Update (Aug 6, 2013)
I haven’t been in a Kmart in about 20 years. That’s right, we’re talking some time in the 90s. There’s no more around me, so I’ll never set foot in one again. I always heard about the Blue Light Specials where a lot of hooting and hollering would happen and people scrambling around. But I never once remember seeing one. Goes to show how often I shopped there. Are the Blue Light Specials even around anymore? According to Kmart’s Wiki, they are still around sporadically:
“Blue Light Specials were revived again in 2009 on Saturdays, offering surprise hour-long sales on selected merchandise”
But don’t fret Sony gamers! We know how precious saving that $100 is to your pocketbook…. so you can go spend it on Starbucks and other expensive electronics and the PS+ membership you now have to buy to play online MP when it used to be free. PS4 has a built in Blue Light Special for you. To remind you that Kmart has bargains you can save even more money. Literally, it’s staring right at you!
Dilemma, dilemma. Do I duct tape it? What if I want it to interact with Eye for some games, but not for others? What if there’s two or three friends over and we all have a controller where one light bar is blue, another pink, another green etc…? Will they all reflect? Will I need to duct tape all of them?
What I Previously Wrote (Aug 4, 2013)
I’d like to say it’s 3 months until next gen systems launch, but guess what? Neither Microsoft or Sony have confirmed release dates! So who knows when current gen consoles finally get passed up for new gadgets. Never the less, its been months worth of info about games, features and price. And when you add it all up, true gamers know Xbox One is currently the best, unless all you care about is buying the cheapest product on the shelf.
If all you care about is saving $, buy a PS4 and don’t read further.
We’ve all read the back and forth regarding Xbox One (X1) and Playstation 4 (PS4) specs and DRM. On paper, PS4 seems to have better ram, ram bandwidth and tflops. All “paper specs”. According to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry’s PS4 hands-on testing of games in June, exclusive games including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Drive Club, Knack and Warframe are all hovering in the 20-30 frames per second range. Lousy. X1 games were running better as a whole. Killer Instinct and Forza 5 tested at 1080p/60 fps. Not included in the article was Titanfall – another 1080p/60 fps game.
For the whole DRM debacle, they are basically the same. MS ditched the digital perks with the old DRM replacing it with a similar DRM as current gen systems and PS4. Both MS and Sony are leaving it up to third party publishers if they want to implement their own DRM on used games. So far, no third party dev has come out yet with any limitations…. at least not yet. MS hinted that digital downloads may see the original DRM perks…. family sharing.
HDMI Input. Only Xbox One has it. It allows all the additional cable and tv content as shown at the Microsoft reveal. Skype is included too.
X1’s can double as a development kit. More details to come at Gamescon.
“Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE,” Whitten’s statement reads. “This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at gamescom in August.”
Smart Match and Rep system. X1 uses lots of variables and algorithms to match you up with other gamers. While you wait for matchmaking, you can do other things.
Cloud. MS will offer publishers dedicated servers. I hope they use them! So it’s in their hands whether they use them or try to “do it themselves” with their own servers or do P2P. Cloud also provides extra computations for games freeing up X1’s cpus. Titanfall will use it. And Forza 5’s AI will be improved.
Many people moan about Kinect because they think of endless fitness and dance games. That is a fair argument if we’re talking 360. For X1, Kinect 2.0 will have new Kinect focused games like Kinect Sports Rivals, but Kinect 2.0 adds various other features including: 1080p, recognizing gamers and adjusting profile/settings for them, swapping positions for local gamers, adding picture in picture and audio commentating for video uploading and if Kinect Sports Rivals is a good indicator, more face scanning.
Every console lives and dies with games. And X1 has them. Not only does X1 have more games running silky smooth at 1080p/60 fps, X1’s launch period games are much more varied than PS4’s line up. X1 has everything from the well known third party games coming from EA, UBI and Activision such EA Sports, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed 4 to exclusives and new IPs. Awesome exclusives and new IPs for X1 include:
Forza 5 (racer)
Killer Instinct (fighter)
Quantum Break (suspense. New IP)
Ryse (action. New IP)
Dead Rising 3 (action)
Titanfall (first person shooter. New IP)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (cute take on an existing franchise, third person shooter)
Crimson Dragon (old school fantasy third person shooter)
Sunset Overdrive (lighthearted first person shooter. New IP)
Powerstar Golf (family fun golf game. New IP)
Project Spark (user creations. New IP)
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition (self explanatory)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Kinect)
Zoo Tycoon (Kinect)
Fantasia: Music Evolved (Kinect. New IP)
The Old Guy in me Says
I’ve been gaming for 30+ years. All the way back to faint memories of Coleco Telstar…. think of it as a Pong ripoff with the fakest plastic wood grain dashboard ever. Xbox One is a no brainer. Great system, games and features on the horizon. I’ll pay the extra $100 for better games, features and the packed-in Kinect 2.0.