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As Xbox One Looks More Like PS4, Sony Still Has One Key Advantage

The Xbox One keeps changing. After Microsoft previously announced that all developers would need to find publishers for their Xbox One games — effectively shutting down the burgeoning indie gaming scene — it has now walked back and announced that self-publishing is allowed after all.

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WrAiTh Sp3cTr31486d ago ShowReplies(9)
Gildarts1486d ago

I think Microsoft has the advantage right now, In terms of all the things the X1 can do that the PS4 can't.

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No_Limit1486d ago Show
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No_Limit1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

@aiBreeze, the fact that both require paywall for online gaming really gives the edge to MS. Remember, the Live service is still considered the best online gaming service and now will be migrating to dedicated servers really is a BIG PLUS for MS. Sony will not get near that capacity anytime soon.

The Kinect. Since it is a built-in feature of the Xbox One and not a separate accessory, developers are encourage to create games, even multiplatform games, with new functions, features, and gameplay idea that aren't available on PS4.

Xbox and Windows integration. I can look forward of seeing Live games be cross-compatible between the Windows ecosystem. The game, Project Spark, already shows some of the potential of this ecosystem integration which allow players to play a game on their Xbox One and can continue to play the same game at the same level on a PC. User created contents will also work with both PC and Xbox.

HammadTheBeast1486d ago

Those aren't really advantages as much as side features. It's great that Ms can finally afford dedicated servers, PS3 games like Killzone, Warhawk, Starhawk, GT5 and others have all had them for years.

PS+ destroys XBL Games for Gold, sure we can all say that the connection is better, that argument holds no weight at all considering it's a new Gen, PS+ is required for MP now, and the fact that XBL was marginally better than PSN this Gen because of the lack of updates/downtime.

There is 0 connection advantage, I've played on both for 6 years now, CoD, Halo, and Killzone all play the same on both, with ups and downs.

nukeitall1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

@Smoovekid:

Out of the box on top of my head in no particular order:

* multitasking between tv, games, internet browsing and apps
* hdmi in supporting another device such as another console (PS4? :D) or any other device, including smartpone, tablet, pc, and cable boxes
* voice control of the entire console, "xbox on" and voice chat without a headset
* gesture based (or motion control) interface and games
* interactive tv such as polls, notifications of events (your favorite sports team just scored, watch the replay now!) or fantasy teams
* rumble in the triggers

DigitalRaptor1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

@ nukeitall

1) PS3 has had a PlayTV add-on for years that allowed you to record TV to your hard drive and show a detailed TV guide. There's little reason to think that Sony won't have the same thing for the PS4, especially since they've registered "PlayStation TV".

PS4 has also been confirmed to be able to perform multitasking and state switching between games, applications, whatever media features they have and internet browsing.

2) Is there any actual confirmation PS4 cannot do this? Just curious.

3) How do you know the PS4 camera doesn't have this ability? It's very simple voice commands that even today's laptop microphone's could handle if setup right.

4) PS4's camera means that developers WILL be using it for gesture based gaming, and that means that the interface can be adapted to motion gestures. But I will more often than not be using my controller, so doesn't make much difference. Jut cause Microsoft have Kinect, it doesn't mean they have been the only ones doing motion control over the past few years

5) Interactive TV has existed for years and it's just not that interesting. If you're a sports fan, then go to town.

6) The Dualshock 4 has brand new controller wide rumble, though not on the triggers so you're right there. Not sure if XB1 also has this but it means that developers can provide subtle touches of rumble more so than has been possible before. Just read the Playroom feedback and you'll understand what I mean.

DragonKnight1486d ago

@No_Limit: Your comment made me lol. Seriously. To think anyone thinks that MS is going into the next gen with an online service advantage despite the fact that Sony has proven that they are not only offering everything that MS is in terms of online gaming, but at a cheaper yearly price and with so many more perks, is quite laughable indeed. Live may be "better" (highly subjective because PSN right now has everything that Live has, cross game chat is not a service of Live, it's a device function) than PSN right now, but there is literally no way you can say that it's going into the next gen already better than PSN will be. You also can't make the claim that Live is the only one that's going to have dedicated servers when Sony had more dedicated servers this gen than MS and there's no indication that they won't continue having dedicated servers next gen.

"The Kinect."

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Great advantage over the PS4 there. A camera with a history of not working the way it's been promised to.

"Xbox and Windows integration."

