I used to have all the systems, but got kind of bored with them. I think PS4 is better for casual use, but I personally don't feel the need for a console anymore. I play some computer games from time to time and others on my phone. Most of the time I'm working, playing sports or spending time w/ the famz.
OT: PS4 vs. XBOX One
Several months ago, I traded in my xbox and PS3 at Best Buy for $100 each. I had planned on getting a new system, but decided to wait. And I found that I don't really miss them. Stupid little games on the phone or iPad keep me entertained these days.
ps4. its great. mlb the show is amazing. cant get that on your xbox
This! If you like baseball games, you have to get PS4. I went with PS4 for MLB the Show alone.
I have a 360 with MLB 2K to play. It's nice. I hear the Show is better, but I wouldn't know--I'm happy with what I have.
But it's not made anymore.
So if you find value in playing a good Baseball simulation, that is a big point in favor of the PS4.
And, frankly, checking the game library and any differentiating features is the way to go. Just look at what games you want to play on what. With that, you can't go wrong, as long as one of them doesn't tank so badly that developers stop making games for it (looking at you, Wii U, almost certainly the first Nintendo console that I will not own).
FWIW Apple just announced some beefed up gaming development potential. Of course, they are current the dominant portable gaming device player right now, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they might go further. Like, a $100 Apple TV device that plays games with either an affordable controller peripheral or a digital touchscreen controller on your favorite i-Device.
I firmly believe that Nintendo completely missed the boat when they did not go that direction. In-home digital streaming consoles are a booming business, and Nintendo could have developed a genuine differentiating winner, but they went for a third-rate console instead.
hey man dont hate on the WiiU, mario kart 8 is freakin awesome! it had an awful launch for sure and the selection isnt great but I've had one for a few weeks now and I actually really like it. Being able to play all the games on the game pad is so nice, expecially during the playoffs with games to watch most nights.
I'm a lifelong Nintendo loyalist. I still own my Nintendo, Super Nintendo, N64, GameCube, and Wii. I still enjoy the rare opportunity to play them.
But Nintendo still has issues in the way it runs its business that are catching up to it, and (crucially) they don't have the traction to attract serious 3rd-party development right now. Honestly, while the Wii was great for a lot of stuff, even then its 3rd-party games were pretty tame compared to the competition.
I have no doubt that it is a capable system, but it takes more than hardware to make it worthwhile. The Wii was an unexpected success because they broke ground on a previously un-tapped space of gaming that crossed over into non-gamer households. They have provided nothing so revolutionary here.
I'm glad you enjoy yours, and I'm sure it has some strong features; so did the Sega Dreamcast. And, like Sega, but unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo does not have the diversity of product to recover from a bad system. I fear their days may be numbered.
IThe Wii was the opposite of a blessing in disguise for Nintendo. That company needs to stop making hardware and the Wii delayed the inevitable. The time has long since passed where Nintendo should just become a software developer. With every first party game they are probably pissing away the sales of 5-10 million units by making it a Nintendo platform exclusive instead of opening it up to all of the other platform owners who like Nintendo's games but not enough to buy a console just to play those games. A multiplatform release of the next Mario game would easily rival the sales of the next Call of Duty or GTA.
The Wii was near death and so we bought a Wii U, mostly for my son, the first Christmas it was available (18 months ago). The big problem is the self-fulfilling prophecy. Launch was bad so 3rd party game companies stopped supporting, so console sales didn't grow, so more companies stopped supporting.
I do think the problem is a bit more subtle than it is made out to be, though. The problem is that there is no XBox or PS equivalent for the two screen experience. Playing Pikmin or Lego City Undercover, it is cool because you can have the full screen on the game but look down and see the map. But playing Madden it really shines... While you're about to snap the ball, you can touch a reciever and draw a new route for him on the screen -- my son LOVES that feature.
It has to be really expensive, though, for EA to develop a fundamentally different version of their games to take advantage of the gamepad. So they're just not doing it. My son's true sporting love is soccer and he can't get the new FIFA for the Wii U. It won't be long before he truly starts jonesing for the XBox One or PS4.
