Xbox One vs. PS4
I was going to write up a whole thing about what I thought of both systems after owning them both for a couple weeks now (almost). I even got through a good chunk of writing before deciding that this Kotaku review summed up what I was going to say for the most part.
What I will say, is so far, the PS4 is winning. Just as an overall “done” system, the PS4 feels the most solid. Top that off with the extra graphical power edge it has on the Xbox One and it’s a pretty clear winner for launch. I’ve played more Resogun than any other launch title across both systems, and that was FREE!
I will add a small rant about the Xbox One, though. I don’t hate it. It has some good ideas. My plan from the day these systems were launched was to use my PS4 for games and use my Xbox One for “everything else”. Today, after only a weekend, I have unplugged my AT&T U-Verse box from my Xbox One and will not be using the TV functionality on the Xbox One at all until it gets fixed. I was able to deal with the lack of surround sound via the passthrough, but it was impossible to use. I’ve tried at least a dozen different HDMI cables with no real changes. My U-Verse box became unresponsive MANY, many times. I’m not even sure it was unresponsive, I think the U-Verse box started doing it’s work, but the Xbox One decided it wasn’t going to update anything on the screen so it resulted in a frozen screen and 3 minutes later, the screen refreshing and probably playing a video from my DVR I didn’t mean to play. I really liked a lot of the ideas Microsoft had with the TV functionality and I did enjoy (50% of the time, anyways) controlling certain aspects of my TV just by talking. This afternoon, it felt great to walk into my living room and say “Xbox On”, and then say “Xbox watch Comedy Central” and for all that to just happen without needing to sit down and find the remote and all the rest of the hassle that we’ve all gotten used to. The instability, though, is just not worth it.
I’ll try and reconnect everything again after an update comes out, but I’m not too optimistic anymore. PS4, you’re winning. I don’t see that changing for some time, either.