Games consoles are big business and millions of people own at least one games console. In fact some families own several, but for those who like to have the latest games console to hand, there is some good news on the horizon. Sony is about to release the latest incarnation of its amazingly successful PlayStation console, in direct competition with the latest Xbox release.
Sony and Microsoft have been in competition for years. Although Nintendo does have some market share with the Wii and its smaller hand held devices, Microsoft and Sony have pretty much dominated the games market. Now, however, they are about to go head to head in a battle to the death as both are set to release a new gaming console, just in time for the holiday season. Microsoft’s Xbox One is due to hit the stores in November whereas Sony has not yet confirmed a release date for the PS4, but it will definitely be before the end of the year.
In many ways, the internal architecture of the PS4 and Xbox One are very similar, which means there won’t be a lot to choose from in terms of performance. Both consoles have almost identical CPUs and AMD core processors. Graphics have been described as “next generation visuals”, which sounds exciting but is really intended to make the PS4 and Xbox One stand out from games played on smartphones and tablets. Both have 8GB of RAM, but the PS4 utilises GDDR5 RAM rather than DDR3. This extra memory capacity allows gamers to power down their PS4 if necessary, before turning it back on again and jumping straight back into game play exactly where they left off.
Neither Microsoft nor Sony has messed too much with the design of the controllers for the new PS4 and Xbox One. The DualShock 4 has been slightly modified in that there is not a touchpad on the front and centre of the controller. Design modifications on the new Xbox One controller are equally as subtle. One feature the PS4 controller does have now is a ‘share’ button, which allows players to share or upload game footage to wow their friends. Game controllers for both systems will be able to make good use of motion sensor devices: PS4 Eye and the Xbox One Kinect.
Both Sony and Microsoft have unveiled some exciting new games to appeal to pretty much everyone. There are first person shooters and action adventure titles, plus a few next generation games from existing franchises.
The PS4 launch titles include:
- Infamous: second son
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- Diablo III
Xbox One launch titles include:
- Forza 5
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Sunset Overdrive
- Killer Instinct
In many respects there isn’t a lot to choose from between the PS4 and the Xbox One, but in a few key areas, there are some crucial differences. In terms of price, the PS4 will be cheaper. Sharing games is another bugbear with the XBOX One—users will not able to loan games to friends or play used games, whereas PS4 users can do all that, just as they always have done. Another niggling issue is that the Xbox One has to be connected to the internet at least once in every 24 hour period. So on balance, the PS4 may just have the edge.