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A year in: PS4 vs XB1

dbm

Adventurer
Hi folks,

After resisting manfully for a year, Dragon Age Inquisition looks like it might be the trigger for me to join the latest generation of consoles.

I've been a PS guy up until now, but there aren't really any exclusives which would force me down that route anymore, so I am wondering whether to buy an XB1 rather than a PS4. I mostly play RPGs and driving games. I've never really been an FPS fan but I do like action games (e.g. Tomb Raider) and stealth games (e.g. Metal Gear). I'm quite interested in Project Spark, which is XB1 only.

What are people finding about the new consoles now that they have been out for a year?
 

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Janx

Hero
From the previous gen, I own a PS3 and 360 (actually 2 PS3's with bad lasers, and 3 360's, one fat red-ringed, and one of the slims died recently). I guess it's hard to say which had better hardware, but I got a lot more miles from each of my 360's.

Software-wise, Microsoft is king. Sony is a hardware company and their PS3 OS showed it.

As such, I assumed Sony would make similar mistakes again on the new generation. So I bought the XbOne.

I haven't seen a PS4, but at launch the core feature sets and paid services were relatively equivalent. Once MS dropped the Gold requirement to run Netflix, that pretty much equalized them on features.

Since MS dropped Kinect and lowered the price, XbOne sales have apparently caught up and MS claims to be in the lead. I don't think who's leading is a big deal, so long as you're not buying a Wii. Generally, both the PS4 and XbOne have done well in the market.

Most of the games I like are cross-platform (been true to me since the PS1 era). So exclusives don't excite me. Ultimately, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence as the other platform gets a cool exclusive game. One can't fret about that.
 

I mostly play RPGs and driving games.

If you want Japanese RPGs, your best bet will be to stick with PS4. While Xbone may have recently had an uptick in sales in the US, it has been doing absolutely horribly in Japan. All of the big name RPGs (expect Final Fantasy) will be available on both platforms, but as time goes on a lot of the smaller, less well known RPGs that come out of Japan will only be released on PS4.
 

Mallus

Legend
After resisting manfully for a year, Dragon Age Inquisition looks like it might be the trigger for me to join the latest generation of consoles.
I feel your pain, err, consumerism.

I watched the trailer for DA:I just last night. On my almost-brand-new 55'' TV. In retrospect, I shouldn't have done that. I went from "maybe I'll pick up a current-gen console in a year or two" to "WANT NOW!".

(I'll likely get a PS4, but only because I have a PS3 with a Playstation Plus subscription)
 

Janx

Hero
(I'll likely get a PS4, but only because I have a PS3 with a Playstation Plus subscription)

That's a reasonable decision path honestly. Buy the one you already have a subscription for as there are pass-thru benefits and synergy bonuses (MC360 upscaled to MC-XBone for a mere $5).

As for DA, my wife is playing the PC version right now. She liked the controls, graphics and modding on the PC versions of the older DA games better.

Though right now, she's not happy that her new Alienware 14 isn't capable of running in a higher quality mode on the game. Might be a driver issue, as this thing should kick butt.
 



dbm

Adventurer
Well, I took the plunge yesterday and first impressions are good. Been playing Halo CE for the first time - still excellent however many years later, I can see what all the fuss was about.
 

Mallus

Legend
At lunch today I failed my save vs. unnecessary discretionary purchases and picked up a shiny new PS4 + DA:I. The local Walmart is having a decent pre-Black Friday special; a $50 gift card with every PS4, so the console & game ran me $410 + tax.

The odds of me getting anything productive done over the long holiday weekend just decreased dramatically. Which is fine, things have been stressful of late.
 


Isiloki

First Post
Why dont you just buy a gaming PC?
It's the same price as a console and you have better everything but the comfort of your couch. (Even if technically, you can just use your TV as your screen and play from your living room.
Ofc if you think about having friend at home playing on new gen games together my point doesn't stand, but else it has everything you wish to have.
 

Mallus

Legend
Why dont you just buy a gaming PC?
It's the same price as a console and you have better everything but the comfort of your couch. (Even if technically, you can just use your TV as your screen and play from your living room.
I consider a cheap gaming PC hooked up to my TV. Briefly.

The thing is, it's not the same price as a console. I just paid $350 for a new PS4, and you can't assemble a comparable gaming PC for that price -- or if you could, it would be at a serious disadvantage when the next wave of AAA PC titles come around, because the typical PC gamer is an enthusiast, which keeps driving the median spec of a gaming PC higher. The $400 - $600 gaming PC bought today is going to be left in the dust fairly quickly.

The one big advantage consoles have is they provide a stable, not-rapidly-changing hardware platforms --with sizable user bases-- to develop for. Sure, you can buy a reasonably priced gaming PC right now, which can be kept reasonably current for several years, with better-to-much-better performance than a PS4 or Xbox One.

But you can't do it for $350.
 

Isiloki

First Post
Even if I agree that a PC still costs a bit more than consoles,I can't let you say it will be obsolete soon. I built my PC for 700$ in May 2012 we're 2 years and a half later and I still run Battlefield 4 in ultra. Pc gaming doesn't evolve much faster than console, it's just that editors like Ubisoft screw with the console to pc port for certain games (Yeah I'm looking at you AC : Unity and Watch Dogs) creating false feeling of an upgrade need.

That said, it's 10 times more fun to have friends at home playing Gran Turismo or Halo than having them on skype playing Counter strike. It really depends on what you gaming style is. But for anything FPS/reaction related, PC is the way to go.(Add to that the prices of games are not set by editors. Steam sales, humble bundle and CD KEY retailers are nice to have!)
 
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