Which Console to Buy: Wii U, Xbox One or PlayStation 4

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Compared to buying a smartphone or tablet, shopping for a brand new video game console is a tricky task. When you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you know you’re getting access to over a million apps and 1,300 hours of Plants vs. Zombies 2. Buy an Xbox One, however, and you’re stuck with three sports offerings, some mediocre family games, and a deluge of formulaic action titles best summarized as Call of Battlefield: Son of Rome. Don’t kid yourself: nobody’s buying the new Xbox or PS4 for the games available today.

The only useful way to approach the console market, then, is as an investor. You’re betting on future success, not evaluating current capabilities. So buckle up, Warren Buffet, and peer into the future of console gaming.

Wii U

Why you should buy it:

As reliable as Katy Perry

Just like each year’s Katy Perry album, you can count on Nintendo for 2-3 hits, a few second-tier surprises, and filler content ranging from “intriguing but flawed” to “flagrantly terrible to the point that it will ruin your day.” But the hits are the hits. There’s a reason people are still listening to “I Kissed a Girl,” — Mario’s no different.

Something for everyone

Grab mom, dad, your girlfriend, and that neighborhood kid who keeps showing up at 8pm to play Pikmin 3. They’ll go goombas for Super Mario 3D World, a delightful blend of cooperative fun and passive-aggressive quarreling. Nintendo hits are appropriate—and fun—for just about any age. (Check out Matt’s piece for the full pro-Wii U argument.)

Why you should skip it:

Limited content

If you regularly pitch tents outside Gamestop to buy hot new releases, pass on the Wii U. The yearly Mario, Zelda, or Metroid might compete for game of the year, but after those, the pickings slim considerably. So-called serious gamers—say, those who buy 12+ games per year—should look elsewhere.

A generation behind

As much as I advise people to ignore spec comparisons on top consoles, the gap between the Wii U and the latest from Sony and Microsoft is just too wide to overlook. It’s not a problem for gorgeous Nintendo titles with an emphasis on art style, but for third-party developers looking to port over the latest Xbox/PS4 shooter? Forget it. The Wii U just isn’t powerful enough.

Xbox One

Why you should buy it:

You still believe in Microsoft

Let’s face it: the last seven years haven’t been kind to Microsoft. Windows market share has plummeted, the company’s mobile strategy has disappointed, and Steve Ballmer’s going away party was more cult-like than an Apple Genius book club. And yet, the Xbox 360 soldiered on, outcompeting its rivals in the U.S. market (at least in the later years), and building an unmatched online gaming experience.

As consumers continue to abandon Windows, the Xbox One represents Microsoft’s best chance to reclaim the average American home. You can bet they’ll give their new box the good ol’ Ballmer try, with top-tier support and new features gliding out faster than fish in Bill Gates’ home aquarium.

You’re tired of switching plugs, inputs, and remote controls

According to legend, humans could once watch a full movie without checking a single email, referencing a sports score, or flipping over to catch the last eight minutes of The Voice. But let’s be honest: it’s 2013, and Microsoft knows it. In a promising* move, the company has embraced our short attention spans, allowing Xbox One owners to bring TV, games, movies, music, and web browsing into a single tile-based, voice-commanded interface. For all the moving parts, setting everything up is surprisingly easy. You’ll be toggling between Dead Rising and The Walking Dead before you can say “Windows 8.”

*Promising from a business perspective. Otherwise, quietly depressing.

Why you should skip it:

Voice commands need work

It’s everyone’s secret fantasy: to reenact the 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie, Smart House. In the film, vaguely attractive cyborg PAT (Katey Sagal) serves as a voice-based maid, performing automated tasks (alarm clock, lights, temperature, etc.) whenever commanded by the Cooper family. In time, however, little Ben Cooper reprograms the house to “act more motherly,” whereupon the domicile takes on a life of her own, trapping the family and driving them crazy.

Such is the problem with the Xbox One. Whether it was a rogue engineer, a spy from Sony, or even little Ben Cooper himself, someone seems to have tampered with the Xbox One’s voice recognition system. The commands work, but not quite consistently enough, making menu navigation a more involved adventure than it should be. Naturally, the voice commands will improve over time, but if we’ve learned anything from Smart House, we’ll have much bigger, more sinister problems by then.

