PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One

xboxonethumb   PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox OneThis 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 their lineup of launch and near-launch titles.

In doing so, each company has ignited a new chapter in the console war. While an ideal gamer’s den will have both, most people don’t have the money or need to grab two consoles at launch, so a choice must be made; Xbox One or PS4? I’ve put my money down for the Xbox, and here’s why.

The Games – Duh!

As a Wii U owner I’ve learned the hard way that games matter. A console without new content doesn’t get much playtime, so the exclusive titles slated for each system in the year after launch is important. And Microsoft has the stronger roster.

Surprisingly, only three of the One’s console exclusives come from recently active franchises, but they’re among the strongest in the industry; Forza, Halo, and Dead Rising. Other strong titles include Sunset Overdrive, a stylized shooter from Insomniac Games (best known for Ratchet & Clank and Resistance) and Titanfall, which comes from the developers who worked on Modern Warfare before it became the Madden NFL of first-person shooters.

When I say this roster is strong, I mean so in an objective sense. Most of the exclusives revealed are either part of a popular, well-reviewed franchise, or come from a developer with an excellent record. Sony’s got some decent stuff too, but Killzone is not as promising as Halo, Drive Club is not as promising as Forza, Knack is not as promising as Sunset Overdrive, and so on.

Many critical games that seemed like PS4 exclusives during its conference actually aren’t; Final Fantasy XV, Destiny and Kingdom Hearts III, for example, are cross-platform. The PS4’s exclusive list is now down to just six games, and two of them (Deep Down and The Order: 1886) are new IPs with few details released so far.

Television Does Matter

When Microsoft held its first press conference, the focus was on features besides games. Gamers were outraged! How dare anyone acknowledge other forms of entertainment!

But here’s the fact; television is important. Most of us watch it, and it’s not going away. The problem is that while technology becomes more advanced, our access to television has fragmented, which makes for a confusing experience. Personally, I have a Roku for streaming, a PS3 for Blu-Ray, and a computer for everything else. The result is five different remotes to shuffle around.

Xbox One aims to solve this inconvenience, and that’s actually a rather big deal, because none of the currently available solutions (like smart TVs) is adequate. There is a catch here; Microsoft has to deliver. If its interface is terrible, then it’s game over. But if the interface is good, the value Xbox One adds to the living room will be astounding.

A Better Kinect

The original Kinect was a huge commercial success. About 30% of all 360 owners bought one, which is a crazy good attach rate for peripheral, never mind one that sells for over $100. But Kinect also had its problems, including a general lack of precision and an inability to handle small rooms.

Kinect solves these complaints in three ways. First, resolution has been increased from 640×480 to 1080p, which translates to an almost seven-fold increase in sensor data. Second, a wide angle lens has been added to make the Kinect usable by someone standing just a few feet in front of it. And finally, the Xbox One’s more complex hardware will allow for more complex movement algorithms and faster processing of input data.

In practical terms, Kinect will give Xbox One a lock on the party game business. If you want to play a game like Just Dance, you’re going to want to do it on the Xbox One, end of story. Core games, on the other hand, will benefit from the increase in sensitivity. Facial tracking will be far improved, and gesture input can consist of a small hand wave rather than large, exaggerated movements. And since Kinect is bundled with every Xbox One, developers won’t feel that adding control for it is a waste of time.

The Cloud Is Here To Help

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One of Microsoft’s big selling points is the cloud. While Sony intends to use cloud technology to stream games to the PS4, the Xbox One goes much further by offering developers access to a huge number of Xbox Live servers which can handle any sort of data imaginable.

Most people think of improved graphics as a potential benefit, but that’s actually one of the least suitable applications. The true benefit of the cloud is in features like persistent world-building, AI development and social sharing.

Forza 5 is the perfect example. The game will include a feature called “Drivatar” which builds a custom driving profile based on your movements that can be used to run races you don’t want to. More importantly, it’s uploaded to the cloud and used to build AI that drives like you and populates your fellow gamer’s single-player experience. Your Drivatar continues to race online when you’re not playing; when you log back in, you receive credit for races it won.

Now apply that thinking elsewhere. Developers could make multi-player team games more balanced by the insertion of AI bots that play according to a profile built from players who recently left the game. Or developers might let your AI profile manage your base in a strategy game while you fight a battle. Or there might be a persistent open-world combat game where players fight while also commanding an AI squad that uses profiles built from the play-styles of Xbox Live friends.

And this is just AI. The possibilities are almost limitless, and I’m sure developers will find many creative ways to use this feature.

Digital Is A Blessing, Not A Curse

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I’ve been somewhat slow to embrace digital content, haven written in the past how I don’t like to buy games off Steam (particularly if not on sale). My concern, more than anything, is that the games we play have no future; they’ll eventually go offline and then never be experienced again.

But with that said, there’s good reason why Steam is the most popular PC gaming platform and phones have embraced digital as the only form of distribution. Digital distribution is convenient, instant, and just works. Yes, you can still buy games on disc for Xbox One, but there’s no particular reason to do so.

The complaint that gamers can’t share games by toting a game disc to a friend’s house misses the point. With the Xbox One, there will be no reason for that to ever happen. You can either log in to your friend’s console with your account, thus giving you access to your games, or you can share your game library using the Xbox One’s built-in share feature. Your friend can then play your games as long as you keep them on your share list, and the only restriction is that you can’t both play the same game at the same time.

Going digital also offers more opportunity for promotion and unique business models. We could see more aggressive sales, as Microsoft will have the ability to coordinate with all developers, rather than just those who opt in for digital distribution. And Microsoft has hinted developers could sell short-term passes to a game or even monthly access to a developer’s library – so perhaps rental is not dead just yet.

Update: Microsoft has changed its policy in the face of criticism. The Xbox One no longer requires an Internet connection every 24 hours and disc games can be freely re-sold. Unfortunately, this also means the digital sharing features will not be implemented. All games for the console will be available to download on release day, however.

Conclusion

The Xbox One is an incredible bundle of new technology and forward-looking initiatives. There are numerous features, including Kinect, Xbox Live cloud connectivity and HDMI-in, that the PS4 simply does not have and, more importantly, can’t easily emulate. And I didn’t even get the chance to talk about the Xbox One’s operating system, which is based on a Windows kernel and supports multi-tasking.

But ultimately, the core reason why I’ve picked the Xbox One over the PS4 is the game library. The list of PS4 exclusives is down to six, while the Xbox One has fourteen. Why buy a console with less great games to play?

Think you should buy a PS4 like my colleague Dave Parrack? Read his 5 reasons to buy a PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One.

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JStoesz9

The kinect is garbage. Nobody I know that has an XBox uses it. And the new kinect for the XB1 is way to invasive. There’s a reason, several of them in fact, that the gaming community is ripping Microsoft and the XB1. This is like giving me 5 good reasons to board the Titanic as the iceberg is looming on the horizon. And I was….WAS…an XBox user. Had the original. Got the 360. No way in hell I’m getting the XB1. I’m officially converted to PS3/PS4 now.

Seth

So your getting rid of your cell (GPS tracking, phone conversation listening unless you pull the battery out), your computer (can be hacked to take over your camera, view all past site information, and steal anything you type into it), and any other connected device you might have…. Your at as much risk there as you are with this device.

Can’t go offline? Well ya that kinda sucks that you need to check-in every 24 hours but I haven’t seen any information that you can’t check in and then unplug the ethernet cable? The checks are because of the digital friends library of games.

In the end people are over-reacting and I plan on staying on the current path of having both a PS4 and Xbox1.

Collin Lashbrook

Maybe someone has limited Internet or no Internet….. Think about that….. Psn+ cost was less then Microsoft online… Halo suck… Infamous rocks…. Kill zone rocks, the exclusives are way better on the ps4 then the xb1 even though there are less. And the point about win at risk of people watching, yes it sucks but on a phone it can’t be avoided, you get the ps4 and poof…. Not near as much risk

Seth

PS+ – $50/12 months or Xbox Live – $50/12 months on Dell.com so the costs are the same for the service. As far as having no internet even my parents who are 30+ miles from any town have internet.
Does it suck potentially? Yes but if its used correctly live and streaming content into even single player games could be amazing!
Also as far as exclusives I really haven’t come across much on either side that is that much better. Maybe MLB THE SHOW lol, other than that I can give or take any of the titles at this point…

James

With PS+ you get way more bang for your buck. On PS+ they give away two games every month which you can keep as long as you have PS+.

The rewards from XBL are, frankly, shockingly small considering how much it is and how long I (and many others) have been customers.

So yes they cost the same (although iirc I think next gen PS+ will be $10 cheaper) but PS+ is way better value.

Seth

XBL is giving away 2 free games starting up in the next month or two as well, so in the end its not much a benefit. I have been a member of both and PS+ is really only good for the free games, it doesn’t limit who you get to connect with on multiplayer or anything like that. The new reputation system within Xbox Live (look it up) is going to be a great system that I hope Sony eventually emulates. It will allow you as a good member to avoid the idiot players out there.

alex

The xb1 with its restrictions and region lock will.miss out on many markets so as the ps4 sells more and does better future publishers will invest more to sony. Just how it is bro doesnt matter if you got internet what of the rest of the forgotten by msoft planet.

