Hey everyone! Jason the Head Console Writer here. I was recently asked a question that I really had to sit down and think about, all biases aside. I’m only human, so of course I have them. A friend, Matt asked “Now that Sony and Microsoft have re-released their consoles, which one should I get? Have you ever written an article on the console wars?” And I haven’t, other than to say “Console Wars are stupid”. But, now that there are new Xboxes and PS4s, it’s still totally worth it to buy an older model, or to buy the non-4k version. If you don’t have a 4k TV, or don’t plan on getting one, obviously you don’t need a PS4 Pro. That’s a given. But I really had to sit down and give it some thought. Is one console superior to another? Does it really matter which one you pick? The question for today is: Which one is right for you? My personal favorite? Definitely the Playstation 4. It has the games I want to play. And while I don’t like to talk exclusives, they do matter, let’s be honest with ourselves. These are some of the exclusives for both consoles to possibly consider:
- Xbox One: Forza, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 5, Cuphead [still to be released], Sunset Overdrive, Crackdown 3, and in general, Sports Games/Shooters I feel tend to be better on Xbox One if you’re gonna get a console for it.
- PS4: Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, Final Fantasy X, Street Fighter V, King of Fighters XIV, . . . Senran Kagura. . .Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian [one day. . .] Horizon: Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport, Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank.
I know I listed more Playstation 4 exclusives, but I was able to think of more right off the top of my head, and after doing some research, the Playstation 4 does have more exclusives than the Xbox One by a pretty vast margin. That’s not to say it’s better for you, the consumer though. You have to ask yourself, “What kind of games do I want to play? Am I a social gamer? If so, what do my friends have, and will I enjoy getting it too?” Here’s what I think the Xbox One and Playstation 4 excel at.
- Xbox One: Sports Games, Racing Games, Shooters, I feel like these are all much better attuned to the XB1. WIth games like Forza, Halo, Battlefield, Madden, NBA 2k, these shine bright on the Microsoft console. I enjoyed playing online with Xbox more to be honest, it felt smoother, better as an online experience, at least back on the 360. It was good on the One too though. MMOs that appear on the One are also very strong though. If I’m not going to play ESO on PC [which I am], I’d play it probably on the XB1, unless I had friends that were playing on PS4.
- PS4: Fighting Games, Anime Games, Weird Titles, Gritty Survival Games. If you’re an anime/manga fan, or a fan of beat ’em ups or strategy games, you want a Playstation 4. Nobunaga’s Ambition, Dynasty Warriors, the older FF games, SAO, pretty much any decent to amazing anime/JRPG, they are all over here. DCUO was/is on the PS4, Final Fantasy XIV, probably one of the best MMOs of all time in my opinion, is supported by it and won’t be on the PS3 in the next expansion.
I, truth be told, know very little about the 4k consoles, because I don’t have a 4k TV [yet]. Only then will I concern myself with them. But there is the PS4 slim and the XB1-S, and we have one or two more things to discuss. The XBox One has backwards compatibility that works and makes sense. It took them years to get to it, but they did. PS4 has the “Playstation Now” service that you can pay a monthly fee for, which lets you stream a fairly large variety of PS3 games to your console on demand. While that’s a very cool feature, it costs money, in addition to PS+, and any other streaming services you choose. XB1 is superior in that regard. If you were already a 360 fan and had games you wanted to come back to, that service is much easier to use. Both services have a free monthly game service if you pay for their online [PS+ and Games for Gold or somesuch], and frankly, PS4 started off with much better free games. That has sort of waned for me. That’s really a nonissue for me.
Final Verdict: Pick what you love, folks. It’s the holidays, it’s time to do something nice for yourself and your loved ones. Are you shopping for someone else? These are but a few of the things I think one should keep in mind when deciding on a new console. There are always other factors: Price, Controller Comfort, what your other loved ones use, and the list just goes on. These are a few of the things that matter to me when selecting a console. I hope that this will help empower your decisions just a little bit more, and help you find what’s right for you/your family in the Holiday Season of 2016.
Have a question you want me to take a stab at? Some gaming philosophical question/top ten/game editorial? Please feel free to find me on Twitter [@ishyjulu] or anywhere on social media and I will gladly do what I can to make that happen for you.