Imogen on the Playstation 4:
The PS4 is a thing of beauty – undeniably the most attractive, stylish and sleek games console to have ever graced the market place with its presence. It is technically, aesthetically and functionally superior to the Xbox one, and for any doubters amongst you, this article will put you on the correct side of the Microsoft/Sony divide.
Let’s begin with the release of the PS4 in 2013 – it was marketed as the successor to the PS3, building upon that design but with better processors and increased high-speed memory counts. Moreover, it delivers an improvement in graphics and an overcoming of problems experienced with the PS3’s now-dated technology. This kind of pre-release is exciting for gamers, whereas the Xbox One release was aggravating – Microsoft shocked Xbox One fans with proposals of no disc drives and having to pay for in game content. Now for gameplay, following release, it became clear that certain game titles could be played in higher resolution on the PS4 as opposed to the Xbox One. Prime examples of this are Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. This equates to increased fidelity and in turn better gameplay which makes for a happier time. Playing games on the PS4 is an engrossing experience because the video output is of such a high quality, every move you make is played out in glorious high definition – the PS4 respects your integrity and intellect as a lover of games.
As for aesthetics, the Xbox One is much bulkier than the PS4. Resembling a briefcase, design conception doesn’t seem like it played a huge role as it is hopelessly unimaginative – it’s just a large box. Conversely, the PS4 is not too big and not too little, finished off with a thin light that runs through the middle and changes colour to add a flourish of style to a conventionally unfashionable piece of hardware. The PS4 is accessible to both genders with little quirks like this, while the Xbox One barely appeals to anyone cosmetically.If anyone is undecided about what to get, you can game better, for longer and more enjoyably with the PS4 rather than the substandard Xbox One – don’t be left wanting.
Michael on the Xbox One:
After an admittedly rocky start to life; what with the, to phrase it lightly, controversial always-online vision, the amazing backpedalling that followed (a move which shall gone down in the gaming annals as the “Xbox One Eighty”) and a lack of enticing exclusives, however, the Xbox One is not only starting to hit it’s stride, but the future for Microsoft’s underdog machine is looking very bright indeed.
Halo 5: Guardians released early last week; the latest addition to an ever-growing library of quality exclusive games. Sunset Overdrive is a criminally overlooked and very funny third-person shooter by veteran developers Insomniac (of Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet and Clank fame). The Forza series has been going strength to strength, and both Forza Motorsport 6 and the Burnout-esque Forza Horizon 2 are far better then any racing games that the Playstation 4 has to offer. The Xbox One is also home to Rare Replay, a collection of some of the finest games created by one of the most renowned names in gaming history; a collection which also contains both Conker’s Bad Fur Day and the legendary Battetoads. Both of these games are well worth the asking price of the collection alone, and it comes with twenty eight other games included. Bargain. Oh, and it’s also the only one of the two to support backwards compatibility.
Microsoft have also promised to support the console with a long list of future releases. We have Recore, a game being made by the dream team of Megaman creator Keiji Inafune and the team behind Metroid Prime and the long awaited and highly anticipated third instalment of the amazing Crackdown series. I’m personally most excited for Scalebound, a vibrant open-world RPG with grandiose Monster Hunter style battles and Devil May Cry-esque combat system made by the fantastic Platinum Games.
Whist the PS4 looks to have very little coming out next year, the Xbox One has more than plenty up its sleeve, and shouldn’t be discounted just yet. Keep an eye on this one.