The capabilities of the upcoming console generations have been astounding. Even some of them include games. Here, we examine our experiences with the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One thus far.
Sharp lines and blocky forms are in whereas rounded smooth curves are out. Microsoft chose a two-tone black ’80s VCR-like box design, which has been received with a mixed reception. Both the Xbox One and PS4 are sporting a cleaner aesthetic with tougher edges. On the other hand, the PS4 has chosen a distinctive angular slanted design with a two-tone parallelogram that is crossed by a shining blue line. It’s brand-new, but there are clear nods to the past—anyone who enjoyed the PS2 and, to a lesser extent, the original PlayStation will be familiar with the grille-like construction. Even without the PS emblem, you could still identify it as a PlayStation.
Of course, it all depends on personal opinion, but the PS4 is just more attractive than the Xbox One, even though the Xbox One will blend in somewhat better beneath your television. Despite the fact that the Xbox One needs an external power brick whereas the PS4’s is built-in, Microsoft’s system dwarfs Sony’s angular offering. Microsoft appears to be taking precautions by giving the Xbox One lots of breathing area in an effort to prevent the overheating problems that the Xbox 360’s predecessor experienced. Having said that, only time will tell how well both consoles stand up to regular usage, but for now, they both operate quietly and coolly, which is exactly how we want it.
With eight-core AMD x86 CPUs and 8GB RAM, the Xbox One and PS4 should have more than enough power to get gamers hot under the collar. The type of RAM that each of the two systems packs is where they diverge. The PlayStation 4’s memory is the more exotic GDDR5, whereas the Xbox One will use the more common DDR3 version. Remove the letters and numbers, and the PlayStation 4 will have extra bandwidth to work with, which would give PS4 games a modest graphic advantage over those of the Xbox One.
In actuality, Call of Duty: Ghosts will operate natively at 1080p on the PS4 and 720p on the Xbox One before being upscaled to full HD. Even while both versions will function at 60 frames per second, it is clear that the PS4 has better graphics power than its competitor. But the visual quality of games on both systems is noticeably better than it was on the previous generation. And as software writers grow more used to the available technology, things can only get better. Although there won’t be many 4K TVs available at launch, both the Xbox One and PS4 will handle 4K visuals (at least in terms of power). It’s crucial to future-proof the Xbox One and PS4 against the upcoming wave of 4K TVs.
Not much has changed here, but if it ain’t busted, why fix it? The DualShock 4 controller for the PS4 is similar to the original DualShock, except it has a touchpad and new Select and Start buttons. With the thumbsticks and triggers, Sony has borrowed a page from Microsoft’s playbook; the thumbsticks now have more gripping tops, and the L2 and R2 triggers are concave, making it less likely that your fingers will slack off. It’s past due.
In order to assist you out if you switch places on the couch during a multiplayer game, the DualShock 4 has a light bar that can be used to identify participants. The PS4 will also be able to determine who is using which controller. Thanks to Kinect’s miracles, the Xbox One can accomplish the same thing, and since it will be included with each console, everyone will be able to use it right out of the box. Additionally, the DualShock 4 has an integrated speaker, a headphone socket, and improved rumbling technology.
Even while the Xbox One controller now has more discreetly colored buttons, it still bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor. We were thoroughly frightened and amazed by the slight vibrations during our E3 demo, which offers up the opportunity for deeper in-game immersion through vibration feedback through each of the triggers. You also have better integrated detachable slots, a more sensitive D-pad, grippier (but smaller) joysticks, and more effective Wi-Fi syncing.
With a few small exceptions, they’re both wonderful, and we’d take either one without hesitation. Visit our Xbox One vs. PS4 controller showdown for a detailed analysis of both controllers. Despite rumors that the PS4 will completely forgo physical media in favor of the cloud, Sony has included a Blu-ray drive that is three times quicker than the PS3’s. No format battles in this console generation thanks to Microsoft’s addition of a Blu-ray drive.
You may connect your Freeview, Freesat, Sky, or Virgin PVR to the HDMI input using the Xbox’s HDMI pass-through feature, and then connect your TV or AV receiver as usual. This allows you to play games and keep up with sports while watching TV on the Xbox One by “snapping” what you’re watching to the side (with a Kinect voice command no less). The OneGuide, which acts as your PVR’s TV guide, is regrettably not yet available in the UK. This implies that using Kinect’s voice control features to browse stations and shows, record, or channel surf is not possible. However, US gamers may enjoy the full Xbox One TV experience. Boo. However, you may stop and play games, change the volume, and program your remote to operate with the Xbox One in the UK by entering the proper code.
On the other hand, the PS4 makes up for its lack of a handshake with your Sky box in other ways. First off, if you have a PlayStation Vita, you can stream PS4 games directly to the handheld device, continuing the action even while your TV is being used for X Factor. It’s a great feature for Vita users and works just like the Wii U’s tablet. The PS4’s ability to upgrade its hard drive with a typical 2.5in option is another perk. This is a huge bonus, especially if you want to load it up with a sizable media collection, given that game downloads may approach 50GB and that its OS and related system files take up 93GB.
