And introducing very ambitious tiptop technology boxes by Sony and Microsoft!
Now we all know the power these two companies hold, even if you’re pro X-box or pro Sony there really is no denying that the goal they set out to achieve is absolutely exceptional! With every tiny fibre of detail they have introduced as companies combined you really feel like you’re in the game rather than controlling it and we believe this is exactly what they set out to do.
For those of you out there that cannot quite decide which way to lean then you’ve come to the right place. We won’t only give you pros and cons of each console but what exactly is so special about these powerful machines. From the controller to the console you really cannot afford to look elsewhere for what is better for you.
Why the Xbox?
So let’s begin our reviewing journey with the new Xbox one – For those of you who have grown up with the Xbox you’ll already be very pro to this machine – even amongst the red rings of death, the overheating and the crashing, to lots of us this is the most unstoppable machine since gaming begun and we regularly find people update alongside Xbox every time there is a new release of a console of theirs.
That being said we all anxiously waited for the Xbox One arrival to hit our shop shelves and the madness begun of queuing for hours on end and a whole UK wide sell out within days just before Christmas… so what was all the fuss about? We already know that the machine itself has an intense, powerful interface and a new and very improved Kinect that you can properly interact in games with and a very strong launch line-up!
However, a few of the downsides? Probably the fact that you still need a live subscription to use Netflix or any other streaming service on the console. Strangely the controller still requires external batteries (they haven’t built them into the controller yet). And finally some third party games are sadly not full HD – all that being said it is a really good addition for you and your family where it will happily belong in your living room, bedroom or anywhere in the house as long as you have plenty of room to move about to fully enable you to use the fantastic Kinect it has to offer!
One thing is for sure when you compare the Xbox One to Sony’s PS4 – is that it is huge! Being very similar to its predecessor (The 360) you will all be familiar with it being fiddly, chunky and just damn right frustrating! Upon its arrival you will notice (or already have noticed if you purchased it) is the astronomical amount of packing they’ve used, plenty of cardboard and plastic used compared to that of the PS4.
However, there is no denying that this is a premium quality product once you actually get it out of its gigantic box! In fact this beautiful machine measures 274 x 79 x 333 mm, which does in fact makes it far bulkier then the PS4 (And the Xbox 360!) So from this you kind of get a feel whether or not you want to accommodate such a machine in your home.
Just when we thought that the 360 controller was revolutionised and couldn’t be mastered or topped anymore than it had been, well once again Microsoft created a simple yet firm controller to match the Xbox One’s power. Keeping its usual universally praised shape you can notice small improvements which have been made to the D-pad, the triggers and the thumb sticks – which are much more accurate than the last. It’s not heavy in your hands and feels like a very good quality product with a fantastic finishing gloss.
You will of noticed (or you will notice should you want you want to purchase the machine) that the new and improved, super sensitive Kinect is also larger than its predecessor as well as that all but unwelcome huge “power” brick, which given the last few years we’ve seen products shrink in size can definitely be seen as an unwelcome feature within your home.
Furthermore, if you are a previous Xbox 360’er then you will most certainly remember the top common reliability problems it had, and as you can see by the outside design you can take reassurance that the Xbox One has been given a new lease of life and is able to breathe much better. It runs almost cool and you cannot really hear it either…however, if you’re looking for something that is “out of sight out of mind” then this is not the console for you due to its endearing size.
With all that being said there really is no denying the incredible extra features this box offers you, if you just turn the machine around you will see the up to date mind boggling amount of ports, which are pretty standard: HDMI out, Power, Ethernet, S/PDIF, IR out and USB 3.0 ports. There are also two additional proprietary ports, one to fire up to the Kinect and a HDMI-in, which is what you would use to connect the Xbox One to your cable or satellite signal. If you look on the side there is also another USB 3.0 port.
An all-round package
So our verdict of the Xbox One? If they release lots more games and do a few tweaks via updates then this really could be a top quality product buy for all top notch gamers! We are certainly sold by this high, fast powered new and updated machine regardless of its bulky assets we simply cannot get enough!
Why the PS4?
