Welcome to part 3 of Xbox One vs. PS4! We’ve already covered games and specifications, but this week there will be several topics! PS4 currently holds a 2-0 lead but Xbox One could easily take the lead in these coming weeks, as there are many more topics to cover. There’s only one more part after this week and the console race is a tight one. We’ll be discussing the name of the console, the controller design, and the Kinect vs. PS eye this week. Let’s start with the name of the console.
I asked this question on Facebook and most people said that “PS4” was a better name. I agree with them in a marketing sense, but if I’m being honest, I like the uniqueness of “Xbox One”. Anybody remotely interested in buying a console would probably realize that this isn’t the first console, although I’m sure there will be instances when that happens. “PS4” shows progression in technology, it shows Sony moving forward. On the other hand, Microsoft is trying to show that all of your entertainment can come in one place, one console. I like the approach they’re taking. Also, if I was a first time buyer, “Xbox One” as a name would absolutely grab my attention.
Before the Xbox Reveal, there were many speculations that Xbox Infinity was absolutely going to be the name of the console. Xbox One wasn’t even in the running and Microsoft did a great job hiding it by hinting at other names. It was a surprise, and a fantastic one. The downfall of Xbox One though, is in it’s marketing and it’s overall name length. It’s surprising, but saying Xbox One in a conversation doesn’t sound right for a product. It seems too long and I can say PS4 much quicker. Most people have shortened the name to “Xbone” which has received it’s fare share of criticism. I’m not a big fan of “Xbone” though, it sounds unprofessional and for a product, that’s a real problem. We aren’t comparing their nicknames though. “Xbox One” grabs my attention and I think it has uniqueness that “PS4” just doesn’t have. Thus, for all those reasons I listed, Xbox One is the winner of this category. This category is probably one of the most opinionated topics, because it basically comes down to personal preference. I prefer Xbox One slightly but PS4 is still a great name for a gaming console.
Winner: Xbox One
Secondly, the controllers and how they match up.
By now you’ve probably heard of all the fancy new features on the new controllers for PS4 and Xbox One. The Track-pads, share buttons, ‘Day One’ engravings, and rumble triggers but that’s only part of it. Because after all of those high-tech bells and whistles, all that really matters with a controller is how it feels. If it doesn’t feel right, it can completely throw you off. So which controller feels better? The PS4 controller has decided to take a “rounder” route this generation and it looks great. All the while, Xbox One’s controller’s grip has been highly praised. PS4’s low-set buttons barely protrude off of the controller and accentuate the controller nicely. Xbox One has decided to lower their buttons as well, which is differing from the 360 controller, which had very round protruding buttons.
The PS4’s sleek, curved d-pad swerves away from it’s predecessor in favor of a curved design. Xbox One has significantly improved their d-pad by making slight, yet noticeable improvements to make it more enjoyable. Long gone is the Xbox 360 d-pad where it’s difficult to push only one directional button at a time. The Dual Shock 4’s analogue sticks possess a more circular feel, while also including a subtle rim around the edge of each analogue sticks which has been highly praised. The same goes for Xbox One’s analogue sticks. Say goodbye to those pathetic PS3 triggers, because in their place, the Dual Shock 4 includes a set of triggers that provides precision with the uttermost satisfaction. There is no doubt that this is the most improved part in the transition from Dual shock 3 to Dual Shock 4. There is no more separation between the triggers and the bumpers this time around for the Xbox One controller. The controller makes it easier to go from gunning someone down to achieving the greatest grenade kill of your life. All in all, both controllers have made drastic improvements when compared to their predecessors but I think that Xbox One’s controller provides just a bit more satisfaction. Xbox One improved an already almost perfect controller that came with the Xbox 360 and it made the correct adjustments to create something so much better.
Winner: Xbox One
Last, but not least is the Kinect vs PS Eye.
Kinect vs. PS Eye:
The Playstation Eye is a sight to see. With it’s sleek blocky look, this thing looks fantastic. It’s incredibly small, but unfortunately that’s all it really packs right now. I like the look of the PS Eye better but the Kinect far exceeds the PS Eye in almost every possible way. Microsoft has invested millions of dollars into the Kinect and Sony hasn’t said a thing about Playstation Eye, since it’s reveal. The Playstation Eye doesn’t come with PS4, thus, you’ll need to buy it on your own, although Sony hasn’t really given you a reason too. Saying that, one of the interesting features I like on the PS Eye is being able to use the camera on Twitch. Basically if I was streaming a game on my Twitch account, I could use the PS Eye as my face camera. It’s a under looked feature and It’s something I really like. Unfortunately, It’s hard to find any news about the PS Eye and since it’s not included with the console, there are almost zero games releasing for it. Kinect on the other hand has been seen in the news quite often. Mostly because of privacy news, but nevertheless, at least it’s being seen.
Kinect’s improvements include; better voice commands, heart rate detection, improved motion detection, and improved specifications overall. There’s a few games announced for the Kinect and the fact that it is included with the console definitely gives developers a reason to develop for it. Unfortunately even after all of the improvements Microsoft has made, most gamers aren’t even interested in motion gaming. Most gamers didn’t even desire for the Kinect to be required to come in the box. Maybe this’ll change in a future day, but in the meantime, it seems that no matter the improvements, gamers just aren’t very interested in motion gaming. The winner is Kinect, due to improved specifications but we’ll have to wait and see if gamers are more keen to motion gaming in this new generation.
Winner: Xbox One
Well, did you expect that? PS4 came into this week with a pretty confident 2-0 lead but Xbox One completely desolated PS4 this week by winning in all three categories. Xbox One won in the name, controller and motion gaming category and it’s well deserved. I like Microsoft’s approach with all three of these categories and that’s obviously why they won. Saying that, this is just my opinion and you have one too! Leave your thoughts in the comments, and tell me what you thought of mine. Next week is the thrilling conclusion to my Xbox One vs PS4 series! Thanks for reading and please follow all of 8BitChimp’s social media accounts.