PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the last generation consoles were all big sellers over the Holiday season. According to retailers, the PS4 outsold the “Xbone” almost two to one. It seems Microsoft just made too many mistakes to even outsell the console that reinvented the launch hardware failure.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the recent Killer Instinct tournament showed us all that Microsoft never really did remove the DRM from their games. In the last round of the tournament, all of the players involved had to stop and sign in on Xbox Live just to prove they owned the game before the competition could finish. This may only be on first-party Xbone titles, but it’s enough to show us that Microsoft was at least partially lying about taking out DRM.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One early adapters have been at each other’s throats for the last month. Xbox One owners are claiming that their next gen console is the only one with any real improvements, citing the Kinect. PS4 owners are pointing out the native resolution difference and even using some infamous semi-math to prove their point. Some have stated, “4 is greater than One,” poking fun at the console name itself.
Until the Steam Machine hits the shelves sometime this next year, we won’t have a clear winner. Some are already calling it the only real next gen console in the making because it’s being made with actual PC specifications, allowing gamers to freely swap out parts to upgrade performance.
Sony built the PlayStation 4 to allow users to swap out the hard drive easily, something you will need to do eventually; also previously reported by The Inquisitr. With games clocking in at up to 50 GB each and the operating system itself reportedly using a large amount of the hard drive, the 500 GB device just isn’t going to be enough if you plan on buying more than a few games. PlayStation 4 beats Xbox One over the hard drive in the Xbox One vs PS4 Holiday battle.
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Microsoft seems to be playing their own game of “eventually” giving Xbox One owners everything they’re asking for, but the question is whether it will come at the same time as their vision of “the future.” We remember that line after the May reveal, when it looked obvious that the Xbox One was focused on almost everything except playing video games. Yes, the console can be used as a central media hub, but do we really want to trust Microsoft after they broke their DRM promise?
Where both consoles fail is the actual console value per dollar. Both the PS4 and Xbone are worth less for their total parts than the console actually costs the gamer, a first in the history of either one. As a result, neither one really feels like enough of an improvement to warrant being called a next gen console.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Christmas sales seem to be pointing to a definite win for Sony.