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Xbox One or PS4? I’m certainly not the only gamer
who gave consideration to that question. And frankly, I spent more time
thinking about, researching, and pondering over this question than any 30 year
old should do when it comes to video games. Eventually, I reached a conclusion and
made my decision. I chose to purchase an Xbox One. Actually, my wife let me get
my Xbox as an early anniversary present and then sat in our home gym watching
movies on our small TV so I could have our 50” TV for playing with my new toy.
Yes, she is the best wife a man/gamer could ask for.
Roughly a year ago, which system I was planning on
purchasing wasn’t even a question. At that point I knew I was going to purchase
a PS4. A few months later, with all the talk of the Xbox One not being able to
play used games, I was certain I was going to purchase a PS4. But something
changed. Of course, Microsoft changed its policies on used games. But there was
more than that.
The PS4 games that interested me started to look
boring. I’m a fan of platformers and racing games, so PS4 exclusives such as
Knack and DriveClub appealed to me. But as I read up on these titles and even
got the chance to play Knack at GameStop, neither game really piqued my
interest. Compare that with the interest I had for such Xbox One titles as
Forza Motorsport 5 and Crimson Dragon, and my attention started to shift from
PS4 to Xbox One. But it wasn’t a done deal just yet. Over the course of several
months I would go back and forth on which system I wanted and even spend some
time sitting on the fence. So what led
to me finally making a decision and moving forward with it? It was a number of
As I’ve already started mentioning, games played a
factor in my decision. There are more exclusives for Xbox One that grab my
attention than for PS4. I’m not saying there aren’t any good games for the PS4,
I’m just saying that there aren’t any that really appeal to me personally. On
top of having a number of exclusives that appeal to me, the Xbox One also has
all the multiplatform third party games that I want. But now let’s move beyond
the topic of games.
Though I do enjoy playing the occasional
motion-based game, I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of consistently playing
games that require me to get up and move around. Still, Kinect interested me.
Yes, I know that Sony has a camera out for the PS4 that is quite similar to
Kinect. But I don’t exactly get the impression that Sony really backs their
camera peripheral. Rather, to me, it seems as though they released the camera
just for the sake of doing so since they know that some consumers will want it.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is different. How could anyone not feel as though
they back the Kinect? The device is included with every Xbox One console and is
deeply integrated into the entire Xbox One experience. Microsoft is absolutely
behind their product, and it’s obvious. The Kinect is also more advanced than
the PS4 camera. Please keep in mind that what I’ve mentioned above regarding Sony
not backing their product is my view and opinion, it doesn’t mean I’m right.
I also like what Microsoft has done with the new
controller and feel that it makes more sense than what Sony has done with the DualShock
4. One of the new features of the Xbox One controller is the inclusion of
individual rumble motors in each trigger. This is an improvement that makes
sense and that plenty of developers can make use of. It has obvious
applications with both racing and FPS games. One of the biggest changes to Sony’s
controller is the inclusion of a touchpad in the center of the controller. I’m
not saying this isn’t cool, but it’s like they said ‘ok, well this is something
new we can add so let’s do it.’, almost as if they added this feature just for
the sake of doing so. Are there even any games out that utilize the touchpad? Also,
even though this isn’t a huge deal, I like the look of the One controller better
than the DS4. I like the more vibrant colored letters on the buttons rather than
the bland colored letters of the DS4.
Next up is online networks. I enjoyed Xbox Live
back when I had an Xbox 360 and was looking forward to getting back on the
service. I’m not that crazy about PlayStation Network. It’s not bad, but I like
XB Live better.
So, to recap, my reasons for choosing Xbox One over
PS4 are as follows: 1) There are more exclusives that appeal to me along with
all the multiplatform third party games I want. 2) Kinect is interesting,
better backed by MS than the PS4 camera seems to be by Sony and is more
advanced than Sony’s camera. 3) I prefer the improvements made to the One
controller over the DS4 and like the look of it more than the DS4. 4) I like XB
Live better than PS Network.