And as the poster above me noted, Mario Kart 8 is great. A couple of bizarre programming choices, but in general, new tracks, new features, new powerups, 12 racers, and same old Mario Kart fun. My son pulled money out of his bank, collected old games to trade, and started negotiating with me for how much I would chip in to get it. And, to be fair, I should chip in because after I put him to bed Saturday night, i poured a Scotch and went back to racing!
Regardless, for a serious gamer and the best value -- buy a decent gaming PC, set up a Steam account, and add all the games you're interested in to your wish-list. Then wait for the sales to come. If you're willing to wait a bit to play the games, you can get tremendous value.
I love how you get downvoted for stating a fact. The Show is amazing. Worth owning a PS4 imo.
I have never seen anyone with a negative opinion about The Show. Best sports game on the market. Period. The ps4 verison is amazing. I love it. They always add new features and upgrade things. The developers seem to stay motivated. Being a sports gamer, I know Madden never adds anything or upgrades anything. The Show is the polar opposite.
The PS4 is more powerful. It will run every multi-platform game better. Easy choice.
This is not necessarily true. The PS3 was more powerful than the Xbox 360, yet it didn't run appreciably better with any of the multiplatform games.
This is mostly because the PS3 architecture was significantly different (and as I understand it, notoriously more difficult to code for) than the 360. This generation, the XB1 and PS4 are virtually identical in architecture. Last generation was like comparing apples to oranges in many ways; this generation it's apples to apples and the PS4 is clearly the superior machine.
Michael was mostly spot on. I'll add that this generation the CPUs are x86 architecture and the GPUs are custom AMD chips, but based on the current generation of PC GPUs. There are slight differences in the RAM type used but these days RAM shouldn't affect performance too much. The CPUs are nearly identical if I recall correctly and the GPU in the PS4 is more powerful so the PS4 should be more powerful pretty much universally.
For the first time the consoles really are just normal PCs with standard hardware and a custom OS. We can expect all 3 platforms to behave similarly, given similar specs (except that the PC probably needs a slightly better CPU to deal with the extra overhead that windows will have).
There's a much larger gap this generation and it has shown from day one. Every single multi-platform game to date has run better on PS4, ainec. There's no reason for that not to continue, basically for the reasons Michael stated.
Unless you're into the multimedia/Kinect stuff, paying more money for less powerful hardware makes zero sense whatsoever.
I bought one in December, got Battlefield 4 and Madden. Just bought MLB The Show as well. The graphics and system are amazing. Sometimes the downloads and updates can take a while, but I have no complains and I had a Xbox 360 before. I didn't trust Xbox after its seemed everyone had the red lights of death on it. There aren't a ton of games yet for it, but I'm hoping that will change soon. The new Call of Duty should change my mind on that though.
I have the Xbox One, and I personally love it.
But, since you say you're already leaning towards PS4, then you should probably go with your gut.
PS3 and PS4. I like Sony's exclusives (Uncharted, Last of Us, God of War, MLB The Show, Infamous, Killzone, Resistance, etc.) more than Xbox's. I typically play sports games and adventure games. The only shooters I play are Resistance and Killzone. I have been very happy with my PS4. Killzone's graphics are beautiful and really show off the systems capabilities in the early life of the PS4. Things will keep improving as developers move more towards exclusively producing games for the current gen systems. All third party game studios are still making games for last gen and current gen.
PS4 is the more powerful gaming system. You can read about that anywhere. If you want the best console for gaming, go with PS4. If you care about being able to Skype etc. while gaming go with XBox One.
I really struggled with this, having owned the original Xbox and then the 360 for over a decade. I really liked those systems and was a fan of Xbox Live. I ultimately decided on the PS4 because I feel like Microsoft abandoned the core gaming audience for a more casual entertainment approach, and the lack of performance from a graphics and framerate standpoint is substantial.
There are fewer and fewer exclusives, and I think Sony wins out here too. I was a die hard Halo fan but the franchise has gotten stale. Since I own a PC that is a superior system to either, I can get any game I really want between that and a PS4. Plus I hated not having a good baseball game to play, so it's been nice having MLB The Show for a change.
