When fellow Nerd-Base writer Dave Chosid and I get into discussions about videogames, there is one topic that continuously comes up. What is next gen? Why upgrade? Is it just better graphics, or is there more to it? At first I didn’t have a good response for him because it seemed like he was right. I didn’t see anything else other than slightly updated graphics. As news continues to come out about both systems, I think I finally have a good idea as to what next gen is supposed to be.
This last generation was all about motion controls, and high definition. The Xbox 360 kicked everything off with HD graphics right out the gate. The original Xbox and the PS2 could do some games in HD, but it was few and far between. The PS3 and the Wii launched about a year later. The PS3 continued the trend with HD graphics, but the Wii went a different way with motion controls. After the Wii’s great success Microsoft and Sony followed suit with the Kinect, and the PlayStation Move.
After pouring through the PS4 FAQ last week, I wanted to give a breakdown on some of the important items that might be easy to miss. There are a lot of positives and negatives going on that people can overlook. I’ve added commentary on some items to give clarification and insight on what’s actually going on, or at least what we believe is going on. The original FAQ Sony posted is twice the size this and very disorganized. I’ve moved items around into different sections to make the FAQ easier to follow. I’ve also removed a lot of unimportant or redundant items to cut down the size of the FAQ. I mostly stay away from console comparisons because this is about the PS4 specifically, and not meant for console war flame bait.
After making my post “Cancelling my PS4 pre-order” I started thinking about a few other aspects that made wonder if I’m backing the wrong horse in the console hardware race. Recently, rumors were flying around that Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One would only run at 720p because the Xbox One can’t handle it. However the PS4 version runs at a full 1080p. The developers of the game have made several statements saying that the game is going to look great on the Xbox One but they are refusing to deny the rumor that it doesn’t run at 1080p. Meanwhile Sony has come out and made several statements saying that it does run at 1080p on the PS4, and hinted that the Xbox One version will not. Microsoft has only made statements literally saying “You don’t need to know.” Forbes is also reporting a similar rumored difference with Battlefield 4.
Recently I’ve been having serious thoughts about canceling my PS4 pre-order from Amazon. There are fewer and fewer games at launch that I’m interested in with the recent game delay announcements of Drive Club and Watch Dogs. I know I will probably get a PS4 at some point but I’m not entirely sure I need one right now. One of the many things the PS4 still has going for it are the non-retail PSN games. There are many games that will be downloadable day 1, but a lot of those games are either available on PC or another platform already. I know I’m definitely keeping my Xbox One pre-order because Microsoft has a few exclusives I know I want to play, and I like the TV integration aspect of the system. I decided to create a comparison chart using IGN’s launch title wiki to compare the retail games side by side.
I was surprised just a moment ago to find an email in my inbox from Microsoft announcing the release date for the Xbox One. I was even more surprised by the date itself. The Xbox One will get released on Friday, November 22nd. There was a lot of speculation leading up to this that the Xbox One would get released the same day as the new Call of Duty: Ghosts which gets released on November 5th.
This also means that the PS4 has a one week advantage over the Xbox One. In the grand scheme of things this probably doesn’t mean much because getting a system on Day One for both systems will be hard if you aren’t pre-ordering. Microsoft is still taking pre-Orders for their Day One Editions of the console on their website.