Posts Tagged ‘Consoles’

PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One

October 26, 2013

I am going to objectively analyze both platforms strengths to show you which console is the best at a particular thing to help you decide which one to pick. I myself am not entirely decided yet, despite my blogging about it twice or so, I still reserve my mind to a last-minute change.

Best hardware: PlayStation 4
What does this mean: This means that PS4 will deliver better-looking games than Xbox One. It might also mean it’ll deliver more stable games. This will mostly only been seen in exclusive Sony games because third-party developers will aim to make the games as equal as possible, going by the lowest derivation, which is the Xbox One. However, rumors point that due to X1’s complicated ESRAM it might affect third-party games already during the first two years. Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 are both rumored to look and run better on the PS4.

Best online service: Xbox One
What does this mean:  Online on Xbox One is likely to be superior due to several reasons. Xbox One has 300,000 servers whilst PS4 has roughly 70,000. Microsoft have been the undisputed kings of online console play for a decade and will expand with that experience. Smart matchmaking, lower latency and revamped features such as deliver two-three times better audio quality thanks to the Skype codec when talking and playing online. If online gaming is your priority, there is no denying that the best online experience will be found on Xbox One in terms of raw performance.

Best multimedia features: Xbox One
What does this mean:  If you are looking for more than just gaming, and who could blame you, it’s 2013,  then Xbox One will be the better choice by miles. Skype, UFC, NFL, NHL, Xbox Live Video & TV Show marketplace, HBO GO, SkySports, TV-integration, and exclusive TV series produced for Xbox One by big producers such as Steven Spielberg.  Xbox One is your choice if you are looking for that all-around experience with gaming and entertainment. Important notice in this area is that a lot of features such as TV integration is for United States only and some other features vary depending on country, but there’s no denying that the U.S accounts gets the superior Xbox Live experience.

Best social community: PlayStation 4
What does this mean:  If social interactions and experiences are the most important factor in your choice, then PS4 is the way to go. It will undoubtedly be the best-selling console with most social features with heavy Facebook integration and focus on sharing videos and screens. It’ll pop up in all your friends feed both on PSN and Facebook. YouTube links are also said to be there. PS4 is out-selling the X1 by miles and it’s likely that 90% of your friends are picking the PS4 instead. It’s also the cheaper console which will assure the best third-party support in the long run as it’ll be the dominant platform. If you have fears of being alone, then do not pick the Xbox One. PS4 will guarantee a living and social environment with real-name support.

Best games: PS4 & Xbox One
What does this mean: Both consoles offer great exclusives. Xbox One has Halo and PS4 has The Order 1886. These games are entirely up to personal preferences and depending on what kind of genres you prefer. If you prefer shooters, then Xbox One is likely more suitable to you because of the controller and their heavy focus on exclusive shooter games. For an overall experience and more dramatic and cinematic experiences, PS4 will be the choice for you as it’s also more powerful.  Like I said earlier,  some third-party titles will be running better on the PS4 as well.

There you have it folks. An objective analysis. To sum it all up:

Buy PlayStation 4: if you want the most powerful gaming console and focus mainly on gaming. Social features such as sharing, streaming and community focus are also keys here. It’ll be the best-seller with superior third-party support as well. It’s also the most affordable console.  It does have media features such as Amazon Video and Netflix, but not as broad and established app-support as the X1. If you want the best-looking games with a broad line of exclusive genres and cinematic experiences, then PS4 is for you, the ultimate gaming machine.

Buy Xbox One: if you want an all-in-one device that delivers greater shooter games, superior online features, great multimedia features such as Xbox Live Video and TV Shows marketplace, HBO Go, sports such as UFC, NFL, NBA and NHL. If you are looking for a console with new innovative features with Kinect voice controls. It’s the most expensive console and less powerful, but it’ll offer more overall entertainment with movies, sports and shows. Skype in 1080p with your friends while watching your favorite show or playing your favorite game. Xbox One is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment machine.

I didn’t discuss the controllers because I haven’t tried them yet. Next week I’ll post my hands-on impressions with the new controllers. 