Took the words right out of my mouth. Have always been a Halo fan but am opting for the Sony this time. Better hardware, lower price, geared toward the gamer makes it a no-brainer.
I usually wait a little while before purchasing new systems just to make sure all the bugs get worked out. However, this time I'm really impatient and want to get PS4 with Watch Dogs. Can anyone with a PS4 comment on any possible issues with the system right now?
I haven't had any issues with my PS4 to date.
Bought mine on the release date. No problems. (knocks on wood)
watch dogs is also out for PS3 and Xbox360 if you dont want to buy the whole new console just yet.
mlb the show is unreal. personally, i would wait on it until they release more games. there's not much out
And it's definitely not necessary to have both of them. They have similar power and now that you can get the xbox one without the kinect they cost the same. It just depends which exclusive games you want to play and which controller you like better. I personally like the ps4 controller better. Here is a decent list of the exclusive games for each console. Whichever one you get add me, my gamer tag on both is bamill010.
I bought the xboxone mostly for racing games. ps4 has better internals, hardware so games on both Look better on the ps4. like I sad I like racing games, that's the only reason I bought the Xbox. if you like baseball you better get a ps4 since there are no options on Xbox. Also try the controllers out at a store, this is a big deal to me,I've always felt better with the Xbox controller. Either way I will eventually own both. what games do you like?
A few posters already mentioned it, but MLB The Show is incredible. Im not a huge gamer, but I bought a PS4 strictly to play this game. Needless to say, I am not disappointed, and Id say go ahead and get a PS4.
It's not the same graphically but I love forza, forza horizon to much to not get the Xbox first. Maybe next year on the ps4, I'm not in a huge rush.
Are they still kicking out competent Gran Turismo titles for the PS? Time was, Forza was the pretender in that matchup, but I don't know what things are like now.
It's flopped though on the ps3 imo. They got lazy and reused ps2 models on most of the cars. They have better track selections but you get no interior views on about 2/3 of the cars and they look bad. Forza is better now, no idea about a Gran Turismo 7 since they just released 6 in December on the ps3 instead of ps4. Forza actually branched off to make Forza Horizon also, it's an open world racing game.
Being a former 360 user, I can tell you that the one exclusive I'm jealous of when it comes to the One is Forza Horizon 2. I love Horizon on 360. My buddies and I still play it online once and a while.
It over forza 5 sometimes. Guessing mid October for 2. I love that they're doing southern Europe, Italy, France and they've opened up the world so no more barriers. You can get off-road. If done right it will surprise Forza big time.
I've always preferred the Xbox over Playstation and in about 2 years I'll buy the Xbox One.
I got a PS4 for naughty Dog games and the PS Now service, which should let me play some games from previous PS consoles that I missed out on. Right now I only play BF4, and I've slowed down on that quite a bit. Still waiting for the HBO app to show up.
Now that is a killer system
Out of curiosity, why the immense hate for MSFT? Gamers tend to forgive Sony for a lot of sins, but hold decades old grudges against MSFT.
Its mostly my love os Open Source software. I find it absolutely ridiculous that I have to pay for MS-Office when I can use a Linux OS and have all that shit without paying for it.
I've also had a 360 RROD. I know I'm being petty but that's just how I roll.
OpenOffice is free and 100% compatable. Plus most students get Office free and most white colar employees get it at a massive discount ,$15.
Realistically there is nothing Microsoft offers that you cant find open source for free on a windows platform. There is also nothing Microsoft offers that you cant "aquire" for free.
Anyone who is competent enough to use Linux should know that already though.
That said, RROD sucks. I feel you there. Thats just how electronics work sometimes.
ALL THAT being said. PC gaming for life. Consoles only make sense if you are willing to spend $460 to play football/basketball games. Every other game is available for PC (most every) and play with higher resolution, frame rate, functionality, and best of all... You have a computer anyway, why pay for a seperate box you will occasionally use as opposed to spending slightly more on the box you use more often.