Keith Locke

I am sorry Seth but you are only coming back to comments with justifications and not reasons to buy. XB1 just isn’t going to cut it but it isn’t so bad that no one is going to buy it as it shows you will.

It is not a bad system but when compared to the PS4 it isn’t great. This aritcle saying the first phrase of the it was “As a Wii owner” at that point lost my interest and respect for the article.

Sony gaming is unique and different than XB/Wi to Sony looks to make changes with out hurting the user where MS is looking to get users and than control them.

And just a PS this “Spam Check” asking the question “Do you speak English” is as ignorant and racist as a spam check can get.

Dave Parrack

If you can afford to own both then good on you! :)

alex

So you admit to the xb1 does spy? Also yes those other devices do that but none have gone this far before.

Dave Parrack

Kinect is interesting but it’s surely never going to be used by the majority. Welcome to Team PlayStation.

Zui

The PS4 may have a marginal advantage processing wise. The PS3 was marginally better than the 360, but the games will not be developed for just the PS4. This point is mute. The always on internet issue. Who does not play online games? The only time I do not have internet is when my power is out. Actually the Xbox one will actually compute in the cloud, therefore it has infinitely more processing power in that regard. Also, I will be happy to get the glitchy people off the xbox and kick them to the PS4. Good bye to them with their poor internet connections. My kids love the kinect. It is here to stay, and just get better. Xbox Live has always been superior to PSN. To all those with the big brother argument, do you use the internet? Obviously. Go live under a rock, and forget about tech. The 360 is nothing like it was when it was released. The xbox one will be that much better in a few years as well. Used games are nice to a point, but if you can sell it once and can share with up to 9 friends. (would still like clarification on this) This is not really a problem. There is still several months to figure out all these facets. I just do not get how people are discounting the xbox one so heavily. In raw value, It wins hands down.

Jason

Obviously you have not seen the benchmark test of both systems. (Google it) PS4 is close to 50% more powerful than Xone. In addition Xones operating system is more overhead, so that also takes away a bit more resources from developers.

Zui

By your logic you should buy a PC. As far as I can see. For the Price and options. Xbox has a much larger pallet of goods than the PS4 or PC. It has things that the PS4 and PC just do not have. Also it has it in a package that is easy to use. That is why is has more exclusive games and that is why it will be the console that developers develop for. It is 8x more powerful than the 360. That would make Battlefield look real. You dont need anything better than real. There is a limit to what is needed. we are now reaching that limit until we go to 4K sets. You dont need those unless you are going to have a 100″+ screen. The cloud processing is not real time. it is fed big data and crunches it. then it is just streaming it back when needed. 300k servers can do this.

alex

Just one problem pc gameing sucks and i know i tryed there is a reason console gameing is more popular.

Katya

Someone obviously doesn’t know much about architecture. DirectX + eDRAm/tilling vs XDR and OpenGL + CELL processing = the PS3 kicking the 360s ass up and down the street all day every day without breaking a sweat.

The fact that you think that the XBOBDone has infinitely more processing power because it shares processes with the Cloud is hilarious. Think about this for a second. Your XBOX has to send the process through a broadband connection to the Cloud, wait for the Cloud to perform the process and then send it back. Internet connections of any kind have an inherent problem EVERYONE complains about, because of weak internet service, bad server connection, hardware client or serverside acting funny, and more possible reasons – Latency. Conclusively, Cloud processing may add a small amount of power. It may also be terribly inefficient that by the time the Cloud performs the process and sends it back, your XBOXDone could have performed the task itself and moved on to a dozen others. And let’s not forget that THREE FREAKING GIGABYTE MEMORY RESERVE FOR THE OS JUST FOR TURNING THE THING ON!!!

As far as waiting for Microsoft to work out the kinks – screw. that. I own a PS3 and a Vita. Sony is using their brains and using the PS3 a beta platform for CrossPlay, CrossBuy, Stream as you play, to name a few features promised for the PS4. They aren’t ‘in development’. They’re here. They work, And they will hit the ground running on PS4 launch day.

I LIKE being able to lend and resell my games. Suuure I can share it with some friends on XBL. Sounds good. Until I or a couple of my friends have a disagreement about who gets to play one of them at any given time. Because we all have access to it at any time, but only one of us can play it at any given time. Whereas if the physical copy is lent out, chances are good – this isn’t a problem. Besides who doesn’t like taking a couple or three old games to GameStop and walking out with a new release at no extra cost?

Being able to watch TV on my console… might be cool. But unless every reputable reviewer I have ever read is making stuff up, that feature ONLY WORKS IN THE US of A. So if you live outside of the US, or in an area where you don’t have regular internet service, MICROSOFT DOES NOT NEED YOUR BUSINESS.

Yeah. People can blow the XBOXDone horn all day long. The thing is an incredibly expensive paperweight. PS4 for life.

nonya

Agreed. Another point xbox is using the cloud to enhance their graphics and gameplay. But ps4 can process the same kind or bettter graphics and gamplay all buy itself and that’s because it has a gddr5 which is made strictly for gaming. So imagine if sony made a cloud software to enhance their graphics and gameplay. It would make the xbox one graphics look like your playing supernintendo while the ps4 looks like looks like your playing a ps3. So gamers what’s more important graphics and gameplay or the extra *** you can do. Ps4 made a system for gaming while xbox one is made for entertainment. Oh also the fact that xbox one a has blueray now tells you that microsoft is paying sony for it so every *** xbox sold a portion of that money goes to sony. So in the end Sony Wins.

Kenzie M

Nicely stated, and I love the point about Blu-ray, lol. However, you said “So imagine if sony made a cloud software to enhance their graphics and gameplay.” Well, look at what we have here: http://www.gaikai.com/ Albeit, Sony did buy them, but either way, I’m sure Sony has some big plans with Gaikai for the PS4.

Katya

The PS4 naysayers have been waving their XBOX flags over the GDDR5, saying it has more bandwidth but higher latency than the (G?)DDR3 in the XBOX One. The thing they don’t realise is that the PS4 is architecturally designed to improve latency everywhere else, so at the end of the day the PS4 still outperforms the XBOX One without breaking a sweat. And let’s not forget the major difference between DIrectX (which has never worked right) and OpenGL (which is inherently fast and efficient anyways). Sony, I salute you! Microsoft… R.I.P. Or don’t. I don’t care.

alex

Thankyou dude like seriously.

Katya

I’m a girl. But you’re welcome. :)

Emmanuel Asuncion

PlayStation Four, Yeah baby!!!

Foremostpanic62

You,re a dumb a** your using the point of being able to SHARE GAMES DIGITALLY as a bad thing and then saying handing out the physical copy of the game would be better? First off what if you have friends or family that don’t live in same city as you?
Secondly you saying it as if you had to let all of your friends use your game copy which you don’t.
Third accidents happen so what if you let you friend borrow your hard copy and the disk got scratched and then neither of you could play it again?

Another thing the Xbox 360 red rings because of how much they tried to put into it and it couldn’t keep up so I believe because of this thats why they didnt go all out with the Xbox One beside most people can’t see more than 60fps which is around at what XBox One caps while PS4 begins at 60fps ad goes to 120fps which is way to much and most people wouldn’t be able to see difference . What if Sony put to much into PS4 and it crashes not being able to keep up? Beside with the way graphics are now you probably won’t notice to much of a difference if any

Katya

What’s sad is that you pay so little attention to what is actually going on in the console gaming world that you actually wrote that. It is a non issue. Microsoft has reversed course on their used game policy and with it, their digital sharing program. It’s a dead argument.

The XBOX360 redringed because the cooling system was inadequate for the heat generated by the hardware. Plain and simple, and it did not really improve until the XBOX360 Slim which used 40 or 42 nanometre wafers, generating FAR less heat to begin with.

People said that you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the XBOX360 and PS3 as well. As someone who used to own both consoles, and consequently sold her XBOX360 because it was a piece of junk, I noticed. I noticed frequently.

Katya

On the hardcopy sharing point, now that I am more awake – I don’t know about all of you, but I do not lend my things to people that I do not trust would handle them with the same care that I would handle them. The same care that I would handle their things with. This is not limited to DVDs or music CDs or game discs. iPods, stereo accessories, clothes. An entire console/computer. Your car. Anything that for any reason would be a set of hands that aren’t yours. If you lend your game disc to a friend, and you can’t trust that they are competent enough to make sure that the disc is safe travelling the short distance from its case, to the console disc tray, and then from that tray and back into that case, you may have a bigger problem than whether you can or can not share your games digitally. I have owned my PS3 since the day they hit the shelves and having bought and resold/traded over 200 titles, I have a total of ZERO damaged discs, because I take care of my things and I do not lend them to people that I can not trust to afford them the same care.