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Xbox One Dashboard Fall 2014

October 7, 2013

Oh, the Kinect 2 and NSA spycam rumors never come to rest. And now with Microsoft talking about options to opt-in to specialized targeted ads based on Kinect data and whatnot, things aren’t getting any easier for poor Microsoft.

Here’s a fun prediction of how the Xbox One dashboard might look like in the future.

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Nintendo on their way to irrelevance

September 8, 2013

Atari’s founder has done an interview with BBC where he said that Nintendo are on their way to irrelevance.

This is something I’ve been saying for numerous years now, seeing as Nintendo’s hardware is always more than one generation behind their competitors in terms of power and performance. Wii saw the effect of that. It lost hundreds of AAA-titles such as Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Skyrim, BioShock, Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV, you see my point right? These were titles Nintendo owners missed out on. Not to mention Xbox and PlayStation exclusives such as Halo, Gears of War and The Last Of Us. Sure, they got Mario and Zelda, again instead.

Nintendo’s a joke in my eyes. They have zero understanding of what the western core gamer desires. They prove this with their ancient and vastly inferior online service and weak hardware. The Wii U is barely selling at all and that’s justified I feel. It has no games and it’s insanely old compared to the coming consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

Nintendo are aware of this, of course. Several developers have already stated their lack of intention to develop for their platform and it will most likely only increase as people won’t buy the Wii U once they see a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One that are more than 10 times powerful with AAA-games for not so much more money.

So what are Nintendo doing about this? Well, they are cutting the price by $50. The Wii U will be priced at $299 which is $100 less than Sony’s PS4, and that’s a start, but it’s still not enough I believe. The lack of games is another key factor and it’s being addressed but I feel it’s too late. The console has soon been on the market one year and didn’t managed to attract interest. I believe it will feel “old” and much like a “failure” in consumers eyes to care when they see that new shiny Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Had the Wii U been as powerful as the PS4 and had much better online capabilities, I think it’d been much more successful. Also, the name is flat-out horrible.

Bethesda won’t be making Wii U games

July 16, 2013

The truth is, it’s not something that we are currently developing for. I don’t know whether that changes down the road or not. It depends on the games that we are making and how we think it aligns with that console, and how the hardware aligns with the other stuff we are making. We will see.

Legendary game studio, Bethesda has officially come out and said that they will not be making games for the Wii U. The quoted statement above is from Bethesda. In other words, exclusive Nintendo gamers will once again miss out on several AAA-titles such as The Elders Scrolls and Fallout and upcoming Prey 2.

I understand their decision as Bethesda often likes to push gaming and Nintendo’s console is simply too weak and sells too little for them to make back the huge amounts of money they have to invest into every single title. I hope Nintendo’s next console will be pushing same hardware as Playstation 5 and Xbox 3 so that they won’t be in a bad seat for three generations in a row.

What are your thoughts on Nintendo losing several AAA-developers due to pisspoor hardware on the Wii U?

The very promising and beautiful Prey 2 is one of the titles Nintendo owners will miss out on.

New launch games

June 20, 2013

Now that I’m back on team Xbox again, my launch games have changed. You may have recalled my saying that Xbox One has the sharper exclusives, and now I can finally enjoy them.

New launch games:

  • Ryse
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Also considering Watch Dogs, Ghosts and Dead Rising 3. Killer Instinct is free-to-play so add that one in the basket as well.

    Are you jumping back to Xbox One now that it appears to be the superior console in precisely every single area?

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    You have no idea how much I want to be a roman warrior.

    Software sales lowest since 2000

    June 18, 2013

    Reports are in from the gaming world and they are indeed lackluster. Sales are the lowest they have been since 2000. But that’s good. I think it’s because people are tired of PS3/Xbox 360 and want a new generation.

    It’s no surprise that the new consoles are coming out during this record low year. Normally a console cycle runs five years, this one has passed over seven years. They really milked it as much as possible and it’s good consumers declining interest has finally led to the release of the next generation to be this Christmas season.

    I was already calling for a new generation to be launched in 2011, even in 2010 I had begun to lose my interest completely. And when my Xbox 360 died in 2011 of natural causes after years of servitude, I had zero interest to replace it. My PC has adequately covered my needs.

