Begun, The Console War Has

May 22, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

Yesterday Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, a few months after Sony had revealed the PlayStation 4 in May. The Wii U appears to have been dead on arrival and other budding competitors such as Steam, Google and Apple have yet to set the market buzzing. The battle is between Microsoft and Sony and Chris Kohler looked at the different approaches the two are taking:

  • Internally the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are similar – both have similar amounts of processing power.
  • But these devices do very different things. It’s the software that drives the experience that the two consoles have to offer.
  • The Xbox One aspires to be more than just a gaming device. In addition to letting people play games it also wants to bring together your television, movie, and music experiences.
  • Sony, on the other hand, is trying to sell itself as a device that is designed solely for gamers.
  • Microsoft’s approach could alienate gamers who feel that Microsoft is trying to please other audiences in addition to them.
  • But gaming only devices have had troubles in an era where we have multi-functional smartphones in our pocket. Nintendo’s 3DS and Wii U have both had issues, and even Sony’s own gaming focused Vita has struggled.

Read more about how this all ties into Game of Thrones, other features of the devices, and more over here.

Source: Wired