There are just a few more days to wait until hopefully all of the details are spilled about the two next gen consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. After the fiasco of the Xbox One press conference, and subsequent interviews and questions by members of the media the Xbox One details are so convoluted, it’s almost impossible to figure out what is truth or fiction. In this confusion, it’s Sony and the PlayStation 4’s time to shine.
There is absolutely no doubt that the PlayStation 4 reveal was a much better event in comparison to the Xbox One, with their focus on games rather than television they captured the very important gamer audience who happen to be the most vocal of all. The aforementioned gamers were also the ones to quickly jump on Microsoft and the Xbox One after their reveal. This has caused Microsoft to try and control the situation by telling us more about the console, and in turn caused more controversy.
Although it was disproved, one item that caused confusion was the new Kinect and it’s “Always On” feature that listens for you to say “Xbox On” or various other voice commands. People stormed to the internet to make sure everyone knew they were not happy with invasion of privacy and this prompted a response from Microsoft saying that you can now disable the Kinect, although it still has to be connected.
The next issue with the Xbox One is something so important for Sony to capitalize on, the internet connectivity requirement. The Xbox One will need to connect to the internet every 24 hours in order to let you play games on your console. If you are somewhere that doesn’t get internet, the Xbox One will just not work. Unless of course you want to watch Television or watch Blu-Ray’s. The requirement of the Xbox One connecting to the internet is to authenticate with the cloud on which games you own. If Sony says that they are allowing games to be played offline without any restriction they will have a HUGE advantage going in to next generation.
The used game issue was something millions of people would be affected by, according to some interviews after the Xbox One reveal, the Xbox One would allow you to play used games but required you to pay a fee. This obviously did not bode well for the gamers, or GameStop for that matter, as the latter’s stock dropped over 15% after that information was reported. Microsoft has tried to fix things by releasing some more information about used games, but this has caused even more confusion. According to the Xbox official blog, you can trade a game in, but the person who buys it won’t be able to trade the game in again because a the license can only be transferred once. Here’s the quote, “Microsoft Studios will enable you to give your games to friends or trade in your Xbox One games at participating retailers. Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers,” it looks like they are trying to push the blame to publishers for any issues with game fees. As long as Sony doesn’t lock down the used games as much as Microsoft, they will have the win.
It seems that Sony has quite a few ways to make sure they are the top contender in the next generation console war. There are a few things that could make the Xbox One a winner, Xbox Live being one of those and if they continue to appeal to the general population while still supporting the gamers, this next generation might be closer than we’ve ever seen it before.
So in short, if Sony is able to sit back and see what Microsoft screws up on, and capitalizes, they will win the next generation.