First of all, Windows 8 is nothing to be proud of. Second of all, Playstation Cross Play/Buy. Third of all, Playstation is the only console brand thus far that has had cross platform play with PC, and that's with the PS3 BEFORE Microsoft. So welcome to the party, but you're late.

"User created contents will also work with both PC and Xbox."

Proof?

MoveTheGlow1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

The PS4 certainly has the advantage at the moment, but I wouldn't discount the new Kinect. That thing looks like what the first one should have been before they stripped the initial Tel Aviv design of what made it work, resulting in embarrassing controls for stuff like Steel Batallion.

And yet, they hardly sell its functionality in games at all right now. Harmonix is jumping up and down in the background about something that's at least *original* using something unique to the Xbone, and instead Microsoft gives more time to Rome Normandy QTE Game and Call of Duty: Dog Edition.

Maybe at some point in the future we'll see this become a pretty good kids' console. Really young kids. I mean, I was fine with my NES around age 5, it's not that tough to pick up and use a controller. Still, it'll have its place for better dance games and maybe a working version of Steel Batallion, for what it's worth.

AndrewLB1486d ago

One thing Microsoft definitely has an edge with is xbox live. PSN is complete garbage in comparison.
Also, hardware wise I think having the power supply internally like on PS4 could be problematic. I still don't know how they're planning on cooling the PS4 because it also has the power supply heat to contend with.
Regardless, both consoles are for the most part Laptop parts in a media center type case. People who continually claim these consoles will be anywhere near the performance of gaming PCs are delusional. Gaming PCs typically have 700-1kw power supplies and their performance is reflected in that when compared to Sony and Microsofts lap... uh.. consoles. Yea, that's it.

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Thomper1486d ago

HDMI 'in'

No amount of Mark Cerny jiz can get around that one.

I wouldn't be surprised if PS4 suddenly develops one on launch. Oversight fail IMO

dragon821486d ago

@AndrewLB

You do know the PS3 has had it's power supply internally since launch right? I wouldn't worry too much abou the PS4 having it that way if I was you.

Also, the only thing that is better about Xbox Live on 360 over PSN is the party/cross game chat system. That's it. PSN does have both of those features on the Vita which is also free like on PS3.

The actual online experience is up to the individual game's servers. Give it a rest with that crap already.

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gaffyh1486d ago

@DigitalRaptor - PS4 only has HDMI out, port. The rest of the stuff you said is valid, also i'd argue that PS4 has multi-tasking as well. You can at the very least suspend your game, like on the Vita, switch the console off, and pick it up exactly where you left off, without needing to wait for a checkpoint. That's a fantastic feature even on the Vita, so really happy that they brought it to PS4.

sentury1111486d ago

@dragonknight
Shadowrun was cross platform play in 2007. I played it on PC against Xbox players and eventually got it on Xbox to 100% it years later after I lost my copy.
That was an original fps to bad it didn't do better.

badz1491486d ago

wow...the Xboners are bragging about HDMI-IN now?

you guys do know that the PS3 has been doing what the Xbone are going to do with TV since 2010, right? ever heard of Torne? it's only available in Japan but even without HDMI-IN, the PS3 has been doing DVR thing before. so, what's so innovative/new about the Xbone HDMI-IN again? it's good that MS has finally caught up to the PS3 with their Xbone lol!

s45gr321486d ago

It has kinect and live tv and probably the illumini room. It cost $500.00 that's a plus no

TomShoe1486d ago

LOL @ The people who reported those comments because they're butthurt fanboys...get a life

The_Con-Sept1486d ago

Here is an example of how the Xbox has barely anything when it comes to an "advantage."

The Xbox One now has a tattle tail system.

It is also built with ads in mind.

It is great for business meetings.

It can connect with the Microsoft surface.

It comes with a camera in the box.

Skype is now accessible on the unit.

Browse the web while listening to music.

Dedicated servers so you never miss a conference call from your boss.

Remember kids. The Xbox One was built with ads in mind. Get your corporate adbox one-80 today!

I love that dedicated server crap. It is not just for gaming. It is for every device. And in case you forgot Microsoft is trying to push this onto corporate America to use for their "all in one. Input one."

Maybe now you will better understand just what you are buying when you get an Xbox one. Yeah it is a machine for conferences. Gaming is just the side show. Good luck homies on the Xbox one.

Meanwhile in PlayStation nation....

Indie corner! It is already established in the PlayStation store. If you dislike indie games; WHO CARES ABOUT THAT OPINION?

