I am sure you fine folks have heard about the new Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the most recent gaming systems to hit the market. (According to a recent study by the Entertainment Software Association, 37 is the average age of a game player and 41 is the average age of a game buyer.) But the important question is which is better?
When the first Microsoft Xbox debuted it was met with criticism; for the first time a heavy hitter from the computer world decided to branch out and create its own gaming console. It was a huge success, and Microsoft soon launched the Xbox 360. That was eight years ago, though, and now the Xbox 360 has been replaced by the all new Xbox One.
The new system is reminiscent of the original Xbox, with massive, bold design that makes it stand out on your entertainment system.
Xbox One features a 500GB hard drive, an 8 core Jaguar CPU and 8GB of ram. The way to imagine it best is having a computer tower hooked up to your television, desperately trying to do everything from turning the channel to actually playing games. The system functions by using the gamer’s voice as well as a controller. However, both forms of control are tricky and when you add the Kinect that comes standard with the system, headaches are ahead for sure.
With every new system, the companies that make games are playing their own game of catchup. Some new games look gorgeous and sharp, while others just seem like faster versions of the games we played on Xbox 360.
Now the other guy.
PlayStation 4 is the latest and greatest game console from the Japanese powerhouse of electronic gadgets and goodies, Sony.
The first PlayStation came to us in 1994 and since then has become a household name for gaming. This year Sony updated its now 7-year-old PlayStation 3 with a much slimmer, more angular system they predictably named the PlayStation 4.
Much like the Xbox One, the new system features an 8-core AMD Jaguar processor with AMD Radeon GPU, 500GB hard drive and 8GB of ram. Sony has a record of not always choosing the best move to keep customer retention; they made the system non-backwards compatible, meaning you can’t play old games on this new system. So if you have a gamer in your family, tell them not to rush tossing the old system out of the window if they have older games they would like to play.
Sony’s internet connectivity has become a point of emphasis; not being able to run 802.11 ac wifi or 5Ghz wifi isolates the new system from its competitor. While the system can stream its PS4 games to Sony PlayStation Vita portable gaming console, the system’s user interface can be clogged when searching for titles. It more than makes up for it with speed. Finally, the system comes with its own camera. and although it is much more basic than Microsoft’s Kinect game console, it has limited voice controls and no clear function in its games.
Though each system has its share of quirks, there are pros and cons with both systems—the most evident is the price. Xbox One comes in at a high price of $499 while the PS4 is $100 the less. If the consumer was to look at the overall amount of functions each can perform, the price becomes clear.
With Sony and Microsoft fighting over your television and home entertainment system, the only choice is what would you rather stare at for the next eight years.