E3 – PS4 Vs. Xbox One (part 1)
The video game conference E3 was held last week and with it came the announcement of two new gaming consoles: Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox one. Both gaming consoles will be similar, so this article will break down the pros and cons of each.
Xbox One – Pros
This new Xbox is designed to be the media center of the consumer’s living room. It comes with a HDMI-in port that will allow users to plug in their cable box, PC or other device and be switched seamlessly with voice command using the devices built-in voice command technology – the Kinect.
Gamers will be allowed to watch television, browse the web, play video games and a have a Skype conversation at the same time. If a cable box is connected, users will also be able to command the Xbox to find channels, movies, or sporting even by name simply by asking. The Kinect is also a motion device and will respond to body movements and comes included with the purchase of the system.
The Xbox comes with 500 gb hard drive and 8 gb of RAM – 5 of which will be used strictly for gaming. The Xbox has a number of exclusive titles that include the new first person shooter “Titanfall” and action adventure title “Rhyse.” Microsoft has also begun to detail their “Family Plan” which will allow 10 friends to join their accounts in order to form a library of games they can “check out” from each other to play – free of cost. There are still very few details to this plan, so this is subject to change.
The Xbox One is priced at $499 and expected to be released this holiday season.
Xbox one – Cons
This system requires users to “check-in” online once every 24 hours to play games. If a player does not check in during this period, they will not be allowed to play their video game, even offline from the internet. This could be a major deal breaker for military personnel who cannot connect to the internet while deployed.
Every game must be installed onto the hard drive to be played, which may eliminate the ability for the player to sell the game used.
The Xbox One is not backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games.