If you believe the news and customer reviews then you will know PlayStation 4 had “almost” already won this console battle. If you remember the pre-release conferences that went ahead then the PS4 was already winning the battle against Microsoft by the lower price they offered and not being so strict on the DRM, all of which made the more affordable and sleek PS4 look much more buyable especially to the elite gamers out there.
Having said that and Microsoft gaining a little bit more credibility with the instant reversal of its very controversial and hard blown policies, thus upsetting many gamers – Sony made a statement which was taken as quite a hard blow in the pre-launch PR battle as rumours emerged that with the big hitter cross-platform games (such as Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4) looked much better on the PlayStation 4 than the Xbox One (which is a massive PR oops)
As much as we really do love the PlayStation 4 (As you’re about to find out) how can they predict this when it’s not even launched to the public yet…so this massively backfired but it did not stop the world going mad for these fantastic machines, they flew off the shelf at record rate just in time for Christmas!
There is no denying the key pro side points for this machine and it’s excellent gaming performance. It has had a huge graphical leap from its predecessor, a new and improved beautifully looking DualShock 4 controller and whilst we are at it, we may as well tell you that PlayStation Plus is absolutely worth the money!
With pros come cons and every upside must have a downside whilst it was hard to really see beyond this beautiful console we did notice that the sharing of gameplay videos is limited, there is no DLNA streaming (yet!) and the music and video “unlimited” have questionable value… again with all that being said you cannot deny that this is a unique masterpiece of it’s own!
PlayStation 4 Design
As previously stated within our review, upon arrival of this beautiful small packaged delight is that it is just that, small and compact but very powerful and beautiful to look at! Its size is actually so similar to the PS3 super slim design that finding a place for this modern technological console will not be a duly task at all, with its 30cm depth it does increase its size, but only to PlayStation3 Slim levels which is hardly anything near the bulky Xbox One.
With that being said, one thing we found extremely impressive is that when you actually realise their power pack is BUILT in! The Xbox One’s is a huge external unit which is every gamer or clean home owners woe of where to put it and what to do with it to make it fit into our homes!
Overall, this machine has a unique feel and quality design about it. It’s subtle, sleek and clever, with the modern PS4 logo and you will also notice they have a glossy section, which cleverly disguises the fact that this is where you remove the hard drive cover adding a touch of premium quality for an already outstanding console. The only thing we feel is not too great about it? The slot-loader has nothing bad or wrong with it …. Before you think *gasp* but we feel it has got a bit of clunky resistance which we feel is a little bit of a downside compared to the Wii U drive. After reading around this seems to be an issue for a quite a few.
We think that most people are concerned about the noise and even if there is any at all, so as we reported in the Xbox One’s review that whilst that was quiet…this console is almost just as good! Yes it is an extremely stealthy, beautifully modernised device but when this machine idolises we recorded around 41-43dB from about 13-15cm in front of the console, which concluded this was around 3dB over the ambient noise in our room!
Once installing a game this was obviously significantly higher and increased by almost 10dB. Please do not get us wrong, this machine is much quieter then it’s predecessor but if you’re in a very quiet room… you can hear it. Saying that, this machine is nothing short of impressive.
A beautiful sleek modern well designed console
Once they’ve ironed out a few of our cons listed and gameplay isn’t so limited then this really is for the hard-core gamer. Really intense graphics and much stronger then it’s predecessor. This console will fit into any home easily and look beautiful no matter where it is!
PlayStation 4 or Xbox one?
As we’ve had the opportunity to review both machines, albeit brief but we really have got a feel for each machines good qualities. For us the good out ways the bad for both consoles and there really is no denying that this is a step in the right direction for technology today. With such life like graphics you could be staring at your friend in the face and not realise it’s just a game.
They both have fantastic features such as the Kinect where you can actually punch people off you without needing the controller (The Zombie Game) and the PS4’s DualShock, console and standby power settings…. All these new and improved features for both consoles really is no wonder it’s was a UK wide sold out machine for everyone’s new Christmas toy.
Now it’s the new year and it will be decision time on who buys what, but for that we cannot suggest which console would be better to take on and as we couldn’t personally decide either we ended up getting both as they both have their very own unique and special qualities.