PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4

Dave Parrack 13-06-2013

PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 playstation4 console controllerE3 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 Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with... Read More is already on the market (and hardly selling), which leaves a battle royale brewing between the PlayStation 4 from Sony and the Xbox One from Microsoft. Both consoles will be released before the end of 2013, and you can pre-order either one right now. But which should you choose?


Having watched both E3 press events and read reams of news posts, features, and opinion pieces on both offerings, I’m going for the PS4. I may buy an Xbox One in the future, but it’s looking unlikely, quite frankly. Sony has me opening my wallet and preparing to shove my money in its pockets.

When it comes to the PS4 vs Xbox One, here are the reasons why I chose to buy the PS4 instead of the Xbox One, and why I think you should do so as well.

A Broad Selection Of Games

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The people who buy games consoles are gamers, surprisingly enough. This may seem to be an unnecessary thing to say but with consoles becoming more like multimedia devices, it’s an important thing for all concerned to remember. While Microsoft was extolling the virtues of the Xbox One as a set-top box for watching television, Sony has instead remembered who its customers are and focused on pleasing them.


There are plenty of exclusives coming to the PS4 within its first year on sale, including Driveclub, Infamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, The Order: 1886, Final Fantasy XIV, and Knack. This list offers a good mix of popular franchises and brand new IP.

Sony is also embracing indie developers in a way that Microsoft isn’t. Hundreds of small teams are working on bringing games to the PS4, with many of these under-the-radar titles being showcased during the PS4 press event at E3 2013 (as seen in the video above).

Used Games Are Fine

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For years, game developers and publishers have been trying to curtail the used games market, something I for one have vehemently railed against. Until now, the efforts have been confined to charging extra for the buyer of a used game to play online. However, Microsoft has upped the ante considerably with the Xbox One, and the restrictions are numerous and confusing. It’s clear that Microsoft is taking power away from gamers and handing it to publishers.


Sony, on the other hand, is keeping things clean and consistent. PS4 games can be traded and sold as each individual owner sees fit. Some publishers may still try to persuade you to buy new games, but Sony isn’t enabling them to run the show to any greater degree than they have in previous generations. And let’s not forget that used games have been a part of the industry forever.

Online/Offline Options

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It may surprise you to learn that not everyone has a fast or reliable Internet connection. And even those who do may like to play their games offline and without the attentions of friends and strangers. Those people should not be buying an Xbox One, as the Microsoft console requires that you connect to the Internet at least once every 24 hours. If you don’t then you can’t play games. At all. Even offline.

Sony has chosen not to force gamers to go online if they don’t want to. Instead, the PS4 allows you to play offline as much as you want and for as long as you wish. Online functionality should be a choice, not a requirement, which is exactly what Sony is offering. Choice… it’s a wonderful concept that appears to have passed Microsoft by.


This, along with the used games announcement, was one of the key moments in the PlayStation 4 press event, as the reaction from the audience truly showed how badly Microsoft has judged things. Still, Xbox fans who can’t get online regularly have another option… just keep playing the Xbox 360. So says Don Mattrick, head of interactive at Microsoft.

One small negative that belongs under this heading is Sony’s move to a subscription model for online multiplayer. PS3 gamers can play online for free, but PS4 owners will need to purchase PSN+ in order to do so. Thankfully, PSN+ is a fantastic value for the money, with a full year’s subscription currently costing just $49.99. For that you get free games to play every month, and discounts on many more.

Price Advantage

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You should have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket after buying a PS4, because its price at launch has been set at just $399. This makes it $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, and represents a marked contrast to the $599 launch price of the PS3. Sony has clearly learned its lesson.

Microsoft is justifying the $499 price tag of the Xbox One by flagging the inclusion of Kinect as standard, while Sony is sticking to offering the PlayStation Eye as an extra peripheral (priced at $59). I’d argue that most gamers have no interest in motion-control, so cramming it down people’s throats is actually a bad thing. This difference in approach also suggests the PS4 is the console of choice for core gamers, with the Xbox One clearly embracing the casual crowd.

Region-Free Gaming

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Last but certainly not least is an announcement that seemed to elude most people at E3, thanks to the used games and offline-friendly goodness that made all the headlines. The PS4 is region-free, meaning that games purchased in any region will play on a console from any region.

In practical terms, this means that people who regularly holiday in foreign regions will be able to buy PS4 games abroad and play them just fine when they get home. This is another sign of Sony keeping gamers in mind when making decisions about the PS4 and how it will operate.


