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We compare the two next-gen high end gaming consoles

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) left gamers fuming when it announced that its console would officially be "always on" and that it would help third-parties to ban used games or charge additional fees for them.  At the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Festival, Microsoft's chief rival Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) added fuel to the fire confirming its previous stated position -- it would not be adding new DRM lockouts for used games.

But the bad end for Microsoft's controversial console does not stop there.  The Xbox is officially less powerful than the PlayStation 4 -- about 30 percent less powerful to be precise.  And it's officially $100 USD more expensive than Sony's PS4.

In short, Sony seems to have regained its PS1/PS2 kung fu, outmaneuvering its rival at nearly every turn.
Xbox One

Here's a quick comparison of how the consoles stack up:
*Note: PSN limits regifting of digital content, but there's no limit on (re)gifting discs -- as in you can give your friend a disc, they can give someone else that disc.

The specs paint a pretty picture for Sony and a pretty ugly one for Microsoft.  But the controversies don't end there.  In light of the recent spying efforts of the U.S. National Security Agency and revelation that Microsoft was one of the corporate partners cooperating with the spying, many are concerned about the 1080p Kinect camera on Microsoft's "always on" console -- despite Microsoft's insistence that it will include "robust" privacy protections.

Further, there's concern/rumors that it may take games a substantial amount of time to install on the Xbox One's hard drive.  The mandatory hard drive installation was another penalty required to institute Microsoft's new sweeping digital rights management (DRM) scheme to help ban used games and check for unauthorized gifting/trades.

In short despite its incredible look voice controls and user interface, plus an impressive selection of first-party titles and exclusives, Microsoft's console is looking increasingly like a trainwreck in the making.

While Microsoft's loss is Sony's gain, it's also good news for Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974) tablet-equipped Wii U console, which has been struggling in sales and recently blasted by Electronics Arts Inc. (EA), who dropped support for it.  

But currently priced at $359.99 USD, Nintendo and Sony could easily split the holiday sales crown if Nintendo drops its price a bit (say to $300 USD).  Incoming 3D Mario, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros should give the Wii U a boost.  While it lacks the powerful hardware of its counterparts, at a lower price point, it's unique tablet gameplay could win over some fans.

Source: Microsoft via The Verge

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It Doesnt Matter Which one we buy..
By rippleyaliens on 6/12/2013 1:37:54 AM , Rating: 2
All that Matters, is that neither one of these consoles will be ready for the next evolution. 3.5 Years to design. 8 YEARS, the both of them, to give us these.

We already have access to $1200 Ultra HD TV's. YES, they are not top of the line, actually BOTTOM, BUT!!!! They do Indeed display very, VERY!! Good. What does this mean.
1st TIME in Computer Gaming History, that we have Generation OLD, Video Cards that actually can run Games at ULTRA Resolution, ULTRA Quality IE, are more advanced than the Monitors that will soon hit..

IE-- By end of next year, their FIRST of 8 (in comparison). PC Gamers will have the ability to run 4K Resolution, ULTRA quality games. OF course Monitors will plummet in price. OF course, after a set number of Monitors have been sold, you will see a Bump IN the games, QUALITY Wise, in order to run at 4K, ULTRA Quality.

Consoles, Will never have enough time to do that. By the time Either Console maker, comes out with ANYTHING.. to do 4K.. PC Gaming, will indeed take off, AND- A different Console maker, will emerege with 4K, console games.

Will take 2-3 Tick\TOCK's for Intel to catch up to 4K GAMING GPU's., and Amd.. Displaying a movie= BIG DEAL.. BUT GAMING, well that will be the game changer.

Weve been through this, ALOT over the years. 1080P, Had finally caught on. First on the PC Level, then swiftly moved to commercial TV's (Economically priced that is). That was Xbox's \ PS4, First taste of the Video Resolution Game. I dont think they are prepared for this type of game.

By rippleyaliens on 6/12/2013 1:40:26 AM , Rating: 2
And i Mean, Consoles, with enough GPU power, to run 4k Games, Without utilizing 300+ Watts.. IE something that fits in a Gaming Console Form Factor, that can run 4K- Games.

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