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PS4 or XBOX One?

Posted by Ian on June 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

So, this has been a major topic recently in the gaming community. Which side am I on? Well, it's too obvious... I'm on Sony's side.

If you watched the E3 conferences, you probably noticed that XBOX wasn't doing so well with theirs in terms of reactions from the crowd. Why?


  • Well, maybe it's because people would like to play their 360 games on the new XBOX?
  • Maybe people would like to buy used games?
  • Maybe people would like to borrow a friend's game to play?
  • Maybe people would like to shut off the camera when it's not in use?
  • Maybe some people don't have internet(I will expand on this more, it will probably upset you)?
  • Maybe some people don't care to have TV integrated into the console(although, I think it is a nice feature, still unneeded)?
  • Maybe some people don't want to fork out 500 dollars, just a thought.
Let's expand a bit on each point made here.


Yes, XBOX One is NOT backwards compatible, I know it's sad. Good news, though, for you owners of the newer black XBOX 360 with cloud storage - You CAN back up your games on cloud, and then play them on the new XBOX One... But, the other XBOX 360 owners... I'm sorry, you will have to buy your game again if you do not have an external hard drive.

Let's look at borrowing a game, no one liked hearing that you can only trade a game ONCE and that's just giving it to your friend. Microsoft says that they are looking to change that in the future, though. With used games, you can only trade in to PARTICIPATING retailers, not ALL retailers, so that's another draw back.

Another things is the "always on, always watching" thing with the Kinect. In my eyes, that eats up a bit of power along with the console being able to download updates when it's "off." A lot of speculation comes with this as well. we know that Bill Gates has been in contact with the NSA, so will the Kinect be a tool used to listen in on stuff or watch? I feel that it's another turn off, but it could be just rumor, even then I do not like the power consumption, and the fact that the XBOX One wont function without it.

Here's the thing that really, really, really bugged me... Internet. The XBOX One is required to check in once every 24 hours, and is recommended that you keep it online anyways. Now, what about people who do not have internet? Don Mattrick of Microsoft had an interview with Dorito Pope, and the topic came up, and his response was:

"Fortunately we have a product for people aren't able to get some form of connectivity: it's called Xbox 360."

He went on to add:

"If you have zero access, [the 360] is an offline device. I mean, when I read the blogs and thought about who really is the most impacted, there was a person who said ‘hey, I’m on a nuclear sub’ – and I don’t even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub [grins] – but I imagine it’s not easy to get an internet connection. I can empathize, if I was on a sub, I’d be disappointed."

Clip of interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiUzaqOU06M

And finally, let's talk about TV. Honestly, this is going to be the shortest one. TV integration is cool, but not needed at all. It's a simple button click on your remote. I like it, but I understand it's not needed, and many hardcore gamers do not like it.


Now, let's talk about the competition... Sony.

On the reveal of the console itself, Sony came out guns blazing, fists swinging, you name it... And they landed a south paw so hard, it knocked a few teeth out of Microsoft's mouth.

The definition of troll in the dictionary should feature Sony's logo next to it, because Sony 1 upped everything that Microsoft provided, and trolled them harder than a semi slamming into a smart car at 100mph.

Sony trolls Microsoft: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ-To7WJyWs

The PS4 supports used games, discs, sharing games with friends, can play offline without having to check in, 100 dollars cheaper, I can go on and on and on.

The bottom line here is, gamers are more focused on the PS4 that is more focused on them, it comes down to you to make the decision. 

PS4 E3 Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmoZAPDV3ew

XBOX One E3 Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIyVyH_Tr6o

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