E3 is still underway, but the major press conferences are over…leaving people to join their respective camps. Twitter is something like a war zone and Facebook is a place of confusion. But don’t worry, this post is here to help you make sense of all the news, debate, and anything else you might encounter.
Who ‘Won’ E3
Let’s get this out of the way first. No company ‘Won’ E3. Sure, Sony might have dropped a few bombs in terms of the Digital Rights Management (DRM) announcement, but their press conference wasn’t as exciting as Microsoft. And while Microsoft had the better showing of games, their decision to avoid any discussion behind their DRM choice created a dark cloud over the press conference. So both companies had solid press conferences. Sony excelled with their price and infrastructure announcements, while Microsoft excelled on the game front. A choice in who ‘won’ is solely based on two things:
Your taste in press conference style
Any brand loyalty
Two Consoles, Different Visions
If you’ve been on social media, I’m sure you’ve seen people screaming about one console or another. But beneath all that screaming is the truth. Two consoles on the same plane. The PS4 and Xbox One have a similar look, similar specs, and from what I’ve seen each produce graphical wonders. It will be years before we will see if any console has a graphical advantage over the other. What we are left with are two companies with different ideals.
Sony believes that the best use of a console is to follow the play patterns of today’s gamer. No DRM, No online authentication. Gamers should be able to do what they want with the software they buy.
Microsoft believes the power should be put back into the hands of game developers. DRM, online authentication, and constant online connection were created to gives developers a chance to make money they’ve missed this generation thanks to used games sales.
Which Console Should You Buy?
Neither (for now). I’m sure this wasn’t the answer you are hoping for, but let me explain. During both press conferences Sony and Microsoft made strong cases for the current generation. Blockbuster titles like The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto 5 will be coming to both the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360. And the great thing about the current generation is that all the titles announced at the press conference will be released this year. That means you are guaranteed to have a great time on your system for the rest of 2013. Which is important because this next fact is often overlooked.
Many of the games announced for the next generation won’t be released until 2014
And most games didn’t have a concrete release date. That means you could spend upwards of $600 on a console with limited release library. We all know that consoles never have the best games available at launch, and with the amount of quality titles still coming for this generation it’s hard to warrant a purchase.
Seriously…Which Console Should I Buy?
I’m sure if you got this far it means you weren’t pleased with my previous answer. In that case i’ll break it down like this
If price matters go with the PS4 (Playstation 4 is $399 while the Xbox One is $499)
If extra features are important to you, like tv integration, Skype chat during gaming and voice-commands, go with the Xbox One
You can’t judge based off games because the biggest games will be cross-platform. It comes down to the ecosystem. Think of it like the Android vs. Apple debate.
You can go the Sony route and have more freedoms (No DRM or constant online) in exchange for less of the features like those found on the Xbox One
You can play by Microsoft’s rules but have access to a machine that does more than play games (like interactive TV, App Switching, Twitch live streaming) and integrates with the Kinect, giving you more options to how you play your games.
You just have to decide what type of gamer you are and what features matter the most to you. I guess that didn’t help either……