You’re paying for crap you don’t need

At $500 for the base model, the Xbox One is the most expensive console on the market. For all the features you’re getting, it’s a fair price, but how many of those features will you actually end up using? Both the PS4 and Wii U offer more affordable products with a focus squarely on games. If you’re not inspired by TV integration, Microsoft account syncing, and the always-on (read: Eye of Sauron) Kinect motion sensor, skip Microsoft’s latest gaming box.

PS4

Why you should buy it:

Awesome controller

There’s a certain charm to PlayStation controllers, with their shape-inspired buttons and symmetrical design. A classic Nintendo pad—covered with As and Bs, Xs, and Ys—might bring you back to middle school algebra, but the standard DualShock recalls an even simpler time, complete with building blocks and matchbox cars. It’s your childhood on a gamepad.

Of course, the clever buttons have always been overshadowed by lackluster construction. The PS3’s pad was simply too small, the joysticks too slippery, the gamepad too light. With the PS4, Sony has solved every problem in one redesign, maintaining the old charm, adding a touchpad, and reinventing the overall feel of buttons and sticks. I’m willing to bet three copies of Resogun*: the PS4 controller is the best gamepad on any console.

*Resogun is a free download.

Indie game support

It took a while, but the entertainment industry finally discovered the three—and only three—reliable ways to make money.

1) Write thousands of articles with titles like “# [noun] That Will Make You [smile/laugh/cry/scream].” Collect display ad revenue. Bathe in dollar bills.

2) Produce a summer action movie. Include a jaded male hero who must overcome personal demons and a vaguely disapproving public. If possible, hire Scarlett Johansson.

3) Release a first-person shooter. Add two new guns and something like a jetpack. Don’t be too creative, but then market the hell out of the game as though it’s the most creative thing since the Impressionist movement.

And so it is to Sony’s immense credit that they refuse to ride Call of Duty all the way to the PS5. They’ve actively courted independent developers to design promising new experiences like The Witness and Pavilion. Now that’s “2 Games That Will Make You Smile.”

Why you should skip it:

You’re not a gamer

If you’re just now giving the video game landscape a casual glance, the PS4’s advantages will be lost on you. All those indie games might be clever, but they don’t have the instant appeal of the Wii U’s family-friendly hits. Sorry Knack: you’re no Mario. Meanwhile, the Xbox One still edges the PS4 on living room integration and online experience — less important for gameplay, but critical for the gaming-agnostic bachelor who’s more interested in tripping out his pad with the flashiest tech on the market.

You’re betting against home video game consoles

With PC gaming as solid as ever and mobile phone apps collecting coins faster than Mario, the future of home console gaming is uncertain. The next five to ten years will be critical. So why is this a problem for Sony, specifically? Among the Big 3, Sony’s PS4 represents console gaming in its purest form, a machine built for console gamers by console gamers. Even if you’re skeptical of console gaming’s future, you might snap up an Xbox One for its home entertainment center features, or else grab a $300 Wii U (two games included) for a couple more years of nostalgic (and affordable) family fun. In contrast, the PS4 has tied its destiny to gamers and game developers. It could be brilliant, but it comes with a risk. No matter how noble their intentions, developers will (eventually) follow the money, and gamers will be close behind.

Final Recommendations

You should buy the Wii U if…

  • You want content as decent as Tim Tebow

  • You prefer clever art styles to technical spec profiles

  • You’re satisfied with two to three must-play games per year

You should buy the Xbox One if…

  • You’re tired of using five different remotes

  • You like shouting orders at inanimate boxes

  • You actually like Windows 8

You should buy the PS4 if…

  • You fancy yourself a patron of the indie gaming arts

  • You prefer colored shapes to algebraic notation

  • You believe that classic console gaming is here to stay

This article was written for TIME by Ben Taylor of FindTheBest.

