So there has been a lot arguments on the web on whether the Xbox One or the PS4 is the better console. From the start Sony has made all the right moves and shown that they are the more developer and consumer friendly machine. They started a campaign specifically targeting developers just to show they care. They supported used games right from the start and never brought up DRM (Digital Rights Management). They have the more powerful CPU and GPU, but I will say graphics aren’t everything. I buy a console for the games.
The XB1 had a bumpy start and has been playing catch up for the past couple of months. They have a solid OS offering many features that I think I would enjoy. I know there was a lot of people bashing how they focused on TV during the XB1 announcement, I was one of them. They did however show us they’re still about games at E3. They showed a decent amount of launch exclusives but that wasn’t enough. They shoot themselves in the foot with DRM and no used games. It was Sony using that against them that made the PS4 every ones choice. Sony could have shown no games and just announced no DRM or used game restrictions and that alone would have given them the victory.
Since E3 Microsoft has reversed policies they put into place and now allow used games and have no DRM restrictions. They have recently announced self publishing for indie developers. With recent rumors of the PS4 using 3.5 gigs for their OS leaving 4.5 for games it somewhat evens up the power. I don’t think these rumors are true but even if they are the PS4 is still a more powerful console without a doubt. As far as exclusives over the life of the machine goes I think Sony’s first party studios will trump any ones. As far as console feature go I give the XB1 the edge with some cool TV and voice control feature that I think people will enjoy more than they’re letting on. As far as online services go the PS4 seems to be the better bang for your buck but will Sony’s new online service be as stable as Microsoft’s? I have to go with the XB1 as far as online game play.
They both have good things about them and I think no matter what you choose you in the end win. I myself will be going with the PS4 at launch and do plan on buying the XB1 in the future. The biggest thing for me is Sony came out the gate making all the right choices and Microsoft is shamelessly copying their every move. I chose the 360 last gen and later got a PS3 because I felt Microsoft came out with the better machine for the consumers. I feel like they switched roles this generation. That is my unbiased choice and my reason, no matter your choice I think we all have something to enjoy with these new consoles.