The upcoming generation of gaming consoles is finally here! Both Microsoft and Sony have announced the release of their next generation consoles – the Xbox One for Microsoft and the PS4 for Sony — and both will be coming out in November, just in time for the holiday season.
Some of the details are still a little fuzzy, but after Gamescom and E3, we currently know a lot of the most important details of both systems coming out. This is a quick review of what we know so far about these consoles, before they are available in stores.
Launch Dates and Price
Sony has put forward a launch date of November 15 for the United States, and November 29 for Europe. Microsoft hasn’t given a confirmed launch date yet, though industry watchers believe it will be in late November, too.
The Xbox One is going to be sold for $499.99. For this price, the console comes bundled with a Kinect, offering gesture and voice control, along with video chat, ready to go when you take it out of the box. The PS4 is going to be $100 less than the Xbox One, coming in at $399.99.
AMD is powering all three of the major game systems this holiday season. The PS4 and the Xbox One will both have AMD chips under their hoods.
Games at Launch
Both of the consoles will have 8GB of good, solid RAM – this is 16x greater than the amount of RAM that was on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The RAM amount isn’t the only thing to consider, though. There are different kinds of RAM for each console. The PS4 will have GDDR5 RAM, and the Xbox One will have a slower and more common kind of RAM called DDR3 RAM.
Both consoles will use 500 GB internal hard drives, which might be hard for users who want to fully install or download all their games or use their system like a media server. Both of the consoles will make use of USB storage, and users will be able to use an additional hard drive if the system’s internal hard drive has a problem with the free space amount on it.
Nintendo does a huge shakeup with its controller layouts each generation, and Sony and Microsoft are definitely not going down that path, keeping with what users are already familiar with, with some very simple adjustments. The button configurations are the same as their predecessors. However, both controllers integrate additional features to the designers that the users are already comfortable with.
The PS4 controller will have a touchpad, integrated speaker and headset jack, and a light bar.
The Xbox One gamepad won’t have as many additional features. However, it does have feedback in the triggers, which might make shooting games a lot more immersive.
Both the PS4 and Xbox One will be media hubs. Both of the consoles will also play Blu-ray discs. They also have their own online libraries of music and movies to rent or buy.
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