ALL ALL THAT being said. At the end of the day the only decernible difference between the two will be the exclusive games. Halo vs FFXXV. If i was you I would wait for E3 next week and take a look at the upcomming titles. Figure out which gives access to the ones you will play more.
-PC MASTER RACE-
I used to feel similarly regarding PC games, but unless you have the need for a pretty high-end computer at home, the delta cost between an "office and internet" PC and a gaming rig capable of playing the latest games (and maintaining that systerm) is pretty high. Plus given the myriad of hardware available, there are always compatibility issues. As someone who enjoys games but is by no means hard core (I max out at about 10 hrs / wk, and probably average 2-3), it's nice to know that I can buy a console, drop in a disk, and play, for any game for the next several years. They are still releasing games for 360 and PS3 - try playing a new PC game on your unmodified rig from late 2006, and it probably won't work without a lot of tweaking. Incidently, the Steam Box approach might help but won't fix this, since there's still a lot of variety.
Besides, while it's certainly possible to hook up your PC to your living room home theater with big screen and great sound, most people don't. So that plus the boot up and go convenience keep the console a good choice for a lot of people.
I hear you. I managed to make it from 2006-11 on my college laptop. I probably qualify as hardcore though. You can set up a play current games on normal/high desktop for ~600, and its hard to find a internet/office laptop for under 300. Plus the ability to upgrade pieces as you go has appeal to me.
I understand the appeal of a ready to go box for casual/once a week gamers as you said. Im clearly a bit bias, just trying to convert a TV watching casual to a PC master race cable cutting gamer!
P.S. All hail Valve, may Steam box's set our entertainment systems free.
It does suck to have to exchange money for goods and services. Death to companies.
Sony also sells movies and music you can get for free. Death to them too.
Your rage inspires me to pirate some illegal software. Thanks elaydin.
That did sound harsher than I intended... pirate away.
Back to your original question... I have 2 XBones, 2 360s and a PS3.
To tell you the truth, the 360 is still the most often used console in the family.
I do think the "One" has the highest upside, given the delta between what the 360 used to be and what it is now. The upside is based more on non core gaming functions (integration with the MSFT ecosystem, entertainment/TV integration, etc.).
I do think the PS4 is a slick looking machine. MSFT was a little too cautious this time around with cooling post RROD. I've never been a big fan of Sony's software capabilities (outside of their gaming studios), but I do tend to lean Japanese in my gaming taste.
If I were you, I'd wait for the 2nd revisions of both machines and enjoy the newest PS3 or 360.
I imagine everyone had at least 1. I had 1, I admit though I also had a ps1 die on me. If the 360 was as reliable as the ps3 I imagine Sony might of considered dropping out or even Nintendo. And as the other said it's MS, when I think of good OS I don't consider MS.
I can't speak for everyone else but I have a deep, seething, passionate hatred of Microsoft for what they did to PC gaming in order to prop up the X-Box. Specifically, they bought out developers like Bungie while paying others huge sums of money (like Bioware and Epic) to not put their games on the PC. There is a massive graveyard of formerly great PC developers who no longer make PC games becauase they jumped ship for the X-Box. PC gaming used to be a wonderful experience but now 90% of the games that are worth playing are ports of console games with shitty controls and interfaces. Before the first X-Box, the PC provided unique experiences that were specifically tailored to the platform that would take advantage of it strengths and weaknesses. That barely happens anymore. There has been a small resurgence in this lately, thanks to Kickstarter and Steam, but even then PC gamers still only get small time indie games.
And then there's the XBox One DRM fiasco and the shocking sense of arrogance and megalomania displayed by Microsoft last year. Every company is out to make money but where they differ is in their attitudes about how to do it and the level of respect that they have for the consumer. Microsoft communicates a horribly arrogant and condescending attitude towards the consumer nowadays, and they have been doing it for a long time.
And I didn't even mention Windows 8 yet.
Agree on the crappy roll out. Fortunately, those people have been forced out (Don Mattrick). There were actually some good ideas there, just not well executed. I personally would prefer to have some of those back (discless DRM, game sharing, etc.).