So back to our question, “PS4 vs Xbox One?” If you can afford to buy a PS4 and Xbox One, then by all means, do so. But for the majority of gamers who can only spend a certain amount of money on their hobby of choice, one next-gen console will have to do, at least for the first couple of years of the generation. It’s to those people I thoroughly recommend buying the PS4 over the Xbox One for all of the reasons cited above.

Meanwhile, check out our top PS4 controller picks The 7 Best PS4 Controllers to Buy This Year Which PlayStation 4 controllers are worth getting and which should you avoid? Here are the best PS4 controllers today. Read More if you need a replacement.

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  1. Daniel
    July 30, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Amazon is already accepting pre-orders for the PS4 and Xbox One. Delivery promised for December 2013.

    PS4 US$ 399.99 XBOX ONE US$ 499.96.

    See now

    []s Daniel

  2. Aidan
    July 6, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I prefer the xbox one how it was when they first announced it. Mostly for the family sharing plan. I am able to share the games I own with 9 other people, even on different consoles. Basically, if I and 9 friends each chip in a little money, we can get all of the brand new games for $6 instead of $60. I don't mind the used games too much, because even at full price I would basically be getting most of the games for a better price than how much most are used after 4 or 5 years.

    Not only that, but the xbox one was basically going to be like a PC. This means that their store would quite likely evolve to be a lot more like how Steam is for the PC. So tons of deals, quick price drops and all that. It might not have been, but who knows, it could have.

    Region locking doesn't matter to me because I don't buy games out of country. I might not fully understand it, but being in the US and only buying games online or in a US store, I don't see myself having trouble. 24 hour check in is no big deal either for me because I have a steady internet connection, so who cares. Even if my internet wasn't that great, I would still be able to connect it once every 24 hours.

    But now, the main differences for me is the price difference of $100, and the fact that psn > xbox live (cheaper, good deals and free games for psn. xbox live gets you online.) Also, the exclusives look a tiny bit better for ps4.

  3. Shinza
    June 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    There is a very big difference in these two posts. The one favouring the xbox is based on the authors opinion and the one favouring the ps4 is based on fact.

    PS4 for me.

  4. dave
    June 27, 2013 at 1:32 am

    hey now.

    i like both your write ups. but i am a ps4 guy only because of the games. my question is this: will sony's ps4 be able to play ripped cd's on an external hd? i am huge into 2ch stereo audio (aka audiophile) and i have a decent amount of cds (vinyl is where its at for me). but the dac in the ps4 is gonna be a good one im guessing and it would be nice to have a ps4 and a turntable for my music collection.

    im not interested in sacd or flac. just ripped cd's off an external hd.

  5. ColaWTF
    June 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    PS4 is looking better and better. I was intending to buy one anyway but reading this article Is more justification. Xbox has never appealed to me and the Xbox one is beginning to appeal me to less and less.

  6. Michael762
    June 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

    people are already saying "oh, x1 switched its properties so theres no reason to hate it now."
    WRONG, the fact that they did it in the first place made me switch to the ps4 without thought.
    i was defending x1 (even though i already knew i was going ps4) but when they pretty much said screw the military that can't get it.
    i'll never go back lol

    • Takieda
      June 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      The XboxOne NEVER said screw the military. From day one of announcement of all the "always online features" they've said there will be methods for people abroad, or with low to no internet connectivity, and *SPECIFICALLY* the military they would provide a code to NOT have to always be online. I'm torn between the two personally, but I see what the XB1 is doing as what's going to happen in the future whether we like it or not.

      But moreso than that, can't we at least see, and appreciate, that Microsoft is LISTENING to its audience? Gamers (you know, the ones that only Sony wants to cater to, right)?

      • Michael762
        June 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

        if you show me the link where they said "they will provide the military with a code to stay offline." then i will believe you but theres a video up on the top of this page that proves you wrong.
        he said something along the lines of "for people who can't get internet then stick with the 360. i read some blog about a man on a nuclear sub that wont be able to play because of no internet."
        he went on to say something along the lines of "i would imagine it hard to obtain internet in there." he said absolutely nothing about giving them a code.
        btw i said "pretty much said screw the military without internet."
        pretty much as in a joke with some truth in it.
        i'm not going to come back to this site.
        I leave with this, Dave, you made an excellent point and covered all the good points and bad points. told them about bonesoft and titanium shielded sony! Thank you all and goodbye.

