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E3 2013 : PS4 vs Xbox One – The Next Generation Show Verdict

After months of build-up, we ended up with an incredible day of conferences which answered a huge number of questions about the coming generation of consoles.

Here is the VoxelArcade verdict on Xbox One and Playstation 4 following the E3 press conferences:

Console Design

Whilst both machines have a similar matt/gloss design, the Playstation 4 certainly looks a lot more stylish with its parallelogram shape. Xbox One looks like a TV box; Playstation 4 looks like a Bang and Olufsen TV box.

Winner: PS4

Whilst in some ways similar to the Xbox One, Playstation 4 looks a lot more stylish

Whilst in some ways similar to the Xbox One, Playstation 4 looks a lot more stylish

Launch Games

Whilst there were some interesting titles on both, the Xbox One just about shades it because of Forza 5. Drive Club may turn out to be a great game yet though, plus GT will be coming at some point. Killer Instinct and Crimson Dragon were pleasant surprises on the Xbox One, but Kingdom Hearts 3 was great news for Playstation 4.

Winner: Xbox (just)

Indie Games

Sony demonstrated a great range of indie titles all launching first on Playstation 4. In addition, it talked about allowing developers to self-publish, something Microsoft is not allowing. That said, the Xbox One won’t be as starved of Indie Games as some are making out.

Winner: PS4

Presentation

In terms of timing and slickness, Microsoft definitely won. Microsoft showed a bigger percentage of game footage, but Sony appeared to show a LOT more in-game action. Although a few glitches on Assassins Creed IV hampered the Playstation 4 show, the announcements that followed in the last half an hour provided (if you’ll excuse the reference) a near perfect victory with added fatality.

Winner: PS4

This may turn out to be the most important Powerpoint slide of this generation of consoles

This may turn out to be the most important Powerpoint slide of this generation

Backwards Compatibility

Whilst neither machine has a particularly great solution, the use of Gaikai to play Playstation 1/2/3 games is at least better than what has been announced by Microsoft.

Winner: PS4

Connectivity

Although the connectivity of the Xbox One looks pretty slick, it requires owning a smart glass device… exactly. Sony’s use of the Vita as a Wi-Fi connected screen and controller (with near universal game compatibility) is a really useful feature for owners of both machines and offers something Microsoft cannot (as of now) compete with.

Winner: PS4

DRM and Customer Rights

This couldn’t be any clearer: PS4 lets you own games, play them forever, share them, trade them, buy second hand, play offline. Xbox One may do some of those, but it certainly won’t do all of them without a major climb-down from Microsoft. In addition, PlayStation 4 has been confirmed as region-free. Whilst some publishers may still lock games, this is a nice extra.

Winner: PS4 (By a mile)

Sony should be applauded for this epic piece of trolling. Microsoft got served. Go home Xbox One, you're drunk (etc).

Sony should be applauded for this epic piece of trolling.
Microsoft got served. Go home Xbox One, you’re drunk (etc).

Price

£429 for the Xbox One versus £349 for the Playstation 4? A lower price is a big advantage for PS4, though if you like waving your arms about then remember that Kinect 2 is included but Eyetoy/PS Camera is not. However the winner is still clear: more power, no DRM restrictions, region free, AND cheaper… round of applause for Playstation 4.

Winner: PS4

The Overall Winner

In many ways consoles are all about the games. Yet in this case, despite having a sliiiightly better launch line up, the sheer tiny size of difference between them means that all of the other factors really count. Unless Microsoft do something drastic, this generation is looking like heading rapidly towards a Playstation 4 win.

Winner: PS4 (By seven rounds to one)

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Rob is an advertising strategist and author of 'The Ad Pit' blog. Rob has been playing games for 25 years - which makes him feel very old. He used to have a victory ratio of 40:1 in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, but that was a long time ago! #dogyears

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  1. I am hoping MS decide to drop a lot of what they have said, and am gutted that Killer Instinct is F2P dross.

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