(MORE: Watch TIME’s behind the scenes coverage of the Xbox One Launch Event)

(MORE: Watch here to see all the games currently available on the Wii U)

(MORE: PlayStation 4 Launch Event: Sony Takes Over NYC)

 

61 comments
kdog254
kdog254

I just wanted to go ahead and throw in a few things here in favor of the Wii U.


First, games, in specific, the "content" claim.  In 2013, Wii U got, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Sonic Lost World, Super Mario 3D World, Lego City Undercover, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U and a few others in retail as exclusives along with Injustice Gods Among Us, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, Call of Duty Ghosts, Batman Arkham Origins, Resident Evil Revelations, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Rayman Legends, Need For Speed Most Wanted U, Scribblenauts Unmasked, etc.  This doesn't include the digital only games, indie games, or old games that hit the system.  Me personally, in 2013, I got over 50 games for the Wii U (57 to be exact).


Second, the claim that the Wii U is a generation behind is actually quite false.  The Wii U uses what is called an out of sync architecture that requires a different style of developing to use the system properly.  This means comparing what the system can do based on what 3rd parties who aren't taking full advantage of the system are doing or based on numbers that people have thrown out on the net, won't reflect what the system can actually do because it functions differently.  What we DO know about the hardware, is that the Wii U has an incredibly efficient processor and GPU so if games are are programmed right, developers only need a fraction of the power and resources to get the same performance they did on previous generation systems.  In example, the Nano Assault Neo devs and the Project Cars devs have both came out and said that their games only used 1 core of the processor to function and in the case of the Nano Assault Neo devs, the game was running on an engine that wasn't optimized for the system and their new engine will get 65% more power out of the system without straining it.  Also the Wii U's video card is fully capable of Direct X 10 capabilities and has some Direct X 11 capabilities which is apparent when you see some of the recently released games such as Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and new games on the way such as Mario Kart 8, Monolith's X, Bayonetta 2, Sonic Boom, Project Cars, Shadow of the Eternals, etc.  The Wii U is inbetween the power of PS3 and the XB1 and is nowhere near as weak as general news sites and the internet makes it out to be.


Third, the remote control stuff talked about under the XB1 also applies to the Wii U as the Wii U pad is a Universal Remote Control.  The system was completely designed to be in the living room from the off screen play on the Wii U pad, to the added TV functions via Nintendo TVii aka the most comprehensive TV Guide ever, to the Universal Remote functions that can control both your Cable Box and your TV, to the fact it has full compatibility with Wii games and motion controls for party type environments.  Sure the system doesn't have voice commands (which are wonky half the time) but it does have the touch commands and like the XB1, you won't need to look for a bunch of remotes if you have the Wii U pad in your living room.


Fourth and final, like the Wii U's TV functions that they actively talked about yet seem to get ignored by mass media, they have also actively talked about, made deals around, and courted the indie game development scene.  I'd go as far to say that they've got more announced indie games and kickstarter projects going to the system then even the PS4.  The Wii U actually has a lot of indie games already on the system and a crap ton on the way.  Again, I know, it's Nintendo, let's start the stereotyping and overlooking but the fact of the matter is if you like and follow indie games and kickstarter projects, you should know that Wii U has a ton of them flocking to the system.  Also the performance of many of them is turning out great.  Apparently some of them are selling better on Wii U then even Steam, which is saying a lot.


Don't get me wrong here, I'm not trying to play up the Wii U here but much of what's written or talked about when regarding this system is very misinformed and biased.  It's like when the topic of this system (or any Nintendo platform for that matter) comes up, no research is done and popular rumors and options of the misinformed and ignorant is taken as fact, which is very unfortunate because the system, like most Nintendo systems (sorry Virtual Boy, you sucked), is actually pretty good.

WeAreDuval
WeAreDuval

The sarcasm in this article takes away from the content, which is decent.  Just leave out the snark please.

ZackWyvern
ZackWyvern

You know, with all these fanboys, world war 3 will be waged.
Not with guns, but with games, and the world will split into two continents - Sony fanboys and Xbox fanboys.  
Not enough Wii fanboys to split the world up. 

blasterman1
blasterman1

The writer of this article should have done more research.  For example, based on the logic article you would believe that a 3 ghz Pentium processor is better than a dual or quad core processor running at 2ghz.  This is simply not true.


