November 2013 sees the launches of both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The holiday season is always an important and exciting one for gamers all around the world with new consoles launching almost every year, and this year promises to be one of the biggest we’ve ever seen.
Nintendo’s release of the Wii U late last year may have given it an edge but this season the big names of cutting-edge high definition gaming are going head to head trying to get their products into your homes and your cash out of your wallets. While some people are following the release of every snippet of news as soon as information becomes available, others are struggling to understand all of the features and figure out what to get for their kids this year.
So here’s everything you’ll need to know for the upcoming launches of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Official release of Sony’s powerhouse PC-styled mega-console PlayStation 4 is scheduled for November 15th. That put it a full week ahead of the launch of the Xbox One.
PlayStation is noted for its incredibly high performance hardware and the PS4 will boast some of the best graphical processing capabilities ever seen in console gaming.
There’s an awesome camera accessory for enhanced gameplay and the controller has been completely redesigned. Additional features include gameplay streaming and recording right from the console, and an app for tablets and smartphones. If you own a PlayStation Vita you also get tons of remote play and viewing features.
On the downside, online multiplayer capability is now restricted to “PlayStation Plus”, the paid premium service, when you got that free with the PS3. There’s also a sad lack of backwards compatibility for older games. Whether this is a way to kill second hand game sales or just an attempt to boost new digital game downloads, it’s annoying for many customers who consider that Sony are making enough from the PlayStation and games already.
They say that he who laughs last laughs best, and Microsoft hope to prove that right when the Xbox One launches on November 22nd.
It’s powerful enough to keep up with the Playstation 4 easily, but only time will tell whether releasing after its competitor will have been the right choice.
The Xbox One is advertised as a lot more than just a gaming console. It has media center capabilities, including live TV and exclusive partnerships with the NFL for exclusive sports content in the USA. Of course it also has an all-star lineup of AAA game titles, some of were previously PlayStation exclusives, sneaked right out of Sony’s clutches to give Xbox players the opportunity to try titles they wouldn’t have had a chance to play before.
The Smart Glass app allows you to turn a wide array of mobile devices into attached XB1 accessories so that you can browse and even unlock additional in and out of game features. There’s also a vastly improved new Kinect camera which crucially is bundled with the console.
But nothing’s perfect and the flipside here is that the Xbox One requires a first time online check-in to function properly, although it’s not an ‘always-on’ system. On top of that, many people who are more privacy-conscious don’t like that you cannot turn off the new Kinect’s camera feature.
Both of these super high powered consoles give us great reasons to look forward to new heights in gaming this winter. Which of them will be crowned the king of the console war? Only time will tell!
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