Looking at both these consoles as a neutral gamer, I’ve had both an Xbox 360 and PS3, I have already made my mind up which console I’d prefer, and Microsoft haven’t even ‘officially’ unveiled their next-gen console, allow me to explain.
When I owned an Xbox 360, I absolutely detested the fact that every year I had to fork out £40 just so I could use the full online features of the console and the games I had, whereas since I brought my PS3 I’ve never been unhappy with the service they’ve provided, why? Because it’s FREE!
Now before you insist I think the PS3 is a better console, both of them have major downsides, but I would prefer to own a PS3 than an Xbox 360, and I would already prefer to own a PS4 rather than whatever Microsoft are going to throw at us. Sony’s next-gen console already looks like a solid gaming platform, it’s essentially a gaming PC which is great, it has 8gb of GDDR5 memory for one, which will be blindingly fast. But aside from the software they’ve actually made innovations to their console, the new Dualshock 4 controller looks good, no major differences to the usual Playstation controller, but it’s a big step forward. For example the light bar which is now on the controller, if you’re playing split screen with someone and you change position in the room for some reason, the console will know and will change the split screen ordering as needed! That’s an amazing feature! The controller also has a touchscreen which I’m not too convinced about yet, but I’m sure once the console is released the touchscreen will be at it’s full potential, the controller also has a speaker, which again may seem like an unimportant little thing but it will make a difference. And then there’s the share button, all console gamers that do YouTube videos will love this, a simple button that will instantly start recording your game-play for you to share with all your friends or the entire world.
Enough about the awesome controller, the consoles themselves may be evenly matched in terms of specs, but the user interface (UI) will be massively different. Already we’ve seen the new social network aspect to the new PS4’s UI, but what are Microsoft going to do, and how much will it cost? Well if reports from Paul Thurrott are correct, and they have been so far, the next Xbox will come in two types, the higher end model will cost around $499 (£323), but if that’s too much for you then maybe you’ll consider the lower end version which comes in at $299 (£193), a fairly reasonable price, right? Wrong! The lower end version will come with a contract, yes, a contract! This will be a two year addition to the above price and will set you back $10 (£6.50) a month! All in all the lower end version will cost you $539 (£349)! So Microsoft will be selling two consoles, a higher end one, and a lower end one that comes fixed with a two year contract to Xbox Live, and the lower end model will cost you more. Where is the logic from Microsoft? I mean come on, you can’t have a lower priced console if it will cost more than the higher end one! You buffoons.
- Top Ten Games of 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360: Which Releases Should You Look Forward to As PS4 and Xbox 720 Hype Mounts? (latinospost.com)
- New Xbox Console to be announced soon? (hilvlgaming.com)
- Everything We Know About The Next Xbox (kotaku.com)
- Has PSN surpassed Xbox Live? (analogaddiction.org)