Digital sharing my alleviate this concern, you’re right. But Microsoft was trying to use that feature to try to get away with used game murder. A lot of the people I know look at it like Microsoft was saying “You can’t resell your games” and then washing that sh!t sandwich down with “But you can share them right 10 friends :D” Yeah. Okay. So they were polite enough to use lube first. Thankfully (for XBOX fans), the gamers spoke, and the used game policy is no longer in the plans. But, in the true Microsoft fashion, they took their ball and went home on the digital game sharing.

alex

Not true give it 2 or 3 years and all ps4 cause the ps4 is market limited like the xb1 so by default if nothing else the ps4 will outsale and be in more homes so future published games will invest more heavily in the ps4.

alex

Isnt not is as limited sorry im on my galaxy.

Keith Locke

Your theories are stupid your kids are a waste of life..Buy what you want but coming online justifing with insults is just lame and shows no credit to you

MakeUseOf TechGuy

I use it. Love Dance Central, enjoy working out with Your Shape.

null

How I know your pain man I love my 360 and I loved microsoft…..until they took a shit on us gamers. Rejecting a whole community in an instant was worse than the mess with mass effect 3. I am truly looking forward to my future ps4 but pissed at microsoft for everything they did just to get fanboy’s just to fondle them later.

noneyah

Welcome to Sony brother. We appreciate. What’s good bout ps4 is that if we had the same game I could watch you play from my system vis versa and say if I had trouble on a stage that you already beaten you could take over my game from your system and finish the stage for me. But you probably know that already I’m just saying that’s dope

kingmatt2563

really considering the kinnect adventures is the most sold game on xbox 360

kingmatt2563

really considering the kinnect adventures sold 17 million copies being the most sold game on xbox

Cameron Humphries

Issue with the All-Ways online internet or have Xbox1 on once every 24 hours, is the fact about 80 percent of Americans and about 88 Percent Europeans(Average) can expect to lose their connection or Internet for more than a day. So Microsoft really blundered here. It weren’t really the critics, it were more the fact someone at Microsoft saw the same study I did and understood this were going to come back to bite them. And if you don’t believe me, Two examples (Hurricane that Hit NYC area and the current issue in Colorado. Both would have simply missed -up millions with the once ever 24 hours demand.

Alex Downs

The Xbone is innovative honestly, but I want a game console, not a multimedia center. Also, always online will probably make me want throw the thing out a window.

TheJoshwha

This post is brilliant! The PS4 feels like a mid-gen console rather than next-gen. I can understand why those who have poor internet connection may be against it, but if you have the extra bit of money and a good area for internet One is the way to go.

TrueAzeris

@ Thejoshwha the system is using 8 gigs of DDR5 RAM, this is the first time to my knowledge outside this ram has sen use outside of the graphics card market. If you think the ps4 is a “mid-gen” system than you are both an idiot and a Microsoft fanboy.

KgWizard

Speak think before you post. The PS4 does NOT use DDR5 RAM. DDR5 doesn’t exist yet. It’s GDDR5. GDDR5 supports higher bandwidth at the expense of latency. DDR3 has low latency but smaller bandwidth. Both have their strengths and weaknesses.

Palu

If the ps4 is mid-range, then the xbone is low-range, from what we saw and following your reasoning.

The question is not if you have internet or not, but why do we have to. Its about having stuff shoved down our throat, and risking that, in the process, were left with a expensive doorstop when microsoft decides to shut down the servers after 10 years or so

Personally, im not willing to have the xbone as the my “main” console.
By imposing on the player heavy restrictions, it has to give something back, and that something has to be cheaper prices. If it wants us to give up stuff, it has to give stuff back, imo. Only then will i even consider getting one as a secondary machine (and only for the few exclusives i care about. And no, its not forza, halo or fable, which i dont like)

Dave Parrack

I agree completely. It’s the principle of it. I do have solid and reliable Internet, but that still doesn’t mean I’m willing to accept being forced to go online once every 24 hours.

palu

actuallly, i already have my popcorn ready to watch the shitstorm M$ will get into, once the servers go down for wathever reason, and people cant login to play their singleplayer games.

Dave Parrack

In what way does the PS4 feel like a mid-gen console? It’s more powerful than the Xbox One.

TheJoshwha

I said “feels mid-gen” not “is mid-gen” for one, and not because of power. Because the PS4 doesn’t have much to say in startling innovation. It has a few cool gimmicks, but not much. It is the same with the 3DS vs. PS Vita argument. I’d get the 3DS because it is something different. I am more than happy to have these restrictions. Everything is moving towards Internet. Most employers in the UK don’t even have paper wage slips anymore! Making games consoles broader, and focusing more on Internet seems like natural progression. PS4 has brilliant graphics and a load of raw power, but it doesn’t bring a huge amount more than the PS3 as far as new ideas are concerned.

Dave Parrack

And I said “feel like a mid-gen console.”

Sony didn’t make a big deal of the new features at E3 but if you watch the original PS4 unveiling from earlier in the year you’ll see that there are some big innovations. Instant video capture and asking friends to help you beat a certain part of a game, for instance.

Palu

what you feel constitutes next gen, is certainly NOT what others might say is next gen. I dnot care for kinect, its only fun for a day (unless your a kid), and TV i and my mates dont watch anymore… so in the view of a lot of people, the Xbox One can be said to be step-back…. far from being next-gen

TrueAzeris

the ommision of the G was what we in the biz like to call a typo, and yes I realize there are tradeoffs to GDDR5. Here is why the use of GDDR5 is exciting….GDDR5 has never really been used up until this point because most FSBs cannot handle the bandwidth meaning the tradeoff in timing is a detriment to performance. Sony is not stupid so ifnthey afre including GDDR5 ram in the system its because they believe they will be able to use it to its fullest potential.

TrueAzeris

whats up with people thinking the xbox one is innovative? Since when did turning your gaming console into a voice activated cable box count as innovation. Voice recognition is old technology and cable is from the stoneage! Does anyone really pay to use that crap anymore?

Keith Locke

go hang yourself you sound dumb in all your post…why do waste of lives allowed to have internet while millions die of hunger in other countries?

MakeUseOf TechGuy

Which bit is more powerful? They have identical specs from what I can see, save for a minor difference in memory…

Jason

GDDR3 and GDDR5 is a huge difference. Not only in hardware but the MS operating system has more overhead. Thus hurting the system a bit more. Albeit it to say I doubt we will see any major difference in first generation games. But by 2nd and 3rd I bet we do.

muotechguy

Actually, I’d forgotten about the whole Windows 8 Kernel thing. Sacrificing power so I can multitask with dumb snapped screens is kind of annoying.

Atique

As far as I know XBOX One is not using GDDR3 but DDR3. GDDR5 is based on the DDR3 architecture, but has more bandwidth. And I will add one thing, PS4 got better graphical capabilities, as reports suggests they are as much as 50 percent more powerful than the Xbox one.

Austin H

If I can’t buy used or sell back when I buy used, I don’t see the point of getting an Xbox 1. Unless the price of new games drops considerably, I don’t think I could afford one either. After buying the console, I’d probably only have enough for one game. And what if it sucks? I can’t sell it without a ton of hoops to jump through. Sure I can give it up to 1 friend, but who wants to gift a crappy game? And then I still am stuck with no games until I can afford the cost of new game again. At $60 a game that’s already $120 on games plus the $600 console, I just don’t have that kind of money.

Gettsay18

1. Its up to the developer whether they want to apply charges for trading in and buying preowned games, so if your an EA fan, bad luck, but I highly doubt that any of the major game publishers would be as stupid enough to put charges on second hand games
2. You can give games to 10 members of your “family” so that they can install the game onto their Xbox and pay when ever they want. I highly doubt that you constantly lend games to more than 10 people. And if you do, well buy a PS4
3. If you already have an Xbox 360 with Xbox live gold, your membership carries over to the Xbox one, so the $600 is actually cheaper than paying $550 for the PS4 and that additional $70 per year you need to buy PS+. Yeah, PS+ is $10 cheaper than Xbox Live, but, when you buy Xbox Live Gold, all profiles on that console have the perks of Xbox Live Gold. So you don’t have to pay for (lets say) 4 PS+ subscriptions. With Gold you also get 2 free games per month, and yeah PS+ gets 3 game but those three games aren’t spread across all profiles on your console are they?
4. $600 goes a lot further, you get an inbuilt PVR: so you can record, edit and upload straight to youtube without buying editing software and a HD-PVR from Hauppauge. You can also stream straight to Twitch TV, that’s good because no one uses Ustream. You also get Kinect, but if you buy the PS4 you have to pay separately for Playstation Eye.

Austin H

1. I don’t know if I agree with this at all. It’s up to the developers what they create and the price point they sell to the original owner. Beyond that, I don’t think they should be given anymore power. No other industry or art-form has that level of control beyond the initial person they sell too.

2. I agree. I don’t typically have 10 or more family members to trade and give games to. However, the option and ability too are still important. Additionally, limiting the amount of times a game can be traded by a user also affects used games retailers. And it gives rise to the possibility and ease of people promising to give or trade a game on eBay/Craigslist/etc. and not delivering. Besides all that, my biggest concern is not so much the present but what this tells of the future of the gaming industry. How much longer until we can only trade/give with 5 people? With 1 person? With anybody at all?

3) This isn’t really relevant to me personally. Also, it would still only be cheaper if you had more than a few months left before you had to purchase Gold again.

