Published 24 October, 2013 | by Sam Hewitt35
PS4 or Xbox One? That is the question
At this very moment in time, I still have no idea which of the two consoles I am going to be getting. One thing I do know for certain, is that I will not be getting one of them till at least a few months after their release date. The whole point of this article is for me to go through a thorough thinking process, to see if I can come up with a better idea as to which console I am going to get. Maybe I will have made up my mind by the end of the article… or I could still be none the wiser.
Pretty much all of the announced games I am interested in are on both consoles, and I don’t really care which one has more power, as I tend not to care if you are able to see if you’re able to see the cracks in someone’s lips CAUSE OF L337 GFX! I care which one of the consoles will suit myself and my family the most.
I am going to split my thoughts process up into categories and then go from there.
At this moment in time, there are no games coming out on either of the systems launch day that screams out “day one purchase” to me. So I am going to use an ulterior method to see what games I would like: look at an overview of their predecessor console’s games.
I never owned a PS3 at all. This was mainly due to most of my close friends owning an Xbox 360, so it was natural for me to follow suit. Do I regret making that choice? No. Me and my friends have had some fantastic times on Xbox Live. On more than one occasion I have been brought to tears from laughing so much. But most of the time, I played single player games.
At one stage, I had a really long break from my Xbox 360. I hardly played any games on it over the course of a couple of years, as my gaming needs were more than satisfied by the Nintendo DS. I would just lay in bed at night and spend many hours playing games like Phoenix Wright, Professor Layton and Ghost Trick.
Not too long before coming up with the idea to start this website, I went back to my Xbox 360 and thought to myself “there must be tons of games for me to play now.” Sadly, this was not the case. The only game I have purchased since is GTA V, and looking back through the last couple of years releases, there is nothing that I REALLY WANTED to play. I am thinking about getting Metal Gear Rising as it has caught my attention, but is not a priority.
I will now compare that to the likes of exclusive games* that came out for the PS3, and yes I am actually doing this whilst writing the article. These are the following PS3 retail games that I would have purchased over the course of the last two years (in relation to my 2 year break from the 360):
- Disgaea D2
- The Last of us
- Kingdom Hears 1.5 HD Remix
- Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
- Tales of Xillia
- Ni No Kuni (I know it isn’t an exclusive, however the DS version was never translated)
The titles above are just the ones that I know of. There are potentially more games that would have added to that list had I owned a PS3, as I would have been able to play demos and such.
Looking back at my time with the Xbox 360, there hasn’t really been that many Xbox 360 games that was never released for the PS3 that stood out to me. Let me think:
- ‘Splosion man
- Geometry Wars 1/2
- Crackdown 1
- Halo 3 (Only because of playing online with my mates. Didn’t care about single player)
- Erm…..that’s about it really!
I then think back to the other games that were not on the 360 but on the PS3. We have all of the Uncharted Drake games, Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavy Rain, Infamous and so on. I also felt that the choice of JRPG’s on the 360 were extremely poor, and as a fan of the genre, it seems to me that the PS3 was more catered for the JRPG fan. We then have to into consideration how amazing Playstation+ has been since it came out: tons of top quali8ty free games and more.
Taking a look at all of what I have written above, I quite regret not getting a PS3 as well as a 360. But there is potentially a huge upside! Should I decide to purchase a PS4, I will have the chance to play all of these games via Gaikai.
One of the prime reasons for me not getting a PS3 is due to its controller. Whenever I played on someones PS3, the controller felt, crap. Sorry PS3 fans, that is just my personal opinion. The Xbox 360 controller was the one for me. I know a lot of people have issues with the size of it, but it was perfect for me from the off. I thought it was a controller that would never be bested, although I was proven wrong at Eurogamer last month, where I was able to get hands-on with the Xbox One.
I honestly couldn’t believe they were able to make the controller feel better in every way. Though here was something off with the pulse triggers, but I am sure that was down to the Forza 5 demo I played not utilising them properly.
I then had a chance to have a feel of the PS4 controller and I still didn’t like it, neither cosmetically or physically. Of course this is something I would adapt to after using it for a prolonged time, however, it will never feel as comfortable as the Xbox One controller.
Graphics and power
Both have more than enough power for me. I don’t care if one console has a game running at 1080p, while the other runs at 720p. It is all meaningless to me. Moving onto the next subject
Best for the family
As I said in the second paragraph of this article, the console of my choosing will have to also suit my family life, as the console will be housed in our living room. I have a 4-year-old son and my partner doesn’t like many games, though when she does like a game….she really gets into it…Peggle for example.
We don’t have a cable tv service, as it tends to go to waste as we very rarely watch tv. I have (legally) downloaded the shows that my son watches, though he tends to spend more time watching Angry Birds Toons on our Roku box, which we use to stream all of our media. Both consoles are concentrating heavily on the media side of things. Hopefully one of them bring Plex, or something similar.
Now moving onto games for my son. I have really been struggling to find a game that both me and my son are able to play together on the Xbox 360. I am contemplating whether or not to repurchase a Wii. I WILL get a Wii U at some point in the near future, as I feel it is the perfect companion to either the Xbox One or PS4.
Getting back onto talking about my son. He struggles a bit with the Kinect by moving out of its range when excited and having to do weird commands to walk…instead of simply walking on a spot or something. Like many other kids, he got bored it quickly. I think this is due to developers being reluctant to making games for it. I have a feeling with every Xbox One coming with a Kinect 2.0, we will see a lot more games made for it. BUT, by then he might not have no interest in the Kinect at all!
Writing this article made me realise just how many PS3 games I missed. I was honestly not expecting that many. Games are obviously the most important factor when it comes to choosing a console. In this right, the PS4 is the obvious winner. But I am still reluctant to buying a console at launch day as there are no games for me at launch, and it won’t be that long till there is a price drop. I also have a feeling that a lot of stuff is going to come out that is not in the public eye already…for better and for worse.
Though saying that. the current answer to the question: PS4 or Xbox One? I am slightly pro PS4. Given that I believe more games that I like to play will be on it and I would obviously get used to the controller. I am likely to make more articles like this later down the line, once both consoles are out. Thanks for reading
Answers to potential questions being asked
Why not get both?
I simply cannot afford to get both. Also, both consoles are so similar it is just not worth it.
Why is the Wii U the perfect companion?
There are so many games that I want to play on the Wii U that are either out already or coming out soon. It is also the perfect console for me and my son, who I feel will prefer the Wii Mote over the Kinect.
Why don’t you care about owning the console with superior power or graphics?
Both consoles will do more than enough for me graphical wise. When it comes to power, I would rather have tons happening on the screen at one time over the characters looking so amazing you couldn’t tell the difference between real life and in-game. You then have games like Child of Light, which neither to PS3 or Xbox 360 will be able to handle. I would like to see more games like this.
I don’t care if a game runs marginally better on one console than the other. As for gameplay. I had my best gameplay experiences with two Xbox Live arcade titles, both of which had basic graphics and all gameplay: Geometry Wars and ‘Splosion man.
The Xbox 360 did have JRPG’s. What are you on about YOU PILLOCK!?!
It did have a few. But I felt most of them were crap, to put it bluntly. Blue Dragon was boring. Lost Odyssey always felt like it was missing something crucial, then you have the rest……meh. The only two that was on the 360 but not PS3 were The Last Remnant (click to see my article on the game) and Infinite Undiscovery. But still, both of those games were sub-par to the likes of what come out on the PS2. Which I still go back to till today to quench my hunger for JRPG’s.
* Games were exclusive at time of publishing.
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