Microsoft and Sony have both finally announced their next generation consoles with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, respectively of course. The wait is over.
Or is it?
While the reveals satisfied gamers from both parties (and some not as much), conventions such as E3 are still on the horizon, meaning that Microsoft and Sony still have more tricks up their sleeves. Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s Chief of Staff for Interactive Entertainment Business, even stated in a Major Nelson podcast: “We’re really going to tell one story across two events,” and that E3 will be “all about the games.” With Sony revealing their console through teasers, we can make a safe bet that their E3 conference will play out similarly, in that it’s almost extend their PlayStation 4 conference.
With these E3 announcement follow ups casting a shadow over the gaming world, one can’t help but turn attention to the similarities and differences between the consoles. Sony fans may argue that the PlayStation 4 will have better exclusives, while Microsoft fans may counter that the Xbox One’s hardware is better. While no side might be definitively correct, I’m going to give you a list of what specs and features the consoles have, rather than focusing on what they don’t.
The specs for each console are remarkably similar, and each has its own defining features. This means that each company brought their A-game to their respective reveals, and now E3 looks like it will be the deciding factor for how well the consoles sell
It’s “all about the games.”
- Improved Xbox Live by having 300,000 dedicated servers (as opposed to the current 15,000).
- Cloud Storage allowing players to install and upload their games to Cloud, making them playable on any Xbox One.
- Voice-activated control.
- Able to switch seamlessly between games, TV, movies, internet, Skype, the Dashboard, etc. Can also snap sections of the Dashboard over TV/movies while watching.
- Smart Match: A new matchmaking system that finds players and matches while you’re playing another game or watching a video or doing anything else – makes matchmaking far quicker.
- Game DVR captures gameplay, and includes editing and sharing tools. Up-loadable to Cloud Storage.
- Expanded Achievements: Captures videos of your ‘epic moments’, and informs players not only of what you’ve done, but what kind of gamer you are. Gamerscore will carry over from the Xbox 360.
- Xbox SmartGlass integration
- Xbox Live accounts and memberships will carry over
- 15 exclusives – 8 brand-new franchises
- Games are playable while downloading from the PlayStation Network.
- PS Vita owners can play PlayStation 4 games remotely.
- Can stream videos from games while playing – can also share/watch videos over PlayStation Network (and Facebook and Ustream).
- Controlling games remotely: Allows players to play friends’ games remotely (selling point being that players can help their friends get through tough spots in a game).
- New look: The new UI resembles the look of the PlayStation Network.
- PlayStation Move will be integrated into games faster than with the PlayStation 3.
- Speech recognition (rumor)
- 12 Exclusives (rumored by IGN detailing Sony’s 12 exclusive developers)
Xbox One: 8-core x86 CPU
PS4: 8-core x86 CPU
Xbox One: AMD powered (largely unknown: houses both CPU and GPU)
PS4: Next-gen AMD Radeon, runs at 1.84 Tflops
Xbox One: 8GB
Xbox One: 500 GB HDD
Xbox One: Blu-ray
Xbox One: In and Out
Xbox One: USB 3.0, 802. 11n, Direct Connect
PS4: USB 3.0, Ethernet, 802. 11n, Bluetooth 2.1
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