It’s happened. I’ve done it. Romnomnom is the first at IM PLAYIN to have both consoles. So… It took just over the first year of the Eighth Generation for it to happen, both the main competitors in the home console market (I don’t include Wii U, even if it is so so successful in Japan). Why did I do this? Well, that’s what I’m going to try and clear up – because I’m not 100% certain why myself! We had a few comments on one post that as reviewers, we should own both consoles; but that’s not realistic for every review site.
So what are the potential reasons?
Xbox owners hear this very often (I would know)… “the PlayStation is far more powerful than the Xbox One” – To be totally honest, you can’t see huge differences, although the games I’ve played so far have loaded really fast, for the exception of LittleBig Planet 3, which crashed when first loading for me. Diablo 3 is the one I’ve noticed the seamless transitioning that can occur; from the home screen to playing in under a minute, easily.
This was a big factor for me; half the people I’ve grown up playing games with are on the PlayStation 4 and I’ve missed playing games with those folks – particularly of course Kailios and Thinkbad Monkey. The execution of the friends section though, I think is probably just slightly worse – It’s not as easy to invite multiple players into a game and party as it is with the Xbox, nor is it as good for creating a party mid-game, but I do like the split list, which makes it easy to see all of your friends that are on, but you can’t add the favourites to make them stand out more than the rest, like with one of the latest updates.
I’m going to just come out and say it. It’s pretty rubbish. OK, I don’t need it to be ultra pretty, it’s not like I’m going to be spending a huge amount of time here, but I don’t think it’s as easy as it could be! I’m struggling to navigate my way round at times, plus with the lack of customisation that’s available, it’s easy to get frustrated really fast while navigating.
Does different things to the Xbox One
Well, it doesn’t really – but that’s not what it’s about; the PS4 was created to be a pure gaming machine, which it is. The biggest thing for me, is that it has integrated streaming via Twitch. Twitch on my Xbox was a big pain – due to Alecs Pillik and I having to switch between Twitch use, it never seemed to really work on my Xbox, bar one time. However, now, I’m able to do it so much more seamlessly, less painfully! I’m able to just tap the share button and it’s 100 times easier; important for helping me create some great video content easily. To record the last 15 minutes is brilliant too; twice on Diablo 3 now, I’ve recorded the last 15 minutes instantly when I’ve ran into something that I thought was amazing. Yes, I do love Xbox’s recording system and software, but the “Record That” sticking to 30 seconds is too short some times; the option for both would be amazing.
I absolutely love the size and feel of the Xbox One controller, although I did break a controller a bit too quickly in my opinion. Since using the Sony controller, there’s one huge difference I’ve noticed; the charge. I had to pay extra for my play and charge kits for Microsoft, plus the extra to get a little dock to charge two at a time… yet Sony have managed to produce a controller that feels slick and lasts longer. The chunky nature of the xbox controller still feels right in my hands, but the battery charge of Sony has blown it out the water – plus a smaller controller doesn’t feel too bad!
Its exclusive titles
Both consoles have amazing exclusives. Sunset Overdrive, The Last of Us, the Halo series, the Uncharted series, all of these unique game sagas are epic and to play both sets of exclusive titles is a should, if you can. I can’t wait to plow through Bloodborne and The Order, but last years exclusive titles I preferred were primarily on Microsoft’s console (I’m looking at you Dead Rising, up until the DLC that is…)
The consoles will level out soon of course, and I think it’s getting there… Microsoft have appeased many disappointed people with many regular updates, yet Sony still have the dominance in the sales charts thus far. All I know is, I love having both consoles. I’m finding myself switching between them regularly, I have periods playing both consoles and periods favouring one or the other, depending on what friends are on, what story I have a craving for at that time and which controller battery is better prepared!