In November last year we saw the launch of two highly anticipated gaming consoles; the Xbox One and PS4. Both next-gen consoles were incredibly popular at launch with pre-orders sold out months in advance. And while some touted the Xbox One launch as the bigger of the two, since then PS4 has been doing better with sales.
It’s now six months since launch and gaming review sites still seem divided on whether Microsoft (Xbox One) or Sony (PS4) is winning the console wars. Despite a few differences, both the Xbox One and PS4 are receiving largely positive reviews. So how do you choose between the two? For some it’s just personal preference but for others, exclusive games and added features will help swing their vote. If you fall into the second category, some of the announcements from last month’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) might help you make up your mind.
One of the biggest complaints on both the PS4 and Xbox One to date has been the lack of games. But this is about to change. Sony announced some exclusive games for the PS4 at E3 coming later this year/next year, which include Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, LittleBigPlanet 3, The Order: 1886, Entwined, Bloodborne and No Man’s Sky. PS4 owners will also have access to a beta version of Destiny, which will be sold as a bundle with an all-white edition of the PS4.
In addition to games, Sony also announced a new streaming service, PlayStation Now. Just like streaming movies or music, this is a good option for those who prefer not to purchase their own games. Other exciting news from Sony this year was the announcement of PlayStation TV, which is basically a mini-console that lets you play handheld Vita games on a big screen TV, as well as being able to remotely stream PS3 and PS4 games.
Microsoft also announced a host of exclusive games for Xbox One, including Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, Phantom Dust and Crackdown. Additionally, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Evolve, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Division will be available first on Xbox One.
Also at E3, Microsoft announced the separation of Kinect from Xbox One. This means two things; firstly, the price of the Xbox without Kinect is much more competitive with PS4. Secondly, by removing Kinect there’s an additional 10% of GPU performance available, making these Kinect-free Xboxes even faster.
What do you think? Are you still on the fence or has the news from E3 helped you make a decision? Whichever your preference, don’t forget, if you’re looking for a bargain console you can find it on Gumtree, either brand new or second hand. And while you’re waiting for the latest games to become available, you can always buy, sell or swap your existing games on Gumtree to keep you entertained in the meantime.