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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Playstation 4 vs Xbox One

Playstation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One. Battle of the consoles. These kind of battles have been since the early age where there are two or more devices trying to compete. These wars weren't fight by the manufacturer, it is fought by the users themselves. Web 2.0 and social media also acts as a new spark to further ignite the war.

I would like to try to be as unbiased as I can be between these 2 consoles. After all, I never get my hands on either of the consoles. So for the time being, all I can give is a preview of each console and which one is more likely to win the battle of the next-generation consoles. 

Microsoft, the maker of Xbox One, and Sony, the maker of PS4 has been fighting to get the limelight of the future of gaming. Both show the advantages of their product compared to the other's. However, neither has really won. Like previous console wars, people has come to know that these wars is not a sprint, but a marathon. 

Xbox One

Xbox One is the third instalment of the Xbox family from Microsoft. It is certainly the fastest, greatest and most powerful of the Xbox family, no doubt about that.  

It has a blu-ray player, 8GB DDR3, 8 cores AMD custom CPU running at 1.75GHz, 853 MHz GPU, Cloud storage, 500GB hard disk (non-removeable) and a lot more. In other words, it is several times better than current generation console. 

The Xbox One however does have a hiccup with their first announcement that Microsoft make. There are some features that the gamers don't like, were added to the console (such as always on, and game activation). 

There are also a time when Microsoft take back all the things that the gamers don't like and trying to win the popularity contest again. All in all, its first impression was a little bit let down and confusing. 

However, the execs of Microsoft have mended the problem, and now the console is ready to be in the race against PS4.

Playstation 4

The Playstation 4, as the name suggests, is the fourth generation of the Playstation family. Sony have been very careful about this console launch. They didn't launch late like the PS3, and also unlike the PS3, they put a nice affordable price tag onto it too. 

The PS4 comes with a blu-ray player, 8GB DDR5, 8 cores AMD Jaguar, AMD Radeon GPU, 500GB hard disk (user removeable) and a lot more. Again this is way better than its predecessor. 

There wasn't any confusion at the announcement. Sony's message has always been "this console is for gamers". It ticks all the right box for gamers. They've shown a lot of good things of the system. All the good things even overshadowed the fact that there won't be a free PSN network anymore. People have to subscribe to play online. 


As you can see, there aren't many differences between those two consoles. It is almost identical. However, I do find that gamers would like the user-removeable hard disk better so that they can upgrade it themselves. Most of the gamers won't upgrade, but they like to be given a choice. 

Same goes with the CPU, the AMD Jaguar in PS4 is an x86 processor, while the one in Xbox One will be a proprietary processor. Being a x86 processor, which is the same as the personal computers, gives a more promising chance that PC games is more easily ported to and from the PS4 compared to the Xbox One. However, proprietary processor sometimes comes with special extras, where it can do some instructions specifically for the system without interrupting other processes. 

The controllers of each console do take inspiration from their own predecessors. The PS4 Dualshock 4 has added a touch pad and some of the PS Move controls. The Xbox One's controller also has many upgrades inside it. Between those two, I do like the Xbox One more ergonomic controller, but I also like the touch control of the PS4 controller. Well I guess we couldn't have it all.

Final words

These two consoles are really similar to each other. If you want to decide between these two, the only way is to decide the winner for you is with their exclusive games. If you prefer exclusives from PS3, you're more likely to like the PS4 more. Same goes with Xbox One, if you like Xbox 360 exclusives more, you're more likely to like the Xbox One more. 

There are other things to consider too, such as the friends that you have on each console. Because games are always better when played multiplayer. Just consider these two things (exclusives and friends), and you can't go wrong (I hope).

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