When the PS4 was revealed they did add a few more bells and whistles like the social networking stuff, and a new controller which seems much better than the old.
PS4 Or Xbox One
But, other than that, nothing seemed that compelling other than their non-DRM stuff which they played up in their favor. Some of the things off the top of my head that seemed to make the Xbox One more innovative are:
1) A reputation system which basically let’s the annoying, and/or cheating players simply get pushed aside and end up playing with others with the same attributes. I want to play games with players who aren’t spitting out racial slurs, putting down other players or simply cheating. I didn’t hear if the PS4 had anything like that.
2) Kinect 2.0 Bundled into the system. This leaves the door more wide open for different gaming than the PS4. Who knows if the Kinect is going to expand on the gaming experience, but I like the fact that it’s there and I’m willing to try something different. Always am. Hopefully, developers will be willing to try things as well, since it’s bundled into the system.
3) The DRM stuff torked off some people. I was ready to embrace it. Although they reversed the DRM stuff, they did mention that they might revisit some of those features. I’m very interested in the Family Sharing. I have friends and relatives who have Xbox’s and it’s a pain to have to mail the games to them when we I could just share them digitally. I didn’t hear anything from the PS4 regarding any of this.
4) Microsoft just spun up 300,000 servers for Xbox LIVE. Cloud services will probably not help a ton in graphics of games, but it will help some. We’ll see. What it does provide is a much better multiplayer gaming back end. Thus allowing me to not have to worry about hosts leaving the game and having to find another host, latency issues will be better, and match making will be much, much quicker and better. Sony talked about Gaikai, but that appears to not yet to be even ready until later next year. Xbox One seems to be much further ahead here.
5) As for TV, it seems like a half put together idea. I would have liked to be able to remove my cable box, but that’s not going to be the case. I liked how you can switch from TV back to your game and the NFL stuff. I like the fact that they’re trying different stuff and not simply keeping it the same.
Sony has a compelling console, but like I noted earlier, it just seems like a souped up PS3. Between the two, the only difference which makes the PS4 more attractive is the price (but then you’re giving up the possibility of difference gaming with Kinect). I think the Xbox One is all that the PS4 and more.
Written by SmoothDog