  7. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    June 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I'm glad that someone finally admit that not everyone like the online aspect of gaming. And that decision to support used games? Nice. Maybe Sony will regain its lost reign and once again emerge as the unrefutable king of consoles. Maybe. For now I'll say it's still early, but they're clearly having advantages.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Sony had such an advantage over the Xbox One that Microsoft completely changed the decisions over region locking, used games, and the 24-hour online checks. I'm not sure it'll be enough at this stage though.

  8. Gravity Dead
    June 20, 2013 at 5:49 am

    well, frankly speaking, now (after xbox new policy) i consider all of these points irrelevant

    Broad selection of games - games are same except some of the exclusives of both consoles and in another article you people have already said that this time xbox exclusives are better
    price difference is not 100$, sony is only giving you a option to buy (or not) the eye which is 60$, so actual difference is 40$ and if you like motion gaming then of course (IMO) kinect is better than 'PS eye' so I think 40$ should not be a huge concern :)

    but again, I am happy to see how sony have evolved its controller UNLIKE xbox,
    i am not saying xbox controller is bad but yeah it is not much different from years old 360 controller and not to forget that sony uses a more common technology for wireless
    I remember when I bought a wireless xbox controller but could not find a receiver for windows whereas a ps3 controller would not have given me that problem :)

    but anyhow I wont buy any of the console this time instead I will change to PC gaming with some consoles-sized CPU like "REVOLT"
    one favor, can anyone (from india preferably) suggest me specifications under 65 thousand rupees which can play (again preferably) all the current and some future games at maximum settings or at least better than the consoles.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      It's true, 3 of the 5 reasons have been knocked out by Microsoft's decision to do a u-turn, but I still think the PS4 is going to be the console to own.

      As for the price, it's still $100 difference on day one. If PS4 owners decide to buy the PS Eye later on then they can do.

  9. Marcelo Velazquez
    June 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Now, when you update your article with the new policy, gone are pretty much 80% of the arguments against Microsoft. I think the Xbox One offers more value for its Price.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      3 of the 5 reasons have been knocked out. Still, I'm buying a PS4 regardless.

  10. Mauricio A
    June 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

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

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I may be in the minority but I love the 3D Sonic games. But then I still have my Dreamcast and play it regularly.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        June 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        When I try to come up with a list, I find that most of my favorite games are in 2D. Nostalgia effect or real replay value? I don't know, but sometimes a game shine so bright in our eyes not just because of its intrinsic elements (gameplay, story, graphics, etc) but also our memory when playing it.

        • Dave Parrack
          June 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

          Nostalgia plays a huge part in the equation. And not just with video games.

  11. Drake Vargas
    June 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I question Sony's emphasis on the new Dualshock 4 and its lightbar, which supposedly functions with the PS4 Camera, while leaving the camera as an optional peripheral. What purpose will that lightbar serve without the camera? It seems like Sony said "Here's this great new addition to the DS4, which most of you will never use because a camera doesn't come with the PS4."

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      That's a good question, actually. It could be a mistake not bundling PS Eye in as standard, but it may be pushed at a later date. All we know so far is the launch bundle, and nothing more.

  12. Patrick J
    June 16, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Well defended. I too agree though. Well, it was nearly ages since Xbox 360 came and even though they managed to get Kinect a success, One was the let-down for many gamers (if not most). Also, the idea of keeping the thing connected 24/7 so that you can Skype others looks kinda ridiculous.


    We all know about PSN being hacked and hacked which made people feel foolish about buying a PS3 in the first place. That impression is pretty hard to fade by a newer model. Sony needs to at least ensure its consumers that they are concerned about security as much as they are. Also, Xbox's contorller feels better than PS's counterpart. Well, it's my opinion.

    In the end, it looks like I am a fool and either should buy them both or not buy any of them! XD

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      The PlayStation Network hack was serious, obviously, but it could have happened to any company. If anything I suspect it's made Sony more aware of security than any of its rivals.

      • Takieda
        June 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        I prefer to think of it as a company that *DOESN'T* get hacked, has already taken their job more seriously. Think of this, did buyer confidence increase or decrease after BP's little faux pas in the Gulf? (i.e. that huge oil spill). By your argument, BP should now be better prepared to handle future problems, but the damage has been done, as they say.

