Posts Tagged ‘Next Gen’

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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New Xbox One trailer

October 25, 2013

Next generation will be longest ever

October 21, 2013

If you thought that this generation which now has spanned for roughly eight years depending on your console choice was long, I got some dire news for you. The next one will be even longer.

Developing a new console is very, very expensive. In fact, usually console just lose money the first years and start making money at the end. That’s why we saw a 7-8 year console cycle with this current generation and I predict that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be around for 10 years before PlayStation 5 and Xbox 3 comes out. If they come out. We could very well have switched to full streaming by then.

I myself am not that big of a fan of too long console cycles. I have noticed a pattern in my interests. Usually consoles for me remain relevant and interesting for about 4 years. After 4 years, my interest starts to rapidly decline. It was the case with Gamecube and Xbox and with Xbox 360 as well. Therefore having a 10 year cycle? Wow. I don’t know. Maybe the new hardware and games will age better. Maybe Sony will support the PS4 better than Nintendo and Microsoft did in the long run? It certainly seems so with the PS3.

What are your thoughts on potentially having a 10 year console cycle with PS4 and Xbox One?

Get used to these consoles, because it’s likely they’ll be around for a decade.

Changing some routines for next generation

October 10, 2013

For the upcoming generation I will shift around my gaming habits and routines dramatically. Why? Because I want to. I feel it’s time to do some adjustments and prioritizing and that’s always fun.

The first change, which perhaps is the biggest one, has multiple purposes, both environmental and convenience. I’ll be switching from disc based games to digital games. This has, like I said earlier, numerous reasons behind it. Though I do like to have a physical disc and box from time to time, I also don’t like it. Going fully digital is better for the environment. It saves me time and energy of going to the store or waiting for the mail to arrive. It removes disc swapping when I want to change games. It’s a natural evolution as I have been enjoying digital media such as movies and TV shows for over a decade now exclusively.

Second is that 99% of games that are out on the PC and next generation platforms will likely be purchased for the PC. PC gaming isn’t only cheaper, it’s more beautiful and smoother in performance. Some games I’ll still get for the console as they feel like console games, such as The Evil Within, that game is meant for the 46″ big screen instead of the 21″ computer screen. Of course there will be more of those types of games. But in general, I’ll prioritize games such as Destiny for my next generation machine to maximize the efficiency of it. It just feels more logical since I have a beast computer. Games like Thief look significantly better on the PC and that’s something I want to take advantage of, whilst Destiny won’t even be out on the PC, so this to me, makes complete sense.

Third and final is that I won’t be buying games that look “Okay” or “just good” anymore. I have had too many experiences that were mediocre or okay on my Xbox 360 that I don’t ever want again. Games like Ninja Gaiden 2, Crackdown 2, Ninja Blade, Tekken 6 and several others. These games scored around 7 or low 8 on average and I think they are even lower than that. During my play-trough of Ninja Gaiden 2 I just rushed the last three levels entirely without killing anyone because I was falling asleep of the repetitive grinding mechanics and shit story. I bought it because of the dismemberment and gore, but ultimately, it wasn’t worth it. If a game isn’t looking to fantastic with depth and an immersible enviornment, I am no longer interested. Take Destiny as an example, that game looks like a clear 10/10 with a world that I want to live in. These are the types of games that will be in my focus. Not 6-7:s. I don’t care if I miss out on a few “good” or “decent” games in the run, because I know I will get all the masterpieces and those are the ones that count.

The gore was the only good part about Ninja Gaiden 2. No more mediocre games for me.

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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Unboxing Xbox One

September 29, 2013

PlayStation 4 will be my next generation choice

September 9, 2013

Microsoft have been changing their policies left and right on frequent basis for better and for worse, whilst Sony have been adding new promising features to the PlayStation 4, only making  it more appealing. I decided to get a console early on due to the benefits of having Netflix on the TV and also being able to watch Dota 2 matches through Twitch on the TV, so I benefit a lot from those functions and having a console for social split-screen multiplayer is amazing fun. Also, 46″ is better than 21″, it’s simple as that. Plus not to mention the console exclusive games I’d be missing out on if I only had a PC.

So here are the core reasons as to why I’m picking the PlayStation 4:

  1. Better and more powerful hardware
  2. Better exclusive DLC for important triple A titles such as Destiny
  3. Better looking interface
  4. Better quality on the hardware (based on Xbox 360 RROD and controller breakage)
  5. Built-in power brick
  6. It will be the best selling console,  hence making third-party titles superior
  7. A vast majority of my friends will be exclusive to PS4
  8. Microsoft pissed on my country and delayed the launch until Spring 2014
  9. Developers are praising the openness and power of PS4
  10. More features such as Netflix and Twitch that don’t require premium paid membership to use

So there you have it. Since I live in Europe, the PS4 will be the better choice for me. Like I said, 99% of my friends will be getting the PS4 exclusively, and I want to game with them. With all the improvements from Sony and all the changes from Microsoft, it just wasn’t meant to be. The social aspects of a console are essential and being able to game with all my friends takes a top priority.

