Renting vs Buying Games

Do you own an Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii? Do you ever feel like you shell out a fortune on games? You can now save uite a bit of money by renting your video games instead of buying them. While purchasing a single video game can cost you anywhere from £30-50, renting can cost less than £10 per month for unlimited rentals for all the latest gaming consoles. For those of you who would like to try this service out before you pay for it, most places offer a free trial period.

Have you ever bought a game and beat the entire game within a couple of days? Did you spend £40 on it and now you don’t know what to do with it now that you’ve beaten it already? You have the option of trading it in to local game trading stores. However, you will normally receive much less than half of what you paid for it.

Well, you’re now in luck because renting games gives you all the options. You can rent up to 4 games at a time and keep them as long or as short as you want and then mail them back, only to have new games mailed back to you.

Just to do some math, if you were to buy 2 games, it would cost you roughly £90. If you rented 2 games and kept them for a whole month, it would only cost you around £10. That saves you around £80 on just those 2 games alone.

Ultimately, renting provides all gamers with limitless game titles on all modern gaming consoles. Even better, you can rent games from different platforms at the same time. If you own an Xbox 360 and a PS3, you can rent games for both of them at the same time.

Some sites even allow you to buy ex rental games at a discount, so for example, you really like a game and don’t want to return it right away. So, you keep it for 2 months, by which time, some of the copies will be available at a price lower than the RRP and you get to keep it forever, returning your copy to the rental company, with no break in playing your favourite game. You still save money as the amount you pay to rent it and then buy it is still cheaper than buying it on release date. So you’ve spent around £20 renting the game by which time the depreciation will bring the RRP down by more than that within the 2 months since release.