The Xbox One will not support BBC iPlayer at launch, unlike the PS4, but Microsoft has stated in an interview with CNET that it is “working to bring BBC iPlayer to Xbox One in the future.” Microsoft’s list of UK media partners at launch includes 4OD Netflix, Lovefilm, Blinkbox, Crackle, Eurosport, Machinima, Muzu TV, Ted Talks, Twitch, and Wuaki. Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Crunchyroll, EPIX, NBA Game Time, Netflix, NHL GameCenter LIVE, Redbox Instant by Verizon, VUDU, and YuppTV are some of the streaming services available on the PS4.
Your game will be broadcast on both the Xbox One with Kinect and the PS4 with Eye. The second-generation Kinect has an incredible range of capabilities; it can measure your pulse rate, log you in using face recognition, keep track of your mood, and even measure how much force you’re applying. Can Sony’s follow-up Eye effort compete? It includes two cameras with a resolution of 1280 x 800, four microphones for voice control, an 85-degree field of vision, and enables recognition to log in as well. If you still have your PlayStation Move controllers lying around, The Eye will also work well with them.
Without a doubt, the Kinect is a better piece of technology, and its speech recognition is excellent 90% of the time. When it does, you experience a sensation of innocent awe. You grasp for the controller in irritation when it doesn’t. But Microsoft deserves credit for pushing the envelope and bringing something so cutting-edge into our living rooms; it has immense promise. Developers will be more inclined to produce games compatible with the Kinect because it comes included with every Xbox One console, as opposed to the PS4 Camera, which can be purchased separately for £45. That’s important to take into account given what the new Kinect could be able to achieve for video games in the future.
Sony has introduced a Share button to the DualShock 4 controller as part of its focus on social gaming. Before you power up a game, you’ll be greeted with comments from other gamers and downloadable goodies. Players may now use their actual identities and your account can be synced with Facebook. Then there’s the option to watch sports and offer commentary, acting as an inconvenient backseat driver. However, holding down the Share button allows you to quickly capture screenshots and videos of your most recent frag before sending them to your friends. The Xbox One is a social creature as well since it allows you to search by what is hot or trending among your friends. Want to watch with friends and discuss what they’re watching? Bring up Skype in the sidebar and start a conversation there. And it’s been claimed that TV producers might customize their broadcasts based on how you were reacting with Kinect. Say “filter bubble” with me.
Heavy hitters like Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4, and Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs will still be available for both consoles, though it’s uncertain whether Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 will make an appearance on the next-generation consoles. Both consoles will undoubtedly keep their AAA exclusive titles like Halo and the God of War series. Since Sony dropped the Cell architecture from the PS3 for the PS4, and since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both use AMD CPUs and graphics cards, this generation should see an increase in simultaneous cross-platform debuts. Undoubtedly much to the joy of keyboard and mouse fraggers.
At E3, a ton of Xbox One games were unveiled, including exclusives like Forza Motorsport 5, Quantum Break, Halo 5, Ryse, and Titanfall. However, only Forza 5 will be available at launch. Family adventure Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son, and the really amazing big open-world rubber burner DriveClub are among the exclusive PS4 titles. Additionally, PS4 titles come preinstalled with PS Vita Remote Play functionality. Overall, the finest games (in our opinion) are available on both platforms, like Destiny, Assassin’s Creed 4: Blag Flag, and The Division, to name a few. The Xbox One’s exclusive catalog is longer (for the time being), though
Things start to heat up a bit at this point. Furthermore, it is perplexing. First, the simple part. You cannot play Xbox 360 or PS3 games on either platform. You have the option to connect your Xbox 360 to the Xbox One (likely through HDMI passthrough), allowing you to use a 360 controller to play 360 games within the Xbox One interface. Pretty useful, we would say.
When Microsoft’s DRM, always-on, and used game rules were compared to Sony’s more open PS4, it earned the wrath of a mob both at and after E3. Each Xbox One game could essentially be downloaded in full, either via the cloud or a disc, to your hard drive, but you would have needed to be online at least once every 24 hours to validate each game to your account. If you aren’t online, you won’t be able to play. not even the solo mode. Sony, on the other hand, was exempt from this limitation. However, you’ll note that we’re speaking in the past tense. Microsoft fully reversed course and said that its limits on always-on, DRM, and used games will be eliminated, leveling the playing field versus the PS4. It was a significant choice in light of a challenging week of negative responses from irate gamers.
Microsoft (like Sony) is delegating the decision of whether to impose fees on purchasers of used games to publishers. All of this is necessary since, in the alternative, you may download a game to your console and play it before selling it and earning some money. Sony, who formerly provided it for free, will now charge a monthly subscription for online multiplayer on both systems. However, as part of their subscription, PlayStation Plus subscribers will have access to free game downloads. The PS$ is less expensive at £350, but the Xbox One costs a wallet-crushing £430. It’s important to keep in mind that the Kinect camera is included with the Xbox One, but PS4 owners must pay an additional £45 for the PlayStation camera.
Even while the Xbox One is the more ambitious platform, it just can’t fully live up to all of its promise. Yet. On the other hand, the PS4 may have less media and voice control capabilities, but its more powerful specifications promise a plethora of mouth-wateringly expensive exclusive games in the future. Your choice is obvious if you want the Xbox One’s media capabilities and Kinect wizardry. But you should support the PS4 if you want a more authentic gaming experience at a lower cost. But console battles are drawn-out, brutal things, and we can’t wait to record each fight as it happens. It’s just just started…