4) Those features are really only reaching a niche audience, one of which I am not. I had to look up what Hauppauge and PVR even are. Certainly, those would appeal to gamers who are into recording and posting their game play. But for me that is not a draw. In fact, I actually count the fact that I have to have a Kinect with an Xbox 1 as a point against it. I don’t want it, especially with the “always on” aspect.

Ro. LaRi

1) Microsoft built the foundation so that the developers could say no. Also you do not know what the developers intend to do and what is beyond the realm of their stupidity and greed (no need to look further than microsoft).

2) Why am I only limited to ten people in my household to use games (which means they would have to buy xbox live and be online and constantly connected and more hoops and can’t be used by anybody else etc.). And what if I live in a house with 11 people? What if I live in the largest mansion on earth and I want all my butlers and maidens to play? Do you see where I am going here? Why are they placing LIMITS on us? For what reason? I have to check-in for my games to work? What if I travel, or am in the military, or live in a low-income neighborhood or if the internet in my area just sucks? am I suppose to just pack my shit and move so that I can use my xbox games. Yeah most of us have internet (mr. obvious) but why REQUIRE it? Why limit your potential sale demographic to less than 35% of the people on earth? Of that 35% who knows how many will be getting a playstation instead.

3)The PS+ membership also carries over and it’s even $10 less. Yeah now it’s mandatory but I’ve been an xbox live subscriber for almost a decade. Mayer longer and on other accounts. At times I found PS3’s online FREE content to be better than that of microsft (which I paid for). Where do you get your numbers from? For ten more dollars than the Xbox one ($499.99 USD) I can buy a ps4 ($399.99 USD) PS+ ($49.99 USD) and ANY GAME I CHOOSE ($59.99 USD). Not only that but PS+ has been on the free game train. Along with steeeep discounts on almost new titles. MS just got on that bandwagon this month only releasing fable III. Of course they said 2 through “NOVEMBER” not for the entire consoles life or even for the next gen. (If you can find It show me the source and I will apologize to you on this thread and admit I’m wrong. Also on this gen PS4 games will be yours to keep for the duration of your ps+ and seeing that SONY has few if any of the restrictions this game has yes you can enjoy it.

4) this is a straight opinion! once again Ustream is accessible in far more countries than twitch.tv. I understand you are a fanboy but don’t spew BS to prove your point. Besides if we wanted a kinect we would have bought one and the same goes for a PS eye. I like the fact that I’m not being RAPED into buying one and it is left up to ME the CONSUMER!!!! and even if I did want some camera spying on me I would rather it be $60 and able to be unplugged than to add $100 to the cost of my console and destroy the functionality of my console when I decide to unplug it. Of course they say no one will be spying on you however, read the fine print “AT ANY TIME MICROSOFT MAY CHANGE THESE POLICIES…etc.etc..”

BOTTOM LINE IS::::: I want a console for GAMES. Not an entertainment center that will be outdated in 1-2 years and probably replaced by smart TVs Nor do I want to pay an extra $100 bucks for it and all its restrictions. If I ever feel like I need to get an xbox fix (why I would? I don’t know after this crap!!) I’ll just play my 360. After all it was the last thing Microsoft has done right other then that half-ass attempt on Windows Vista 2 (Win 7)

Keith Locke

1. y’all fags
2. number your points is retarded and well retarded
3. poor people fighting over this is dumb, just buy both..you guys cant be that poor to not afford both
4. go fawk yourselves

Ro. LaRi

p.s.

The PS4 also has a share button and interactive video gaming… Such that I could control someone else’s game if they need help in a Level. And the sharing systems on both consoles are remotely similar. Xbox uses twich and PS4 uses Ustream. Everything beyond that is opinion only

TrueAzeris

psplus also carries over and is not $70.

Bobby.A

You just convinced me to buy a PS4 thanks Matt.

SFA

The exclusive thing won’t last. Like Sony’s list, Xbox’s list will continue to dwindle as it’s revealed they are timed exclusives.
Not to mention I don’t know of anyone who cares about Kinect games and that chops the list down even further for me.
Ryse looks interesting now that it’s no longer a Kinect game…but they had nothing else exclusive that interested me.
Some games they shown, like that music one were even pathetic looking.
The final things to kill it all for me on Xbox was price being $100 dollars more and Sony announcing that they are staying true to consumers with used games and allowing us to play offline.

Jason

Not only will the exclusives list dwindle for xbone, the MS exclusives on average are not nearly the quality of the Sony exclusives.

When I think of QUALITY exclusives on Xbox it’s Halo. (And now Bungie is making games for PS4)

When I think of QUALITY exclusives on Sony well the list is long and proud. Just a couple off the top of my head

-Uncharted
-Infamous
-Watch dogs (exclusive?)
-Tekken Revolution (Free! And only on PSN ima huge FG fan)
– and not to mention all the inde developers who have flocked to the PS4.

Your exclusive argument is weak.

KgWizard

Watch Dogs isn’t an exclusive. It’s Multiplat. Xbox has Halo, Gears of War, Mass Effect 1 and 2 before they were (terribly) ported to PS3. Jade Empire was also an Xbox exclusive.

Kyle

You realize halo will be going multi platform right?

Mike Fernandez

Your source?

Brian

No halo will not. 343 Industries which makes Halo is owned by microsoft. i think you are thinking of Destiny which is made by Bungie the formers developers of Halo

jamie

i imagine you’re talking strictly in console terms, but i have jade empire for my pc, and a much better version at that. plus, while entertaining, it wasn’t great. nothing on some of the other stuff the company has released

Jason

Yea Halo is stagnant and old now. One of the reasons Bungie (the heart of Halo) left. They are making destiny on all consoles, and PS4 is more powerful. Rumors might run at 60fps on ps4 versus 30fps on Xone.

Dave Parrack

I would hate to miss out on the Naughty Dog games. And Media Molecule (LittleBigPlanet) for that matter.

noneyah

Halo ain’t nothing compared to kill zone and the whole world knows it

Dave Parrack

You make a good point. I don’t know anyone who uses the Kinect on their 360 either. Just because it’ll be standard on the Xbox One doesn’t mean anybody is going to use it.

Chris Hoffman

Didn’t you write that you were no longer buying games on Steam because Valve’s terms of service prohibited class action lawsuits? The Xbox One has the same stipulation in its ToS along with even more consumer-hostile things like a mandatory connection to the Internet once every 24 hours.

For my money, Steam is way more customer friendly than the Xbox One is. Am I missing something here?

Matt Smith

I’ve pretty much given up on trying to shun digital. It’s a losing battle, or more importantly, one I’ve become more and more convinced doesn’t need to be won, at last not at the consumer level.

Jason

Heroic effort, trying to support X1 but the lack of passion is felt in the article. But if your past fight to stop DRM failed dont stop now! Now you have what you didn’t before. Hundreds of thousands of people on your side agreeing with you and the issue is front and center. Your support of X1 erodes your rights and ours as a people. Stand back on your feet and keep up the good fight!

Palu

As long as the price is right, agree. But if microsoft is taking away used games and forces us to login every day, then it has no excuse whatsoever to not have regular aggressive game sales.it just has to, or else its dishonest towards the costumer

Chris Hoffman

Makes sense. I agree with that.

Still, I prefer Steam and PCs. I doubt we’ll see Steam’s level of competitive pricing come to consoles — we already don’t see Steam’s offline mode, which has no time limit. Playing online or watching Netflix on your PC is free — and so on. Bring on the Steambox!

Matt Smith

I basically have Steambox, and I’ve also built one to test out its viability, overall.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/what-we-learned-while-building-our-steam-box/

My opinion is that the Steambox has a huge up-hill battle. I like it, it works pretty well for me, but it’s not by any stretch of the imagination a suitable option for the average person.

We haven’t heard much from Valve about it lately, I hope that means they’ve silently gone back to the drawing board.

Duckie0306

Up untill now I was confused over the complicated setup of XB1, there lack of clarification was quite poor, but you’ve answered everything that needs to be said, and have reafirmed that XB1 is the console for me thanks

Palu

Yes, this article was also very helpful to me, and i thanks to it have decided to settle for the PS4

Duckie0306

Each to their own, in the end they’re both class

anomonous

The xbox one isn’t even made for gaming it has a ddr3 while the ps4 has gddr5 also the playstation eye is as high res also equiped with 1080p and wide angle lens and not only strong but stronger hardware as well. Ow and did you know sony promises over 30 exclusives my end of next year and if you get the ps4 and a ps eye its still 40 dollars cheaper so bottom line if you want to spend more money and be part of the nsa prism program and suffer restrictions through a no box then but excuse me while I enjoy privacy used games and being able to take my playstation with me on vacation since it ain’t region locked and I enjoy upgrades since I can upgrade my ps4 hard drive and you no box microshafters don’t get too haha

SpicyMcHaggis

did you really just say that The PS Eye will be better then the Kinect…..I already pre ordered my PS4 and all I can say is that statement it pretty dumb

Matt Smith

Oh, man. Poe’s law strikes again. Assuming you’re serious…

“The Xbox One isn’t even made for gaming it has DDR3″ – Really? You know what else had DDR3? Every PC sold today. There’s no denying that the PlayStation 4 is indeed the quicker machine in this pair, but “DDR3 isn’t for gaming” is just silly.

