If you follow gaming news at all (you’re reading this, so presumably you do!), then you’ve probably seen this question being asked: Is the Xbox One worth it? It’s a valid question. At a price of $499.99, gamers are asking themselves if they are really going to get $500 worth of enjoyment out of this latest-generation Microsoft console. This article will look at the XB1’s feature set as well as that of the PlayStation 4.
Xbox One Features
Let’s start with the hardware. Xbox One is basically a tiny computer with an 8 core Microsoft CPU, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 500GB hard drive (it also has the option for external, USB storage). It has HDMI outputs and a Blu-ray drive. One of the cooler parts about the console’s technical capabilities is that it uses distributed processing. This means that rather than maxing out the onboard processing capabilities, it can outsource some processing to the cloud (you do, however, need to maintain an internet connection in order to take advantage of this).
The Xbox One comes standard with the Kinect 2, which is central to the console’s function. This new Kinect has a 1080p camera that can process up to 2GB of data per second. The XB1 can respond to motion cues and voice commands, which the Kinect makes possible.
If you’re a controller enthusiast, you’ll be glad to hear that the XB1’s controller isn’t as bulky as its predecessor’s. The battery pack has been jettisoned and the redesigned d-pads are a bit easier to get your fingers on. The controller also has vibration that works in conjunction with the trigger buttons.
But of course, what everyone really wants to know about is the games! Over 15 games have already been announced as being exclusive to the Xbox One including: Dead Rising 3, Halo, Quantum Break, and Killer Instinct. XB1 owners can also look forward to Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Below, and many more.
Why not PlayStation?