I agree with you about the XBox roll-out and how Microsoft negatively impacted PC gaming. But PC Gaming is far from dead.
I'm no longer a hard-core gamer because I have a wife, 3 kids, a dog, and a job. But my experience with Steam has been amazing. There are so many good titles to play and if you're willing to be patient, you can get them inexpensively on Steam. The longer you're willing to wait, the more you save.
I disagree that only small and indie games are out there. There are tons and tons of A-List titles out there, and MMORPGs are still best on a PC. Between high quality multi player experiences, top games in the genres I want to play, and TONS of variety, the PC is, in my opinion, the best gaming value.
I agree with you about Steam, but Valve takes all the credit for that. I will say that I have experienced a resurgence in my PC gaming the past two years thanks to Steam. Even with Steam in place though, the FPS genre is no longer PC-centric and the Western RPG (i.e. Bioware territory) never recovered. Dragon Age was the last decent isometric party-based RPG and it came out five years ago. That genre was as dead as a doornail until Kickstarter revived it. The FPS genre in particular bothers me. I can't believe how badly FPS's suck nowadays compared to the Serious Sam/NOLF/F.E.A.R./Painkiller/Half-Life 2 glory days. I hate that an entire generation has basically grown up without experiencing the FPS genre the way that it was meant to be played (i.e. with mouse and keyboard and high frame rates).
Two words, dude: Star Citizen. Also SteamBox and related efforts.
With the consoles having made the transitions to what are essentially PCs, I think the PC is likely to regain its primacy in terms of platform in the medium term.
Neither. Be a man and stop playing video games.
you said that you'd love me no matter what.
It's casual fun. Its a substitute to nothing on TV to some at night.
What is the difference between watching TV and playing video games. I would actually argue that playing video games stimulates your mind more than watching TV or browsing the Internet aimlessly.
My Michigan dynasty in NCAA 14 is ridiculously fun. There's this sense that you get with sports games and building a super power that you can't get from watching sports. In sports games, you are the GM. You can build your team the way you see fit and then control them on the field. I've never once seen a major glitch in NCAA 14, contrary to complaints about LB or something something option something defense. The same thing in NBA 2k14 with the Detroit Pistons. Sign a 4 year 96 mil deal for Carmelo Anthony once he hits free agency, Pistons 23-12, coming off their 2nd straight Eastern Conference Championship and one title run (lost to Pelicans in 7 games)
The point is sports video games do what a lot of us can't do in real life, build a winning franchise. And when you win the title, it feels absolutely great.
I largely play NBA 2k14 , FIFA 14, with the occasional NCAA 14 and NHL 15. That's why I don't really care that PS4 has less games. I barely have enough time for games as is.
It really depends on whether you will be playing online with friends. If that's the case then go with the console they have. If you are going to play online you won't want to be sitting there with a PS4 when they all have a One.
If it's exclusives you are after then determine what exclusives you want to play and make the decision from there. I was really looking forward to inFAMOUS Second Son and MLB The Show, thefeore I bought a PS4.
Another determining factor for me was that neither system is backwards compatible. I wanted to be able to play my 360 games on the One but once I heard neither was backward compable it made my decision that much easier.
I love my PS4. Pure gaming. Right now I'm currently playing Watch Dogs, Wolfenstein, The Show, Tomb Raider and Trials Fusion.
Really looking forward to NHL 15 this fall.
Failing to offer backwards compatibility seems like a huge miss for both companies. Most gamers have a significant investment in legacy games, and offering backwards compatibility would lock you into a system. Instead, basically everyone I know who is buying a new system is giving serious thought to both systems regardless of which one they used previously.
And I'd by a PS4 today if I could play my PS3 library on it. Instead I'll hang on to my PS3 till it dies or I run out of interesting titles, and see what's out there at that time.
This does seem to be the conventional wisdom. Both the X-Box 360 and the PS3 had some backwards compatibility (I don't remember details but it wasn't complete) and they were supposedly expensive to implement and gamers didn't end up using it much. I have kind of wondered myself why backwards compativility isn't more common, but they apparently have data that says that you and I don't really care about it enough to buy a console because of it.
