With Apple's big WWDC keynote on Monday, much of the tech community's attention was focused on iOS 7, OS X Mavericks and the weird-looking new Mac Pro desktop. But that same evening, E3 saw two big contenders in the gaming world go head-to-head: Microsoft unveiled the price of it's Xbox One console...a whopping $499. Meanwhile, Sony unveiled the design of it's PS4 console, as well as it's $399 price tag. So, all this info begs the question, which console wins!? Read my thoughts below.
Before I jump into my thoughts on the two consoles, here are the specs for each:
- Custom eight-core x86 CPU
- 500GB HDD
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- USB 3.0
- HDMI in & out ports
- Comes bundled with Kinect
- Single-chip eight-core AMD Jaguar custom low power x86-64 APU with Radeon-based graphics engine
- 8GB DDR5 RAM
- Blu Ray drive
In terms of raw performance, I think each console will deliver it's own brand of excellent graphics capabilities. Xbox One seems to have a very solid lineup of titles that will be available upon launch of the console.
Unfortunately, where I believe BOTH companies went wrong is the actual design of the consoles! I know I'll probably get some people that utterly disagree with me, but I can't just let this go. What were Sony & Microsoft's engineers thinking?? I realize that due to components & spacing, there's a certain limit as to what the design engineers can do. But come on- these designs are just terrible. The PS4 looks like an eraser, and the Xbox One just looks like a clunky unit that was not experimented with at all. I've heard some people say things along the lines of "Performance is all that matters", but I'm not entirely sold on that statement. These consoles will be the center of consumers' living rooms- meaning that sleeker is probably better in most consumers' opinions. Why did the design engineers do so little to innovate the designs of these new consoles?
What do YOU think? Will you be buying either of the consoles?