The Xbox One & PS4 Review: Crossing the Generations

So, your other half/son/brother has been waffling on about the new consoles, Xbox One and PS4 while you’re catching up on Hollyoaks and you’ve realised that you’ve forgotten which one he wants and which one has the prettier graphics. Well, never fear, as your newest resident Very blogger is here.

I’m Marc, and I’m one of the lucky boys who gets to work with the lovely ladies up at Very HQ. If you need a Tech Guru just flash the Very spotlight in the sky and I’ll appear like Batman to save the day!

For now I’ll be talking about the PS4 (released 29/11/2013) and Xbox One (released 22/11/2013), whether it’s worth upgrading and what the differences are between the two.

Xbox One (left) and PS4 (right)

First off, is it worth upgrading? If you ask me, it’s a definite yes! Everything looks better, there are all sorts of gizmos added to the controllers and obviously it’s a new toy to play with! You’ve got great games you can buy for the current consoles,  but with a great looking sheen added to them, like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and FIFA 14. You’ve also got the ‘Full Next-Gen’ experience with games like Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall on PS4 and Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5 on Xbox One all available from Day One.

Both of these new consoles are Blu-Ray players too (so it’s like two gifts in one!). So you don’t need to worry about having to start your Blu-Ray collection all over again! Both of them have a camera, Kinect 2.0 is bundled with the Xbox One, and you can buy the PS4 Camera separately. Both can still be played online too, so he can still live out his dreams of playing for England on a worldwide stage in FIFA 14. Both come with shiny new controllers with added features. This means you can’t use your old controllers unfortunately – Boooo!!

 

Kinect 2.0 (top) comes with the Xbox One. The PS4 camera (bottom) is available separately.

Differences? Well, PS4 has what they call the ‘second screen’. If he’s lucky enough that you surprised him with a PS Vita then he’ll be able to play his PS4 games on it while you catch up on TV! Xbox One is basically a home entertainment system – you’ll eventually be able to plug in your freeview box to have a full program guide and can set up reminders and record shows. Not to mention the fact that because the new Kinect comes in the box you might be able to tell your TV to change channel in the future – no more lifting up the remote!!

One thing you CANT do with these is play your old PS3 or Xbox 360 games. So if he does have a big collection of games, like me, then he’ll need to keep the old box under the TV for a while longer until he gets bored of the old ones.

So, you’re probably unsure which one to get him… My answer? If he has an Xbox 360, stay with Xbox and get him the Xbox One. If he has a PS3, show the PlayStation some love and get him a PS4. If he has neither of the old ones? Whichever will look better in the living room!

So did that answer everything you need to know? Did it help make your decision easier? Shout up with comments or questions below and I’ll try my best to answer for you!

BFN (Bye For Now!),

Marc

21st November 2013
Written by Very_Marc