The PS4 interface is vastly more impressive and better-looking than Xbox One’s. 

Also, being on the best-selling platform is important in terms of gaming quality as developers always focus on that platform with either DLC or performance. And right now PS4 is slaughtering the Xbox One in almost all the pre-order charts and the demos are shown on the PS4  units along with constant praise pouring over the PS4 and not much about the Xbox One. And taking the previous generation into account with the Red Ring of Death situation for the Xbox 360 and the fact that I had to buy four additional Xbox 360 controllers due to them breaking down over time, while my PS3 friends didn’t have to buy new ones a single time time for their PS3, it’s a nice bonus that saves a lot of money in the long run. Microsoft never did hardware that well.

I thought that the PlayStation 3 design was horrible. It was ugly. It’s still ugly. Disgusting. Even the Slim and Three model are ugly. But the PlayStation 4? Oh my, it’s a joy to watch. I want to touch it. It want to drag my hands all over that smooth surface. It’s a beauty. It’s small and has a futuristic design. I love it. It’s way better looking than the Xbox One and will look so much better in my living room than Microsoft’s console would. Also, it has the power brick built in so you won’t have to deal with that thick brick among your cords, as you will with the Xbox One, good luck fitting all that into your media center nicely. Sony are simply outclassing Microsoft when it comes to hardware as if it was Microsoft’s first console and that’s a huge deal.

Plus, I feel I cannot support Microsoft when they basically gave me the middle finger and told me I’m not as important to them as Mexico or New Zealand. Sony will launch their console in my country, why can’t Microsoft? Obviously I’m not on their VIP-list. Sony on the other hand, they prioritize my country and that’s a huge winner in my books. Microsoft on the other hand doesn’t seem to care as much, so I guess I will take my money elsewhere then, huh Microsoft? You just lost a customer of ten years who consistently purchased gold membership and downloadable content for games. Sony prioritizes Europe over Japan and that’s huge. Respect to them for that, and that’s what I like to see. They cater to me and show me they want me as a customer whilst Microsoft are doing the complete opposite.

I’m quite excited to purchase my first Sony product in over 15 years as I loved my first PlayStation more than any other console. I’m even getting a bit of nostalgia when I think about the controller. It just feels more right to choose Sony now that they are doing everything right with the PS4 and are prioritizing me whilst Microsoft are doing so much wrong with Xbox One and ignoring me.

This gorgeous piece of hardware will be in my living for the coming six years, or more. Exclusively, of course.

PlayStation 4 is coming on…

August 21, 2013

… November 29 in Europe and November 15 in the United States.

And by Europe, Sony has said pretty much all countries, including mine, which you might remember that Microsoft skipped until “early next year”.

This, of course, is major news. Because the PlayStation 4 will now be available and region optimized for my area roughly 3-4 months earlier than the Xbox One. Basically, all my friends will be Sony customers and the content will be available to explore from here much better than an imported Xbox One will be able to do.

Add to this that Sony has announced Twitch streaming for the PlayStation 4, something that only the Xbox One had, and was a huge reason I chose the Xbox One over the PlayStation 4, I know have some serious consideration to do. Do I support Microsoft despite them pissing on my region? Despite saying to me “you’re not as important as these other European regions”?

I’m afraid that I have to withdraw my previous confirmation of the Xbox One. With all their policy changes, insanely delayed release date in my region, losing their Twitch exclusivity, it’s just too much to consider.

Sony are really doing everything to please me and impress me, whilst Microsoft seem to be riding high and mighty on a horse they really don’t have.

Will you buy a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One now that you know the facts? And if you live in one of the countries Microsoft canceled the 2013 launch for, are you getting a PlayStation 4 now instead?

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Turn 10: “600% better AI thanks to the cloud”

August 1, 2013

I have been raving on about Microsoft’s impressive Azure Cloud service for the upcoming Xbox One, but just what benefits does it give? Well, Turn 10 has said that it has allowed them to create about 600% better AI due to the cloud and in turn improve graphics by over 20%. Not bad huh, and it’s only the beginning.

160,000 Wii U sold in the past three months

July 31, 2013

I have doomed the Wii U over and over in this blog. Completely bashed it. And it looks like I knew what I was talking about. Nintendo just announced that they sold an “amazing” 160,000 units of Wii U world wide in the last quarter. Tragic numbers.

If this continues for a few more months when they true next generation consoles launch, it will 100% be the end of the Wii U as we know it. No third-party will support it.

With such poor hardware and online features, this console deserves to fail and cause massive losses for Nintendo.