There is a bit of a mess in the United Kingdom right now. An area where not even the most dedicated flag-waver can get up enough people to fill a truck. There will soon be an energy shortage, and we are speeding toward it. Our monthly bills are going up by 80% starting next month, and we’ll see yet another hike in the first quarter of 2019. The only thing taking our minds off of worrying about how we’ll pay our bills is news of the energy corporations’ record profits. Trader Joe’s is giving out loans to help people buy food, the elderly are using buses to stay warm, and the government has given the go-ahead to dump human waste into the ocean. In other words, Britain must be ruled.
The government is in a position to aid you, but at the moment, its attention is focused on the season finale of the worst reality TV programme ever. It’s like being forced to decide between having your foreskin or ballsack nailed to a plank of wood, only on television. Neither is preferable to me, but we have to choose one since Ed’s bacon sandwich was slightly off. What I’m referring to, of course, is the selection of the new prime minister and leader of a party that has received so many votes of no confidence in itself that I now seem to be brimming with self-assurance. Also, the greatest part is? To make matters worse, we are not given a choice. Which one will it be, cock or ball?
At the same time that this ghoulish popularity battle is going on, the present prime minister is fumbling around the globe trying to seem human. Also, his disguise seems to be working; he doesn’t look like a tangled mess of bollock hair squeezed into a form that tries too hard to be human. A human being who, if he were a pet, would be humanely euthanized.
Many of us use video games as an escape from the reality that the world isn’t perfect. We frequently prefer this to the alternative, which consists of sobbing and playing games.
Since their inception, video games have provided a welcome diversion from the stresses and monotony of daily life. If you need a break, you can always go wash a shed in PowerWash Simulator, scrub the floors in House Flipper, or whip up a dinner in Cooking Simulator. However, there is a severe threat posed by easy access to video games.
When Ofgem warned customers to “bend over, winter is coming,” Sony decided it was the right time to announce a price hike for the PS5. The standard PS5 will set you back £480, while the slimmer PS5 Digital Edition will cost you £390 if you don’t care about physical discs. Xbox Series X with identical specifications retails for £450, while the smaller, less powerful, digital Xbox Series S retails for £250. The PS5 is more expensive overall, but buying a game is when the pain really begins. In total, the PS5 with its accompanying games will set you back £550, while the PS5 Digital Edition will set you back £460. Again, in comparison, you can expect to spend £505 on an Xbox Series X and a £55 (RRP) game, or £305 on an Xbox Series S. There’s a clear outlier here in terms of cost, but even if you go with the cheapest option, we’re still talking about not insignificant amounts of money.
Due of the need for uniformity and ease of reading, I have chosen Recommended Retail Prices rounded to the closest pound. Games and even gaming consoles may be purchased for less than their MSRP. Don’t @ me for attempting to make too strong of an argument, Gamer!
If you’re hoping to enter the “next-gen” sphere but are on a tight budget, there are alternatives. Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus are both monthly programmes that provide you access to a large library of games. In spite of what I mentioned, if you subscribe to these services you won’t need to acquire a game for your new console. I have cheated you. So, get accustomed to the fact that the newly selected leader is in charge.
However, what about the expenses? PS+ Premium is £13.49 per month, whereas PS+ Extra is just £10.99 per month. The base subscription fee for Xbox Game Pass is £7.99 per month, while the premium Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan is £10.99 per month, the same as PlayStation Plus Premium. Compared to PS+ Premium, which only grants access to re-releases, demos, and cloud streaming, PS+ Extra provides the most bang for the buck. On the other hand, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate provides the most bang for your buck since it grants access to not just Cloud Gaming but also Game Pass PC, Xbox Live Gold, and EA Play. The clincher here is that first-party Xbox games release directly into the service, meaning you will seldom, if ever, need to purchase another Xbox exclusive game again. However, before you plunge in with any console, there is an additional expense to think about: the cost of operation.
Because of the ever-increasing cost of electricity, gaming consoles are becoming more unaffordable. It’s a price you may not have considered previously, but it will become more apparent as time goes on.
In addition to the obvious time investment, gaming also has significant energy expenses. There’s the expense of keeping the television, sound system, and controller charging docks on, as well as the power consumption of the console when it’s in sleep mode. Most people wouldn’t bat an eye if you told them they’d have to shell out an additional ten bucks to finish Elden Ring. Possibly not, despite the fact that it is a really good game.
The above makes it very evident that the Xbox Series S with Xbox Game Pass is the most cost-effective option to play “next-gen” console titles. But it doesn’t make it a feasible choice for most British families. The thousands of disadvantaged individuals who are worried about making ends meet over the next several months will not be giving much thought to gaming. What’s more important, staying warm or playing games? Not at all. Some people will have no option but to make this decision.
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One of the quickest ways to save money when making a budget is to cut out the luxury items. First to go are memberships to streaming video and audio services like Spotify, Apple Music, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Plus. Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus are similar in that they both thrive on a large number of paying customers. If that number of users drops, service quality suffers and even more people stop paying for it. It’s a never-ending cycle that can only end in a service that can no longer maintain itself. When it quits bringing in cash, it is put in the rear and given to Old Yeller.
Likewise, wasteful expenditures are terminated, and it’s hard to imagine what could be more wasteful than dropping £70 on a video game. If they can’t afford to buy it outright, they will hold out for a price decrease, borrow from a friend, buy a used copy, or turn to illegal downloading. None of these choices helps finance game development firms, which ultimately hurts profits. AAA games with multimillion dollar budgets will be unfeasible if there isn’t enough demand for them. First-party studios would begin to concentrate more on making sequels to previously released IPs or riding the wave of whatever fad was currently popular. Can we have a battle royale? When trading stops moving forward, the market suffers. Lack of originality. The video game industry is over.
It’s all exaggerated, but these scenarios are grounded in truth; the game industry isn’t going to suddenly disappear any time soon. Although the United Kingdom represents a negligible share of the global gaming business, the cost of living there has risen in recent years, which has had an effect on the rest of the industry. That’s partly due to the pandemic’s impact and the current Russian invasion on Ukraine. The Tories have ignored Brexit’s benefits for Britain and instead laid the blame for the country’s ills on Covid and Ukraine. We can’t avoid feeling the effects of rising living costs.