On this week’s Sound Off CGM Editor, Wayne shares his thoughts on the next gen consoles and how they are lacking as media devices.
True that. They both fail when it comes to media services. They both have less than their predecessors. If you are buying either just for the media capabilities I would suggest you don't.
Agreed.. Both are fairly useless as of right now.. But dnla etc will come for both eventually
just wow i know that ps4 is not at the level of the PS3 as a media device since i have it since day one, the focus on gaming and i love that, but the xbone is really a surprise, after all the media push of the all in one system for the living room, how could underperform in what was more advertised?
I'm glad both consoles are out, but they were definitely rushed to market by both companies to ensure that the other didn't have a large lead in advantage. They weren't really ready for primetime at launch, and still aren't, not where media services are concerned. There are still alot of bugs and missing features for both devices. It's to be expected to a certain degree, but I have to admit I'm a little surprised at the lack of features from both of them. It will come in time, no doubt. I'm really hoping the ps4 in particular has a way to patch the hdmi 1.4 format to the new hdmi 2.0 so that when ultra hd blu rays hit the market late this year/early 2015, the ps4 will be able to play 4k blu ray content. That is my wish.
Last I checked, takes a lot to make a new system. Also last I checked nothing is set in stone and in the not too distant future these things will do far more than they do now. No patience...
Xbox one can't even output dolby digital. It's a fucking joke. The ps4 is a downgraded ps3 when it comes to media capabilities so i don't understand how consoles invented years after the predecessors perform considerably worse.
You realize when 360/Ps3 launched those consoles were barebone when it came to media features.It takes time to get all of these features.I would rather Sony to get the FW to work better.Media features will get here it takes time.I expect the 2.0 update to address some of the glaring issues like MP3 playback and DLNA.
You are right, but comparatively the 360 had more features at launch in the form of media than the XBOX One does now. You could play music with your games, rip cd's to the hard drive, stream media (music, video, pictures), and read video, music, and pictures from a USB stick. The XBOX One does not support any of that except for streaming video and music and you have to do it a certain way that is not intuitive. The PS4 doesn't do any of that at all I believe. Just got one yesterday and haven't tested everything yet but I remember reading that it doesn't stream video or music and cannot read USB drives yet.
But they are the devices we need right now.
These are game consoles with media capabilities, not the other way around. If people are looking for media devices then stick to smart phones and tablets. The reason I don't own an XB One because it is seemingly focused on media as opposed to games, at least right now. Peace.
One device is more gaming then the other...
Agreed. Xbox is trying to be more media oriented no doubt.
The thing is that the PS4 was made as a gaming machine first with the media stuff as bonuses. Sony has advertised the system to play games as its most important function. However ever since Microsoft debut the Xboxone they trumpeted it as an all in one system with media being the main focal point. Right now it is a rough start for a system that is supposed to be the center piece of the living room. Both have Some work to do but more so for Microsoft since media capabilities was the main selling point for the Xboxone.
Sony went full on gaming,they made sure it was a gaming device first.MS has no excuse they marketed the thing as''The all in One'' media device.Sony and MS will get these devices up to par.I own a Ps3/Pc so i don't really care atm,in time i want to see more media features.
I don't think people will demand more than what these consoles offer from playing blue-ray and other stuff.. actually, I'm surprised that the X1 supports MKV!, this is quite nice actually. Also,featuring 4k might play a huge role in the future
i bought my ps4 to play the games not use netflix and shit, I got a ps3 that can already do that and the multimedia will improve, be patient
Its worth pointing out, yeah both machines are fairly lacking for media capabilities, but a year and a half ago no one seriously though these unannounced (not even officially in existence) console were going to make a 2013 release. Most of the money was on first quarter 2014 at the earliest. Whatever time they had, was spent on getting them ready to the point where they could play games and be shipped out the door. All their resources and focus was directed at that. You know people say they dont want a tacked on multiplayer because it will diminish the single player game, taking time and money that could have gone towards the main campaign. For whatever reason, and I dont get it either, there was not the time for all these (inessential) features, and I wouldnt have wanted the consoles delayed to include them. I mean did anyone buy a next gen console to be a media player anyway. I still have my PS3 and I use it for all my Blurays and the odd .avi.
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