We’re quickly approaching the fall/winter holiday season and yet another major series of video game console releases, as always, the issue is – “which one do I purchase?“ Well, if the recent “beat down” that Microsoft suffered at the hands of Sony at E3 2013 is an indication of anything, the choice should be fairly obvious, right? However, one shouldn’t let their gut instincts drive their decision-making processes. When purchasing a new console you should always break down all the pros and cons so that you can make a more methodically-sound choice.
Right off the bat there are a few things which the PS4 has going for it above and beyond the Xbox One. For example, there’s the proposed price difference, where the PS4 is apparently going to be at least $100 cheaper than its next closest competitor. This alone is going to pull quite a few people toward Sony, but it doesn’t end there. According to a number of technical analysts, the PS4 is also clearly more powerful than the Xbox One. Don’t get the wrong idea though, it might only be considered slightly more powerful, and let us not forget that both the PS4 and Xbox One are at least 6X-8X more powerful than their predecessors. In fact, the graphics processor in the PS4 is 50% more powerful than that of the Xbox One.
Next, there’s the issue of used game compatibility. When the PS4 was still in the developmental phase there were rumors abounding that it wouldn’t be lending support for games which hadn’t been purchased at full retail price (like the system used by the Xbox One, where each game is linked to a specific account by a code). As was revealed on the first day of E3 however, the PS4 will provide full support for used games; meaning, if you are a thrifty gamer who is very budget conscious, the PS4 is clearly the superior choice here.
Additionally, the PS4 will not require daily connections to the internet to retain functionality as is to be required by the Xbox One. For gamers who either have no internet or unstable connections at best, the PS4 is going to be a much wiser buy. Moreover, it’s nice to know that you have the freedom to more your console around without worrying about it being rendered inactive due to a lack of internet connectivity.
As far as speculative concerns go, you might want to consider the PS4 for its upcoming barrage of exclusive titles as well. Many of Sony’s time-honored and ultra-popular franchises will undoubtedly be returning to the PS4, and they already have quite a few interesting new ones on the table. Sure, Microsoft and the Xbox One sure seem to have quite a few more titles to their credit with even more on the way, but the PS4 lineup is anything but shabby. In fact, during E3 there were quite a few titles presented which might even be called “groundbreaking”, which is definitely something one should take into consideration when deciding upon which console to purchase.
If you’re already a PS3 owner, moving to the PS4 seems like an obvious choice if for no other reason than having familiar controls at your fingertips. Those who might be contemplating a move from Xbox to PS should know that Sony has placed increased focus on multimedia services too, which are able to mirror and challenge those developed by Microsoft. In other words, if you’re looking for one unit that can fulfill multiple roles, the PS4 is definitely capable of doing so.
Last but not least we have the physical appearance of both consoles. The Xbox One is at least 10% larger than its forerunner, the Xbox 360, which might turn some people off immediately. On the other hand, the PS4 is a little bit sleeker and smaller, featuring a slanted design, just what many gamers have been hoping for. We leave the choice in your hands…