  13. Michael
    June 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Why is it every article/reviews seem to pick up on the xbox ones few software faults and not all the amazing things both consoles have to offer. Im sold on the xbox as I have no problem buying new games as I have a JOB which most of these gamers you talk about probably don't ... xbox have put together an all in one for a set price . You already have to pay for live so that doesnt bother me. I have REAL friends which we enjoy chatting on live parties. Also I use my xbox now as a tv half the time so its always on when im in. I only play a select few games and these will be available on both consoles. Cant wait to see the desktop as its getting more pclike aswel and not to mention the hardware inside both. I think if the majority of console owners wouldnt care about these minor faults. The hardcore gamers only really account for a small number of sales. The kinect is only going to get better in the future so if your techy then the xbox one is really going to be amazing

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Nice try at trolling, but you didn't quite cut it. You can have all of the money and friends in the world and it wouldn't make the restrictions Microsoft is inflicting on its console any more palatable.

      You go ahead and buy an Xbox One. The rest of us will be sitting in Sony's camp laughing at you :)

  14. jason
    June 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    One thing that hasn't been brought up in these battle blogs is that since Xbox live came out and all the multimedia junk on it has required a subscription. So even if you have a netflix account, you couldn't watch it through the Xbox if you only played solo games.
    PS has never had that restriction and is the most used platform/device for netflix. Even though online gaming will require a cheaper sub model than xbox live, on the PS4, you will still be able to use things like netflix without a subscription.
    Most of all the new things Xbox 1 boasts are then subscription based. So basically if you're not a gold member none of them will be relevant to you.
    And I just find the ever present kinect watching you as a little bit creepy.

    • Takieda
      June 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      The use of, or lack thereof, of Kinect is entirely up to the user. Of course, it is fairly pointless to have, and not use, a product, which means if you have no interest in the Kinect it does feel crude that it's been forced on you, but what about the hard drive that the original Xbox "forced" on the consumer. Every new add-on, product, or peripheral, if its to be adopted by the population and developers, has to start somewhere, and that somewhere was with the 360. Now that it's a permanent part of the XbOne package, I know that developers will take it more seriously, but moreso, I'm hoping for an RTS with Minority Report like controls.

  15. Humpster Sameasabove
    June 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    PS4 ALL THE WAY! Just Saying

  16. Dan
    June 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

    sorry but I'm done with new consoles, this is stupid, charging me to play on the internet, not backwards compatible, still unbelieveably underpowered for the price. Not maintenance friendly, forget it

    • A bag of potatoes
      June 16, 2013 at 6:32 am

      *cough*Wii U*cough*

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      At least the PS4 offers free games to take the sting out of the monthly charges and the possibility of backwards-compatibility with Gaikai!

      • Takieda
        June 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        The free games not-withstanding, but offering a service that "streams PS3 games to your PS4" is not truly backwards compatible. The WHOLE reason for backwards compatibility is so you don't HAVE to go through any other steps than, 1) grab old game, 2) insert game, 3) enjoy.
        Everyone seems to be missing this simple fact when they're talking about, "well at least the PS4 has backwards compatibility" or "well it's better than no backwards compatibility like the Xbox One".

        What's the difference, then, with just re-releasing an old game (I'm not talking about distribution methods, everyone knows that Xbox One is pushing for digital distribution), like Halo: Combat Evolved for the 360? or a HUGE load of the XBLA library?

        And let's not forget ALL the arguments against the Xbox One, regarding online connectivity, ALSO apply to Gaikai in this, except, NOW you have to have, and maintain, a very solid connection, with little, to no interference, with an exceedingly low ping, (and forget all your torrents) etc. Somehow, I don't see Gaikai being that great a service outside of Google Fiber areas (damn them, why can't they be in my area?).

        As a note, the theory behind Gaikai is definitely a good step in the right direction, but it is NOT the answer to backwards compatibility that people are saying it is.

  17. Jeremy Grande
    June 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Let us all not forget the major fail of the Xbox 360. How many of you had to purchase multiple Xbox 360 consoles when you got the red ring of death. Then to top it off Microsoft released a totally new system and didn't compensate those of us whose warranty had expired and systems failed.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      The RRoD was a major FAIL, but Microsoft seems to have been able to keep its core customers happy even after that. The Xbox One may be a step too far though.

    • Aidan
      July 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

      I sent my xbox 360 in and got it repaired for free when it had the RROD. Plus ps4 has had some issues with their yellow light as well.

      Anyways, it is pretty easy to find someone who will fix either of those issues for $30-50.