“Playstation Eye is also high rest 1080p” – BBBZZZTT, wrong! The Eye is 1280×800.

“Sony promises over 30 exclusives.” – Well, since you’re so quick to take promises at face value, I promise you I’m right about everything. Ever.

“NSA Prism Program.” – Wow, we’ve forgotten about the Sony Playstation network hack quickly, haven’t we? But I suppose ignorance is bliss.

“I can take my PlayStation 4 on vacation.” – If you actually take your PS4 on an International vacation than more power to you, I guess. But don’t pretend this is a scenario that matters to any more than a tiny fraction of the gamers.

“I can upgrade my PS4 hard drive” – You can attach an external USB hard drive to the Xbox One at any time. I also don’t think Sony has explicitly said you can upgrade it with ANY hard drive – just that it CAN be upgraded. Which again, is something a tiny fraction of gamers will ever attempt.

Jason

The Sony hack was bad, and unintential, (the best banks in the world get hacked) but it PALES in comparison to the Prism program and Microsofts involvement.

The NSA Prism program is NO JOKE. 90% of general populace doesn’t even know the power of data mining, and now it is in use for governmental purposes with Microsoft!? This is alarming to all Americans, and should be alarming to people world wide.

When a secret judges order comes down, and the NSA demands they hack an Xbone Kinect for serveilance MS will say no?! They can’t say no, it’s illegal, and those records are sealed for 25 years so we won’t know till its too late!

The government has proven with the IRS scandal they will use data to stop political freedoms.

Idk if your apathetic or ignorant but both are dangerous and disgusting.

Matt Smith

I guess you don’t have a smartphone, then? Since the government can spy on you with that. No webcam, not even in your laptop? No tablets either, except a Google Nexus, I guess…but, ah, wait, Google is implicated in PRISM too.

Well at least you can take refuge in Sony, because there’s no way they’d ever comply with such a program; it’s a little know fact, but Sony is actually an armed militia of concerned citizens, not a multi-national corporation like Microsoft.

Jason

Lol your so apathetic it’s gross. This is an opportunity to stand up against these horrible policies in Prism and in DRM. But instead your response is “oh well it’s going to happen anyway” pathetic. Apathy like yours is why our rights erode and in the end hurt you and us as a people.

Jose

Really an armed militia of concerned citizens, are your fucking serious? Sony is in fact a multi-national corporation you jackass, and Sony is one of the biggest companies in the world, think before you post.

Samir Chong

I am not a PS4 nor XBone fan (BTW PC master race FTW :D) but console with constant high-speed internet requirement (1.5Mb/sec WTH?), unnecessary online DRM and 24 hours check-in pretty much turned me off.

To those who lives outside US like me, those TV bullsh*t will be useless whatsoever. Plus, not everyone can afford good/stable internet especially in rural areas. Also let’s hope that you can still play your games after M$ shut down the servers…

Palu

That whole media tv features are only US exclusive. Outside of that particular market, microsoft will not care to sign deals.

MakeUseOf TechGuy

Do we actually know that, or are we just hypothesising? I live in the UK, and have a TiVo box identical to a lot of Americans. I’m sure TV support won’t as extensive here, but they wouldnt launch with nothing.

Palu

they’ll only care about UK and USA, nobody else

Tim Dumoulin

PS4 is the way to go!!…It had more and better exclusives this generation and will certainly have more the next generation. Matt…you talk about more xbox exclusives at launch, but I dont need to play 14 exclusives in the first few months of the consoles life. I want consistant exclusives for the next 6 years in which sony will certainly deliver.
I dont care about Television!!! … I have internet and Netflix on my smart TV. I dont need a 60 dollar a month cable bill on top of my xbox subscription prices!. I dont want some NSA douch bag watching me at home while I play, I dont want to pay a fee for a used game, I want to own my games!! not rent them from MS.
The Xbox is Big Brother in your home!!…EPIC FAIL…NO SALE!!

Oh by the way Sony will not even charge for online gaming … instead they will let the publisher decide if they want to charge.

No Brainer this is a Playstation Nation in the future.

Tim Dumoulin

Sorry Matt, I am confused, I read an article this morning that indicated Sony changed their policy on the online. I know they announced a 5 dollar a month fee, but I think they are going for MS’s throat and allowing the publishers to decide. Thats what the latest is. And even if they do charge for the online…I don’t care as its great value for the small charge anyways.
If you want to buy Xbone and let MS rent you games..be my guest!!!

Palu

Kinda correct. There are features, like asynchronous multiplayer (like playing “commander mode” in battlefield4 on a tablet) or racing against online ghost data in GT, which are possible without PS+, and free-2-play games like planetside2 which will also be playable without ps+

Online tradicional online gaming will depend from a valid subscription.

LegionDestroyer

Don’t lecture us with the playstation got hacked then covered up card.. Xbox live got hacked worse and more times and had been covered up very well, psn went down longer because they fixed it up properly, it won’t happen again.. I would trust PSN far more than xbox live’s record

Matt Smith

Since Xbox Live is hacked so much, you’ll have no problem providing evidence to back up your claim.

XBOXONE

Legion Destroyer The hacking group “Anonymous” took down PSN and will do it again if they want too. If they can hack into the Go Daddy [a government server that has millions of websites on it] they can pretty much hack into anything. Just look up anonymous hacks ps3 on youtube

Jose

Well for one i remember when i had an Xbox and people were always hacking each others accounts and telling other people they would get hacked if they didnt what they told them. I know a few friends that got their accounts hacked before. So there is your evidence.

PC power

Guess regards don’t remember when Microsoft got hacked

Syler

Yeah but PS4 has 6 F2P games announced non of which will be on the Xbox, not sure if they will all be available at launch, but that should have been mentioned.

Matt Smith

What are they? I’m genuinely curious.

Mridontknowwhattochoose

I really dont know what to choose after all that im reading and watching :/? Yes both have ups and downs and i really dont care about the xb1’s restrictions .. Im just stuck as to what to get , and ive to admit xbox does have better exclusives and a more entertaining package but ps4 will seem to have the graphical edge and thats what am mostly wanting out of the two “GAMING” not media !! If ps4 had smartglass id be sold to it by now but at the moment im stuck anyone help ? And is there really a big difference between ddr3 and gddr5?

Matt Smith

There is a big difference between DDR3 and GDDR5, but not so much that the PS4 will be obviously superior. Honestly, we’ll just have to see how things pan out; developers won’t be squeezing the maximum potential from either system for several years.

If you’re stuck as to what to get, you can just wait. Or pre-order both from Amazon. You won’t get charged until they ship and they’re real easy about canceling your order.

noneyah

Huge differnce but really think and ask yourself what downs does ps4 really have. Just one are we gonna pay for have to pay for online play. That question hasn’t really been answered yet so no one can really say. But downs does xboxone have too man. They got restrictions on games. Their spying on you thru NSA program. You know for fact they gonna charge for xbox live cuz they been doing it since the beginning. And they have the dame technology in the xbox one as all the previos generation consoles. So really is the decision to choose what to get that isn’t so difficult. I mean a wii u is a better choice than the xbox one. It also still has the DDR3 but there ain’t any restrictions. And there’s a huge difference than GDDR5 think bout it this device processes the graphics and gameplay. And that G stands for gaming so its made for gaming. Sony went from DDR3 to GDDR5 they skipped GDDR4 or DDR4. Now you tell me what you the difference. Think about it Sony is way more advanced. There’s the proof.

Palu

One of those is Planetside 2, which is trully awesome. A real nextgen experience, and its free-2-play done right.

Im totaly addicted to it on pc, it just requires a powerful pc, so i have to play in low settings… But on the ps4 itll be on high settings, i hope

Matt Smith

I agree Planetside 2 is pretty cool. I’d play that on PS4 if I didn’t have a PC that can run it.

Joey

That’s some hopeful wishing that planetside 2 will play on high resolution… I love ps2, have over 500 hours on it through steam, but that doesn’t help the fact that the game has been out for months and its still not optimized… I run it on a beastly rig with a SSD, 16gb of ram, gigabyte gtx 670 and maintain 60 frames in big battles then ill dip down to 30-45 frames during the HUGE battles. Now compare my pc to the ps4 and the ps4 is already years behind in preformance and power. There’s no way this game will look like you expect. Sorry.

Syler

Blacklight retribution, Planetside 2, DC universe, Warframe,War thunder, and Dust 514 (unconfirmed, but in an interview they said they had plans for the next 10 years, and since it is PS3 exclusive it should go to the PS4 eventually). Yes most of them are on Pc but this is xbox vs PS4 so having those games should count towards PS4. MS is also making Indie games sign up with publishers if they want to get onto the store, and charge 10,000$ per update (saw it in an interview or article, someone else might be able to link) so PS4 is much more attractive for indie devs, which means we might see more games like journey.

Syler

Should mention just for clarity that Sony allows them to self publish and release updates at no cost.

