. Not just an aesthetic upgrade or a smaller version, but consoles that are beefier and more powerful than their predecessors (while still being in the same generation).

So this will leave a lot of early adopters with their older console plus the newer one. So what do you do with the older one? Well, pretty much anything except taking it to a local games store. These stores pay only a fraction of what you could get selling it on your own, or even taking it to a pawn shop in Ft. Lauderdale. Usually they only offer credit on other purchases, and the cash value is very little.

So here is a little list of things that would be more worthwhile to do with your old console than trading it in:

  1. Give it to a friend or younger sibling.
  2. Keep it hooked up for expanded local multiplayer.
  3. Use it as a media center for another room.
  4. Sell it privately.
  5. Pawn it at a local pawn shop.
  6. Give it to charity.
  7. Use it as a paperweight.
  8. Make it your “portable” gaming machine (the one you take to a party).
  9. Use it as a paperweight.

See? Plenty of other options.