Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4

 

The next generation of console wars is raging across the Internet with the imminent release of new gaming consoles by Microsoft and Sony. When Amazon’s Facebook page launched a friendly poll to gauge interest in the two systems, the voting was cancelled early when things started to get ugly. PlayStation 4 was killing Xbox One by 95 percent. Ouch!

Of course, part of that might have been a backlash to Microsoft’s DRM and always-online policies—policies they’ve now cancelled. Xbox One games will not require Internet connection every 24 hours just to play offline.

Here are some highlights comparing the two systems:

  • Xbox One has a big black box designPS4 has a slanted design
  • Xbox One is more expensive than PS4 
  • Some key exclusive games for Xbox One include Halo 5, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct….Some key exclusive games for PS4 include Drive Club, Killzone: Shadowfall, Infamous: Second Sun, Knack….
  • Microsoft has a reworked motion sensor Kinect for Xbox One. It comes bundled with the console.PS4 continues to use its motion control system Move, but it’s now built into the controller.

So, for those Ricochetti wanting to take a bit of a break from politics, what side do you fall on in the console wars? According to Amazon’s polling, there definitely appears to be no loyalty to the American company when it comes to gaming. How about you?

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    @TheKingPrawn

    I fall decidedly in the can’t afford either camp. Although if I do get an upgrade for my 360 (that’s so old it doesn’t have an HDMI out) I will have to go XBOX One because of the family’s addiction to Halo.

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    @Britanicus

    PC Gaming is where it’s at.

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    @Devereaux

    I’m not a gamer. I have xBox because, and ONLY because, of Forza Motorsports.

    I have been a racer pretty much all my life. I ran karts in high school, and raced lay-downs in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I would LOVE to be able to afford to race today, but it isn’t likely. So the Forza game gives me the option of something close to real. NOT real, but very nice in simulation.

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    @robberberen

    Currently an Xbox man, but I could be lured over to the dark side for this generation of Playstation. 

    It will probably depend on what my friends get.  We’re spread around the country and that’s how we stay in touch — by hurling profanity at each other while playing FIFA or NCAA Football wearing what my wife ironically calls “that super-sexy headset”. 

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    @genferei

    I just got a Wii (not a WiiU, a Wii) for the family. They are now essentially free. (Wiis, that is, not the family.)

    While I like the idea of the Xbox One (and in particular a Kinect that doesn’t require you to live in an aircraft hangar), I fear that I have missed too many generations of games to ever be proficient with the controller systems that folks take for granted for FPS/TPS’s and other modern genres.

    As for what to buy and when, this Ars Technica article has pretty graphs.

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    @Spin

    Xbox, of course.  The backlash against Microsoft, as always, comes as the result of ignorance.  Some of the things Microsoft are doing with the games are pretty dang cool, and adding the DRM would protect the video game publishers.  I hope we haven’t cut off our nose to spite our face.

    Beyond that, I’m also a Halo guy, so Xbox.

    Plus, running your cable TV through the Xbox?  Cool.  Pause a video game to take a skype call right inside the game?  Cool…

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    @WhiskeySam

    Already have a PS4 on order, but I’m a long-time PlayStation man so there was really never an interest in Xbox for me.  My circle of gaming friends sound like they’re all in the PS4 camp along with the PC stuff we do together. 

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    @Valiuth

    I feel Microsoft is getting a bad rap over their DRM. Not because I like it, but because I know that everyone is secretly thinking what Microsoft was thinking. They just were not stupid enough to come out and brag about it.  

    Also complaints about always online are now getting stupid. Who in the world of super geekdom is not always online? Who I ask? All my counsels  and PCs are plugged into the internet. Heck I am never further from the internet than my front pocket where I keep my smart phone (which incidentally is always online).

    To be honest I am a PC partisan now. Your desktop PC will always be the better gaming device… 

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    @MollieHemingway

    I had an Intellivision system growing up because my parents couldn’t afford Atari. And that’s where my gaming experience ended.

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    @Antiphon
    Britanicus: PC Gaming is where it’s at. · 26 minutes ago

    Yes. Waiting for BF4.

    Commander Mode is back – I can launch cruise missiles from work!

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    @Siena

    It doesn’t matter as long as I can play Assassin’s Creed.

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    @SemperHunden
    Plus, running your cable TV through the Xbox?  Cool.  Pause a video game to take a skype call right inside the game?  Cool… · 2 minutes ago

    I’ve had both systems in different generations (Playstation 1 and 2; Xbox and Xbox 360), but I’m more interested in the Xbox One.  I think Spin’s point is the big factor to me.  Playstation seems to be going after the sophisticated gamer, but Xbox is trying to merge the video game, blueray, and “smart tv,” experience while making all of it motion/voice controlled.  It’s more of an entertainment system, which also makes it more appealing to my wife who has no interest in video games. 

    I think that entertainment system concept is pretty amazing if it works without being too filled with bugs.  I will probably wait for the hype to die down before buying because it’s a bit too expensive for me at this point and my old systems still do the job. 

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    @DespairTroll

    I am a Nintendo Man.

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    @Lag0s

    I think some of the backlash against Microsoft is a bit over the top. The DRM system they were touting would not have affected me much since my Xbox is always connected to the internet and I do not sell or buy used games. Still, they had a major problem with messaging. As one of the games journalists put it: their presentation was all stick and no carrot. They kept saying that there were good reasons for the DRM but gave us no examples. Honestly, their stuff out of E3 is one of the most colossal failures of PR that I have ever seen.

