So here we are at the end of 2013 and the new generation of gaming is upon us! I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited to see what this new era of gaming has in store for us. With the hardware advancements and new technologies implemented, this is certainly the most exciting update in the history of the game.
I debated which system I would like to get as a new centerpiece, so I decided to break down the differences between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Looking at the specs of the two systems, you probably won’t notice a significant difference. between the two. Both systems offer 8-core processors and high-end graphics capabilities. Both systems have 8GB of RAM, although the Xbox One uses DDR3 while the PlayStation 4 uses GDDR5 which is a faster type of memory. The PlayStation 4 appears to be faster, but that doesn’t mean the quality of the visuals will necessarily be higher.
Xbox One’s cloud-based gaming is truly intriguing. By using remote servers in the “cloud”, gaming experiences can change dramatically as the next generation advances. The possibilities include the outsourcing of processing tasks, enabling large and expansive worlds that seamlessly and realistically load simulations and animations. The PlayStation 4 is also cloud-based and may be capable of producing similar feats at some point in its life.
The Xbox One ships with the Kinect, and I personally enjoyed the cool features of the Xbox 360 version of the Kinect. Moving the screens in “Dswiping” my hand was futuristic and really satisfied my inner nerd. Giving commands to my Xbox and sweeping, it felt like we were finally starting to see the next generation of games coming to us. The new Kinect would be more sensitive and even able to detect your heartbeat. Interesting, I know. The PlayStation 4 also has a camera accessory that sells separately and is capable of doing some of the same things, many believe it won’t be at the Kinect level.
As for the games, both systems have titles in the works that I want to play. Some new ps4 games I’ve seen like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Dying Lights are great examples of the difference between the current generation of games and the new one we’re getting into now. The new Xbox One has some great games too. Dead Rising 3 seems incredibly fun to play and Fighter Within seems like a gem that might come as a surprise to many.
Overall, after comparing the two new systems, I’m still not sure which one to choose. Either way, I’ll have a great time getting into the next generation of games.