Originally Posted by aramisathei
It seems both pointless and premature to say either console has won anything.
Last gen it was all "360 won because it released first," then it was "PS3 won because mad hardware specs (mostly blu-ray)."
Both consoles have a lot of potential, but there are a number of other factors like availability, reliability (RRoD vs YLoD), exclusives, and how the systems are utilized.
Initially the PS4 looks like a stronger candidate, but the cloud computing GPU support for the Xbox One looks impressive for people who can utilize it.
Either way, I think at the end of the day it's good that there are two systems worth considering instead of one or none (sorry to any Wii U fans).
Edit: Adding link to recent update for Xbox One. Gold Accounts can share content on the same system (similar to family sharing, but not quite).http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/08/microsoft-details-home-gold-sharing-program-for-xbox-one/
You can say that, but the last gen speculation was all based on completely wild guessing.
This time around, both systems are running pretty much the same hardware architecture, instruction sets, and general setups. One is just more powerful.
That same one also has significantly
better marketing and PR, and less restrictions on the platform for consumers.
You bring up the "cloud processing" point, but we all know how that has gone for, you know, every single developer ever. Take a look at EA's recent SimCity fiasco if you need a refresher. Even ignoring past attempts, logic dictates that such a feature would be fairly worthless. Why? Because the only way to take advantage of such a feature would be if you had 24/7 low latency high bandwidth internet. Most people do not
. "But what about those of us who do" you ask? The answer is tough luck. No dev in their right mind is going to program a game that relies on an internet connection that only a small section of it's audience has access to.
So with all this in mind, the ONLY foreseeable thing that could give the xbox an advantage this time around is if Microsoft starts giving away 5% stock shares to any developers willing to sign contracts that all
their titles will be xbox exclusive. 1) If they were willing to spend that much on the platform, they would have given it better hardware to begin with and 2) we all know what happened last time MS started paying people to exclusively use their platforms.Edited by Zero4549 - 8/12/13 at 1:53am