So from the last blog I did, I compared the PS4 to the Xbox about a month ago. Now that both consoles are officially revealed, I can tell you everything about the console and why Microsoft will find it very hard to keep up with Sony and their PS4. First I will talk about my review on the reveal and what was revealed, then I will talk about which one is better specs wise, and then features wise. Then to clean it off, I will talk about which reveal was better and then to rap it up, why I believe Microsoft will have a hard challenge and some of the games.
The Xbox reveal was at 1pm EST and since i was not able to watch it, I watched the recorded video, and boy do I regret watching every second of it. Before the reveal I wished 2 things Microsoft wouldn't do, and that is to make sure it isn't all about entertainment, and to make sure that most of the online and used game rumours were not true. We found out that the console is called Xbox One which makes no sense because in theory, the Xbox One came out in 2001, the better name would be Xbox 720 or Infinity or something. The specs seem decent with 8GB of RAM, almost the same processor and other things like USB 3.0 and Blu-Ray drive. Now the reveal was 50% entertainment, 25% games and 25% specs and features. This is a huge let down. I was hoping gaming should be number one but it wasn't. Also it is worth noting a few websites such as IGN and others have said the X1 reveal was a flop. It even recieved a 3.5/10 in a review. Microsoft decided to take the wrong path, this is a gaming console market, not a TV market. I was very disappointed in the reveal. The new Kinect seems okay and the same with the controller as so does the design, now onto the specs and features.
So the specs were released with the Xbox One vs PS4 today, and so far the PS4 seems like a winner. The PS4 is running a 64-bit x86 AMD ‘Jaguar’ processor with 8 cores and is rumored to run at 2GHz. The Xbox One seems will have the same AMD processor but will run at 1.6 GHz. On paper the PS4 will have a slightly faster clock speed with a difference of .4 GHz. The PS4 uses the Radeon HD 7970 and the X1 uses the Radeon HD 7790. A quick comparison from gpuboss shows the differences ( http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Rad... . The PS4’s graphics will have more memory, more bandwidth, higher texture rate, higher pixel rate, more shading unites, more texture mapping units, more output processors, more compute units, and a wider memory bus. What the 7790 does do better is the higher clock speed, memory clock speed, and the amount of energy needed to run and the PS4 has the X1 beat in terms of horse power. Both consoles seem to have the same multimedia features.
Now to the controller and Kinect 2.0/PS Eye 2.0. The Xbox controller looks just about the same with only a few advancements in the appearance and design. It also includes a smart feature which is the vibration in the triggers, this is smart but it may be bad depending on how forceful the rumble is because when my controller vibrate my hand gets weird feeling and if it is too long then i have to let go on the controller. Hopefully that will not happen. The thumbsticks and D-Pad look nice as well. The new Kinect is very impressive though, it is able to sense your heartbeat, more polygons sent towards you body and more skeletal inputs which can read you movement and body better. The DS4 looks more advanced and better in my opinion due to the new features and advancements. The most killer thing which makes me realise that Microsoft is a total fool is the fact that Kinect is mandatory to use the Xbox One and you will have to pay to use used games. This is a total flop and Microsoft will soon see that it will hit them hard and they will learn a huge lesson from this gen. Sony seem to be improving as Microsoft is failing and the PS4 is stepping up.
The questions that are being raised are quite easy to answer now, especially the question "Which reveal was better, the Xbox One or the PS4?". I have the the perfect answer, and that is Sony beat them by a long shot. Microsoft focused more on TV than games, the games they did show were decent but not a lot of actual gameplay, and to top it off, their finale was a video from the COD Ghosts, please tell me how this works, that was a fail. They still have E3 to regain their rep, but they will have to work 150% harder.
Some of the games such as Watch Dogs and COD we already know is coming but what about the exclusives. All we know is that 15 exclusives are coming to the X1 in the coming year. You can expect Forza 5, and Halo 5, but we do not know a lot of the others. The PS4 has Knack, Driveclub, Infamous, Killzone, and a lot more including special gameplay additions exclusive to the PS series.
To wrap this blog off, in my honest opinion, Sony have a better change this next-gen now. Microsoft have just made too many mistakes and it seems like with that pay to use used-games and Kinect mandatory features, the X1 is going down the drain.
To end this off, Sony's stock has risen 9.25% after the Xbox reveal and Microsoft's stocks have lowered 1%. This shows something and it means a lot to Sony. Investors are going into Sony's route.