The PS4 has 18 cores in the GPU while the Xbox One has only 12.  The PS4 is more powerful - to the extent that most games on the PS4 will run at 1080p while games on the Xbox One will be limited to 900p.

diggie321
diggie321

People keep saying that they are tired of Nintendo putting out the same games. Yet these same people probably skipped the Wii last gen. They speak as if Mario/Zelda/Metroid games are all they played their whole life, yet haven't played one for years.


Meanwhile, they give a free pass to EA/Activision/Bethesda/ect for putting out the same game with slightly different elements multiple times in the past 5 years. 3rd party developers re-hash their games WAY more frequently than Nintendo does.Yet refuse the fact that they are going to be playing the same games on these two systems that they were before. At least Nintendo changes things up with creativity. Honestly, how many more Assassins Creeds, or Call of Dutys, or Arkham games do you want to play? A whole 7 years more worth? Not me, I'll pass.


I played PS3 and 360 these past 6-7 years and the PS4 and Xbox One seems like they are just offering the same thing as before. I didn't play Nintendo games this past gen, so I bought a Wii U instead, despite all the bad talk about it. So far I am LOVING this thing. The gamepad is awesome. The free online is awesome. And the games Nintendo put out are noticeably more polished and fun than anything I've played in the past few years. I never thought I would be one to say it, but even that cheesy game Nintendo Land turned out to be a BLAST with multiple players. It has so much personality. I don't think I need to say anything for Super Mario 3D World or Wind Waker. What Nintendo lacks for super realistic features and 'mature' violent themes, they make up for FUN 10 fold.

gage_wolf
gage_wolf

Why even go through the effort to make this fake comparison guide, if you really just wanted to promote the PS4? Seriously, I'm all for a good "I like product X, and I want to tell you why" style article, but when you dress it up as a fairly objective comparison piece and then just trash the competitors of the product you obviously adore it just makes any point you're trying to make feel really cheap. 

platinum_xinobi
platinum_xinobi

This writter needs to do better research. The Fundamentals of responsible journalism are checking your facts and not just repeating popular opinion. That is called bias. If have noticed many mainstream news outlet that talk about these consoles delve into spec details but always fail to discuss the vastly different power pc architecture of the wii u. Its not as black and white, as reading the specs on paper suggest. I don't claim to be an expert, but from what I have read, the way things are done utilising the wii u's cpu/gpu's architecture, is very different than the way it is works on the ps4/xone.

There are more games running at 1080p and 60fps, especially with a technically impressive game like mario 3d world. Just because it does not have gritty, realistic style art direction does not make it unimpressive on a graphical and technical level. For more look at bayonetta 2 gameplay footage. so much going on with impressive visuals. No dips in framerate.

TimothyYaussi
TimothyYaussi

The GPU comparisons are heavily flawed. How well does this writer actually know the systems? Clock speed is only part of the recipe, you need to include the amount of stream processors in each machine. This article is trash lol

OrangeLada
OrangeLada

Just a comment on Wii U specs - I believe it is 32Gb of storage,  Base unit of 8Gb is no longer sold   (although in my case I have 2Tb) :)

MujuraNoKamen
MujuraNoKamen

I sense Wii U hate, so let me balance this out:


Wii U is the cheapest next gen console, it's $100 cheaper than a PS4 and come bundled with great games. It has Off TV play out of the box, free online and the highly addictive MiiVerse. another feature you don't know you want until you try it is the Gamepad itself, which is light weight & comfortable. It has a headphone jack (great for playing CoD Off TV) and browsing the internet. It is also used well in Mario 3D World and really well in the criminally underrated ZombiU.