This is true. I've been on both sides of this and both companies have come to the same conclusion. The cost of offering backwards compatibility is not worth the gain. Not only is it not worth the gain, it also offers diminishing returns over time as fewer people use it.
From a technical standpoint, this generation didn't provide enough of a performance boost to be able to easily emulate something like Cell (1 3.2 GHZ PPC core and 3.2 GHz 7 "SPU"s) with the new x86 architecture.
The good news is, I suspect all future generations will be backwards compatible, assuming they all stay on the x86 architecture.
I have two boys and so I've always owned gaming systems. They both have great graphics (PS4 is supposed to have better graphics - but I can't tell the difference as they're both amazing). The Kinect on the Xbox One is incredibly accurate and scary. :) We have multiple profiles that can be matched via face recognition so if either of the boys are playing or myself and they accidentally walk in front of me, it changes the profile (can be a bit annoying).
In all honesty, it comes down to the exclusives. Are you a die-hard Halo/Titanfall fan? I know my boys are so that's why I got the Xbox One for them. And the Final Fantasy RPG's are the games I like, hence the PS4. I like playing football games on them and have Madden 25 for the PS4. You can't go wrong with either. Just comes down to personal gaming preference on titles. Good luck!!! :)
As has been said, comes down to the games.
You mentioned shooters, planetside 2 is coming out on ps4. best game I've played in a long time.
PS4 at this point probably. Kinect is bloatware that is a waste of an extra $100. When $100 comes off the XBox One price, it will be a more favorable comparison and then it will come down to which franchises you like better. If you ask me, Sony's franchises in the past three years or so have been way better and Microsoft's have been dogshit.
With that said, the only decent game that I have played on my PS4 is Infamous: Second Son, and even that one is an 8/10 for me but not a masterpiece. The exclusives on both platforms kind of suck ass at this point and I'm not seeing a ton to get excited about on the horizon for either one.
Watch_Dogs is an absolute turd. You will regret that purchase if you make it. Get Infamous: Second Son instead if you want the shiny "wow" factor with your new machine.
I just went through and read the reviews for Infamous Second Son, and watched the trailers. You've convinced me. That game looks like its going to be fun.
infamous is fun though 1 play through then it's boring. It much like titanfall was a flop. I'm enjoying Watchdogs more then either of those.
How do the multimedia aspects compare (aside from skype)?
How are the motion sensor games for PS4?
I dropped quite a bit of money into a PC and haven't missed Xbox or PS.
I went with PS4, mainly because Microsoft was being very difficult about DRM and other issues at the time. The PS4 has been great, you can't go wrong with it. Watch Dogs is fantastic. The driving is not as good as GTAV and the dialogue isn't as funny, but the overall game has more to it.
Get an xbox one the plate form sony uses isn't that great an who out there had a sony product that hasn't falling apart. I use to work for sony. Th
I feel like Sony has quite a few successful projects.
I'm a gamer I have both IMO if you had to pick one I'd go with the xbox one especially if you play online
or gaming PC
I just feel that PlayStation exclusives can't be passed up.
Says the guy with a Voltron avatar.
South Park is easily one of the smartest shows ever made. It's going to make it 20 seasons, and you knew it was still on.
I'm a nerd. Always have been, always will be. I'm also in IT for my job, so this also means I own a whole lot of tech. I have iPads, Galaxy Note Pro's, Surface's, Gaming PC's, and gaming systems. I currently have both the PS4 and the Xbox One. i actually own 2 Xbox Ones. Here's my analysis of them as well as other tech.
