Wishlist Entries : PS4 vs the Xbox One(Which Would You Prefer?)

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I’ve always been a gamer, from Pacman-like sneaking avoiding teachers while skipping class in secondary school, to Need For Speed type car chases outwitting LASTMA. 12 am on Boxing day would meet me wide-eyed and awake waiting till we’d be done with daily devotion so I could open my presents searching for the latest Sega, Nintendo or Playstation console. I remember the year I got the PS2. I tore open the package and screamed with joy. Of course, the scene would then cut to the window and we’d see the real me looking in to see if my rich kid friend had got the console for Christmas. Good times.

This year though, we have some major improvements in gaming. Sony and Microsoft, the industries two giants have released new consoles. The Playstation 4 from Sony, and Microsoft’s Xbox One. The two consoles, both to be unveiled this holiday season, have claims to the biggest development in gaming history. Here’s the 411.

Price

The Xbox one is slightly higher priced at $499 to the PS4’s $399. Cheaper does not mean inferior however as the PS4 is toting some pretty heavy hardware under the hood.

RAM

They both boast 8GB of ram memory. The difference lies in how it is implemented. PS4 goes with higher bandwidth GDDR5 Ram which allowing game developers to put an insane amount of detail and size to in game environments(We’re looking at you GTA V). Xbox One goes with the slightly faster but smaller bandwidth DDR3 which packs a punch but not as much as the PS4’s.

CPU

PS4 boasts a single chip x86 8-core Jaguar AMD processor at 1.84 Teraflops per second against the Xbox One’s custom built 8-core AMD CPU running at 1.23 Teraflops per second. The speed difference how ever is unlikely to be noticeable except in games with a high level of detail.

Controllers

The two devices feature redesigned gaming pads. Notably, the Xbox One decide to go for a rechargeable inbuilt battery rather than its previous choice, AAA batteries which had players grocery shopping a bit wierd. The PS4 also revolutionized it’s pad design by swapping the start and select buttons for a touchpad. Sony also hopes to introduce DualShock 3 technology which will combat the Xbox controller’s dominance in shooting games like Call of Duty and Battlefield.Β 

Motion Control

Microsoft claims improvements in Kinect’s motion tracking technology will make for smoother game play in Kinect controlled games. Playstation has upgraded the Playstation Eye to duplicate this functionality in the PS4.

Backwards Compatibility

Sony and Microsoft shocked users worldwide by declaring that both consoles would not be backward compatible. A features so common in past consoles it is taken for granted. Games designed for past generation consoles would not play on the new versions. Manufacturers state that the difference between the underlying architectures is too great and so backwards compatibility will be impossible to implement. Playstation however says that gamers may be able to stream some older games from their servers. In this part of the world, we should expect no such thing as current network speeds would prohibit it.

Online Gaming

Microsoft dominated online gaming in the past with its Xbox Live service. Xbox Live’s was robust and reliable performance outshined Sony’s Playstation Network which had a rather nasty habit of getting hacked once in a while. Sony’s buyout of cloud based gaming service Gaikai may however even the playing field.

Release Titles

Xbox One launch games include exclusives like Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, LocoCycle and Kinect Sports Rivals while PS4 exclusives include Killzone Shadow Fall, DriveClub, Knack, Diablo 3, Watch Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. In the past title exclusivity has proved to be more of a tipping point than price. Gamers can heave a sigh of relief as the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available on both platforms.

All in all, both consoles have strong points, though I’m personally biased in the PS4’s direction as I do love me some Assassin’s Creed. We’ll have to wait until release dates to see how sales figures prove which is the more successful console.

Written by Onodje Daniel

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24 comments

  1. for a 1st time i am not interested in xbox. This gen PS4+Vita combo and PC.
    I just recently bought expensive headphones which now i find out i cant use with x1 unless i spend more for adapter. They must be out of their mind!! Why not to leave the same jacks so we can all use our loved accessories? Nah, thanks MS, my money goes elsewhere this time round.

    1. Says the guy who has to hit a button to turn on his Queerstation4 :O hahahaha.. Look at me, I play single player, I like touchpad and pretty colors.. FAGG.

  2. why limit yourself to one system. I’m buying an xbox one first because Ryse: Son of Rome andTitanfall look awesome then when a game I must have comes out for the PS4 I’ll get that also.

  3. The “better hardware for the PS4” has already been debunked, its OS is clunky and will take up a large chunk of its RAM. Also GDDR3 is designed for Graphics cards, not running a OS’s and the rest of the system. We shall see how this all runs its course, I think Sony fan boys are in for a rude awakening.

  4. I don’t know bout y’all boys. But it seems like everything that Sony has that’s better has been debunked or wrong. The whole ram thing is bull, Sony’s operating system will take up more space in the processor than than Microsoft’s. Sony fanboys say the Indies will be better but not when u consider a Sony development kit costs thousands while Xboxes is free. And don’t even try and say kill zone is better than halo. Or that drive club is better than unlimited. Then we have online service. Xbox live blew PlayStation plus out of the water on the 360, and play station plus Will not be free. So that’s it for the myths. And before anyone says it. SCREW YOU GAMING PC, others nothing better about pcs, all it means is that your pc goes obsolete in 2 years instead of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sorry but all this talk about ps4 operating system taking more ram than xbone is stupid. Microsoft themselves have stated that the xbox will have multiple os running at the same time on its xbone, how can this use less ram. The hardware between the two is almost identical the major difference being new kinect being bundled with xbone. The 2 systems will run almost identically so stop being fanboys. Your old games wont work on them so buy the one you like as most game developers will release on both consoles and pc to maximise their profit with very littlr changes needed in the code for all 3 platforms. Me i am not interested in waving my arms about with kenect so i will spend the money saved by buying the ps4 on a couple of games to play on it.

  6. I have been keeping a close eye on Diablo 3 and it’s release date. I don’t believe it will be PS4 “Release Date” title. It’s hitting ps3 in early September, but all the articles I’ve read say that D3 will be here in 2014. PLEASE someone tell me I’m wrong because I want it ASAP πŸ™‚

    aaaaand about the whole debate…It looks like PS4 wins the spec contest, and XBONE wins the contest about shit nobody cares about? Motion control? Online gaming? Sorry but I have had zero problems with PSN. I know they had the occasional hack, but don’t you think the devs will have a plan to counteract? Don’t you think they will do better after previous failures?

    I do. and thats why I have my deposit on it πŸ™‚

    1. “Nobody cares about online gaming?” haha ooooook, have fun with all your single player campaigns there fanboy πŸ˜‰

  7. PS4 for me. I feel that indie developers have shown greater support for the platform, it has a cheaper price and better specs. I’m uninterested in Kinnect or the cable tv functionality it offers. I’ll use Netflix, hulu+ for those needs.

  8. If any of you ps4 fanboys haven’t noticed, notch, the creator of minecraft has said that he is siding with the Xbox One.

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