Who's winning the console wars; Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Which console, if any, are you getting and why?
I work for Consumer Reports and have had my hands on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. There is a lot to be said for both consoles. The Xbone is packed with features and really serves as a media center for the living room. The PS4 is more strictly focused on gaming and social elements. I bought a PlayStation 4 for my own personal use because I don't really need all the bells and whistles and there are a few PlayStation exclusive titles I'm really looking forward to. What do you guys think? Xbox One vs PlayStation 4, who wins?
To read my reviews for the PS4 and Xbox One, check out these links:
Xbox One - yabb.ly/ogLzAs
PS4 - yabb.ly/IDzaxD
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PS4 is an easy choice in this case. It's noticeably more powerful (50% faster GPU, unified GDDR5 memory), $100 cheaper, smaller/sleeker, and doesn't have a giant external power brick. Sony also has far better exclusives with Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch studios. The Uncharted series and The Last of Us were some of the best games of the last 5 years.
The media services are nice, but who buys a console for that? Pretty much everything serves as a media center these days (TV, bluray player, TiVo, etc etc). People buy game consoles to play games. The added TV integration of the XBOX is pretty worthless without even basic timeshifting/DVR capability.
Xbox; better games more for your money in terms of integration, apps, Kinect, and the future possibility of NFL Sunday Ticket. So looking forward to Titanfall! PS4 is behind the curve when it comes to actual online multiplayer. They do just enough to appear to be in the game but a harder look shows why they don't even compete IMO.
I have not purchased either system this holiday season, and will likely hold off for a little while. The launch titles for the PS3 and XBONE are not amazing (as usual with new launches, anyone remember Kameo for the 360? blergh!) and all the disc drive and boot up errors being reported for both have me a little worried. I'm thinking it'll be a good idea to give MSFT and Sony some time to iron out the kinks.
I am personally leaning toward the PS4 first sometime next year. It has more usable hardware power for graphics and the kinect and voice controls on the XBONE, while novel, are not important to me and kind of creep me out a little. I may eventually pickup the Xbox though like I did with the 360 and PS3 when the price goes down and some more interesting system-exclusives come out like Titanfall next year.
I'm also a little bit miffed that my 360 and PS3 controllers don't work with the new systems. I inherited a full suite of Xbox controllers and have a arcade fighting stick that will need to be repurchased but I guess it comes with the territory.
Do you mainly use your game console for playing games, or as a streaming media player? How do you feel about needing an Xbox Live Gold membership to use most of the apps on both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One? If PlayStation offered more entertainment options, would that sway your console buying decision or do you mainly care about the games?
I've been playing games for 25 years, and went from consoles to pc gaming in the late 90s. I like the flexibility of PC gaming, and prefer the keyboard and mouse for controls. By late 2009 there were enough exclusive games I wanted to play for the Wii and PS3 that I finally broke down and purchased both, and was happy with both purchases. This was nothing against Xbox (many friends own one), but there were not enough exclusives for that console that appealed to me. I play all 3rd party games on the PC, especially shooters (keyboard/mouse preference).
I recently upgraded my PC and will be able to handle any new 3rd party games for quite awhile (I currently play everything at max settings/1080p), so I am not in any hurry. I could see myself waiting years for them to build up a good game library before strongly considering a purchase (PS4/WiiU…maybe Xbox one), depending on the number of exclusives on the console I want to play. I doubt I will buy all three through. There's also the benefit of buying the console redesign at a cheaper price after they fix the bugs of the launch versions.
i havent played a PS4 as much except when i visit one of my friends. But the Xbox one is ok right now. but not great due to microsoft being slow with updates and add ons to the one. plus some internal issues like mine likes to over heat if it doesnt have a fan on it. and given microsofts history im sure other issues will arise. But just game wise i prefer the xbox over the ps4 the game just seems to play and look better. But both systems seem to still have a lot of products so if you can wait until next year i would. until both companys put out more updates for the systems. and in the long run i can see xbox being the better system if microsoft puts some effort into it (i dont know if they will but the potential is there).
My husband got the XBox One. His comment on why he bought it "For the games. Well, actually, not really, they are pretty similar." Apparently something about liking the XBox games better.
"It's really hard to find a playstation 4"
"Or just buy both"
"Are you Yabbly-ing?"
(Sorry for the poor transcribing and lack of a thorough answer).
Since you included the choice of "if any" I'll answer. My answer is: none. I don't use game consoles at all, never got interested in them. Had an Atari 2600 way way back when, and never bothered to try that again. I spend a lot of time with "real" computers so something as locked-down as a game console is pointless to me.
I'm not a big fan of PS consoles. I find the ease of use to be a bit difficult whereas the Xbox is easier to navigate. However, I won't buy any of them because I bought the Kinect a few yrs ago and I'm still waiting for the games to be worth getting a new console. So for now I'm content with my Kinect and won't be upgrading until they figure out more of the bugs or get more games.
Oh and I saw a article before they were released that Xbox one will out sell PS4 1.5 to 1
The need for a gold membership to play online is a low point for Xbox. I could see gold being viable if it was rolled in with free netflix, free DLC for the life of certain games, some benefit to justify it… Playing online is the backbone of consoles these days, taxing the consumer for it seems wrong. Nonetheless I have enjoyed the more professional environment where people don't create multiple free accounts to spam leaderboards. Maybe a one time fee for Gold would make more sense.
I really wanted to be compelled to buy the XBox1, but aside from ineffective sales staff in the Msoft store it seemed geared towards men or atleast kids 10/15+. I like that you can talk to you and it sees you but in a noisy room it didn't hear the large man yelling at it. They also didn't seem to have any of the games we like (read blood free games) Lego, Disney infinity, or an I wrong (again lame sales guy). And why is no one talking about wiiU a year later? Is it not good?
I purchase consoles purely for gaming – I'm not necessarily against them operating also as a media center, but the primary purpose is to get something that can play the latest games.
What's important for me in a console is performance, availability of games, and the online community. I initially owned an Xbox 360, but after a few hardware failures (and replacements) I purchased a PS3. After the switch I missed things like Halo and Gears of War. I also have to say that the PS3's online community wasn't nearly as active as the Xbox Live community. That said, I still own that PS3 and play it regularly.
With the release of the PS4 and the Xbox One I'm tempted to go back to the Xbox both for several exclusive titles and the online community – it sounds like it's the less powerful gaming rig though, which is definitely a deterrent.
I think I'm going to wait until the new year to make a move – I'll let things play out a bit and make my decision once things have settled down a bit. I'll definitely be tuned into this thread as to make sure I make the right decision!
Xbox one has incredible games and features so I think xbox is winning!
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