The share button. Instantly show your friends how its done. Help them out by taking control of their controller on a tough boss. If you don't think that you will never say "give me the #&$%ing controller!" Then you are wrong because we know you've said it. Upload your gameplay so that others can find new exploits.

PS Vita. Yeah it exists. But don't forget that it is another screen to distract you. View messages when you have time to glance at the screen. Use it as a mini map to track soldier positions and relay tactics to your friends!

Instant purchase playable while downloading. First tried by Blizzard and Diablo 3. The PS4 can start playing a game while it is still downloading. Never miss a heart beat again because of installs. Keep your purchased store items forever on your account and share it with at least 1 of your friends. (Yes this can be done on PS3 and PS4.)

Tired of fps warfare and garbage mouths? We've got racers, puzzles, action, adventure, pretty much any stretch of imagination in the range of genres for games! Each category is a host of titles to choose from!

Need I go on?

hiphopisdead1486d ago

xb1 has tv integrated capabilities (which region and cable provider support is unknown), kinect bundled/required (which is nice to some, but i see it as creepy that it always needs to be on), minified windows os (great for app support, but might take up too much system resources).

ps4 has simplified os (less apps but more resources available to games), optional eye cam, sony world wide studios (this is huge! they've built a team to focus on great games... naughty dog, guerilla games, media molecule, polyphony, etc...), $100 cheaper, and most importantly:

Even if all things were equal (which they are not), the microsoft xbox team made their business strategy clear with their initial plans of DRM, Always Online, no used games / lending, no self publishing, etc. Microsoft planned and built this business model over the last few years. I'm glad they reversed these policies, but regardless, that was their original intention and I feel they need to earn my trust again before I even consider looking into them for a second console.

Over the next few years, let's see if they introduce anything new ahead of sony that makes us excited about (instead of just trying to keep up with what sony was fighting to keep alive).

I mentioned the sony world wide studios because I believe that is HUGE. With all the money both companies are making on their consoles, it is much harder to sit down with that money, and invest in internal teams of dev studios, manage that, as opposed to take the money to an external studio and say "crytek, please make a game just for us". As a gamer, I am excited getting a playstation console because I know I am getting access to amazing third party games as well as games from awesome first party studios. I dont care if a game is "exclusive"... I care that it's a naughty dog game, or a guerilla games game, or a polyphony/media molecule/sucker punch/santa monica/etc... game.

I hope more people realize that just because microsoft is changing stuff last minute, shouldn't put them on an even level with sony.

Even with the "gaming" advantages outlined above for ps4, bottom line, Microsoft tried to do something to us, they failed. If the ps4 wasn't coming out in the same year, and if it were just the xb1 releasing this year, I'm sure these policies would have stayed.

Keep that in mind when you pick your next gen console.

Marked1485d ago

HDMI in !?!?!?

Really? has is this a mention-able feature. My fricken 4 year old tv has four HDMI ports. This feature doesnt save you anything beside changing the source on your tv. OMG....ugh why must push a button.

I'm willing to bet, with the muscle used to blow air across your larynx and moving your lips and tounge to pronunciate clear enough for Kinect...you will have exerted more effort and energy then pressing the button of the controller thats already in your hand.

This xbox 1 is like trying to prove the need of a forskin....

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punisher991486d ago

"I think Microsoft has the advantage right now, In terms of all the things the X1 can do that the PS4 can't."

Name 5 things the xbox1 can do that the ps4 cant.

Saigon1486d ago

See what pisses me off about his comment is that it is fanboyish to the max. The PS4 and Xbone have the same components only difference is the PS4 has a better GPU and faster ram. Xbone might have an advantage with esram but we need to see how they implied it and if their isn't any yield issues. Because their innards are identical, the PS4 can pretty much do what the Xbone can do.

PFFT1486d ago

Better GPU really?? Highly doubt it. But whatever

nukeitall1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

Out of the box on top of my head in no particular order:

1. multitasking between tv, games, internet browsing and apps
2. hdmi in supporting another device such as another console (PS4? :D) or any other device, including smartpone, tablet, pc, and cable boxes
3. voice control of the entire console, "xbox on" and voice chat without a headset
4. gesture basedm(or motion control) interface and games
5. interactive tv such as polls, notifications of events (your favorite sports team just scored, watch the replay now!) or fantasy teams
6. rumble in the triggers

TKCMuzzer1486d ago

@nukeitall
Now alter your list for 'out of the box' in the rest of the world.
Try to include something that makes gaming better, I mean it is a games console.

