Greetings guys and gals! We here at Happy Thumbs Gaming are super excited that E3 has come and gone. With the good and bad that went along with E3, here some of the things that stood out to me. The Xbox One looks to be quite the machine, but I was hoping for a lot more game footage than was shown. They showed a handful of games, but most were cross platform games and it was clear that the relationship between EA Sports and Microsoft has becomes a bit closer. We were already familiar with most of the new features so seeing some of the exclusives was important to me. Then came the “what the?!” moment where I am sure all of us experienced, which was the game sharing, or lack thereof. I mean, it’s not a big deal for me, but there are those households that have kids and/or one or more Xbox Ones. This I am sure is a big turn off for a lot of families out there and hopefully this will be looked into a bit more. The deal breaker for me is the fact that I have to log on every day. As I am sure some of you are too, I’m a busy guy, so sometimes I can’t log on which sounds like might be a problem. Not to mention what about all the people who don’t have access, including some of our Armed Forces Troops who are deployed/stationed in places all over. All in all, I hope Xbox takes a good look at the choices, or should I say hole they dug, and decides to make some changes to a few things.. or it could lose its giant audience it has worked so hard to build over the years.
On a brighter note I love the new look and the new look on the controller.
Here are some of the specs that are now known:
8-core x86 processor lets you instantly switch between a game and your favorite entertainment apps with ease.
Connect your cable or satellite box and watch TV through your Xbox One, which makes switching inputs seem almost pre-historic.*
8 GB of RAM
500 GB** hard drive give you plenty of memory for your games, demos, movies, apps, music, and more.
You will be able to watch movies and play games in crystal-clear HD with the Xbox One’s Blu-ray capabilities. This should help with the multiple disc issues from the Xbox’s past.
Personally, I was hoping for a little bit more then 500GB hard drive. On a positive note, the game footage I did see looked great. It was good to see that EA is going to do a way with its online pass, but I’m only thinking that’s because of the not being able to share games.
So that is what we know about the Xbox One so far, and now on to the… PlayStation 4!
The console it’s going to be sleek and shiny, I love the new look. It’s what a PlayStation should look like. As for the controller it’s a little funky, but I’m sure we will all get used to it.
As you can see, it is a little bigger than its predecessors which could open doors to some of those out there with a bit smaller hands. Another good thing is that the hard drive is removable, so if the 500gb that you get is not going to work, you can just change it. From what I know it takes a SATA Laptop hard drive witch runs roughly 100 bucks for a 1tb or you have the option of using an external hard drive as well. The one problem with that though is that you would have to give up one of your USB slots. Overall, this is a big plus for me because I like having the extra room.
Heres another pic only this one is of the triggers.
Here is a Sony released image showing us the expected internals, however notice the *Subject to change in the corner… hopefully this mean potential upgrades rather then downgrading as it releases.
Of course both companies are requiring an upgraded account, PlayStation Plus account or a Gold account, to play online games. For those of you that already have one, it should not be a problem, but will be a bit of a change for some. It will be interesting to see if this will change the number of players online, especially since the PlayStations Network has always been a free service. The value for both services has been increasing over the years with both sides showing their own creative ways to entice more subscriptions, and it should based off of the values alone.
Here’s why I’m thinking that the PS4 is going to win the war:
- #1 The launch titles and the amount of titles coming out in the launch window and of course some of the games are going to be cross plat.
- #2 Over all the PS4 appears to be a stronger/faster system with the x86 jaguar processor.
- #3 Price – PS4 coming in at $399 price tag vs Xbox One and its $499 tag. I know its only a hundred dollars but that’s a game.
So there is the brief look guys and gals. We here at HappyThumbsGaming are looking forward to the next generation of gaming as we hope you are. Personally in reviewing the specs of both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, I believe they although they seem pretty similar across the board, there are a few things that I am hoping that both companies address and fix before launch. On that note what console is in your future? We want to know what you guys think too! Stop by our Twitter and our Facebook pages and tell us your thoughts today!
Let the console wars begin!