Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 already have some rare and valuable games (see Xbox 360's | see PS3's). With the launch of Xbox One and PS4, the time for the really rare/collectible games is upon us.
According to our research, rare games are five times more likely to launch in the last two years of a console's life than they are during any other time. As gamers move onto newer consoles the print runs become smaller for new releases. This increases the chance they will become rare.
There are many examples of this including Panzer Dragoon Saga for Saturn, Teen Titans for Xbox, and Flintstones Surprise at Dino Peak for NES. In general, about a third of the "most rare" games for any console were released in the last two years.
Xbox One and Playstation 4 launched less than a month ago (Nov. 22nd and Nov. 15th respectively). It is hard to imagine 360 and PS3 still being relevant in November 2015. So more than likely we are in the last two years of both Xbox 360 and PS3.
Not All Late Generation Games Will Be RareNot every game that comes out in the last two years will become rare, but your odds are much better than any other time.
To increase your odds even more focus on RPG or fighting games and limited editions. Data shows RPG's and Fighting games keep their value the best and have the highest chance of increasing in price. The same with limited edition games.
Which Games Will be Rare?This is very hard to predict. Many of the games that will eventually come out are not announced yet. But I would focus on upcoming, RPG's or Fighting games or limited editions. Or best of all limited editions of an RPG.
Keep the games in brand new condition, do not open them. That helps increase rarity because most games are open in order to play. If you really want to play it buy a second copy.
Some announced games that are good examples:
Dark Souls II
South Park: Stick of Truth
Lords of the Fallen
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemist of Dusk Sky
Dark Souls II
Ragnarok Odyssey Ace
Can you think of any upcoming 360 and PS3 games that you think will be hard to find in the future? If so let us know in the comments below.