Aaron

Great article Matt and also some great responses to some of the comments as well. I am stunned that there are so many odd comments about NSA, spying, game ownership, etc.

The PS4 feels like just a more powerful PS3. I feel like Microsoft sees the bigger picture on where technology will take gaming in the future and has built a foundation with the Xbox One to take it all there. Once again we have consoles that will produce games arguably graphically equivalent, it will be all the extras that set them apart. In the end people won’t give a damn if they can or can’t trade their games in for crap money, they will care though what their console is capable of. Xbox One wins when it comes to capability.

Palu

The problem is to know if people actually care for what microsoft of offering. Personally me and my mates, we dont. I dont want kinect, its fun 5 minutes, and i dont watch tv. and about cloud, that can be fun and open up new features, but sony also has gaikai, so no real advantage here.

Lets see how sales go. To say that what microsoft is offering is amazing and very important to next gen gaming is only a point of view, certainly not a fact

Naz Gram

>Why buy a console with less great games to play?

Fewer.

Palu

Unless the xbox one offers aggresive sales (like steam), theres no reason to support the drastic limitations it imposes on the costumer. If they want us to give up used sales and to login every day, then they have give us MUCH cheaper prices prices, imo

Matt Smith

Maybe you feel that way, but I don’t think gamers in general agree. Everyone talks about how they use Steam for the sales, but if you look at the top sellers, you’ll often find games that aren’t even out yet and are being purchased at full price.

It seems plenty of people are willing to pay full MSRP for a digital copy.

Jason

Great!? so now your just siding with corporate greed to get more money from consumers. Disgusting!

Palu

Thats only your opinion. If your ok with giving up features, and not get anything in return, then its fine with me, but dont be so arrogant to think that what you think is a irrefutable fact.

Ive read all the e3 reports and checked all the games the next gen is going to have, and Im not ok with what MS is offering, so i wont buy into it. You do whatever you want with your money, but dont think that your opinion or needs are the same as others

Matt Smith

You said they “have to give us much cheaper prices.” I’m saying that no, they don’t, and the PC market (Steam and its peers) have already proven that. Gamers have been paying money for full-price digital copies for YEARS now.

Jason

Dude again your just siding with corporate greed. That is so gross. I hope people notice this bad viewpoint you have chosen. You need some self awareness man, wake up.

palu

from my experience, people buy the majority of their games during sales. actually all my friends are also pc players and have steam, and we all buy the vast majority of stuff during sales, and NOT full price. youre actually misreading the data. if you go now to steam, youll see a bunch of full price games riding high on the charts, but you dont see how many copies have actually been sold. from my experience,from the experience of my friends and clan mates, the vast majority of purchases is made mainly during sales. so no, steam is not the proof that people are ready to give up features without getting a cheaper prices in return. its actually the proof that people are ready to embrace digital distribution, IF in return we get cheaper games (thats the only reason why steam got adopted by the community. had they gone all Microsoft Store or Origin, they would have failed).
youre just trying to force your storyline and conclusions on everybody else, with the help of fallacies and misinterpretations. stop insulting people

Alan

Prime Example – The Call of Duty Franchise, only VERY rarely on sale and only like 10% off the old COD games when a new one comes out. But it’s is still strangely one of the best selling FPS’S of all time…

Alan

I Agree 100% Matt, What about steam pre-purchasing? Sometimes you get 10% off for pre-purchasing, but most of the time its full price and on release day… servers are FULL. Also If i want a game now to play, i don’t wait for steam sales, I just Buy it. I have 400+ games in my steam library, i’ll admit i have not paid full price for all of them, some i haven’t even played. But the games i frequently play (some i’ve played over 600 hours) i have paid FULL price for, because i wanted the games on release day. Personally i won’t be buying Either the xbox 1 or the PS4 console, Too much Hype and BS surrounding them and i like to play a lot of shooters, so a game pad is no comparison to a keyboard and mouse.

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LegionDestroyer

This article is oozing of microsoft fan boyness.. We want gaming consoles. I already have an entertainment/AVR unit as most other core gamers do. I want to plug my console in and play games. And I especially don’t want a console that has to sugar coat itself with ‘exclusives’ at release to try get the upper hand. Sony already know that it has won the console war so it’s games that they are releasing are sufficient.

Matt Smith

“I especially don’t want a console that has to sugar coat itself with ‘exclusives’ at release to try get the upper hand.”

You’re not happy with Microsoft specifically BECAUSE they have exclusives?

Doesn’t that mean the best console in the world is one with no games at all? I’ll sell you my Wii U if you want…

LegionDestroyer

Interesting assumption to make. Your point is valid though. But to rate a console on exclusives, obviously ps3 wins by large margin. So giving the history we all know that even though xbox 1 is releasing with more exclusives, ps4 will ultimately dominate with better exclusives over it’s life time. Which is also a give as a console dedicated to social gaming and offline gaming rather than every other futuristic feature that there is no market for (look at how all previous voice control products foot tv has failed) will always dominate.

Alex

My biggest worry with the Xbox One is Internet data usage. Stream games, social media, Internet connection required all the time, how much will this box rack up my data? I have a 30 gb cap, I live in the middle of nowhere. I do not have fiber connection obviously. I get my Internet via a receiver on the roof. Looks like PS4 is for me.

J Enrique F

Great this article just convinced me to buy the PS4…
I only need a gaming console that is cheap, can play used video games, and movies!
For the internet connection, I need it to be flexible because my internet connection is really bad over here…

Zui

The PS4 may have a marginal advantage processing wise. The PS3 was marginally better than the 360, but the games will not be developed for just the PS4. This point is mute. The always on internet issue. Who does not play online games? The only time I do not have internet is when my power is out. Actually the Xbox one will actually compute in the cloud, therefore it has infinitely more processing power in that regard. Also, I will be happy to get the glitchy people off the xbox and kick them to the PS4. Good bye to them with their poor internet connections. My kids love the kinect. It is here to stay, and just get better. Xbox Live has always been superior to PSN. To all those with the big brother argument, do you use the internet? Obviously. Go live under a rock, and forget about tech. The 360 is nothing like it was when it was released. The xbox one will be that much better in a few years as well. Used games are nice to a point, but if you can sell it once and can share with up to 9 friends. (would still like clarification on this) This is not really a problem. There is still several months to figure out all these facets. I just do not get how people are discounting the xbox one so heavily. In raw value, It wins hands down.

J Enrique F

“I will be happy to get the glitchy people off the xbox and kick them to the PS4. Good bye to them with their poor internet connections”.
I see you must have a great internet connection, good for you buddy…

velker

For the sake of freedom and prosperity the XBone has to die. The whole point behind financial transactions is to facilitate trade for goods and services. Microsoft is attempting to mutilate that concept with the XBone.

A good is something you claim full ownership of after the initial purchase. After the transaction you can do whatever you want with the product, It is yours outright. The seller cannot legitimately (regardless of what so called laws are in place) dictate what you do with the good after it changes hands.

Services are purchases of a provision still owned by the seller but the seller allows customers access to said provision after monetary transaction has occurred. In this the buyer does not own the service and must abide by the terms of the seller lest the seller can revoke access to the service.

XBone is attempting to do away with the notion of goods and paint everything under a service model. This does set an ugly precedent as doing so denies basic human rights to the purchaser of things that cannot be construed as anything but a good.

A console is not a service, It is a good. therefore it is an infringement on basic market and human rights for XBone to dictate when and how the product will work and for how long. A game too is a good not a service. XB have no rights to tell you what you can or can’t or how you can use the product after you purchase it.

The fact is both goods and services are required for a free market to function. Having services without goods is like having sex without genitals. which if XBone has its way what little consumer freedom we have left is this fascist market will be forever castrated.

If the XBone is successful it will set a precedent that will lead us down a road where you no longer have any rights or ownership of anything you purchase. you are a peasant and the trade you take part in only gives you the privilege of use, you as an individual will not truly own anything you purchase anymore. In other words, full on economic slavery.

I can conceptualize many scenarios and circumstances where one would be willing to accept loss of freedom and liberty, but to sacrifice such for the sake of a fucking video game console is truly pathetic. And to those who feel content with such restrictions or look for every excuse to justify XBone’s business model I offer this revised caveat.

“If ye love control better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were ever considered a free thinking individual.”

MakeUseOf TechGuy

Your argument is flawed when the product is digital. With physical products a market persists due to product degradation; your CD gets scratched over time, and at some point you need to buy a new one. With digital goods, a perfect copy is maintained indefinitely; the very definition of “used” just doesn’t apply.

randomaxe

Since when did CD/DVD get scratched while playing them? I’ve had Sega CD’s and Turbografx CD’s for decades in immaculate condition. Your argument is hellishly flawed as what you just said doesn’t happen. Yes, if you drop them or use them as coasters this will happen. But if you take care of the medium you’ll have that medium for the rest of your life. And with digital goods a perfect is maintained but depends on the infrastructure you need to be connected via the internet to access them, which can be a problem.

James Bruce

Well done – you take good care of your CDs. That doesn’t invalidate anything I said though: it still becomes “used” once you’ve owned it, but it just so happens you’d be able to sell it as “in good condition”. The point is it’s a thing, subject to wear and tear, and one which cannot easily be copied and passed off as the original product.

