Pros & cons: Microsoft goes big with Xbox One

  • Article by: Randy A. Salas , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 22, 2013 - 8:26 AM

Just a week after Sony introduced the PlayStation 4, Microsoft is releasing its Xbox One. Here are 10 things to consider before investing in the new video-game console.

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mistress01Nov. 20, 13 4:25 PM

You fail to mention that the PS4 is the most powerful new system. It has 8GB GDDR5 memory to XBOne 8GB DDR3 which is a lot slower than GDDR5. Also, the PS4 will do native 1080p for almost all of it's games compared to the XBOne's 720p. The PS4 has 1168 Shaders compared to the XBOne 768. Also the PS4 allows 1.84 TFlops compared to the XBOne 1.31 TFlops. The PS4 offers 176GB/sec of bandwidth to system RAM compared to the Xbox One will allow only 68.3GB/sec. The XBOne utilizes ESRam which is suppose to make up the distance it is behind the PS4. ESRam has had the wrong effect as it has made it very difficult for developers to maximize the XBOne graphical output. The tables have turned as multi-platform games like Assassin's Creed IV or Battlefield 4 or Call of Duty Ghosts will look better on the PS4. Folks Microsoft is selling an inferior console with an unproven past failure in Kinect for $100 more than the PS4. Not to mention the 4 to 5 free games you receive from Sony monthly as a PS + member. Granted some are for the PS4 or PS3 or Vita. You also receive 1GB of storage for saved games for each Sony console. All of this for only $50 a year and $10 cheaper than XBox Live which only gives you 1 older free game per month. Be informed and do your homework before you buy either next gen console. The PS4 is the only next gen console that deserves your hard earned money.

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scubadoo68Nov. 20, 13 4:30 PM

No backward compatibility and subscription required. So in other words I'd have to keep my old system or throw everything out or sell it. I'll pass.

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mistress01Nov. 20, 13 5:05 PM

Also, if you own a Playstation Vita all PS4 games that don't require the PS Camera can be played on the Vita remotely! I have 8 hours of experience with Remote Play so far. I have a WiFi access point up stairs and down stairs so I am covered where ever I want to play my PS4 games on the Vita in my house. It's an amazing feature if your TV is being used by other family members!!! Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag remotely has zero graphic degradation and is fluid! This is perfect for hunting Animus artifacts and Shanty's or grinding in a RPG. Just something for those Dads who have to battle for the TV for gaming.

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randysalasNov. 20, 13 7:31 PM

@mistress01: I wrote the article. I didn't "fail to mention" that the PS4 is more powerful. This isn't a comparison of the two systems, or even about the PS4. This is simply a curated list of the pros and cons of the Xbox One. If you look at my write-up about the PS4 (linked above), it does mention that it is much more powerful than the PS3. As far as how the two new systems compare in power and other specs, it's apples and oranges. The PS3 is technically superior to the X360 (even more pronounced than the PS4 vs. Xbox One), but that hasn't stopped the 360 from being more popular with U.S. gamers. The two new systems are close enough in power that it's going to take much more than that to determine which is the better one in the long run. You make good points about why you like the PS4, but it's going to be several months -- at least -- before it becomes clear which is better for the overall entertainment experience. Even then, it's probably going to be much like today, where both happily coexist and fans of each system staunchly defend their choice for a variety of reasons that go beyond specs. I love how quiet the PS4 is, for example. Enjoy the PS4. It's a great system.

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Rick LarsenNov. 21, 1312:00 AM

it is not an investment.

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mrlevityNov. 21, 1310:16 AM

I personally wouldn't buy either right now, but I'm generally not an early adopter. If I "had" to buy one, I'd get the XBox, because I can't believe that the PS4 doesn't support mp3 and dlna. If they fix that, which they said they will, then I'd lean towards the Sony. I'd want to see it implemented before I'd buy though; I dont' trust them. I specifically chose the PS3 because of the "Other OS" feature, which they then pulled out (which should have been some type of breach of contract, in my opinion). Other than that, I was happy with the PS3.

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scubadoo68Nov. 21, 1310:31 AM

Other than more power it appears both the PS4 and Xbox 1 are more concerned about profit than actual user experience. It seems they are removing more features than adding...or at least making the new systems more restrictive unless you want to pay more or buy a subscription.

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fuzzypilgrimNov. 21, 13 2:57 PM

Looks like a rich person's toy. I'll wait a year or two before it has a middle class person's price.

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skyraven2014Nov. 22, 13 1:38 AM

They can make these systems backwards compatible. It would just require an emulator to be programmed.

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headstyleNov. 22, 13 8:58 AM

I picked up my Xbox One last night. I'm very happy so far. I have no problem with folks who prefer the PS4, that is their choice. I prefer the Xbox style of controllers, and I'm a fan of their games. Xbox Live is what I believe was the key to the 360's success. I wish the PSN the best, as good competition is good for everyone, especially the gamers.

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