A new generation of video game consoles will be premiering shortly. The video gaming world is calling it “The Console Wars”. Although the battle of video game system superiority has been going on for a while now, this year promises to be on a larger scale than the previous wars. Sony, the maker of PlayStation, and Microsoft, the maker of Xbox, are expected to release their next-generation systems in November. This report will be a comparative analysis of the soon-to-be-released Xbox One and PS4.
The purpose of this report is to compare both systems on their specific features. The goal is to find out which system is the best when comparing both capabilities and value. This ...view middle of the document...
A main focus of the PS4 will be social gameplay (“PlayStation 4”). In social gameplay, players will now be able to view and share in-game play with friends by streaming their game footage (“PlayStation 4”). Gaikai, a cloud based gaming service, PlayStation App, and PlayStation Vita, are some of the services and devices PlayStation plans to facilitate in order to make this interaction happen (“PlayStation 4”).
The PS4 is black with an angular design, and appears to be made from the same plastic as its predecessor (Rivington). According to Rivington, the PS4 looks slimmer than the Xbox One. The price of the PS4 will be $399 in the United States, £349 in the United Kingdom, and €399 in Europe (Rivington).
There will not be a restriction on PS4 pre-owned games (Rivington). Consumers will be able to buy, trade, sale, or lend their games freely (Rivington).
The Xbox One is the third console developed by Microsoft (“Xbox One”). On May 21, 2013, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would be the successor of the Xbox 360 console (“Xbox One”). November 22, 2013, is the scheduled release date for the Xbox One in North America, some parts of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand (“Xbox One”). Japan and the remaining European markets will get the Xbox One in 2014 (“Xbox One”).
The Xbox One is being classified, by Microsoft, as an “all-in-one entertainment system” (“Xbox One”). Unlike the PowerPC processor used in the Xbox 360, the Xbox One will feature an AMD processor (“Xbox One”). The focus of the Xbox One is the integration of the Kinect for entertainment purposes (“Xbox One”). Expanded Xbox Live service, improved Kinect functionality, ability to share gameplay footage, built-in Skype client, as well as integrated support for live streaming gameplay online are just some of the services the console provides for in-game usage (“Xbox One”). Features such as, mandatory integration of Kinect, restrictions on the resale of games, and policies concerning online connectivity have been dropped by Microsoft due to negative customer feedback (“Xbox One”).
According to Wikipedia, “The Xbox One's components were designed to evoke a more entertainment-oriented and simplified design than previous iterations of the console” (“Xbox One”). The Xbox One is made to look and feel like an entertainment system, rather than a video game console. The Xbox One will be priced at $499 in North America ("Microsoft Xbox One”).
The PS4 will focus more on social gameplay and cost 100 dollars less than the Xbox One. The Xbox One will be more of an entertainment system.
The PS Vita is a handheld console that is manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. The PS4 will be able to link with the PS Vita, making it possible to stream games directly to the handheld (Rivington). The PS4 will use wireless technology to move the game you may be currently playing on the PS4 to the PS Vita (Rivington). The PS4 will also have the ability to link...