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The PlayStation 4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders -- the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U -- revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the... Read More and Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One This year's E3 felt almost like it was over before it began. Though the conference lasts for days, both Microsoft and Sony made their announcements before the doors opened, showing not just hardware but also... Read More have both been released into the wild, with the Sony and Microsoft consoles, respectively, launching within one week of each other. Both enjoyed successful launches, racking up 1 million units sold apiece, though Sony’s 1 million was just in North America, while Microsoft’s was spread across 13 countries.

That’s at least 2 million people who have spent the maximum amount of money possible on these next-gen consoles by buying immediately. Most pre-ordered the hardware, making a commitment to buy on day one month ahead of release – despite all signs pointing to this being a bad idea Should You Buy A Next Generation Game Console At Launch? Should You Buy A Next Generation Game Console At Launch? Read More .

And so we come to this week’s We Ask You, which is seeking to discover the level of satisfaction amongst PS4 and Xbox One early adopters.

I Love/Hate My New Games Console Because…

We want to know, Are You Happy With Your New PS4 Or Xbox One? If you purchased either of the next-gen consoles, let us know your experiences so far. Have you had any problems? Are you happy with the choice you made? Beyond visuals what has made the jump to next-gen worthwhile? Which games, if any, do you recommend for either console?

Both next-gen consoles have a fair bit in common, even at this early stage of their lives. First up are the hardware failures, with a small percentage of both consoles not working from day one. The PS4 has its Blinking Blue Light of Death Defective PS4 Debuts, Apple Accuses Samsung, Batkid Wins Internet [Tech News Digest] Defective PS4 Debuts, Apple Accuses Samsung, Batkid Wins Internet [Tech News Digest] Sony sells lots of games consoles (including some defective ones), Steve Ballmer reveals the truth about his exit from Microsoft, Apple accuses Samsung of copying, Amazon and Facebook team up, and Batkid goes viral. Read More (BBLoD), while the Xbox One has serious disc drive issues Google Glass Prescriptions, 3D Guns Banned, Android Buyers Guide [Tech News Digest] Google Glass Prescriptions, 3D Guns Banned, Android Buyers Guide [Tech News Digest] Prescription lenses for Google Glass, Xbox One succeeds and fails, Flickr Photo Books arrive, is shuttered, Place Pins for Pinterest, Philadelphia bans 3D guns, and Eric Schmidt helps out unhappy iPhone users. Read More .


Then there are the graphical capabilities of both, which, unless you possess superhuman vision or are a fanboy of either persuasion, are virtually identical (as the video embedded above shows). Lastly, there are the launch titles 4 Video Game Console Launch Games That Were Actually Good 4 Video Game Console Launch Games That Were Actually Good Every once in a while, the stars line up and a launch game hits the market that's actually good. It's a rare occurrence indeed, and one that doesn't seem like it's going to happen on... Read More , all of which pretty much suck on both consoles.

Or are the previous two paragraphs all wrong? Does the PS4 pound the Xbox One into the dirt on one particular score? Does the Xbox One batter the PS4 with one killer feature? Let those of us who haven’t yet passed our money over the counter for one of these next-gen dream machines know how the jump has gone for you.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published next week containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will win ‘Comment Of The Week’, receiving a geeky T-shirt for their effort. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. David Power
    December 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I got the PS4 at launch here in the EU.

    I play games, regardless of the platform. Mobile, Handheld, Console or PC. iPhone, Android, Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft. It doesn't matter to me as long as I'm enjoying myself.

    People used to play hours of Snake on their Nokia mobile phones back in the day. Graphics aren't the most important deciding factor for me - however bad frame-rates can be distracting.

    I have played Battlefield 4, COD Ghosts, Need for Speed Rivals, Super Motherload and Killzone.

    Of all these games Killzone was the only game that I couldn't have played on one of my other platforms. It was, to me an enjoyable "next-gen" gaming experience. The game plays well. Enjoyable shooting and it used the touch-pad on the Dualshock 4 well.