On Paper it may be a way behind PS4 but does this look last gen to you? http://blogs-images.forbes.com/erikkain/files/2013/01/New-Xenoblade.jpg http://operationrainfall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/monolith-soft-x-4.jpg

http://vimeo.com/68185042

And does this look next gen?

 http://cdn.bf4central.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/battlefield-4-vs-call-of-duty-ghosts-3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ius5JuO.png http://www.digitaltrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Knack-Robot-and-man.jpg


So what about the games? It has great ports of CoD Ghosts and AC4 and is getting the much anticipated Watch Dogs from Ubisoft. I know that PS4 and XBO will get their release schedules sorted in half the time it took Wii U but as it stands Wii U has the bets lineup this Christmas with ZombiU, Monster Hunter 3, Pikmin 3, W101, Rayman Legends, Wii Fit U (for the casuals) and the excellent Mario 3D World. And with DK Tropical Freeze and the beautiful Mario Kart 8 landing in the new year you'll be crazy not to have a Wii U. And not to forget other exclusives like:

Bayonetta 2

X

SSB4

SMT X Fire Emblem

Yarn Yoshi

Yes PS4 is getting The Order and Infamous and XBO has Titanfall but who's to say they wont end up sucking like Knack and Ryse? And what do they have in the meantime? Ports of game I can get elsewhere including Wii U. Wii Us release schedule may die down after 2014 but there's a ton of reasons you'll need one and fast. Whereas PS4 and XBO wont hit its stride until the later half of 2014 (after Destiny I may get one) but for all the hype, a next gen console is not quite a must own yet.

pinkspider30
pinkspider30

If the Wii U isn't powerful how come Super Mario 3D World's Textures look better than the Playstation 4 Game Knack

gazn1
gazn1

None of the next gen console unless someone buys me one as a gift but would only get the exclusives as 99% of the time i would be playing on my PC as its just far superior 

Nintendo_King
Nintendo_King

This article seems a bit biased.  I mean yes I own a wii U, but I wouldn't mind getting a next gen if the games were good too.  Wii U right now, has the games and the cheaper hardware to boot.

JacobStafford
JacobStafford

This was apparently written by a Playstation fan-boy. "Why would you skip it? Because you're not a gamer." Don't be sitting on that throne and telling people whether they're gamers or not because of one console.

stragomccloud
stragomccloud

Does the author even realize that you can't compare clock speeds on different architectures? The Wii U isn't as powerful as the other next gen consoles on the GPU front, but it's pretty darn close in terms of actual real world performance. Also the CPU in the Wii U has considerably less to do compared to the Xbone/PS4 which can only actually use half of their cores for gaming. Furthermore, on the CPU front, the Wii U actually outperforms the Xbone/PS4 core for core. 


The problem is that the Wii U's architecture is so highly customized(though not nearly as much so as the PS3 was), that developers actually have to put a bit more work into the system to really make it shine.

If you're confused about exactly how and why the Wii U is as powerful as I claim it to be, this should be a sufficient explanation.

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=166018&page=67

ItsTimeGuy
ItsTimeGuy

limited content on the wii u? Huh? its backwards compatible meaning it plays everything the original wii can play plus all of the wii u games.


having said that any of those 3 systems will have much better games than the 99 cent and free games you can find on your tablets.

AlexOrtiz
AlexOrtiz

This guy is an Idiot, the GPU of the PS4 is much er higher than the xbox one and is on the TFlops, and really? hours and horus of angry birds? this guy is the biggest idiot he shouldnt be writing papers like these, keep your opinions out of papers

GabeHoffman
GabeHoffman

I would heavily disagree on the Wii U part regarding clock speed. CPU speed stopped being relevant long ago. The Wii U's CPU might look slow but it is designed to be very efficient and fir the record the power gap is not nearly as huge as it will be last gen mainly because we are reaching a peak in resolution and diminishing returns in polygon counts 

JosephCWren
JosephCWren

Well at least you guys got an expert who knew what he was talking about!!!!   

Oh wait....

SpaceBanana
SpaceBanana

This guy is obviously reporting out of his field! 


Comparing GPU clockspeeds across different models and generations to say which is more powerful is absolutely meaningless. 


If he's a professional and not a chequebook journalist for Microsoft he'll correct with a more meaningful performance measure such as TFLOPS, (The actual measure of Floating Point Operations Per Second that a GPU can compute). 