  18. Anderson
    June 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Well you convinced me, buying PS4!

  19. Lucas
    June 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I don't see any problem with Xbox in the first 4 reasons.. the only real issue to me is the region lock.

    • Takieda
      June 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Which, and you've probably already heard by now, has been eliminated. MS confirmed no region lock on the XbOne

  20. kevin
    June 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Reason still do nothing to sway me to buy a PS4. Those reason feel empty.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      June 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      In which way it feels empty? Please elaborate. I'm intrigued.

  21. kevin
    June 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Reason still do nothing to sway me to buy a PS4. Those reason feel empty.

  22. Cristina Muñoz
    June 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    The reduction of the prize in Playstation will attract a LOT of ppl :) Just saying xD

  23. Usman Mubashir
    June 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Everywhere I see is one line, Sony has pleased gamers ans MS the publishers, I think MS might get many more X1 exclusive games.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      That's a feasible proposition. However, publishers only care about making money, and if the PS4 has many more users than the Xbox One they'll be just as likely to grant Sony exclusives.

      • Takieda
        June 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        Money comes from numerous different locations, and MS has pledged $1bn to acquire exclusives. We're already seeing that there are MANY more exclusives for the XbOne library than the PS4. Sony definitely has a better track record for first party IPs than MS, but the third party exclusives far outweigh that difference, IMO (totally opinion here, admittedly, as I prefer the MS exclusives to the Sony ones).

  24. MakeUseOf TechGuy
    June 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Honestly, I think I'm having a change of heart. I mean, as someone who

    - does have a 50MB/sec internet connection, as well as a backup 3G connection
    - does enjoy Kinect gaming on Dance Central
    - doesn't like the idea of data being sold on shiny bits of plastic for another 10 years

    I can see myself buying an Xbox One. I don't really care about the TV control features that we won't get in the UK anyway, but I do think they're playing the long game.

    Oh hell, I'll probably just get both. The monthly free games on PS Plus make that a pretty attractive option too.

    Actually, I'll get whichever announces Rift support first. OH YEAH.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Oculus Rift is dead in the water and you know it!

      I have solid Internet and can afford new games too, but it's the principle for me. Sure, in 10 years time Microsoft might look like Nostradamus for predicting the way the market went, but for now the Xbox One looks like a shameful exercise in control.

      • James Bruce
        June 18, 2013 at 7:44 am

        I know you're just baiting me silly Dave, but Oculus just got $16 million in funding. You're just sad becuase you didn't back them on kickstarter, and now everyone is having more fun than you!

  25. Xrage
    June 14, 2013 at 2:14 am

    although i love my xbox 360, im buying a PS4.The only thing i want to do with my game console is play games.
    Why put extra wear and tear on my $500 xbox1 by watching blurays when i have a good bluray player already hooked up?
    And since im an adult i obviously dont care about kinect, plus im really turned off by the restrictions microsoft is imposing on the system.
    Im truly stunned by the seemingly arrogant attitude of microsoft, they think they can do whatever they want and people will buy thier product because of the popularity of the 360 and the fact that they wont want to lose their gamerscore.
    Sorry xbox, you lost me.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      It's very similar to how Sony treated the current-gen, assuming they would stay on top no matter what. Arrogance breeds complacency.

  26. Tim Brookes
    June 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    So aside from the obvious:

    The PS4 is more powerful.
    It is cheaper.
    It doesn't phone home once a day.
    It doesn't rely on a Kinect-style device.
    It has no restrictions placed on discs and trading.

    I have decided to buy a PS4 first due to the fact that they finally changed the horrible PlayStation controller and I will be able to use it without horrible RSI and claw-hand syndrome which I usually get from dual-shock/sixaxis controllers.

    I do intend to get an Xbox One eventually though, but I'll be waiting for a price drop.

    Sony screwed up the last generation so badly with an overly expensive launch, poor crisis management (the hacking) and by generally throwing their weight around after the success of the PS2. Microsoft is the one making those mistakes this time, while Sony sees an opportunity to get right back in there by bending over backwards to try and please potential customers. It's worked on me, I'll be pre-ordering for sure.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      You're spot on, Tim. It seems arrogance lends itself to manufacturers taking it in turns in the douchbag stakes.

      I suspect a lot of people will buy both eventually, but the first choice usually ends up being the winner (the Wii being its own unique thing).