    I feel I need to justify what I mean by "next-gen". Of course graphics are a factor and Killzone looks very good. I have a good PC (GTX 770, 8 GB RAM, i5 CPU ). I feel Killzone ran very close to if not better at times on the PS4 as it would have on my PC. So, graphics in this regard are a substantial improvement - thus "next-gen". But as I said graphics aren't the most important, I have to be enjoying myself and there are many factory that contribute to that.

    The PS4's OS is very fast. I can easily jump from the web browser to the game and back. This is nice, I was able to look at a video of a guy showing me how to pass a particularly difficultly section of the game without feeling the hardware was in the way (too slow to handle the task). So, in this regard the PS4 for me is "next-gen". It enables me to do more in terms of look up game related info while I play.

    The PS4 store is faster, I can easily buy games without having to crawl through a slow interface.

    I feel more connected to people I am friends with on the PS4. I can see what games my friends are playing and then, in some cases watch them play - provided they have a live stream running.

    The face recognition isn't a must have feature but I use it. When my friends all over the system knows who they are and it logs us all in at the same time to the correct controller. That's nice and in my opinion another factor which contributes to the PS4 being "next-gen".

  2. Shawn
    December 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Everyone who has responded doesnt have either system

    • Dave P
      December 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      That is an interesting observation. I guess we overestimated the percentage of our readers who would have bought one at launch.

  3. PCForMe
    November 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

    They're both disappointing, though it is much more apparent with the Xbone.

    Xbone for many reasons, my main one is that its literally the ultimate spying machine, its overpriced and underpowered, its distinct lack of indie games, its approach to micro transactions that are littered throughout almost ever release, and its basically a brick until you update it, which requires xbox live.

    PS4 for less reasons, bad launch titles, PS+, though I do like that it attempts to remain a gaming machine, while the Xbone is trying to be an "all in one entertainment center".

    The latest console generation (I will not call it next-gen) is a huge disappointment, I had hoped they would have some major improvements considering its the last generation of consoles, but I guess the crystallization of that fact has made them into ever worse money grubbers.

    I'll stay on PC maybe buy PS4 in 2-3 years when the prices drops (and they build up an actual game library).

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      You make some fair points. I'm not as disappointed with the next-gen consoles as you clearly are, but I agree that the Xbox One is more disappointing than the PS4.

      You seem very sure that this is going to be the last generation of home consoles. While I know it's an argument, I don't think that's set in stone. After all, people thought the same at the start of the last generation and yet here we are with three new consoles on sale.

      I doubt you'll have to wait 2-3 years. The price will drop within a year, and the first great games will start showing up around the same time.

    • PCForMe
      December 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      @Dave P

      The thing is its not just me, its industry experts saying this, Sony announcing its "moving onto other things", and its epically apparent when you see the behavior of these companies with their launch titles, micro-transactions galore (forza 5 anyone?), Its also clear when you see the progression of tablets, and phones, these consoles aren't going to last 5 years, let alone 8-10.

      Now that's not to say they won't try something console-like, (Microsoft will undoubtedly make one last money grab) it most likely be some sort of streaming service.

      It may be that I'm too used to PC gaming but these consoles are even more disappointing then the last generation, the absence of a graphical leap, struggling to hit 1080p something that has been around for a decade, and possibly the most disappointing is the fact that these consoles are still plagued with bugs, even after the last generation debacle.

  4. Xoandre
    November 29, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I just spent a whopping $28.99 + tax with FREE Shipping for a new gfx card for my PC. My computer is now faster, more powerful, and far more useful than either or both of these expensive, overpriced pieces of garbage combined.

    No thanks.

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      That's a fair point, but consoles aren't aimed at you. That doesn't render them pointless though, as there are a lot of us who would rather sit comfortably in front of a TV playing games without the hassles that invariably comes with PC gaming.

  5. dragonmouth
    November 29, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Both waste time equally well.

  6. Robert
    November 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    They both look pretty solid but I'm still not convinced, better wait it out a little.

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      That's always a good idea with new hardware. Don't fool for the hype, especially if you're on the fence over which one you prefer.

  7. Alberry J
    November 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    looks the same..

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      They are very similar to each other, it has to be said.

  8. E S
    November 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I hate em both cause i dont own them.

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      That's a good enough reason as any to hate them, I suppose.

    • Anonymous
      January 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      mad cuz u broke?

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