Digital != DRM != online authentication. Please don’t confuse them all.

randomaxe

These reasons aren’t good enough to purchase the X1. Not at all. The price point I can understand because of the Kinect. But, for someone like me I already have an DVR that is far superior to the X1. Also, I wouldn’t even use half of the options the X1 offers, the video sharing looks half assed, not thought out well. The hardware compared to the PS4 doesn’t justify the cost and I don’t watch TV. So those silly X1 accouterments don’t mean a damn thing to me. TV isn’t the future, apps are the future, Hulu, Netflix, HBO GO is the future. Not sitting back looking at a cable box. The Cable Box is the thing of the past, why in the hell do I need one when I use applications on a LED TV to watch Hulu or Netflix? I can understand if this was 1980 when the cable box was the dominant device in the living room but it’s being faded away very quickly. Then the games, I believe in quality over quantity and most of those games besides first party titles will make their way over to the PS4. Why not? the PS4 has the market now and X1 pre-orders are starting to flounder. Don’t deny that MS screwed up bigtime.

what do i know

you missed the entire point…….

Foremostpanic62

Ok this is sorta relating to what you said but didn’t someone get sued and put in jail for jail breaking their PS3? I mean you can correct me if I’m wrong but there is a certain limit to how much of a product you actually own when you buy a game system.

Tim

Check this video out Matt!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ekOtn7L1N0

ZErohero

Tim. If you’re going to keep bring up psn getting hacked then I’m going to bring up The red ring of death :p

Foremostpanic62

The red ring happened because they put to much into the 360 than it could handle right? So what happens if it turns out that Sony did that with the PS4 and it crashed? When boasting to have the best quality and graphics you might have to doubt wether the system can put up with it

Nitin Bhosale

typical xbox fan.ok here i am giving you answer for everything.

ps4:140 games in dvelopment 20 exclusives are launch tites.
gran turismo 6 look little deem as compare to forza but who knows
what will come in ps4 gt6.

ps4:powerfull,cpu-gpu & 8 gb ddr5 ram (specially used in graphics card).

ps4 have gaikai as answer to cloud power .not big as like microsoft but it can carry ps4 community load :)

used games policy ,internet connections ps4 have advantage in this.

cheaper then xbox1

only adavantage of xbx1 is :kinect is better then ps4 eye but still can compete.

Paul

We won’t have the TV function in Australia.

Please revise your 5 reasons and replace the television point.

MakeUseOf TechGuy

How do you know that? Where has Microsoft given full details of TV support?

Alan

Blah Blah Blah, CPU, GPU. GDDR DDR Blah blah, Specs, Blah Blah i Read a review, Blah Blah, NSA, PRISM, blah blah, Exclusives, Blah Better Blah Blah Faster Blah Blah, Xbox, Blah Sony Blah PS4. Yawn.
8-bit Nes FTW, oh and my sli gtx 690’s

jamie

so, given the recent leaks that reveal that the US government has its grubby little fingers all over the Microsoft servers, you’re still going to willingly put a device into your house that records everything (picture and sound) and even monitors your heart rate? AND it needs to connect to the internet every day for games to even run, despite the fact that this will force you to send all this info straight to the NSA?! I sure hope you live alone so nobody else is subjected to the unprecedented level of spying that you would be inflicting upon them buy buying this piece of crap?

also, the used games thing is really taking the piss. if you get this console, i hope you enjoy not being able to share games with friends!

Zui

Actually you can still share with friends. Also, I mostly play online with friends which requires them to have the game too. Only Single player games can we share like that. And you can still do that.

Paulwbafc

I fear Microsoft are alienating a section of gamers that is pushing more towards PS4. If this is by a considerable margin. Software developers will start to focus more on the PS4. Microsoft are thinking ahead but I don’t think a section of gamers are ready for that yet. Many people have been innovative before and crashed. If microsofts innovation costs them at the start. The only blessing is Microsoft has the $$$ to rescue the Xbox one. Certainly the best console war I can remember. Gamers need both these consoles to compete its good for gamers.

Xzen

1) I’ll get Titanfall on PC
2) I’ll get Gran Turismo 6 on the PS4
3) My Wii U does all that TV stuff already
4) Not a lot of people really care about Kinect or Move. The novelty has wore off.
5) The PS4 also has cloud computing
6) “Digital is a blessing, not a curse” If you like to own your games digitally you can do that on the other systems. There are also ways of sharing those digital games.

Wamps_b

Amazon is now having a poll on which console your gonna buy and the ps4 is killing the xbone, votes where like 16k for the ps4 vs 1k for the xbone.

Ken Smith

For me I’m going to wait and see how the hardware holds up, as heat is the main reason for the failing units in the past. The use of inferior solder, which affected the surface mount tsop’s and GPU. A poor GPU clamp design, and reduced fan voltage (its set at 5v, but it’s rated up to 12v….design choice for it to be reduced make the unit more silent) contributed to the Red ring of death. As well poor hardware choices for blue-ray and hard drives made for an expensive gaming system door stop,

So having all these new extra features are great to a point. But really how long you get use of these features depends on how long these manufactures will support their warranty’s and if they addressed the past design issues as it looks like these units will always be powered on.

DJGHOSH

Though I am not quite convinced 100% one way or the other (And being an Xbox fan over the past 2 generations), I still like the way the article was written and your responses to the slather *YOU ARE SIDING WITH CORPORATE GREED, MAN* types below. I guess my issue with the Xbox is right off the bat on announcement, they went full Restriction/Non Game mode. I was really taken aback at the initial reveal, in that it was confusing that your initial sales pitch as “this system will be much more limiting than the previous one, and also will incorporate mandatory check ins. Also, check out all these non game features”. And the unrelenting push for the kinnect to the point of lumping it with the system… from a purely emotional standpoint, they lost me. PS didn’t do great, but they did capitalize on the emotional sentiments floating about by advertising what they were NOT going to do, not by virtue of things they were going to do. Either case, I think I’ll be waiting a couple months post release to see which system to subscribe to.

Matt Smith

Waiting isn’t a bad idea. I jump on things as an early adopter because tech is important to me. That’s why I’ll almost certainly end up owning all the consoles, anyway, as I have for the last two generations.

But when you’re an early adopter, there’s usually not a lot of games to play, and you might end up buying the less popular platform. The wait-and-see approach can save you a lot of money!

Troy

The fan boys are out in force Matt. This was probably the best written article I’ve seen on the new console war. Regardless of my personal opinion, you presented the best argument I’ve seen on either side. Most other so called gaming journalists are so blinded by the PS4 press conference that they can’t honestly say they’ve provided balanced coverage of this topic. An objective assessment would bring more than 20 percent of people that other sites claim to your same conclusion. “I’m smart, and I’ve made the best choice, ’cause I’m smart, and you HAVE to agree with me, because I said so.” Most of the arguments smack of either sheep, or attempts at justification of their own self worth based on their choice.

Troy

I agree with you on the messaging. Like Matt points out below, you may be served to wait until prices drop. Excellent point on the emotion aspect. I think may are reacting emotionally to the DRM issue, and have failed to assess every facet of the new consoles.

Matthew Spangler

Ok quick question, how much did mircosoft pay you to make this article, or are you just an xbox fanboy? I love my 360, i disliked the ps3, however, the ps4 really impressed me at E3 and the xbox one……lets just say i’m not pleased. The “features” to the xbox one are nothing more than money grubbing restrictions that are going to push away gamers with any sense (the fan boys will still buy it and say it’s the greatest thing ever though )

keysy

exclusives really lets see who annouces more games this year sony or microsoft. you seen MS whole hand and just two cards from sony. saying exclusives is a joke

Loretzo12

The xbox one is $100 dollars more than the ps4 cuz it comes with the kinect and the ps4 dont with the eye and its nothing like the kinect. Kinect could be a good thing right? Like dead rising 3 with some of its kinect features. Can wait to see what else they can do with it. ps4 is okay and maybe the xbone too I think, Never played on it Yet. lmao goes for all the xbox haters.

Nick G.

Reviewer must be paid by Microsoft or something lol. Say what you want about how “great” this new xbox “console” is but it really just comes down to cost effective or not. Reviewer says tv is important. (great so buy a TV and get cable or something.) I never have ever thought, oh I wish that I could turn on my xbox in order to access my cable. That would be so convenient to add a needless step and make the xbox a middleman. same for streaming, “Oh goodie! I get to pay microsoft in order to access my netflix/hulu etc. account that I pay for that is also going over my internet connection that I pay for. (again microsoft tries to be a useless paid middle man) Why should I pay them to access things I already pay for, just in order to use them on one console? not to mention not being able to play my previous (but not very old) 360 titles? what is that about? this is not a gaming console. It is a roku, cable middleman, that looks like a vcr and cost 500 bucks, while requiring you to pay them a subscription fee as well. (it also will let you play some games apparently? I wouldn’t know since they want to focus on TV and preventing people from renting titles instead of making a gaming console that (console) gamers would want.

