Don't get me wrong, the games come first and the games are the #1 thing that make me want the Xbox One over PS4 right now. I don't really like indie games that much and I'm not a Killzone fan, where as at least 4 launch games on Xbox One interest me and 3 of them are series I'm already a fan of, which as you can imagine boosts my enthusiasm for the console a lot. Plus Titanfall and others later on.
The ability to control my whole entertainment system with my voice/not need any remote/controller to utilize my whole system is just a bonus. As someone who doesn't have my entertainment system set up beyond "click power and flick through channels", it's a pretty compelling piece of technology.
I mean I want a PS4 eventually as well for its exclusives, just going to get an Xbox One first.
Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon wont be behind a pay wall on the PS4 and that's enough for me to buy it first but like you I want the other console as well.
As far as the games go, now that Sony has ditched the cell and just went with superior (however so slight) hardware, the programming is on an even playing field. They wont be identical to program for but the ps4 wont be such a challenge.
That's a big deal in my mind as someone who has often beta tested MMO's. I know the less time they spend in one aspect of a game the more they can devote to others so I expect programmers to make more use out of the horsepower of the ps4 than they did with the ps3.
Of course, on line gaming being behind a pay wall (PS4) and not being backwards compatible is disappointing but it's not a deal breaker. The Xbox One wont be backwards compatible either but both will offer a cloud service for older games. I dont know or have a lot of experience with such features so I cant speak too or against them I just know I have a shit ton of ps3 games so Im keeping my ps3 = end of issue.
I cant help but notice that Sony has for the most part always been a hardware company and Microsoft has always been a software company. How that is good for one or the other is a matter of perspective I imagine.
I cant stand that Sony is so involved with anti piracy and I cant stand how involved Microsoft is with the NSA so bah..
I dont think I want a console that I cant buy second hand games for and Xbox will eventually just release a update and say "eat it" just like Sony did when they took the OS option away. As it stands now you can play used games on both. The always on BS is rampant between the two consoles as well. I know both said they would leave that option available but when they can turn it off whenever they like forgive me for thinking they eventually will, anyways the spy shit makes me angry.
When you strip them down to what console should perform best at just gaming I think Sony has the edge but it isn't a forgone conclusion. In fact Im more excited about what Microsoft can do with their Console in the future than I am about Sony.
Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One game console could allow players to face off against PC gamers who own the same game, Forbes reports.
That feature is something id be interested in and IMO is something to watch.
Microsoft IS a software company and live is better than play station network ATM so there is that. Sony has plans to change PSN so I'm hopeful they will catch up on the software side.
Really, I wish they would just build a console together that kills but thems just pipe dreams.
You are all just missing out on the wii U because its going to make a big recovery and blow the gaming market away with superior game design.. no really! Because hardware is not the be all, end all! I hear Mario worked it out and got the Console a TRT exemption so heh watch out!
Sorry for the wall o text!