  27. James Bruce
    June 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Minor correction: sony backtracked today and said that they can only promise first party titles will be drm/ used game fee free - third party publishers are free to do as they wish. Can't find source ATM.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      From what I'm reading this just means they can't promise that no PS4 game will have online passes or similar, but that's the same policy as PS3 and Xbox 360. Tretton stated they weren't introducing any further restrictions, whereas Microsoft clearly are doing.

  28. Tanim Istiaque
    June 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    PS4 offers better value if I'm not wrong. Going online is not always possible and that's when consoles are most needed to pass time. Poor job MS.

  29. SFA
    June 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I just read the other guy's argument and I have to say it was very weak. I didn't feel like he was even convinced himself.
    PS4 for me for all the reasons you listed and beyond, like the fact that Sony will in the end have more good exclusives and their hardware tends to last longer.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      If Microsoft has another RRoD situation on their hands then I'm not sure they'd bounce back from it.

      Matt did a great job with his article, but he had a lot tougher job on his hands convincing people the Xbox One was the best choice.

      • Ferg
        June 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        I was not thinking about the X1 at all. I thought Matt's article was very good and persuasive. However, the fact that Dave can use the Xbox's flaws as an argument for why you should buy PS4 just summed it up for me. Just seems they have made too many mistakes with the X1 in comparison to PS4.

  30. Austin H
    June 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I got to say, I found this much more convincing than Matt's piece in favor of the Xbox1. I really don't like the always on aspect of the X1, and I dislike even more Microsoft's attitude toward gamers and potential users concerns. They are just too flippant and they might be digging their own grave. The game trading is a huge deal too me as well. I'd say that most of my group of friends also game and between us, we tend to cover most major titles and games of interest. Being able to borrow and trade off games with each other let us enjoy a lot of games because none of us want to be spending $300 a year on new titles. We buy used mostly and trade/borrow freely. As far as I'm concerned, that's one of the most important aspects of gaming community. Honestly, I hope Sony really pulls in some great titles, exclusive or not, because Microsoft needs to understand that they've snubbed their fans in favor of assumed profit.

    • Matt Smith
      June 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      You missed the part where I talked about game sharing in my Xbox article, then? Microsoft says you will be able to share games through Xbox Live on the One with up to ten people.

      You can't play the same game at the same time, but then you wouldn't be able to do that with a disc, either. A disc-less solution seems more convenient to me.

      • Palu
        June 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Isnt that excluive to family members? thought they said only family could share a game? if not, and its open to any friend, can you, lets say, buy 1 game with 10 friends from all over the world and play it (as long as were not playing it at the same time)? If yes, thats cool... And will be taken advantage of pretty heavily

      • LegionDestroyer
        June 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm

        This is the biggest joke ever. Sony has been doing this but better since the ps3 released. Yes you can share it with anyone but only you and ONE friend can play at the same time.. There is nothing special/new about this. Good one Microsoft, copy Sony ONCE AGAIN

      • Austin H
        June 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        No I read that. I'm just not into limiting the gamer. 10 people is an insult regardless if I ever used actually lent to that many people. Convenience at the cost of not being able to sell my game to some one else or limiting my loaning capability is not ok by me.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Matt had the tougher job here, and I'm the first to admit it.

      I agree. I feel Microsoft has abandoned gamers to appease the developers and publishers. But I feel used games are a valid part of the industry that shouldn't be demonized in the way they are.

      • Brad B
        June 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

        You guys are thinking only in the moment. There is nothing to say that Microsoft cannot change the prices for games that have been out a while or give credit to people who digitally "trade in" their games. This could be accomplished with some simple tweaks to the online store. Going digital allows for complete autonomy to change things as you go just like software upgrades to Smartphones. If you want to play a gaming system that is not internet integrated, fine, you should buy a PS4. It's just like the people who shun smart phones because they don't want to pay a data subscription. Everything is going digital, Microsoft is just doing it first.

        • Austin H
          June 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

          Not at all. I am thinking long term. I see the long term negatives that surpass and overshadow the long term benefits. It's not the digitization that's the issue for me. Playstation 3 already has that option and so does Xbox 360. That is nothing new. It's the control. It's the possibility of the extinguishing of used games sales. Most games I buy are used, and most of those are sold to me second hand via Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist at rates Microsoft and developers either couldn't afford or would be unwilling to meet. That's the long term that I'm seeing.

