Posts Tagged ‘xbone’

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. 

What Nintendo must do to get me to buy a Wii U

October 22, 2013

I often get asked as to why I hate Nintendo so much and whatnot, and that’s a fair question. I come out as rather anti-Nintendo, and sure, I get that. But in all honesty – I am gamer. I love products that push boundaries and innovate. Nintendo, are unfortunately, stuck in the 90:s. But should they change around a few things and release some really, really solid software I might pick up a Wii U in like 3-4 years.

Why do I say 3-4 years? Because I am about to list my requirements for me to buy a Wii U and they are not likely to be matched until at least 3-4 years. What are they? Glad you asked.

Wii U console for $199.
The Wii U hardware is already six years old. It’s ridiculously overpriced due to the tablet controller. I won’t pay a single dime over $199 for this console and when I do pay $199 for it, I want it to come bundled with at least one amazing game as well. And for it to be some sort of special edition like they did with the Wind Waker bundle.

Wii U controller for $79.99
The fact that you can’t buy additional controllers one-year after release is pathetic. And the fact that they cost over $200 is even more sad. Drop that price by miles and release the product.

Wave Race Wii U
This needs to be a fully new game with 1080p graphics in all its glory. It needs to have 8-12 people online multiplayer with leaderboards, rankings, free roaming, split-screen racing for 4 players, fantastic tropical race tracks, but also some innovative and new ones, perhaps winter themed? It also needs to be getting additional levels and content through at least one DLC package for $9.99 with like 3 new maps and a new mode. This is by far the most important piece of software Nintendo can put out in order for me to be excited.

Zelda HD
A really mind-blowing Zelda HD game with some form of online features whether it’d be leaderboards, races, sharing items, something. It needs connectivity. And fucking gorgeous design choices. Like I need to sit there and say  Very nice, this is a must have. Something like that. Not just “Meh, it’s Zelda in HD with the same shit over and over again.”

Super Smash Bros. Wii U
I know this one’s already announced and a trailer has been shown. But this needs to be pitch perfect. I mean, the online needs to have leaderboards, rankings, divisions, proper replay features, bonus content with DLC in the future in form of characters and levels, it needs to be fast, polished, and insanely addictive. Simply put it needs to be the best goddamn online game Nintendo has ever done with amazing esport potential.  Cross-play between 3DS and Wii U would be slick. That would make it impressive.

Mario Kart 8
This game has also been announced and shown. For Spring 2014, so it’s not that far off. But I must say I am not that impressed. Maybe in 3-4 years we’ll get Mario Kart 9, but I expect some very deep online features, addictive social gameplay for 4 local players, replay features, perhaps a level creator?  It needs to be the deepest, longest and most content filled Mario Kart by miles.

If Nintendo manages to achieve all my requirements, I suppose you could see a Wii U next to my PS4 in like 2016-17.

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.

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.

Battlefield 4 beta impressions

October 5, 2013

I have now spent several hours with the open beta of Battlefield 4 and after going through some horrible errors to play it thanks to DICE’s choice of ancient anti-cheat technology, I can finally deliver some impressions.

If you want to play Battlefield 4, expect DICE to enforce three things you might not necessarily want on your computer:

  1. Battlelog
  2. Punkbuster
  3. Origin

Without these three things you can’t play BF4. Whilst I like Origin, I hate the other two. Punkbuster is an ancient anti-cheat software from the 90:s that doesn’t do shit other than make your unable to join servers and give you no indication that it’s the problem. It complicates things and requires you to update it and it’s full of hassle. I thought they would get rid of it after Battlefield 3, but I was wrong. Insanely disappointed. Battlelog also sucks as you can’t change your settings outside the game and you have to do that in-game and the menus are slow, imperfect and the design isn’t as smooth as it should be to navigate. Just like Battlefield 3.

The graphics are gorgeous, they really are. Although I expected a bigger leap from Battlefield 3, but there’s no contest here. Call of Duty: Ghost can go hide itself back in 2007 where it belongs from a visual perspective. DICE are showing that they know graphics and sound effects, but unfortunately, that’s where my praise will end for Battlefield 4.

I understand the heart of Battlefield. It’s meant to be a war. It’s meant to be huge and immerse you. And it does that. It totally feels as if I am in a war and fighting for my life as a soldier. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. It takes a long time to find enemies sometimes. It’s insanely frustrating when two tanks roll up to you and you aren’t the Engineer class because you can’t do shit against that. It’s annoying that the respawn time is between 7-10 seconds after death. It’s annoying that you run for five minutes without action sometimes only to get shot from the other side of the world by a sniper or gunned down by a chopper. I guess Battlefield’s style of gameplay simply isn’t for me, simple as that.

Not everything is bad though. They finally improved the party joining system and squad system. It feels more polished, although it should’ve been like that in BF3 already, so this is more than two years delayed stuff. Nothing impressive, nothing worthy of praise as every other shooter did this years ago.  It just seems that DICE are not knowledgeable at several basic core things that I have come to expect from a shooter and that’s sad to see as I want to support the Swedish gaming industry but it’s simply not to my satisfaction.

The thing that impressed me the most with Battlefield 4 was without a doubt the jet-ski and water physics. They were incredible. It feel authentic just as if I was on a jet-ski. But should that really be the most impressive feature in a shooter? I don’t think so.

I am thankful for the open beta because it allowed me to save money and cancel my pre-order. I wouldn’t enjoy this game at all. The hours I played it weren’t that fun. I mean, it had its moments that were exciting with my friends and what not, but not nearly enough. I prefer a faster pace that’s more tight and intesive. and I think that Titanfall will simply crush BF4 and CoD: Ghost. So that’s where I am putting my money and time. Bottom line is that Battlefield 4 is looking to be what Battlefield 3 should have been, but it’s two years late and it’s still sub-par on many things even though it’s the industry leader in many other areas such as the graphics, physics, sound and unlimited sprinting. Such a shame. Maybe Battlefield 5 will be more to my liking. But until then, I am waiting for Titanfall.

Gorgeous graphics and great physics cannot save the game from cancer like Battlelog/Punkbuster.

Kinect no longer required for Xbox One

August 13, 2013

Microsoft has now officially confirmed that the new Kinect will not be required to work with the Xbox One, like it was previously announced. This adds to a series of dramatic changes for the Xbox One, including its promising used-game policy. And I am not happy.

Sure, I was happy when they removed the region lock. That would be more than sufficient to change my pre-order from PS4 to Xbox One, but when they scrapped the always-online and digital media focus, I was a bit upset, but still onboard. Now with the Kinect 2 no longer being required I am quite upset.

I really like the new Kinect, I feel it’s fantastic and offers some insanely beneficial features. Therefore, the requirement was great because now every developer could use it and would develop more innovative content for it. But now, it’s optional again and I can’t help to feel that it will just become a gimmick that few developers utilize. And this pisses me off. Microsoft must be trailing like a motherfucker on the pre-orders and have received more hate than any other console pre-launch that I have ever seen. But does that justify the changes? I guess so, to most people, but not me. I am losing respect for Microsoft. They are not standing their ground. And that’s pathetic.

With this decision, it’s inevitable that there will be a Kinect free bundle for the Xbox One, which is likely to drop the price point to $399.99 like the PS4. Microsoft seem really, really scared and that’s just sad to see. Now, I am not so certain about my decision anymore. There has been too many changes.

Toys R Us: Xbox One launching November 29

August 3, 2013

Apparently the Xbox One will be coming out on November 29 in Europe this year if we are to believe the giant Toys R Us. Also, like rumored earlier, they listed the PS4 to come out two weeks later on December 13. This strengthens the previous rumors about the release dates.