Summer is long gone, leaves are falling and the prospect of spending the next couple of months mostly indoors is hardly enticing. Instead of succumbing to depression and bickering all the time, we can make the most of these couple of months by playing the latest video games on consoles. 2013 has been particularly kind to gamers, as both Sony and Microsoft have released their flagship consoles.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are here to stay and except for those who have enough money to buy both of them, players need to make an educated decision. To start with, both consoles are amazing and worthy successors of the previous installments, so regardless of choice you can't truly go wrong. Those who own one of the previous versions are more likely to stick to the same type and purchase the upgrade, but those who fancy the idea of changing something in their lives, should consider these key facts.
PlayStation 4 is truly a power horse and those who own the previous release will appreciate the fact that games run smoothly without glitches or long loading times. Apparently it is even more powerful than its Microsoft counterpart, which is a good reason to purchase it instead of Xbox One. Add to this the fact that the console is also less expensive and it can be purchased from pretty much any store as it was released locally, and you've got quite a couple of arguments in favor of choosing Sony.
Immediately after the console was released, the manufacturers proudly announced that PlayStation 4 comes with an amazing PSN+ free game library. This is something that gamers find almost impossible to resist, as freebies have always been sought after even by those who can afford to purchase most titles. One thing that players are not overly concerned with initially especially those who make the transition from personal computers to consoles is how responsive and easy to handle the controller is.
Let's just say that compared to PlayStation 3, the latest installment is a giant leap forward with a vastly improved controller and an excellent addition, in the form of a touchpad. The system itself works like a charm and the odds of requiring developer support are slim, but it is nevertheless refreshing to know that their professionals are always ready to help.
The Marketing Pitch
In order to make an informed decision, prospective buyers should also be aware of the shortcomings of PlayStation 4. At the top of the list is the relatively shallow list of launch titles, with very few of the highly anticipated games being announced for this fall and winter. Some players are already complaining about the lack of quality on the headset and the subpar PS Eye, as well as the fact that the console is not backwards compatible with other games.
Overall, PlayStation 4 is quite a piece of work and for those who own the previous release this would be a firm step into the right direction. Existing and prospective members should know that as PlayStation network users they can purchase subscriptions from large retailers like BestBuy or online shops Prepaid Game Cards that deliver the codes to you by email. Speaking of which, the same website sells subscriptions for Xbox One users, so regardless of what console they choose, this has the potential of becoming a one-stop shop for players.
PlayStation 4 has certain strengths and weaknesses, but it would be a mistake to place an order before contemplating the advantages and shortcomings of owning an Xbox One. It has a clear edge over its competitor when it comes to the launch titles, with a remarkable selection of games being already available and many more at the horizon. Even though it is slightly more expensive than the PlayStation 4, Microsoft's product features paid-for exclusive content and has Kinect included.
Those who got the chance to try the Xbox live service as well as the extra TV features available for players from the United States, are unlikely to make the transition to PlayStation 4. It is easy to get hooked to these services and if you factor in the greatly improved haptic triggers on control, the entire package suddenly looks much more attractive.
To paint an accurate and absolutely fair picture of this console, we should highlight the downsides starting with the steep price. If money was not of the essence, most hard-core players would probably purchase both consoles, but as it is we might be tempted to choose PlayStation 4 over Xbox One. The console will only be released locally in 2014 and it has the awkward design flaw that prevents it from standing vertically. Just like the PlayStation 4 it is not backwards compatible with previous games.
Now that you've got your facts straight, it should be much easier to make the right choice and avoid buyer’s remorse. If possible, prospective customers should spend some time playing games on both consoles before placing an order.