    That being said, I’m probably an Xbox guy. My friends and I went with the 360 this generation (I was a Sony fan through the PS2) so I’d like to stick with them and some of them are diehard Halo fanboys who will surely be going Xbox this generation. Personally, the big selling point is better exclusives.  Nothing the PS4 was offering seemed relevant to my interests but Xbox One (and 360/PC) exclusive “Titanfall” probably sells me the system by itself.

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    @FricosisGuy

    We have a Wii, but my son and I are going to Xbox next. The WiiU looks cool and all, but the Kinect sealed the deal.

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    @JanMichaelRives

    whichever one has minesweeper

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    @AaronMiller

    Xbox One, eagerly.

    The main reason is that the East/West aesthetic divide becomes increasingly relevant as games become more advanced. I prefer games made with American and European aesthetics (which affect more than just the visuals). Some other reasons are Xbox Live, exclusives, and the redesigned Kinect.

    The console price difference is insignificant. The difference is less than the price of 2 games over the course of what will probably be a 10-year life cycle, at least. Over the course of a decade, $100 ain’t much.

    The DRM controversy was ridiculous from the start. Microsoft and Sony have had the same policy: each publisher will decide to include or not include DRM on its own games. Besides, if you don’t have internet for 24 hours, then you probably don’t have electricity either and can’t play your Xbox anyway. Ever more games take advantage of internet connections. Players can’t enjoy those games without internet regardless of Microsoft’s policies.

    The Xbox One’s wide-angle 1080p camera will greatly facilitate my grandma’s Skype conversations with relatives.

    And you forgot some exclusives: Ryse, Titanfall, Crackdown 3, Susnset Overdrive, Project Spark, and on it goes.

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    @AaronMiller

    Much of the controversy online is pure rubbish. But Microsoft’s poor marketing is largely to blame. 

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    As one of the many lucky Xbox 360 users who had the pleasure of buying two of them, I’m ready to make the switch to Playstation.  Microsoft always rushes products out that are unfinished. 

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    @Valiuth
    Bob Laing: As one of the many lucky Xbox 360 users who had the pleasure of buying two of them, I’m ready to make the switch to Playstation.  Microsoft always rushes products out that are unfinished.  · 8 minutes ago

    Edited 7 minutes ago

    Careful Playstation had plenty of problems too. For instance in the early models the disk reading laser was liable to break. It happened to two of my friends. Sony unlike Microsoft did not fess up to making a crappy product and both had to pay out of pocket to repair their systems and when they broke again (!) were forced to buy new ones.

    I got the red ring of death twice with my first gen 360. Each time I called Microsoft they apologized and sent me a UPS box to mail my system back to them to be fixed for free. I found that rather classy and honest. 

    Sony was so full of it with the PS3 that I became rather disgruntled with them (I was a big PS1 and PS2 fan). 

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    @DCMcAllister
    Aaron Miller: 

    And you forgot some exclusives: Ryse, Titanfall, Crackdown 3, Susnset Overdrive, Project Spark, and on it goes. · 22 minutes ago

    Yep, there’s a list in the link I included. I’ll ellipses my list to clarify….. :) Thanks, Aaron!

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    Valiuth

     

    Careful Playstation had plenty of problems too. For instance in the early models the disk reading laser was liable to break. It happened to two of my friends. Sony unlike Microsoft did not fess up to making a crappy product and both had to pay out of pocket to repair their systems and when they broke again (!) were forced to buy new ones.

    I got the red ring of death twice with my first gen 360. Each time I called Microsoft they apologized and sent me a UPS box to mail my system back to them to be fixed for free. I found that rather classy and honest. 

    Sony was so full of it with the PS3 that I became rather disgruntled with them (I was a big PS1 and PS2 fan).  · 7 minutes ago

    Hmmm.  My new strategy is to wait.  I’ll let everyone else test drive them for 6-12 months and then buy one.

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    @Guruforhire

    Been a sony man for a long time.

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    @TheRoyalFamily

    I’m PC Master Race first and foremost, but if I eventually get either, it will be PS4. They are otherwise almost the same (NSA Spy Device, I mean Kinnect notwithstanding), but the PS4 (or WiiU)  is almost certain to get the non-Sqeenix Japanese RPG’s that I like (since Japan doesn’t seem to know that the Xbox exists).

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    @MichaelBrehm

    I’m leaning towards Xbox One; but I’m not making any final decisions  until Fallout 4 is announced. Then I’ll see who has the best overall offer for me.

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    @JosephPaquette

    Playboy magazine this month had the results of the sexual satisfaction based on game consoles.   Xbox players, according to the study, make better lovers than Playstation or PC gamers.  Silly but interesting. 

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    @Misthiocracy

    My Vote: PC Gaming

    If power is your goal, a gaming PC is your only choice.

    Now, if you don’t want to spend that much money, and your primary goal is simple fun times, then the winner is a used Wii.

    I have very little time for the console wars.

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    Britanicus: PC Gaming is where it’s at. · 1 hour ago

    This guy gets it. Like Winter, DRM is coming. Microsoft cancelled the policies, but they’ll be back–after everyone buys the system. Sony has no policies but has left them up to their 3rd party developers to decide if they want to include them. They will. So, if you’re going to deal with DRM, it might as well be with Steam and all the versatility (and fun system customization!) of a PC.

    PC GAMING SNOBS ASSEMBLE!

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    @Misthiocracy

    On the other hand, I do love it when the big boys come out with their new consoles, because it means price drops on used consoles. 

    The newest console I currently own is a PSOne.

    I might pick up a cheap Wii or PS3 in a month or two.

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    @tabularasa

    I’m still partial to my Coleco Telestar, though it’s been a while since any new games were put on the market.

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