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Ask the Readers: Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

We’ve had a week to digest the announcements from Microsoft and Sony at this year’s E3 –Electronic Entertainment Expo. Both companies seem to have different strategies for marketing the new consoles. Sony is targeting the gaming community, and Microsoft is going after a more broad audience by being an “all-in-one entertainment system.”

PlayStation 4

Sony received a standing ovation at its E3 presentation when it announced full support for used games, no requirement for online play for single player games, and a starting price of $399. However, the PS4 doesn’t include the PlayStation Eye – Sony’s version of the Kinect. Also, users won’t have the ability to play multiplayer games without a PlayStation Plus subscription — its version of Xbox Live.

Sony PlayStation 4 with Eye

Watch the full PlayStation 4 E3 Announcement

Xbox One

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One a few weeks before E3, and focused mainly on its TV and entertainment features. Then at E3, the company focused more on games, and announced the starting price point of $499 which includes the new Kinect.

Microsoft Xbox One

Xbox One E3 Announcement

Of course, there’s a lot more details to consider when comparing the two, and people are making passionate arguments on both sides. In the end, I would assume that customers who are loyal to their brand will snatch up whatever their company is offering right away. Which one will be the victor in the so-called “console wars” remains to be seen.

So, with “fanboyism” running rampant online, we want to know your thoughts. Will you get a PS 4 or Xbox One as your next gaming /entertainment console? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Update: Microsoft has backtracked on its previous statements about the Xbox One. An internet connection will not always be required, and used games will work just like they do today. According to the announcement on Xbox.com:

An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

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12 Responses to Ask the Readers: Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

  1. Liam June 19, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Ps4 undoubtably.

  2. Jason Derex June 19, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    As a member of the U.S. Military, there is only one console for me to choose. PS4 becuase it can play games offline!

    • JM June 20, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      You may want to look very carefully at that; they did not say that it would never ever be required to be online, they just said that you can play games offline. They may requiere that you login every 30 days for EULA updates and things like that or something; just saying it may be prudent to wait unilt the console is out to know for sure.

  3. Givverson June 19, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Ps4; No DRM, can play offline, used games work fine, 100 dollars cheaper.

    Sold

  4. Lassson June 19, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Man I loved xbox this generation and have supported them since the original xbox, but there is no way in hell I am supporting the Xbox One, at least until it changes its polices.

    Oh well, anyone know where I can pre order a PS4?

  5. Lavinia June 19, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    I sold my xbox 360 after watching the PS4 press confrence, bought a PS3 and pre ordered a PS4

  6. Steve Krause June 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I’m probably going to buy BOTH, play with them and figure out which I like the most. If these are anything like the previous generation…. I’ll keep it around for another 5-10 years anyway. 😉

  7. Brian Burgess June 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I will probably get the Xbox One. I am not much of a gamer, and I like a lot of the network and other geeky functionality of the Xbox 360.

    Then again, I’m a cord cutter. I don’t care about cable and live TV…other than NFL which I can get OTA. So a lot of its functionality would lay dormant.

    I am sure I will wait at least a year before buying it though. See how things pan out with everything first.

  8. Brian Burgess June 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    In a complete reversal in its previous statements about the Xbox One always online and used games, Microsoft has this announcement: http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

  9. Jay June 20, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Both seem cool after yesterday’s announcement from Microsoft. Still, I will probably go with a PS4 this year, and pick up an Xbox One late 2014 or after some sort of price drop.

  10. Jason June 21, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Forget consoles. PC is king!

  11. Erik June 24, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I only play games on my Android devices these days.

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