Matt

So you said one of the reasons why you want Xbox One is because they have more exclusives? Really? Quality over quantity! I’m done

Joey

Lol quality over quantity… Yea Octodad looks amazing! (No, not at all, it looks like total crap, my 6 year old nephew wouldn’t even play that) … Kill zone is just another shooter clone that only got good press cause its play-stations only competitive game… And knack… Wow thanks for showing me that pile Sony… As for the others, drive club.. Cool another racing game but how can they compete with the tyrant of racing known as forza? Ill give them props on “the order: 1886″ cause that looks like a fresh new game. Lastly, infamous has been and always will be sweet so I can’t down talk that one >.<. So in a nutshell, 2 (possibly) quality games to expect… Yea ill take quantity this time :).

J.De

I’d never seen such a biased article on the whole internet. You deserve a medal for acting so condescending toward the intelligence of readers.

RobD

There is a term in economics called “hyperbolic discounting” and in neuroscience its called “immediate reward bias”. Essentially its the tendency to choose a lesser immediate benefit over a greater long-term benefit or in the case of “hyperbolic discounting” you discount the value of a future benefit in relation to a current one.

We have seen the impact of this bias in the rise of Walmart. People want immediately lower prices while ignoring the long-term impact of paying those lower prices. I am not really arguing one way or the other on used games, just noting there is an impact of used games on ROI for game developers. Its simple economics. For me personally I avoid used games.

What the results of limiting reuse of games should be:

1) more exclusive content for XBOX
2) more investment in content destined for XBOX
3) cheaper content for XBOX

What will probably actually happen because developers suffer from the same “immediate reward bias”

1) developers will use the increased profits from more XBOX direct sells and spread it across all platforms to not anger PS4 users with not having the same content as XBOX.
2) will not lower their prices for XBOX
3) will not reward MS with exclusive content for XBOX

Remember profits for game developers translates to more investment in games and game developers. Developers don’t save up the money and roll around in it naked at night. They spend it on talent, content and research. I understand the desire to save money immediately but what is the actual long-term goal? For me its better more realistic games. There is always a trade off you make when you chose cheaper. There is a reason used game retailers push the used games over the new games. There is usually more profit in the used game for the retailer. Your choice is to give the profit to the retailer or the developer.

The fact that there are more than twice as many exclusive XBOX titles might be an indication that developers see the benefit of limiting reuse. Granted it could also be an indication of MS investment.

Troy

This is an excellent article of why anyone should take this new console seriously. Microsoft has botched the messaging, so everyone is overlooking the amazing advances that Matt highlights so well. The embedded videos, some of which I haven’t seen, will make PS4 fans green with envy a year from now when fully realized. I predict a strong performance out of the gate for Sony, which will be erased next holiday season when the first exclusive bundles are released. You made your case well with just the facts, well done Mr. Smith.

Luigi Vafunculo

“I’ve put my money down for the Xbox”

We have been wondering where that one xbone preorder came from.

Mauricio A

Reposting my statement

technology has changed the face of gaming forever but nothing beats the feeling of playing Super Mario and Sonic Adventures 2, #retro #gaming #oldschool

Krys

“But ultimately, the core reason why I’ve picked the Xbox One over the PS4 is the game library. The list of PS4 exclusives is down to six, while the Xbox One has fourteen. Why buy a console with less great games to play?”

Just because a game is exclusive doesn’t mean its any good…

alex

Okay i will take your article bit by bit.
So first games
The xbox one with better games i simply can’t agree with yes they got halo 5 but we got killzone and yes they have forza we have driveclub and yes they have ryse so of rome but uhm aint that a lot like god of war. Also i saw dead rising 3 and well there is so many zombie games now do you even really care so the only one i saw i liked was thatt quantum game all the others are repeats sequels or also on ps4. Now the ps4 has the new infamous and knack but the big one with my eye is the order 1886 it looks bad to the bone and actually unique hahaha.
Television is better?
I for one and many more dont do much cable most are hulu or red box or netflix and spending this much for a cable box add on that plays games (with help) dont sound good.
Kinect better? How?
They both have 1080p 60fps wide angle view facial voice and gesture recognition you know all the *** that matters and yes they both can define people and objects and have depth perception and no the ps4 eye doesnt have a ir blaster so it can see you in the dark but then again wont the tv be on so isnt there light no matter what so whats the point of that other then it costs more.
Cloud laugh
That cloud stuff is by a server through software and sony has servers and cloud so only a update away from doing the same stuff except when server shut down happens the ps4 with 5500 megahertz vs 2100 will still run amazing and play amazing and wont stop working or region lock you.
Digital curse or cure or a add on
So many think the one sided msoft way is best but the ps4 does disk and download and cloud and thats best because that way everyone is happy and it can appeal to a much larger market.
Sorry guys but the crap box sucks even if you sugar coat it just how it is ow and by the way the family share on xbox is a hoax cause do you really think they will let you share like that and miss 9 out of 10 sales its called they are hideing the truth so you will buy it.
Now finally stop knocking on sony as if they are lieing on thier drm because they have responded and confirmed they will keep their policy in place which by the way is the same policy they have had since the ps2.
Msoft if your so worried of people tradeing in a game then how about make a better game so people dont wanna trade it in duhhh.

Sony

Nice try Microsoft!

matt

online polls lol

alex

Yea but if every poll says the samething its something to consider but i loved this one just for the whole way it looks it made me laugh.

Lisa Santika Onggrid

Online requirement is the deal breaker for me. None of my consoles ever go online. Not even my computers are online 24/7. Connection is okay at best, and I can barely read articles at times.
Yes, digital? Cloud? They are blessings, depending on where you live.
Kinect is cool and all as a demo but in practical use, it’s not so practical.

Aidan

Let’s count the actual number of exclusives for the ps4.

1. Knack
2. Driveclub
3. Infamous: Second Son
4. The Order: 1886
5. Planetside 2
6. Warframe
7. DCUO
8. Blacklight retribution
9. Deep Down
10. Octodad
11. Killzone
12. War Thunder
13. (maybe) Diablo 3

Anyways, most of the games that are interesting will be available for both platforms. Whore of the Orient, AC4, Watch Dogs, thief, Beyond Good and evil 2, Destiny, The witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Wolfenstein, Kingdom Hearts 3, Dragon Age, the elder scrolls online, Star Wars: Battlefront, The division, and those are just the ones I’m personally interested in.

Aidan

It is kind of funny. We both picked different consoles for the same reason. You chose the xbox one because of games, and I am probably going to go with the ps4 because of games. The list I made to compare the two:

Xbox One:
Assassin’s Creed 4
Dead Rising 3
Watch Dogs
Wolfenstein (maybe)

PS4:
Assassin’s Creed 4
DCUO (Free!)
Knack
Warframe (Free!)
Watch Dogs
Blacklight Retribution (Free!)
InFamous Second Son
The Order: 1886 (maybe)
Planetside 2 (Free!)
Wolfenstein (maybe)

This is for me at least, although these are only the games that will be coming on release or during Q1 2014.

mr. derpinstien

you forgot ryse, killer instinct, halo, crimson dragon, forza 5, kinect sports ;)

Fanboys Everywhere

So sick of nerds who want to jump on the bandwagon to hate on XBOX One. Both consoles will be an amazing step forward in gaming, but the XBox One just has more features, it seems more forward thinking. While I appreciate the sentiment of focusing on games, PS4 is just a PS3 with better graphics and performance. Hardly any innovation, and their OS reserves just as much RAM as xbox… for what? To share videos?

Apparently… gamers… which should be a crowd of open minded, forward looking, intelligent people… are for the most part close minded, ignorant, short sighted sheep that will dogpile on anything once the crowd starts screaming rabble rabble…

I expected rampant fanboyism this generation, but all this slander of the Xbox is just shameful. Stop listening to everything your little friends are saying because it’s suddenly cool to hate on XBox… you really can’t go wrong with either consoles, but xbox does seem to have more forward thinking features and ways to interact with games. THE END

Anonymous

Xbox one cannot support 360 games. But the ps4 can!

Joe Colbourne

I owned the Xbox 360 and all I want is a great gaming system with great graphics, and great games and absolutely nothing else. I do not care about online or kinect crap. I am not some dork that sits and plays games 8 hours a day and needs to be online with a stupid camera. I do not need an “entertainment system”.

The Xbox One wants to force people to buy a bunch of crap they do not need or want. As far as I am concerned there is no choice, I will be buying the PS4.

Good job Sony for sticking the gaming. Xbox One can suck it.

Mr. Derpinstien

there shouldn’t any argument whether what system is better because you can bitch and moan about who’s better each system is gonna have their variety of games and things they will so what if Xbox one casts 100 more or PS4 cost less for ps+1 Xbox always did have the most competitive players for online and ps always have the games with awesome story so its about what you like best plus in the end of the day people with will have a better gaming system and don’t care if you can’t afford it still better sadly i’m still getting XBOX ONE so if you play station fan boys want to bitch about it go ahead you make yourselves sound like idiot children so both systems are good the end

Slevan11

You must be an Xbox fanboy, i have got both consoles and can honestly say the PS4 wins hands down, kinect is the same as it was with the 360 – useless….