I’ve long wondered whether or not I made the right decision about getting one of the two new consoles.
I decided on the PlayStation 4 instead of the Xbox One.
So far, I’m happy with it.
The PS4 is a robust system.
While it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the Xbox (much of it is cosmetic drivel, really), I’m happy with the simple dynamic menu and games the PS4 has to offer. The PS4 doesn’t have as many media apps, and doesn’t have the HDMI pass-through port that enables the media components of the Xbox, but it’s fine the way it is.
Sony hasn’t saddled the PS4 with the (unnecessary) PS Camera like the Xbox One did with the Kinect. Microsoft said, nay, insisted, that the gamer needed one in order to operate it properly, and added $100 to the console’s price. Their fairly-recent rescinding the inclusion of the Kinect in the package (and thus lowering the price by $100), seemed to indicate Microsoft’s sobering up and being realistic, but it was too late. Reports put the PS4 at a 40% worldwide lead over the Xbox One.
Microsoft is more rigorous with beefing up and improving their system though, coming out with regular monthly updates, and now they’ve got the lead on Sony as far as that is concerned: external drive connectivity, video and audio file playback and themes, for example. Although they still haven’t found a convenient way to give users the relatively simple gameplay screenshot and video capture function (they say sometime next year).
With Sony coming up with System Update 2.0 on Tuesday, we’re seeing the two finally becoming a match as far as features are concerned. Share Play‘s pretty nice, as well as the token reorganization of the main menu (really, Sony? Putting least-used games in a folder is the best you can do?), and finally providing desktop themes. But we’re still waiting for the ability to use the PS4 as a media server, as well as getting the ability to use external USB drives to extend storage.
The PS4 is a great console, and aside from the fact that it’s still in the title doldrums this early in the game (hey, it’s been a year, but who’s counting?), I’m pretty happy with it.
So why the hell do I have this incredible desire to get an Xbox One?
Is it just because of techno lust? Wanting to have the latest and the (ahem) greatest?
I’ve put my Xbox 360 on the selling block, with a vague intention of putting the proceeds towards the price of a new Xbox One.
Of course that would merely open a whole new can of worms: I have to buy games and gear for it. It’s nothing without some titles. So what exclusive games are there for the X1? Sunset Overdrive? Forza Horizon 2? Dead Rising 3? The Halo Collection?
I gotta think about this really hard.