Ie. The PS4's GPU is rated at 1.84 TFLOPS of calculation work compared to only 1.33 TFLOPS for the XBOne's GPU.

D0MYNYC
D0MYNYC

Plus... Microsoft is using PS4 blu-ray player.

Kirbydude900
Kirbydude900

Must-play games, are a matter of opinion. In 2014, Wii U's getting more than 3.

PS4 and Xbox one are getting the same, if not slightly more. Most of which you can find on PS3 and Xbox 360.

PorfirioAguayo
PorfirioAguayo

@diggie321 Why need mature violent themes? Trust me, Nintendo got everything a family has to love, and yes their games are fun.

Jamble
Jamble

@gage_wolfIn all fairness, the writer's just horribly ignorant about hardware, because the charts (ironically) underplayed the PS4's capabilities quite a bit. Also his claiming that the console that is not only using hardware very, very similar to your average computer, and adopting a very traditional approach and style to console gaming is somehow the risk-taker is asinine.

I don't think he has an agenda, I just think he has a horrible misunderstanding of really.. all three of the new consoles on the market now.

torreth1
torreth1

@platinum_xinobiIts easy to have 1080p 60fps when all you have to do is render a solid yellow cube, and much different if you are rendering the Mona Lisa. The draw on the GPU is much higher the more complicated the imagery. The Wii U is just as he said it was. Its in line with last gen tech.

calewds
calewds

@Nintendo_King 


I plan on getting a PS4 in two years or so. I still have plenty of games to play on my PS3 and 360 along with my Wii U.

calewds
calewds

@Nintendo_King 


I'll get a PS4 in probably two years. I still have plenty of games on my PS3 and 360 to play along with my Wii U.

MSteitz468
MSteitz468

@GabeHoffman He was comparing GPU.  Also, Wii U has no horsepower, barely stronger than xbox 360.

calewds
calewds

@GabeHoffman 


Agreed. Nintendo is also the king of optimization. Look what they managed to do with the two Super Mario Galaxy games on the Wii's comparatively weak hardware.

CésarPeñaranda
CésarPeñaranda

@D0MYNYC Microsoft is using a blue-ray player because they are smart enough to know that they don't need reinvent the wheel. Also Sony is using Microsoft's C# language for their vita indie dev kit because is one of the best development language of the world. 


You don't need a huge hardware for a great gaming experience, you need the right combination of hardware and software, and let me tell you something, no matter what haters says, Microsoft knows a lot about software, they did it with the 360 which was a console with a lot less of hardware that PS3, and all games looks amazing on it. 


They even implement backwards compatibility with the original xbox via software, and it was great. Sony couldn't do that, they supported backwards compatibility with PS2 games in the first console but by using an expensive chip, the they removed in order to lower the costs. 


Sony was surprised and scared after the Microsoft's E3 conference, and then they implemented a cheap psychology saying that their console was special for gaming. 



Excuse me for my terrible english. 

AlexOrtiz
AlexOrtiz

@Kirbydude900 dooode the wii u also getting the same crap mario kart for instance has been the same like forever, and the ps4 if you havent known you idiot has exclusives like Infamous: Red Son, Drive Club and Uncharted 4 which are exclusive to the PS4 only, go home you idiot fan boy thats 3 and im sure ps4 is getting more as these are the ones from the top of my head

rifen89
rifen89

For me  PS4 is best for its gaming experience while the xbox one is for all in one. Ps4 is  more stylish where the xbox one is just like a vcr. But both of them has some unique feature over each one. The latest DDr5 ram makes the PS4 more advance on the other hand xbox one controller is more comfort to grip and play the game than the previous version as well as p dualshock 4.


I wrote my own experience of using both console and give some insight there why shoud you buy xbox one or ps4.

here is the review:

http://www.squidoo.com/xbox-one-vs-playstation-4-Should-I-buy-Xbox-One-or-Playstation-4


platinum_xinobi
platinum_xinobi

@torreth1 Go look at bayonetta 2 please. It may not be pushing killzone level graphics, but what it is doing is pretty damn impressive. Models in that game I assure you are not yellow cubes. 


