The gaming news from Microsoft and Sony at E3 and Gamescom have been and gone and now we have a clearer picture on both consoles. So where do we all stand?
First up is Microsoft, which certainly seems to be turning things around and that’s good for all of us. The announcement that FIFA 14 would be included with Xbox One does seem to have done the trick and with the company finally starting to get its message across in a clearer fashion, suddenly the Xbox One is actually looking like an attractive proposition.
To be fair the console was always going to be pretty great, after all it comes from the inventors of Xbox LIVE and publishers of huge franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears of War. With it’s important links to Call of Duty, Battlefield and the Xbox 360’s loyal U.S and UK fanbase, it was always going to sell. Sure Microsoft may have upset many with its confused message, but now that impressions for games such as Titanfall, Kinect Sports, Dead Rising 3 and more are coming out, as well as the various features of the console itself, all of a sudden people are taking notice and pre-orders are on the rise.
Microsoft was never going to let Sony walk away with all of its customers, its team is far too clever and experienced to let that happen, and to be fair when it comes to marketing a product, Microsoft always seem to find a way to get its message out loud and clear, at least in the end. The Xbox One is looking strong.
On the other side of the coin, Sony is more than matching up to its competitor. Unlike Microsoft, Sony came out of the blocks fast and strong, it’s message has always been consistent. The price is, of course, a crucial factor as are the games, and with titles such as Killzone, The Order 1886, InFamous Second Son and DriveClub, Sony's message that it's planning to shower us with quality over the next year is clear. It won’t end there either, since we have still to hear from Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, Studio Japan, Santa Monica and a whole lot more first party studios. The PS4 also has a whole load of special looking features which will keep gamers attention, such as video uploading, PS Vita remote play and Gaikai, not to mention the bonus of PlayStation Plus.
Adding in third party titles for both machines makes them even stronger, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs and Black Flag are just a few of the titles which spring to mind. Then there is the downloadable titles which vary widely on both machines - in fact there are more downloadable titles coming day one to Sony's PS4 than there are retail titles.
So just how do you choose which console to buy? Do you go by what your friends are buying? Do you decide based on the games or do you wait and see? It goes without saying that the launch line up’s for both machines are quite varied, but this is just the start. Sony will have it’s own first party exclusives, as will Microsoft and both will have plenty of them. The future is looking bright for gamers and the games industry and whatever console you choose, it doesn’t seem like you’ll be disappointed.