    There’s something special every time a new gen begins, and I can’t wait to be a part of the new one.

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    The winner of the previous generation by a mile. But it looks as if I won’t be supporting the next one.

    PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    June 11, 2013

    E3 is more or less over and boy was it good. We got release dates, price tags, games and everything we wanted. Both consoles will hit US and EU this year. More specifically, November for Xbox One and “Holiday” for PlayStation 4.

    Xbox One will retail for $499/499€. PlayStation 4 will retail for $399/399€. Both consoles will require a premium paid membership to play online games from now on. The PlayStation 4 will be region free, no online required and supports used games. The Xbox One will not do any of that. Wow, right? What the fuck are Microsoft thinking with?

    My choice is yet not made. Xbox One’s exclusive games are, in my eyes, better than those of the PlayStation 4. But PlayStation 4 has region free gaming. Used game support. Gamer freedom focus. Stronger hardware. But Xbox One has the games and better social functions. Twitch streaming instead of Ustream. It’s one hell of a tough choice.

    Games that I want to buy now:

  • Ryse (Xbox)
  • TitanFall (Xbox)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox)
  • Dead Rising 3 (Xbox)
  • Watch Dogs
  • Assasins Creed 4
  • Star Wars
  • Mirrors Edge 2
  • Destiny
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Dragon Age 3
  • Call of Duty: Ghost
  • Evil Within
  • The Division
  • And I probably forgot a few. A vast majority of these games are coming out within the first year of launch, and quite a few will be launch titles. Notice anything special? Correct, all the exclusive games are Xbox One exclusives. Not a single PlayStation 4 exclusive is appealing to me. I think that more or less sums up my stance, no?

    What did you think of E3? Which console will you support? Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Or both?

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    Finally we know how the PS4 looks like. I like it a lot. It’s gorgeous.

    Xbox One: A Double-Edged Sword

    May 28, 2013

    Microsoft was the last out of the three console makers to reveal their next generation console. It was only week ago and a lot of hate and debate has come up regarding the Xbox One varying from “media machine”, “no games”, “no used games” and much more. It’s fun because of two reasons: the first one is that I am not hearing a peep about Playstation 4 and the second is; can Microsoft turn all this free media and debate into sales or are they driving customers to Sony?

    As I said, I am not seeing any news regarding the PlayStation 4 at all. All I see are rumors circulating the Xbox One’s used-games functionality and mocking images calling it a media player instead of a console, even though Microsoft have numerous times confirmed that games are their primary focus and that all the games will be shown at E3. But this is like I said, a good thing. Xbox One is all over the place. The PlayStation 4 is currently in the shadows, in fact, sometimes it feels like I’ve already forgotten about its existence because of all this Xbox One talk. In fact, Blockbuster recently said the Xbox One has broken pre-order records at their stores. So I say: Xbox One is currently a double-edged sword.

    Microsoft are keeping dead silent on the used game functionality. It will play used games, but as they said “with a twist” and that twist is what thousands of people are trying to find. Rumors have you will be able to sell your digital licenses and then retailers and developers get a fee from it so it’s win-win-win. Should this be true it’s revolutionary in terms of digital media and purchases and Microsoft will be known as innovators of digital purchases. No doubt. And I actually believe this is true. Microsoft have always had that philosophy to focus on digital media and a digital future. So why not make it revolutionary with the new Xbox One?  It all makes sense and is very exciting. E3 can’t come soon enough this year. It will be a spectacle for sure. Changing the way used video games are sold will be huge.

    It will be highly interesting to see if Microsoft are shooting themselves in the foot by using this media focus first and are at risk of losing several hardcore gamers customers. But E3 will reveal more and focus on games, and I think Microsoft have the upper-hand here against Sony. Especially if my prediction that the PS4 will be more expensive than the Xbox One comes true.

    I have yet to make my decision regarding which console to buy and it all comes down to the E3 conference. What launch games will be availble for the consoles and what exclusive games will come out during the first year?

    Is it game over for Nintendo?

    February 23, 2013

    Now that the real next generation has been announced due to the PS4 unveiling, I thought I’d analyze what this means for Nintendo who once again will be “competing” with Sony and Microsoft with last generation hardware.