DigitalRaptor1486d ago

@ nukeitall

(cloned from above)

1) PS3 has had a PlayTV add-on for years that allowed you to record TV to your hard drive and show a detailed TV guide. There's little reason to think that Sony won't have the same thing for the PS4, especially since they've registered "PlayStation TV".

PS4 has also been confirmed to be able to perform multitasking and state switching between games, applications, whatever media features they have and internet browsing.

2) Is there any actual confirmation PS4 cannot do this? Just curious.

3) How do you know the PS4 camera doesn't have this ability? It's very simple voice commands that even today's laptop microphone's could handle if setup right.

4) PS4's camera means that developers WILL be using it for gesture based gaming, and that means that the interface can be adapted to motion gestures. But I will more often than not be using my controller, so doesn't make much difference. Jut cause Microsoft have Kinect, it doesn't mean they have been the only ones doing motion control over the past few years

5) Interactive TV has existed for years and it's just not that interesting. If you're a sports fan, then go to town.

6) The Dualshock 4 has brand new controller wide rumble, though not on the triggers so you're right there. Not sure if XB1 also has this but it means that developers can provide subtle touches of rumble more so than has been possible before. Just read the Playroom feedback and you'll understand what I mean.

YNWA961486d ago

Look, everyone is fighting like crazy! The big advantage right now is the Sony Fanboys are louder right now! Its Obvious! Every dog has its day! I still wonder, what do you call those who enjoy gaming on both or 3 systems?? Are we fanboys too?
Hammad, sometimes you need to be humble too, sure PS4 looking better, but nothing is really out yet... better specs have never guaranteed nothing.

elmaton981486d ago

@ tkcmuzzer

Sadly all the features that the xb1 brought to the table will only be available on the US, and the rest of the world will have just a gaming console for quite some if not longer

The_Con-Sept1486d ago

@Nukeitall:

#1. Only certain XB1 games can actually support that function. And the PSPGo already did it.

#2. Uh what? Most HDTV's come standard with 2 HDMI inputs. Putting an HDMI signal through a hoop is scientifically unsound and a waste of power. Why the hell would I want to put a PS4, Cable box, or any other HDMI input into the Xbox one just to see it on my Xbox one? I already have a second input and I don't feel like paying more money to my electric company. Nor do I want another pay wall disfunction. Your #2 reason is not an advantage at all.

#3. Valid. But I could just see it now as I did at my friends house with the current kinect. It will listen for you and you might say something similar to "socks are put on." And the console will misinterpret it as "Xbox turn on." Why do you think no one ever talks about the wave functions on the Xbox 360 kinect?

#4. Ahahahahahaha. Sorry had to let it out. Look at the current kinect. Any movement while playing a game or watching movies it will think you are trying to give it a command. Again no one likes the wave control scheme. That's why no one talks about it but you.

#5. Distractions. Ever listen to sports radio today? All I hear every ten seconds is "hashtag." Why? Because they are twit faces. So I guess the twit face mode has made it on to the Xbox one for tv that you have to pay for. Have fun being distracted on a stupid poll instead of actually watching and or playing the game.

#6. Oooooo. So innovative..... Seriously Nintendo tried this with a full body suit.... It didn't work out too well. The touch pad on the PS4 Dualshock 4 makes Xbox one gamers flailing their arms around look like monkeys..... Laters.

RememberThe3571486d ago

@Gman0174: Or maybe Xbox fans aren't making very good arguments. I love that I can switch from TV to game seamlessly. But to say he PS4 couldn't or isn't going to do that is just ill-informed. And dragging about rumbling triggers and an HDMI in? Really? SO I have to press a button on my controller instead of my TV? Not too enticing.

I love the Xbone now but Kinect can kiss my ass. And I've said this all along as long as Kinect is needed I will not buy this console.

BallsEye1486d ago

@DigitalRaptor

You fanboys are so funny. You name features of ps4 that were never mentioned anywhere before. Each time someone says XO1 can do something you just slap" ps4 can do it too but better!" I'd love to see it do those things, or atleast hear from some official PR.

H0RSE1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

@punisher99

"Name 5 things the xbox1 can do that the ps4 cant."

Challenge accepted:

1. Can work with the Kinect
2. Will use XBL for online gaming
3. Has access to Azure
4. Can work with SmartGlass
5. Will play the next Halo game

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Mikeyy1486d ago

Suddenly every Xbox fanboy thinks they are game developers and know how to program...

None of you will be using the dev kit features its not a selling point what so ever to the consumer.

PSVita1486d ago

^This!! Lmao!