A lot of people are still on the fence about which console they are going to get this generation, so I decided to write a few articles that may help you decide which platform is best suited for you. As time goes by, both Microsoft and Sony are giving consumers more and more reasons to buy their platforms (Nintendo, on the other hand, seems to have given up on the Wii U) which is making it harder to choose a platform over the other. Of course, not everyone has the possibility of getting both the Xbox One and the PS4, so this list is for them. Do you already have an Xbox One or a PS4? Which console do you think you’ll be getting this generation? Which console did you choose last generation?
Exclusive titles are annoying. Everyone who wants to play a game should be able to do so on in any platform they prefer. Unfortunately, that’s not how things work in the video game industry (that is, unless you have a PC, on which case you get every game you want.) In the case of the Xbox One, some exclusive games include Crackdown, Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 5: Guardians, Quantum Break, Rare Replay, ReCore, Scalebound and Sunset Overdrive, among some others.
The Xbox One bundle that comes with 500GB of storage, a game and of course, the console and a controller is currently cheaper than a PlayStation 4 ($349.99 as of this writing.) I’m sure that will make a lot of people choose the Xbox One over the PS4, since the extra money you save, can be used to get an additional game, a controller or even a year of Xbox Live. Alternatively, you can purchase the bundle that comes with a larger hard drive for the same price of a PS4.
This is the number one feature that will make a lot of people choose an Xbox One and I think Microsoft was really smart when they decided to add Xbox 360 emulation to the Xbox One. Of course, this functionality doesn’t support every single Xbox 360 game ever released (each publisher needs to allow their games to come to Xbox One and Kinect functionality is not supported,) but being able to play some of your favorite games of the past generation is amazing. Especially taking into account that PlayStation Now is expensive in comparison. Well played Microsoft. Additionally, Microsoft has a website where people can request and vote the 360 games they want to be able to play on the Xbox One.
By the way, here’s a list with all the Xbox 360 games that are compatible with Xbox One.
Rock Band DLC
When developer Harmonix announced Rock Band 4, they made an interesting move that will benefit consumers who were involved in Rock Band series and the Rock Band Network. Harmonix announced that Rock Band 4 will support all the DLC you’ve downloaded as long as you’re playing on the same console family. That means that all the DLC you’ve bought will move from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and from PS3 to PS4 respectively. If you, like me, have an Xbox 360 with a bunch of Rock Band DLC and you love those games, the Xbox One is your platform of choice.
The Xbox One is a solid entertainment system
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that a lot of people who use the Xbox One have no idea that it can play games and in a lot of cases, playing games for them is secondary. Those people use the Xbox One as an entertainment system and the console seems to be doing a pretty good job when it comes to that. You can watch ESPN or HBO, use apps like YouTube, you can watch live TV or listen to music using the myriad services that are available on the system and the list goes on and on. The only problem with the system is that it doesn’t support obscure files like MKV, but I hope Microsoft changes that in the near future.
Windows 10 support
It’s hard to say how Windows 10 support will work for most people,l since this functionality only works for those who are using the upcoming operating system in beta form. But I get the impression that Microsoft is trying to tie both services together and that sounds like a terrific idea. Additionally, the few things I’ve seen about Windows 10 seem to fix some of the problems with Windows 8 and that’s more than amazing.
A lot of people care about achievements and since the Xbox 360 was the platform that created and popularized this feature, you might want to keep earning them there. This may sound silly for newcomers, but people have been hunting achievements for years and while this practice isn’t as popular as it used to be, having all those achievements at your disposal is always a plus.
For a lot of people, Xbox Live isn’t just a paid service where they play games with other people. This is a social gathering where they talk to friends and family while playing competitive and cooperative games. That’s certainly not my case, but if most of the people you care about are playing on Xbox Live, getting an Xbox one is a natural progression. Besides, making friends virtually is as intimidating as making friends in real life. Also, Xbox Life is a solid service that works remarkably well most of the times, so if you’ve been using it for a while, you know what you’re getting.
Using voice commands and gestures with Kinect is a neat feature that’s easier than pushing a lot of buttons. It may not be for everybody and not everyone has a Kinect for Xbox One, but yelling “Xbox On” when you get home is convenient and quick which is how voice commands should work on every system. If this is the future, I like it.
The ID@Xbox program brings some of the best and most popular independent games to Xbox One. While this program isn’t as good as the one available on PS4, ti’s amazing to see that Microsoft is paying attention to indie games, so if you’re interested in playing smaller games on your home console, you can vote on social networks and wait.