And for some awesome  looking visuals, look at this in game model of shin'en's upcoming game http://fast.shinen.com/neo/ Its looking quite jaw dropping to me. That is also gonna be 60fps 1080p sporting up to 8k textures. 


Please people this machine is no slouch. let us give the true devs some time to learn the hardware and come up with some truly awesome stuff. People are gonna be surprised.

Jamble
Jamble

@brysonspilman@WalterThetechguyGatesJr.The tiny clock speed difference is completely worthless considering the PS4 has 1.5 times the compute units in their system as the Xbox One. On paper at least, Sony's GPU setup in the PS4 is almost 50% better in its max potential then the Xbone.

Jamble
Jamble

@MSteitz468@AlexOrtiz 

I don't think you understand how clock speeds work relative to performance. Clock speed is not a measure of performance, it's a measure of how many cycles the CPU or GPU does within a given timeframe. That doesn't factor in the extra cores in the PS4 at all.

blasterman1
blasterman1

@MSteitz468@AlexOrtiz

 The PS4 GPU is 50% more powerful.  It has more cores.  Don't tell me that you think a Pentium 4 is more powerful than a slower speed quad core processor?

http://www.neoseeker.com/news/24082-xbox-one-vs-playstation-4-hardware/

  • Microsoft's Xbox One GPU starts at 800Mhz, 12 compute units with 768 shaders, but later bumped themselves up to 853Mhz and brings the console to a throughput of around 1.31 teraFLOPS
  • Sony's PlayStation 4 is a straight on upgrade, starting at 800Mhz (same architecture as Xbox One), but with 18 compute units and a total of 1152 shaders. Even without the boost that Microsoft has added to its GPU we're talking 1.84 teraFLOPs or around a 40% advantage.

diggie321
diggie321

@MSteitz468@GabeHoffman Oh, yeah? That statement has been debunked many times. Wii U is much 'stronger' than 360. You should really research before repeating false claims that people spew off.

MSteitz468
MSteitz468

@CésarPeñaranda @D0MYNYC No kidding, how can Sony claim to be the platform for "gamerz" when their games aren't even as good as Microsoft's?  it's pathetic.

Jamble
Jamble

@AlexOrtiz@Kirbydude900The PS4 is getting the same Killzone, which wasn't good the first time, and will cease to be good however many subsequent times it's redone, sequeled, and re-released. That's a silly argument.

Kirbydude900
Kirbydude900

@AlexOrtiz @Kirbydude900  Uh, Doooode, Have you seen Mario kart?! 1080p, 60fps, Online,  ZERO GRAVITY! Racing on walls, undarwater, and in the air?! No other mario karts had that. 

Sure, 7 had underwater and in the air, but it was a handheld game. PLUS, You have X,  Bayonetta 2, Smash, Donky Kong, Zelda and more. If you think Mario is the same each time,  What about God of War? What about Infamous? Besides Story and Graphics, the gameplay haven't changed much at all. lol



AndrewRCassity
AndrewRCassity

@MSteitz468 @CésarPeñaranda @D0MYNYC Obviously some fanboys here.  The Last of Us, Uncharted, MGS, Killzone, Infamous. Just to name a few exclusives that came from Sony. My PS3 is backwards compatible by the way (first gen).  What games are available for XBOX One?  Ryse? Lmao, pass.  Repetitive gameplay much? I already have AC4 don't need another one.  Titanfall won't get me or many others to spend $500 on the console.  PS4 technologically wise offers a lot more for developers in the future, and just like last gen Sony will win in the end (even though they are technically winning now).  Don't get me confused, I love all gaming.  I own the Wii U as well (love it) but $500 is too much for a console with little promise right now.  I don't care about "integration" with my DirecTV, I can press two buttons and go back to it.  I don't want Kinect listening to all my conversations in my living room/bedroom.  When the XBOX One drops in price (most likely next years holiday) I will purchase.  Until then, there is nothing selling me on the XBOX One.  Sorry.. Technologically PS4 wins every time.