From a spec stand point, both the Xbox One and the PS4 are almost the same. The only difference I have found is that the PS4 uses GDDR5 Ram and the Xbox One uses DDR3. Both have Blu-ray and both have 8 core CPU's, but we don't know what size hard drive the PS4 will have. The Xbox One will have a 500GB hard drive that is not replaceable by the user. They have not said if they will offer the option for upgrades but the system will support USB 3.0 external hard drives, “which can be used for everything the internal storage can be used for” including game downloads. Rumors state (at the time of this writing) that Xbox One will require you to install the game and we know the PS4 will require some of the game to be installed to the hard drive for load times. With the size of these games, the hard drive has to be bigger than what comes standard on consoles now.
I know everyone is going crazy with the lack of game footage Microsoft showed at their event, but most of us knew that this event was more about hardware than software with E3 less than two weeks away. With what little they did show I can't see a big difference in the graphics of both systems. What it will come down to for some gamers is features. We saw a lot from Sony about games on the PS4 and how the games are at the forefront. We now know that Microsoft is taking a more all-in-one entertainment approach to this gen. If you’re what they call a hardcore or core gamer you are most likely leaning toward the PS4. For someone who loves TV, movies and games, you’re more in the Xbox One camp. Both will have tons of fantastic games and both will have their share of exclusive titles.
Another big thing could be price point. If both consoles are the same price at launch that's fine, but let’s say one offers a discount with a two-year commitment to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus it could sway some gamers to one over the other. Also, with the fees that Microsoft could charge for used games and the rumors that always online is a thing this could push gamers to the PS4. Personally, I'm still undecided which one, if any, I will get at launch. I still have so many unanswered questions like can I use my current satellite provider on the Xbox One? Reports say the service will not be supported out of the box and will require a separate supported receiver with HDMI output to work. Does this mean my current DVR box is all I need? What about the streaming service with PS4, will this be included in my PlayStation Plus membership or will it be extra? These are just a few things that could make me choose one over the other.
Has Sony won back the core gamer and Microsoft alienated theirs? Time will tell but one thing is for sure, the next gen will be bigger and better than the last one as far as games go and when it comes right down to it, isn't that the way it should be? Adam Sessler said it best after the Xbox reveal, "E3 should be the point of final judgment......not today." I couldn't agree more, bring on the games.
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