Whilst the sane owners of each console happily play games on their chosen console there continues to be wave after wave of internet warriors hell bent on bringing the rival system down. I’m going to analyse each argument I’ve seen for either side and see if any of the points made are actually valid.
Things PS4 owners say
We have the superior technology and more powerful console!
This is true, although whether or not it reaches full potential is another question. History has taught us that the most powerful console doesn’t win the sales war and graphical prowess and bragging rights should really be an argument exclusive to PC owners.
Less money and more power!
No arguments here, the lower price point is a huge factor in the Playstations early lead.
The PS4 exclusives are currently extremely thin and making assumptions that future releases will promise victory is naive and outrageous. Killzone was an average game and recently released inFamous: Second Son has come in with mixed reviews. The end of 2014 is the earliest this argument can be used.
The PS4 would be selling even more if it wasn’t for limited supply!
Generally this is a false statement, I assume Sony is using this as a marketing technique to make potential buyers rush buy. Supply is easy to find in the UK and I’m pretty sure if you were desperate to get your mits on one then you would. I must admire Sony for limiting supply and feeding the public slowly, top class marketing skills.
But we have the VR headset!
Currently you do not have this and reports of it being ‘affordable’ are speculative and depends on what you consider affordable. To me paying an extra £250 to look like Robocop is a bit steep. There’s no denying it certainly looks cool, we can’t for sure say whether this is the future though. It could just be another failed gimmick with optional support which never gets any support at all.
Multiplatforms look soo much better on the PS4!
The difference is actually barely noticeable. Resolution doesn’t particularly matter until you get to 50 inch plus TVs. I would argue that Multiplatforms look much better on the PC, plus the ones released so far have been garbage and unworthy of fighting over.
Things Xbox One owners say
Titanfall and Halo SUCKERS!
There seems to be a string of Xbox One fanboys who still believe Titanfall is an Xbox exclusive. I have seen many arguments that list Titanfall as a reason to buy an Xbox One which is a uneducated, delusional statement. Halo may well be the system seller if it returns to former glory, but without Bungie I won’t be expecting much.
The Xbox One is more than a console!
I guess it is but the added extras like Kinect were forced upon Xbox One owners. The failures of Kinect from the 360 era should of taught Microsoft that Kinect was generally an unwanted, optional peripheral. You can pretend that Kinect is the best thing ever all you like, we all know it sucks and the games that support it are horrendous.
We pay more because we get more!
Pretty much the same point as above. Xbox One owners were forced to have ‘extras’ they didn’t want and these crappy add-ons actually raised the price of the console whilst sacrificing on raw power.
Sales don’t matter!
This is true to a certain degree, if the console has consistent sales and is relatively comparable then developers will still want their game on the Xbox One. Nintendo has been shunned by 3rd party developers largely due to lack of sales, I can’t see Microsoft suffering the same fate but higher console sales mean more effort in multiplatform games and more developers interested. 7 Xbox One sales facts can be found here for those who are not easily offended.
The Xbox One is only released in 13 countries, that’s why it’s behind!
Come on now, Microsoft has pushed the Xbox One in countries that are relevant and have been a success in the past. Whilst the gap would undoubtedly be smaller than what it is now it’s unlikely that Microsoft would neglect countries in which it thinks the Xbox One would be a hit.
We have Xbox Live, PSN is shitty
Actually the online service offered by Playstation is getting better all the time. The Xbox may have pushed the boundaries of online console gaming but it’s not the dominant force it once was. The Xbox may still be the console of choice for FPS games but how long will online FPS games remain top?
Armchair warriors will always try to pick fault in other systems but we are going through a phase unlike anything we have seen before. The two consoles need eachother to be competitive and for the purposes of innovation so these ‘wars’ are pathetic and the arguments for each side are as stupid as the next.