It’s time; the next generation of consoles is here. The only question is: Which one will you choose?
If you have questions and need help picking out your new console, don’t worry, your information is here. I am not a man who prefers one over the other. I will provide you with facts and information so you can make an informed decision.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 hit shelves on Nov. 15 and set a new record for units sold, selling over 1 million consoles in 24 hours and beating the original record (set by the PlayStation 2) of 980,000. PlayStation has stolen many hearts with some of their amazing, Playstation-exclusive, game series and most of them are returning. The “Infamous,” “Final Fantasy,” “Kingdom Hearts” and “Uncharted” series will all return to the new console with new adventures. Sony also jumped into the digital market with multiple day-one downloads, something I have become fond of.
However, with the good comes the bad. Sony is following Microsoft and is now requiring paid subscriptions to enjoy multiplayer, but this might work out in their favor since the PS4 is $100 cheaper than the Xbox ONE. Additionally, it has been discovered that one in every 250 PS4s experiences a fatal flaw called the “Blue Light of Death.” Similar to the Xbox 360’s “Red Ring of Death,” this bug makes the console unusable, forcing the owner to send their brand new console to Sony for a replacement. Sony issued a statement saying problems should always be expected with new hardware.
On to the Xbox ONE; this console, developed by tech-giant Microsoft, will be released on Nov. 22 and lists many improvements from its earlier generation. The Xbox One will have a Blu-ray player and Kinect installed, which is the main reason the console is being sold for $500. Microsoft announced this is their way of making the console a complete entertainment unit, rather than a simple gaming machine. With features including Skype, Netflix, access to the Internet and much more, they hope to make the Xbox One an essential unit in everyone’s living room.
The Xbox game selection has always been amazing and Microsoft announced 15 console exclusives for its first year, with returning Xbox champions such as the “Halo,” “Killer Instinct” and “Dead Rising” series making new installments. As always, there is bad news. The new CEO of Microsoft has announced they will be taking Microsoft in a different direction that may be away from the Xbox ONE, which is mostly speculation but still something to keep in mind.
Sony’s PlayStation has been in our hearts for years and now has a confident competitor in the Xbox. If you are looking for a console that may allow you to change parts in the unit and comes from a company with a solid reputation, I suggest you pick up the ever-playful PlayStation 4 for $399. If you want an advanced entertainment unit with motion and voice controls, pick up the one-and-only Xbox ONE for $499. The choice is yours — which will you choose?