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.
PS4 – Pros
Sony’s PS4 was marketed as the perfect console for hardcore gamers. At $399 it is much cheaper than the Xbox and comes without some of features that don’t appeal to hardcore demographic, such as the Kinect.
The PS4 will also not require gamers to be connected to the internet in order to play games and will allow play off the game disk. It will also allow games to be sold used and will not allow game publishers to charge users a fee to activate a used game.
Sharing will be the main focus of the PS4. Gamers will be able to quickly record themselves playing games and allow them to easily share the videos with their friends. Gamers can even help their friends play a game with the option of letting someone on a player’s friends list take over the game play whenever they want.
The PS4 controller has been improved with larger handles and more trigger like bumpers to help gamers who are fond of first person shooters. This system will launch with a few exclusive games, such as “Killzone 4.”
PS4 will come with 500 GB hard drive that can be upgraded by the user, as well as 8 GB of RAM – 7 of which will be used directly for gaming. In short, this PS4 will be a much improved PS3 at a great value.
This system is set to be released this holiday season.
PS4 – Cons
The “PS Eye”- the PS4’s version of the Kinect – must be purchased separately and will not be as integrated with the system for those fond of voice commands and movement based gaming.
Online gamers must now pay a month fee to play their games online with a service called PS+. This is very similar to Xbox Live’s “Gold Plan” which has been a necessity for Xbox owners to play online the past 8 years. However, the PS+ service does offer a few more incentives – mainly a few free games given away each month that subscribers can download onto their hard drive.
The PS4 does not offer an HDMI-in port, which means users will not be able to control other media with the PS4.
The PS4 is not backwards compatible with PS3 games, but Sony does plan to offer a streaming service for older games in the future.