    When the Wii came out, it was on-par with the first Xbox in terms of power. This resulted in it missing out on all multi-platform titles that were in HD such as Assassin’s Creed franchise, Call of Duty franchise, BioShock, Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, well, you get the point. Basically only Nintendo provided AAA-titles for the Wii. And now with the Wii U being only as powerful as the PS3/Xbox 360, history will repeat itself.

    However, this time, it will be different. This time consumers seem to have learned that Nintendo’s hardware is ancient. Sales are slow, sales forecast has been lowered, and it’s generally looking dark for Nintendo. They will miss out on massive AAA-titles once more. Their hardware is inferior 2 GB, where only 1 GB is available for gaming, compared to PS4’s massive 8 GB. That’s 1/8 the RAM for gaming in comparison. 1/8. Think about that.

    Wii U’s strength was their tablet controller with the secondary screen. Something that was very expensive and upped the price for the Wii U a lot. How did Sony solve this dilemma? They will make a free app for smartphones and you can use them as your secondary screen or your PS Vita. Genius. This will allow them to compete with Nintendo’s ancient Wii U immediately at launch with superior online features, hardware and games. If I were Nintendo, I’d be very, very scared of what the future holds. Already Sony are looking to be vastly superior and I can’t wait to see what Microsoft will do, surely, it will also be vastly superior to the Wii U in every possible area. Especially online, perhaps the most important area.

    Even though I don’t like that the Wii U will be included in the next generation’s console sales, PS4 and the new Xbox, it will be very interesting to see how it sells because really, what arguments can they use? Oh yeah, another Mario and Zelda game. How original and interesting. Not. I am sick and tired of them and have zero interest in them, although I know millions of people still do, so it will be interesting if they crave another Zelda/Mario game for the cost of an inferior gaming experience in every other sense of the way. Is Mario worth it? To sacrifice much more beautiful graphics in all other games, better online features, better social features, and missing out on massive AAA franchises from third-party studios? To me, it certainly is not.

    I predict a very dark future for Nintendo and gamers that will stick to the Wii U exclusively. Naturally, people who buy all of the consoles have no issues as they can play all the games and enjoy all luxuries across. But there are still loyal fans that stick to only one console per generation – millions of them.  And I would love to hear the logics behind those who pick the Wii U over the true next generation consoles as the PS4. I predict the lifetime sales of the Wii U to be no more than 35-40 million at best. Unless they pull a pricing miracle and cut the price to $199, then, that could change a lot if the PS4 and the new Xbox are priced at $399 or more.

    What are your thoughts on Nintendo and their chances of becoming “winners” of the next generation? Did you consider the Wii to be a winner last generation even though it lacked so many games but “won through sales”?

    What’s the sales pitch for the Wii U? Six year old hardware? Inferior graphics, online, and old ports from PS3/Xbox 360 as majority of the games? It will be insanely interesting to see how it has sold by 2016 in comparison to PS4/Xbox 720.

    DmC

    January 28, 2013

    I lost my gaming lust when it comes to single player games. I have tried Sleeping Dogs, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed III, Metro 2033 and Hitman: Absolution during my Dota 2 era and I only managed to finish Modern Warfare 3 out of all those games. And that’s because I played all the other CoD games prior. And the fact that CoD is usually between 3-5 hours long only.

    Sure, some of these games were not bad. Sleeping Dogs, for an instance, I like a lot. I just don’t have the energy or urge to finish it right now. Metro 2033 is very interesting too, but like I said, single player games have no hold over me anymore. I do hope to get around and finish them one day. Maybe even AC3, but I doubt Hitman though.

    Now I have received some more games from the gaming gods, and first up is DmC the new Devil May Cry game. I very much enjoyed the previous games and I haven’t played a hack N slash action game in a long while. I hear this game runs at 60 FPS on the PC with gorgeous graphics. I look forward to being a judge of that.

    Also in my gift basket was Far Cry 3, Black Ops II and Mass Effect 3. I feel like I might finish Mass Effect 3 to end the trilogy. Black Ops II, the same story as it’ll be short and I’ve played every single other CoD game.

    I don’t like the new Dante design. May I cry along with the devil?