I am not a fan boy I am a vagrant core gamer I have in the past owned ; a PS3 ,a Xbox360 ,a PS2 , a Xbox, a PS1 ,a N64 , a SEGA Mega Drive , Nintendo Gameboy , An Atari ST , Spectrum ZX and 5 different Gaming PCs . My loyally to any particular brand is not guaranteed. I will choose the console which best suits me . So which console will I buy this Generation?
The last generation I bought on launch day a Xbox 360 and for the first few years I loved it, I support it and help it gain a foothold in the market and Microsoft repaid the faithful with countless brilliant exclusives such as ; Mass effect , PGR2 and 3, gears of war, Halo 3 ..etc . This love affair came to an abrupt end when Xbox decided to abandoned the gamers who supported and nurtured them throught thosse early years and concentrate instead on the Kinect,. A casual and non -gamer centric peripheral. Which was a knee jerk reaction to the popularity and dominance of the Wii at the time. However that market was a fad which has since moved on to I Pads and tablets. With feeling on betrayal still fresh in my mind and list a exclusives all of which had Kinect in the title, I decided to a return to the Sony and buy a Playstaion 3.
Early on this year with the next generation of consoles looming I decided to keep an open mind regarding my decision for my next Gen purchase. To be honest I was quite worried about what the next generation would bring . Rumours were circulating of under-powered systems that were focussed on casual gamers , DRM and downloaded games only. The worry I had about underpowered system was put to bed as soon as Sony said the words 1.84 TB GPU and showed us the first crop of next Gen games. I watched the PS4 reveal glued to my PC monitor. Predictably Microsoft responded later by revealing their system which was a major disappointment ,other than showing the console itself it focussed on TV and lacked games, not to mention the later abandoned DRM and daily online check in policies .
So Pre E3 ,we knew a lot more about XBOX1 than PS4 which allowed Sony a free shot at Microsoft . Sony delivered three mighty blows ; NO DRM , NO online check ins and the finally its Price. In Less than a week MS responded with its infamous U turn regarding some of there less popular policies…and the rest is history..
Having consider all the factors which are important to me, it is my decision this time is to buy a Sony PS4 and here follows the reasons why I think Sony system is a more suitable choice.
1. System Specs
PS4 has 8 GB of ddr5 and Xbox1 has 8 GB of ddr 3
The winner is PS4
PS4 has 1.84 Tflop GP( equivalent to ATI 7850-7870) and Xbox1 has 1.2 T flop GPU (equivalent ATI 7770) these equivalent have in PC term frame rates of 52fps for ATI 7850 and
29fps for ATI 7770 for Crysis 3 medium setting , 1080 p
Winner is PS4
PS4 cpu AMD 8 core x86 and Xbox1 AMD 8 core x86
(iv) Hard drive….
PS4 has 500GB interchangeable hard disk and XBox1 has 500GB non interchangeable hard disk
Winner is PS4
2. Value for money
The Xbox1 costs $500 and the PS4 costs $400. Ok ,so you are paying more money for lower system specs it seams . So how does MS justify the extra $100. The answer is of course is the addition of a mandatory KINECT . Yes that old demon from the last generation has remerged again and this time you have to buy it. NOW HERE FOLLOWS MY RANT…. Listen Microsoft I am a core gamer and I like to sit down in front my TV with a controller in my hand and play games, I do not want to flap my arms around or dance in front of the TV, just like driving a car .My car has a steering wheel, a gear stick, and three foot pedals one of which is the break , another is a clutch and third is an accelerator and guess what it works fine and I’m very happy with it, just like a hand held controller works fine, so please Microsoft U turn this decision and make it optional if insist on having it…
So my verdict here is the PS4 is better value for money.
Many Xbox Fanboys are citing games as the reason for there choice of purchasing an Xbox1 , this is not surprising because it is impossible to argue that the XBox1 has better spec or value for money. So let us look objectively at games. Games tastes are a personal preference and both systems have exciting exclusives coming out no doubt, Killzone4 , Infamous second sun etc on PS4 and Dead rising , Titanfall etc on Xbox1. Obviously gamers are only going to get excited about games on systems that they are supporting , for example someone buying an Xbox 1 isn’t going to be rubbing his hands together is anticipation for Killzone 4 are they now. Many top games are Multiform after all , this extensive list includes the likes of ; Battlefield, COD, FIFA … the list goes on..
My verdict here is a Draw
Microsoft dramatic U-turn means that both companies has similar policies regarding ; used game DDM and , online check ins . I have recently seen rumours of MS
U turning on Indie game self publishing. In fairness thought , MS U turn was necessary to stop them committing financial suicide, rather than as a gesture of any goodwill towards its gamers.
My verdict here is that even though MS changed their policies regarding DDM and online check ins , the fact that they tried to pull this off in the first place doesn’t sit with me well. Therefore , PS4 has my vote in this catagory.
I personally will be buying the superior PS4 this generation and my opinions may likely represent many other gamers out there . However, it is important that both system are supported. A good reason for this is that competition gives us an alternative and in essence a voice to stand up again future draconian measures such as the hated DDM policies. The Xbox fan boys jumping ship to PS4 was enough to make MS reverse polices at a cost of millions Dollars in less than a week which is pretty impressive as a result they were able to get the system they wanted on there terms, and if MS drops that KINECT even I may raise an eyebrow in the future.