        • Brad B
          June 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          So it sounds like this is all about money for you and picking up cheap used titles. Fair enough. However, all we are talking about here is price and control of content. People use this arguement when speaking of iTunes. Personally, I believe in corporate logic and greed to rule the day here. I assume that if Microsoft offered "used" or older games at a discount that rivaled what you could find elsewhere than it would make no sense to buy them from Amazon et al. I am sure Microsoft has a target of titles they expect each game system to generate and if they don't move enough inventory then its certainly easy to drop the price especially when they don't have tons of money tied up in supply chain, discs, plastic covers, and commissions to Game Stop. Not to mention that we have not really seen the price of these titles. Everyone is guessing it to be $59.99-$69.99, but if Microsoft is smart they will use the savings listed above to take the price backwards. I'm not saying they are, but image paying $100 more for the system, but saving $10-15 per new game moving forward. Same goes for older games. Less cost equals room for price negotiation. I have no idea why people are so surprised by this. We just went through this 10 years ago. We all used to buy CD's now everyone has an iPod.

        • alex
          June 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

          Later will get worst since msoft limited tge market number they can reach so ps4 will default ahead if nothing else but we both know if thats so then in 2 or 3 years time third parties will invest more to ps4 as more people will have it

      • Austin H
        June 14, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        I agree now, though when I read his article I was on his side. It was only after your article I really changed my mind. I guess I sort of figured, "Oh, I'll just put up with whatever Microsoft does; it can't be that bad." But then I guess I snapped out of the apathetic trance.

    • Samir Chong
      June 14, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Also region-free and used games, which is a HUGE plus point in certain country and especially foreigners in Japan (Imported games are expensive like hell and almost all the games will be translated into Japanese language)...

      Oh, and BTW nobody actually care about Xbone in Japan.

    • Brad B
      June 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      It looks like you did not completely read the article about the XBOX One. There is a sharing mode to allow your friends to play your titles as well as being able to log onto their machine therefore gaining access to your titles. Who wants to carry around games? Everything is going digital, you may want to join the party before you're left behind. Microsoft has not snubbed anyone. If you want to buy, just another gaming system slight upgrade with better graphics and improved game play then PS4 is for you. If you want a true leap forward in technological advancement and ease of using your entertainment components then XBOX One has to be your choice.

      • Austin H
        June 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

        No, I did read it all. I understand that there is sharing, but it is limited greatly. Why limit your users when there is no reason to?

        I don't find myself carrying around games all that often. When I have, it really hasn't inconvenienced me at all either. I haven't hit that level of ineptitude or laziness yet I guess.

        Lastly, Microsoft isn't doing anything new at all beyond TV integration and voice control. And those aren't all that appealing. They haven't innovated gaming with the Xbox One, just the gaming business model.

  31. JStoesz9
    June 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I'm done with XBox. E3 swayed me to Sony 100% now. I own both the 360 and PS3, use them both, but everything is screaming "PS4" for the next gen. There is nothing I find appealing with the XB1. The PS4 really has me excited though.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Oh, me too. I have never bought a new console on launch day before, but the PS4 has me sold. I want it and I want it now.

  32. Humza Aamir
    June 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    This one and the post favoring the xbox one over the ps4, both are quite convincing in their own right, but I'd also like to know about the comparison b/w consoles and pc. They do tend to wage a war among gamers as well.

    • Matt Smith
      June 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Well, PC is certainly going to be more powerful. That's not going to change, though consoles will at least be able to play in the same league for awhile. If you already use a PC for gaming and like it, the new consoles probably won't lure you away.

      • Humza Aamir
        June 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        The only thing that bothers me are the console exclusive titles such as forza for xbox and granturismo for the ps, among others. They don't have an equivalent on the pc which I wish they should, although I do prefer the pc for better graphics and its usability. Also, I couldn't get used to the ergonomics and button layout on the xbox 360 which a friend had, that probably has to do something with the fluency I have with the keyboard, so I lost the game, quite badly :)

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      PC is another thing altogether and I don't think there's all that much crossover. I'm a console gamer, others are PC gamers. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

      • charlie
        June 16, 2013 at 6:37 am

        the steam console will be a crossover when it is released?

        • Dave Parrack
          June 17, 2013 at 8:40 pm

          Possibly, ut at $900 it cannot be seen as direct competition to consoles.

    • alex
      June 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Well one consoles dont get compatibility issues and need replaced or upgraded in two to three years and secondly consoles provide an all around better gaming experience.
      The thing to remember is console gaming is more popular for a reason.