1. Xbox One. Removing all personal opinions (like what exclusives are better than the other since they are personal opinions and don't matter), the Xbox One delivers on exactly what it advertised itself to be. It's an all in one entertainment system. If you're a gamer, you'll enjoy it, if you're a movie fanatic, you'll enjoy it. If you're a judgemental internet poster who thinks spending any time on a gaming system is indicative of your manliness, you probably need to get laid. The games on the system that cross over are rarely if ever going to be noticeable in their graphical difference. while a comparison video will definitely show you a difference, the differences are minute. In the past Microsoft has required people to pay to be able to do most simple functions including watch netflix, hulu, etc... They recently changed all that. Now you do not have to have a gold subscription to access non-multiplayer game related content. You still obviously have to pay the subscription price for the service you want if it's required, but you don't have to pay extra to be able to do it from your Xbox. The only thing you have to get a gold account for Xbox for now is to be able to play online multiplayer games. If you do get a Live Gold account, you will, like with PS, get a free game every month.
2. PS4. This is more of a gamers gaming machine in the sense that it doesnt' really focus on the extra apps and features like the Xbox does. With the PS4, there is now a required payment to play online. This is a deviation from the past where they allowed online gaming for free. Both cost about the same per year and if you're a savy shopper you can usually find them for $20 - $30 on sale.
So which system is a better system comes down to personal preferrence. There's no wrong answer. Visually speaking they are similar with the PS4 having better numbers, but that doesn't always translate to better visuals or performance as coding of the games is just as important if not moreso.
From a features standpoint, the Xbox is leaps and bounds ahead. I personally didn't think I'd care for the features like watching TV through it. Now, I can't imagine doing it any other way. There's something satisfying in saying "Xbox, watch ESPN" and the tv channel changes. This will only work if you buy the one with the Kinect, so that's going to tack an extra $100 on the price.
That's the next comparison. Price, they are exactly the same unless you get the Kinect. That has it's own slew of features, but it's not a game changer.
Online environment. I know from my personal experience that I have more friends who play on Xbox, so if I was picking between the two, that would play into it. Neither Sony nor Microsoft will release numbers of subscribers to their services, but it's generally thought that Xbox Live has the larger number of subscribers.
Finally exclusives. There's nothing here that can be stated other than to let you do your own research. E3 is coming up and a whole new slew of exclusives will be announced for both consoles. You decide which ones matter to you.
It takes adding all of that up to make a 'right' decision. To be brutally honest though, I question if there's really any reason to currently jump into the new consoles yet. They both have problems and will continue to have problems. Not all features are turned on for both of them and have a long ways to go before they are turned on. So make your decision and just realize that there is no best one when it comes down to it. It's just which one accomplishes your goals the best.
The XBox One isn't an "all in one" entertainment system. You still need a cable/satellite reciever and your DVR.
And I have heard very mixed reviews about how reliable the voice commands are (and I'm being kind here).
with it btw. I prefer it over plugging in cable.
if you are a cord cutter, the xbox one is amazing. i do not regret buying the xbox one at all (and am very happy i bought it over the ps4 since I debated it pretty hard), and honestly there were quite a few bundles out there to get titanfall and xb1 w/ kinect for 450 (and sometimes less). That is an amazing deal. If you do the math, that comes out cheaper than the ps4 The ps4 cannot come close to the feature set of the xb1 if you use the xb1 to its full potential.
here is my xbox one setup:
- i bought a homeworx $7 antenna off of amazon
- i bought a homeworx $30 OTA recorder off of amazon
- I plugged my antenna into the ota recorder and the ota recorder into the xbox ( i am getting around 40 channels)
- with that setup, I am able to get a tv guide through oneguide on the xbox, it is awesome. i can use voice commands like "watch NBC" and it works fine with antenna
- additionally, XB1 has an espn app that has live espn. I am not talking espn 3, i am talking actual espn. so pop in my parents comcast id and now i have espn for free
- If i am waiting for a game to load i can just say "snap tv" and start watching tv split screen with my game and it works instantly.
Also, i am now only using 1hdmi for everything on my tv. netflix, tv, video games, its awesome. I say "xbox on" and it turns on everything thats connected to it. When i say off, everything turns off with it.
I also found free steams of T25 on the internet, and I pinned those to my xbox homepage, so all i do is open that favorite and I am working out (you have to put the browser in "mobile" so that the websites default to their mobile page and allow you to watch the videos since most phones dont have flash).
