Posts Tagged ‘X1’

Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction

October 29, 2013

The new Extinction mode for Call of Duty: Ghosts has finally been revealed and I must admit, it is looking like something that I’d like.

Too bad I won’t support Call of Duty again until they deliver a new engine with impressive graphics like Battlefield did two years ago.

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First results between PS4 vs. Xbox One are in

October 29, 2013

Digital Foundry has made a world class article where they compare the quality of Battlefield 4 between PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. I strongly recommend you go and read this behemoth of an article as it’s the most qualitative I’ve seen. It gives you a very fair and objective analysis of each version and there’s no surprise which ones are the best ones.

PS4 takes the lead from X1 quite substantially.  Battlefield 4 runs at 900p on the PS4 and 720p on the X1. This was to be expected as X1 has weaker hardware and more complicated ESRAM to work with. Sad facts if you will be gaming primarily on an X1 next generation for sure.

Though the X1 version by no means looks horrible or bad, it falls short and is inferior to the PS4 one by quite some mileage. It is expected to be like this for at least the first two years of the console cycle, perhaps even always as the PS4 simply has more hardware to work with. And when Sony’s first-party exclusive start coming out, well then there will be no doubts as to where the most stunning games are.

Add on top of this the rumors that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be running at 720p on the Xbox One and Titanfall also, well, then it’s certainly not looking good for Microsoft.  There are also other rumors circulating that the Xbox One has strong issues with party drops and server allocations as they are separated now instead of unified as with Xbox 360. It is said to be “months away” before that will be resolved.

Judging by these comparisons, rumors, facts and pre-order numbers, the Xbox team at Microsoft must be in chaos and despair. I predict the PS4 out-selling the X1 by at least 20 million units this war because of this. And that’s me being generous I feel.

The PS4 has a bright future ahead with a superb start in both hardware, software and reputation. 

 

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. 

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.

The other 5 games

October 15, 2013

You’ve seen my top 5 and now it’s time to see 6-10!

10. The Witcher 3
The Pride of Kraków looks to deliver yet another epic adventure with The Witcher 3 and brings along gorgeous visuals and an world that I want to fully discover and immerse myself in. Could be one of the best RPG:s ever.

9. GTA V (PC)
I still haven’t bought GTA V as I have no current gen console. But GTA V for the PC is something I will buy next year for sure. I want to support its greatness.

8. The Order 1886
Finally a game set in London. Sony’s Santa Monica studio delivers graphically stunning games and Game Informers preview of this game confirms that The Order is visually stunning and truly next gen. Very, very excited.

7. Dragon Age: Inquisition
I believe in this game. It will go back to its roots to Origins with Frostbite 3 Engine graphics and mechanics, along with sexual content, dragons, and classic RPG combat. I think this will do the series justice.

6. The Division
I’d put it higher if they released more trailers for it. But the one video I’ve seen from it and what I heard, sounds insanely promising. I can’t wait to tear up NYC with my friends. Online RPG shooter with INSANELY stunning graphics.

Note: this list applies to 2014 games only. Titles such as Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XV, Star Wars: Battlefront are not coming out in 2014 and therefore not listed on my top 10.

The Division just barely missed my top 5. One more trailer would probably have put it there.

Kingdom Hearts 3

October 15, 2013

I never played any of the Kingdom Hearts games. Mainly because I didn’t have a PlayStation 2, so there’s that. But I must admit that they always looked interesting to me.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and it is looking fantastic. Cozy graphics with that magical feel that Disney give you. So far it’s looking like a definitive purchase for me.

Check out the latest trailer below and tell me that didn’t entice you.

Top 5 for 2014

October 12, 2013

Some of my readers have been asking me what my most anticipated games for 2014 are, so I thought I’d share it with y’all.

5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Kiefer Sutherland. Next generation hardware. Solid Snake. Open world. Tactical espionage. I mean, come on. How can one not be excited for this? All the MGS have been masterful.

4. The Evil Within
Shinji Mikami, the father of horror returns for his next generation debut and it is looking beyond scary. I am certain I will get an heart attack from this game and that my hands will be dripping sweat.

3. Titanfall
Titanfall looks to be the best shooter in… forever? I can’t foresee any other shooters other than maybe Battlefront being anywhere close to rivaling Titanfall. Forget Call of Duty and Battlefield, a new king will emerge.

2. Thief
The new trailers look so amazing. The gameplay looks amazing. The slogan is amazing. Everything about Thief looks amazing and they just keep putting out these amazing trailers and my hype keeps rising.

1. Destiny
Destiny remains unrivaled at first place. It is looking like game changer and that’s a huge deal. I am certain I will easily invest 500-1000 hours depending on the support Bungie gives this game. I cannot wait.

What are your top 5 for 2014?

What’s yours is mine.

PlayStation 4 coming to Japan in 2014

September 9, 2013

Wow. Shocking news. Sony are prioritizing Europe and United States over Japan with the PS4. And that’s a lot of respect. Because those are their biggest markets and it makes sense, especially Europe. We deserve priority treatment and I am very happy Sony are giving it to us, unlike Microsoft who are pissing on us.

February 2014 is when the PS4 hits Japanese shelves, a total of three months later than EU and US. Good stuff, unless you are Japanese, of course.

This seals the deal for me. Microsoft have lost a customer. What else can I say? I will go to the company that treats me the best and caters to me, not the other way around. Plus the whole Xbox One ordeal has been nothing short of embarrassing. If Microsoft believes customers in Mexico, New Zealand and Spain, where the unemployment is through the roof are more important markets, then go ahead. But don’t expect my money any more.

Expect my “why I chose the PS4” post in the coming weeks.

Can’t wait to open up this box.

PlayStation 4 titles topping pre-orders in the U.S

September 8, 2013

PlayStation 4 titles are dominating the pre-orders for next generation consoles in the United States. And that is a big deal as previously that has been the Xbox stronghold.

Sure, the consoles are not even out and pre-orders don’t say everything, but I think that if Microsoft are already losing on their home turf, and after giving the middle finger to several European countries, they are in for a tough time with Xbox One.

The Xbox has no power in Japan and is outsold in Europe as well. And now it seems it might even lose the U.S? Wow. I’d be scared if I were Microsoft. If these numbers will continue, expect to see a Kinect-free Xbox One for $399 or less for sure.

But Microsoft have only themselves to blame for that $499 price tag and the infamous policy reversal and spycam rumors. Their image is tarnished and it will be insanely difficult for them I believe.

Things look very grim for Microsoft. I have more or less made up my mind in regards as to which console I will support, you’ll get the final answer in December.

Microsoft begins production of Xbox One

September 4, 2013

Microsoft has proudly announced that they boosted the CPU power of the Xbox One and also begun their production for it.

This means that a release date cannot be far way. Officially it’s slated for “November” but no more than that. Let’s hope early November.