After seeing all the pressers today for E3, I can happily say I am extremely excited for the next generation of games on BOTH consoles. But wait. I'm not allowed to buy two different consoles, so I must chose only one in a TellTale twist that was laid on the table by both Sony and Microsoft. In that case I'll stick with my PC, because I'd rather not type this TLDR block of text on my phone. What? I can buy both? Well lookie there, all problems are solved.
The real question is, for those who don't have $900 to shell out at launch, which should I get? Although my personal belief will undoubtedly draw in tons of hate from one side if not the other, it is just that, my personal belief. And this competition in the gaming market is there to allow consumers an option that best fits them.
So what do I suggest? Well, as an an extreme fan of both the PS1 and PS2 before switching over to the 360, this is a tough one for me, but I think I will be picking up the Xbox One before the PS4. HOLD OFF ON THE NUKES! I have a valid explanation for my choice.
Xbox One: I personally liked what I say from Microsoft today at E3. A slue of good looking exclusives and launch titles. That's my key thing, launch titles. As much as Kingdom Hearts 3 and the new Final Fantasy installment captured my heart (no pun intended) as well as other internet fanboys across the world. I doubt either will be ready by launch, or even this year. Hell, Kingdom Hearts 3 could easily be released in 2015. And I know I know, the have other exclusives such as Kill Zone and Infamous Second Son (Which looks stunning might I add!). But these are titles that are well into their respective franchises that I have yet to start on yet. Assuming the PS4 has no backwards compatibility I have strong intentions on buying a PS3 and all of the best exclusives dirt cheap in preparation for me buying a PS4 next year. The Xbox Live service has also had a special place in my heart. Microsoft gets social interaction like no one else. They emphasize memorable moments like classic Halo 2 clan battles or communicating with a buddy while you are both playing Mass Effect with completely different stories. As I prepare to go into my Freshman year at Georgia Tech. I want to have a connected experiences with the people in my building. I don't want to hear any of that Madden isn't for true gamers nonsense, because a game at 120 fps is nothing if it's not fun. Along with the fact I already have an active gold subscription, the xbox one emphasizes other entertainment opportunities when I just want to relax and not be attached to a controller at 11am in the morning or 11pm at night (Although I often am). As much as the community has whined about these features I am one who will gladly take what is offered to me. Finally, the DRM always on nonsense. While I think it was an odd move my Microsoft. I PERSONALLY am not one to game offline...ever. I may have gamed offline once last year. The policy for sharing games is complicated, but I am hoping this opens the door for Microsoft to do Steam like sells with AAA titles. All the titles are digital, and the disc is basically irrelevant. So if Microsoft wants to deal a huge blow to sony, they can start having crazy deals for titles people actually want, and make them available to download and buy, only months after the release. Copies would sell. Developers would have incentive to desgin for Microsoft. None of this Kinect always on stuff bothers me in the slightest, so I have no problem with the announcements Microsoft made about having an always on console...hell, my phone does it, my cable box does it, why can't my console?
PS4: With what seems like the obvious winner at E3 this year, why am I not picking up a PS4 at launch? Well first and foremost, I could not tell what was a launch title, and what wasn't. The games looked phenomenal, but if the launch titles are all additions to on going franchises, how will it be easy for me to make the switch? The PS4 showed some beautiful CG trailers, and when the game play was shown I was not disappointed (Although FF did seem to drop a helluva lot of frames at points). The $400 price tag seems like it'd be the nail in the coffin but that's one of the reasons I'm holding off. Waiting a year would only bring the price lower, and the fact that used games will be available, will mean the launch titles will be much cheaper. Also, the PS4 gold is not something I'm interested in paying for, so I will only be buying single player exclusives, and buy all multiplatform multiplayer games on Xbox One since I currently and already paying for it, and love the Xbox Live design anyways. By this time next year I should have both consoles, and have only one year left before I can get my hands on KH3.
This exposition was not to encourage you to buy an XB1, not to encourage you to buy a PS4, and not to encourage you to put me on any kind of hit list. It is to show you that both consoles are solid gaming platforms with decent lineups. And any type of gamer would be putting their money to good use with either one.
TLDR; Nintendo is l33t lolz both ps4 and xboxone suckz. gay. haa.