Finally my favorite feature of the xbox is Xbox Fitness. It is an amazing app. It gives you insanity, p90x, and a bunch of other beachbody and other company workout videos for FREE (with xbox live of course so kinda free). Not only that, but kinect tracks your body and rates how well you did. Then compares how you are doing to other people in your age group (or your friends if they use it) in real time. I do insanity and it brought my workout to a whole new level because i was competing with other people (and yourself because it tracks previous scores).
Colecovision. Now get the hell off my lawn.
With all the crap Microsoft tried to pull(Mandatory Live Subscription, mandatory active internet connection, mandatory $100 Kinect premium, Used Game Prohibition) I flat out don't trust them, even if they did change a lot of those policies.
I was a 360 owner, switched sides this time around. PS4 seemed the better system spec wise, focused on games instead of an all of the above approach, didn't come out of the gates with a bunch of DRM BS, seemed a better designed system in terms of size and aestetics, and I wanted to try some of the PS exclusives this time around.
If you end up going XBOne, at least wait until the version without Kinect comes out and save yourself $100 bucks.
I would also vote for the XB1. Admittedly, Microsoft blew their reveal a year ago with restrictive, confusing, and backwards policies. The Xbox division is under new leadership now, and a lot seems to be changing for the better. Just since Phil Spencer took over earlier this year, they've gotten rid of the Gold paywall, and dropped the kinect (although I think the voice controls are great), and the focus seems to really be about the games now.
I agree with others that the graphical differences are only going to be apparent if you were to view them side by side. The XB1 is compatible with the upcoming DirectX 12 as well, which will further optimize performance.
One of the lesser known features that my friend and I are taking advantage of on the XB1 is the ability to game share with one other person. It does require exchanging our Microsoft account usernames, but after that initial login, any games I buy electronically, he can download and play (online, at the same time) and vice versa. So we split the cost of all of our games. I pretty much only play multiplayer, and we play all the same games, so it works out pretty well. If you have a friend you can do that with that may be a selling point, it's nice only paying $30 each for new releases.
I've been using and playing Xbox consoles ever since the first one. Just do some research on exclusive titles that each system offers and base your decision on what ones appeal to you more. Multiplatform will be basically the same
PS4 no doubt.
Are you American or Japanese?
I have a PS4 but have barely used it so far. There's still very little in terms of games to play on either system which is a bummer. I think you'll be happy with either as I don't think there's much of a difference between them. I will say that the new Mario Kart is a lot of fun.
Coincidentally I've been pondering the exact same question. I've been trying to decide between the One and PS4. I like the PS4 so far because it is a very powerful machine, but the One seems like a very good entertainment device.
I remember when One was previewed, there was so much controversy over the DRM that it really had a bad effect on Microsoft, regardless of whether they removed it or not. People were already crowning PS4 king. That had a strong effect on me and I was immediately biased towards PS4 towards the start.
Over the last few days I've been doing some scouting on both devices, including touch tests at the local Target. I noticed the PS4 controller might have some battery issues, but that they did improve their DS4 controller. However, I felt the One controller and it was absolutely amazing. I was not able to feel the DS4 controller out of box because Target doesn't have a PS4 display set up.
It's too hard to decide between the two right now...but I have to end up getting one of them for NHL 15.
Edit: The following is typed after reading what has been said before me here. I noticed PS4 in an overwhelming amount of replies. I would like a gaming machine, but my main concern is time. I don't even touch the 360 that much anymore because of laziness after coming home from work. I dabble in it now and then but I largely fire up the computer and play my games there.
PS4 seems like a powerful machine and NHL 15 isn't coming out for PC anytime soon, so that looks like the good option. I also like One and I'm aware of all the extra doodads but I have a Smart TV and I don't use the doodads there, so why would I use them for the One? I also refuse to pay 100 extra for Kinect.
PS4 controller does have battery issues. It's probably my biggest complaint about the system.
I'm trying to decide between the two but I think I'm leaving towards Xbox one. I like Xbox live way too much.