The Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are two of the hottest gaming systems out there. There are diehard supporters on either side, but thanks to a diverse amount of games, it’s hard to determine which system is superior. Both have millions of users, and both are in direct competition with the other. Still, they stand as the two major gaming consoles, with only the Nintendo Wii U posing as a threat to their dominance.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite gaming system? Have you tried both of these out? Keep reading if you want to learn more about these systems.
Xbox One Background
The Xbox One is the latest installment in the Xbox family, having replaced the Xbox 360. It was released in late 2013 and had an updated release (called the Xbox One S) that came out in 2016. The higher end model—called the Xbox One X—came out in mid-2017.
The Xbox is made by Microsoft, and thanks to this background with the software giant, the Xbox family has avoided a lot of the stereotypes that other video gaming systems have encountered. Today, these things mean very little, but when the first Xbox was introduced, it was seen as a brand new and revolutionary gaming system. Once an upstart, today, it has helped to create the standard for what we expect out of our systems.
Xbox One Specs
The Xbox One supports 4K resolution quality video, has AMD processing, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and 68.3 GB/s memory bandwidth. It is possible to add extra RAM to the system with addons. There are up to two USB ports on the newer systems where memory can be added.
Xbox One Issues
There were some early issues with overheating in the Xbox 360, but the updated version avoids all of this. It has an internal monitoring system that can prevent overheating, and will safely take steps to ensure that it doesn’t damage the system.
Other users have reported that they cannot play their Xbox 360 games on their newer system. The original Xbox Ones did not come with backward compatibility. This issue has been corrected since, but some games still experience difficulty being processed. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done about this until further updates are applied by Microsoft.
Also, not all games will play at the same resolution. Although the system is advertised at Full HD, some games run in 720 p. There’s not as much uniformity here as the creators had hoped. Again, this issue is being worked on, and there’s nothing we can do on our end.
Special Features of the Xbox One
One of the coolest parts about the Xbox One is the Kinect 2.0. Much like the original Kinect, the sensor is able to track motion. The Xbox One version has a voice command system as well, and uses a 1080 p camera rather than VGA, like the original Kinect employed. This has helped to refine the quality of the motion sensor system and allow users to play motion based games with more accuracy.
Also, the Xbox One runs a dual operating system to help avoid issues by compartmentalizing how it runs. For example, one operating system is used for gaming, while the other operating system is basically a bare bones version of Windows that runs background programs and apps.
The best-selling Xbox One game is currently Halo 5. Other popular titles include the Forza Motorsport Series, Tomb Raider games, and Gears of War. There are currently just over 1,300 Xbox One games available for play.
PlayStation 4 Background
The PlayStation 4 was released in 2013, and within 24 hours of its release, it sold over 1 million consoles, earning a reputation as the fastest selling system of all-time. In 2016, the PlayStation 4 Slim was released. It’s about 40 percent smaller than the original PlayStation 4, with all of the same technology behind it. PlayStation 4 Pro was also released in 2016. This updated gaming system is more compatible with higher def screens and has better processing power.
PlayStation is owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The PlayStation was one of the first high tech gaming systems out there when it was originally released at the end of 1994 in Japan, and then in much of the rest of the world in 1995. Over the years, it has gained a reputation as a leader in the gaming industry. Thanks to its longevity, it has an established place in the field, but it also has seen some ups and downs. The PlayStation 4 has sought to correct these.
PlayStation 4 Specs
The basic model of the PlayStation 4 has an 8-core 1.6 GHz AMD processor, and an internal hard drive that can process up to 500 GB. It is upgradeable up to 1 TB. The PlayStation 4 can play DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. It also has a USB port that enables audio playback.
PlayStation 4 Issues
There have been a few issues reported with the PlayStation 4. Some users have experienced the console turning off or freezing for no apparent reason. Others have reported that they have had issues with the disc drive. The power issues are sometimes just issues with a loose connection, either at the console or at the electrical source. If you have this issue, it’s best to send the console in for repairs to avoid making the issue worse.
Special Features of the PlayStation 4
The PlayStation app is one of the cooler features of the PlayStation 4. It allows you to download the PlayStation info onto your smartphone and use your personal device as a second screen. The goal of this was to enhance gameplay, and response to it has been positive. The gaming console comes with wireless controllers, allowing users to play from a distance and use their tablet or phone as a screen.
You can purchase and download games directly through the PlayStation Store, which can be found online at the PlayStation Network. This includes older games, such as PlayStation 2 titles.
The best-selling game for the PlayStation 4 has been Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Other popular PlayStation titles include the Grand Theft Auto Series, Call of Duty, and Assassin’s Creed. Right now, there are more than 1,700 PlayStation 4 games to choose from.
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