Console wars are entertainingly nasty.  We flame each other in forums and comments over the choice someone else made with THEIR money. If you haven’t seen the finale of South Park, they really nailed the trivial PS4 vs. Xbox One wars. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand the logic behind defending such a huge investment in a console – especially with the Xbox One. I took that $600 ($499 console + tax + one game) plunge and it was not an easy decision. I’ll admit, I even sometimes question if I made a $600 mistake. Here’s what I’ve found in my breakdown, which I hope helps you make an intelligent decision.

The Hardware: You’ll hear conflicting reports on who has the faster console, but truth be told, they are faster in different aspects. Most will agree however that with all things considered, Sony has the slight edge again in overall hardware. I wouldn’t let that be a deciding factor though. In the end it comes down to the developers use of the technology. Despite the PS3 having better hardware specs than the 360, statistics showed that renderings were better on Xbox 360 with majority of cross-platform games.

Ryse GraphicsEntertainment: In my opinion this is what matters the most. Do you enjoy your console? Moving from the 360 to One, I felt that I enjoyed the older console more. Why? Possibly because of the lack of my favorite titles and small list of products in the store currently. Obviously that’ll change, but for now I have to enjoy what I have. The games I do have are really fun (RYSE, COD Ghost, DR3), but I’ll be coming to the end of them soon.

Really the Xbox One is made to be enjoyed with their integrated television watching experience. Instead it angered me because “One” does not support my lone service provider in my area (COX sucks!), like it does say Verizon Fios TV. You can plug any external box into the Xbox One, but it doesn’t do anything, other than launch it. I ended up running the Cox cable box on its own to save the electricity of running both.

Cost: $599 is not cheap. Microsoft forces the Kinect down your throat to justify it’s extra $100 charge over the competitor. Whether you’re in to the new camera and voice recognition or not, it’s a bundled deal for now. Reports have surfaced that Microsoft will be releasing a lite version of the Xbox One that reduces the price, to compete with the Playstation 4.

“Microsoft will be releasing a lite version of the Xbox One that reduces the price.”

Exclusives: Titles like RYSE, Forza and Dead Rising 3 can only be found on Xbox One. Just as games like InFamous and Resistance can only be found on PS4. It comes down to taste whether you like this or that. If the past tells us anything, it says Microsoft will pay publishers for more exclusive content in the long run. And if you do have a good cable provider that is supported by Xbox One, then you’ll likely enjoy that television integration with Xbox One, which Sony does not offer.

Decision?

The Playstation 4 is the obvious choice for the economic gamer. However, if you’re a big Xbox Live user and or user of premium cable providers like Fios, AND you have the extra hundred to hand over, then you’ll enjoy Xbox One. That’s a lot of ifs, and even though I don’t fit in all categories, the fact is I enjoy the exclusive titles and the familiarity. I am very happy with my Xbox One. The graphics are mind-blowing, the speed (except when installing/updating) is awesome, and besides, most of my friends and family are still on Xbox Live. That’s probably where they have most of us stuck.

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The Xbox One is not for everyone, in fact in my opinion, it's not for most. If you are going to fork out that much money for a product, you better enjoy it. Microsoft continues to strive to take over your all home entertainment, but like in the past, they're ambitious product is not a smart buy for most.
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