Forbes - The next generation of video game consoles is almost upon us, but how different will the next Xbox and the PS4 really be?
Forbes is really milking the opinion pieces lately. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Forbes a business/economy type site, why are they chiming in so loudly on video games? More on topic - "In other words, both machines will likely be perfectly sufficient at non-gaming tasks." Notice how this is a pretty common opinion but the same has not been said about the games, as if one console is expected to outperform another in that department. "Microsoft has done a truly outstanding job in the marketing department which has in many ways made up for their shortcomings in terms of content." Do gamers who only own an Xbox really think that the good marketing made up for lack of games?
Agreed, you do make some clear points. Anyway, I think that the thing that sets these apart is who brings out the better exclusives and hardware and extra featrues, since I do not know much about th 720, I couldn't really say but based on the rumours and stuff, the PS4 is at an advantage. Also the people who like them is the difference, people can prefer the Xbox over PS4 and PS4 over Xbox, those are the people that make the difference, the consumers
i dont know, maybe they are reaching for a younger demographic now a days. They feel that as vested in the entertainment industry that consumers are (entertainment encompassing: music, tv/movies and games)they feel the need to put themselves into the fray like other sites and news agencies. in any case, the pros and cons for each will not really stop those of us from buying into the respected platforms. It is without doubt these two companies will strive for more pros than cons (obviously) but how they are accepted will be dependent upon the consumer awareness of the features and conveniences each will possess. There looks to be much more similarities than differences. Each will be capable of delivering the 3 different forms of entertainment. Each will look to deliver a more social aspect that their current offerings lack. Like full integration with social media outlets and connectivity with others. It will be interesting to see the competition between the respected marketing divisions. From my personal POV, I'm getting both anyway so they dont need to convince me.
Do gamers who only own an Xbox really think that the good marketing made up for lack of games? There haven't been a lack of games on my 360. I have too many to play at all times. My backlog is crazy. People can pretend marketing is the only reason a games sells it doesn't. But, if there is little to no promotion it will have a hard time reaching the non-hardcore audience as well. On topic. It's pretty clear that both Sony and MS will be trying to reach the same audiences. The differences will come in the gaming franchises, the online structure and the features. Evil
What will set them apart? The games.
8% will be multiplatform, so meh. Controllers, what your friends are playing, graphics, how much online costs, price, and online services will also be huge factors.
@GalacticEmpire "Do gamers who only own an Xbox really think that the good marketing made up for lack of games?" No. However marketing actually tells people who don't frequent gaming sites or hang out at Gamestop that a game is coming out. When Microsoft markets the hell out of their products, they sell accordingly. This has been Sony's Achilles Heel the entire generation. They have high quality exclusives for the most part, but they do not plaster all of the different marketing channels to tell the less hardcore gamers what is out there. Word of mouth only goes so far nowadays.
But should we really care when the games are actually there, advertised or not? I mean why we, as gamers, should worry about someone else's job?
Yup. When PS3 exclusives aren't advertised they don't sell, and that is bad news for the people who did purchase them. Prime examples being Twisted Metal and Starhawk in 2012. These were really the only two notable exclusive games from Sony last year, and both of them completely and utterly bombed at retail. Why should gamers care? Because nobody bought these games, nobody was playing them online, which is bad news when the games have such a heavy focus on multiplayer. More importantly, gamers should also care because the developers of both of these games have now abandoned the PS3 platform thanks to how poorly their games sold.
What will set them apart? Personal preference would be about the gist of it.
It looks like Microsoft is trying to target the Wii with the Next Xbox, and target the PS4 with the PC gaming. But then Steam is targeting the Xbox Next AND Windows with their Linux gaming system. And then Nintendo is still targeting... the PS2? WiiU: You can watch your favourite shows while your kid plays or watches Treehouse TV. Xbox Next: Why buy a set top box? Why buy a media server? Why buy a console? You can get them all in one! (And they integrate with your new Windows 8 PC!) You don't even have to use a controller if you don't want to! PS4: Why spend money on your old PC? Why sit at a desk playing games? Play games on your home theatre system and play it now! For all you youtubers out there, you don't even have to buy Fraps! Indie games welcome! Steambox: You want to play something on your TV, you don't like your console going out of date, but you like it's ease of use? And you hate Windows?! Great! Come right this way! Developers VERY welcome. Ouya: You like to play N64 games but don't want to have to pirate them, or pay ridiculous amounts for all of the necessary acessories? We have what you want, and you can even use your old controllers like the PS3 or 360 controllers. Is that all of them? Nope. PC: You want one device to rule them all? Come right this way! If you don't have any sort of errors or driver issues, everything should cost just a little more than the consoles to play something that great. But, on the other hand, you can do basically anything you want on here. Want to hack a website? Be my guest? Install Windows Xp? Go right ahead! Mods? YES! We have LOTS. And you can upgrade at any time, play your games on other PCs. It isn't locked into the hardware, but it is locked into origin and other accounts.
exclusive games !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The fee for Xbox Live
If the rumor of the $299 xbox 720 with a 2 year LIVE membership is true.. That's $299 for console with an extra $360 in membership fees, so in all thats quite a bit in the long run.They are really beasting it up total wise. Over $670 :O
At the end of the day when the dust has settled it all comes down to personal preference. I for one will go with the PS4 knowing that I will get those games that I enjoy most. That however does not mean I will rule out the New Xbox. I will do the same like I did in the current generation. When the system has enough games I want to play to justify my purchase I will get it (depending on price and other stuff we don't know about yet).
The reason Xbox markets better is because it's on every COD commercial at the end. PS4 will still have the better exclusives. Great games always get a good word. That spreads like wildfire. I bet both companies have secret aces.
Exclusives easily, this is where Sony has a MASSIVE advantage. But it's not just the Sony owned studios it'a also the fact that they are blowing the doors wide open for indie devs next gen, and with indie devs becoming more and more popular it also adds in favor of the PS4 while MS has had lots of very bad track records with many indie devs and has yet to try and change there ways which could hurt them next gen.
It's racial. Ones Japanese and the other is American. I'm gonna get both so there's no hate between the 2.
These two platforms will share 90% of the same games, so no matter which you choose, you will have endless games to play. So it's all going to come down to the features. The PS4 will have Gaikai streaming and the "Share" feature. In 2 weeks time, we'll find out what Microsoft has up its sleeve.
The next xbox will be BC with the X360, cable TV, Skype, all Skus will come with Kinect 2.0, many xbox arcade games will be playable and cross-platform from PCs, Tablets, smartphones, and original xbox. PS4 will have 8GB of GDDR5 ram and share button. Both will have virtually identical third party games and both will have their usual exclusives.
Marketing & a blank check.
Well if the rumours are true, graphics.
One will charge you $60 to play online and access free apps and the other one wont.
games & media... MS will no doubt have some great games & support but i think sony will have more.. As far as the OS & media options, i think MS will win but sony will have their share of great apps.. All that stuff about needing to be online just to play games on nx box i think is BS too btw.. MS cant be that stupid to force an internet connection on ppl if they want to play something they bought.. I prefer games over media apps so my choice will be PS4 as of now but if MS shows me that theyre going to focus on games & ends up getting lots of them, ill buy a nx box too
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