Why The Xbox One and PS4 Will Be Able To Co-Exist In Your Living Room

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I’m not going to even bother writing about the Microsoft Xbox One event. Chances are, you watched the stream, you’ve read several internet articles, and probably stood your ground in the comments section when it came to defending or trashing the Xbox One.  Nevertheless, both Sony and Microsoft have announced their consoles, thus opening the door for 6 months of speculation and conversation.  Yet there is something that I find very interesting about the Xbox One.  It’s a console with similar specs to its rival, the Playstation 4, but it’s also a console that is heading in a completely different direction.

xboxonehomeMicrosoft has been making a huge push on taking over the living room and they just might do that with the Xbox One.  Today, Microsoft announced an exclusive partnership with NFL and also showed off some very impressive Kinect TV functions such as the ability to switch between cable TV, what you’re playing, and even check your fantasy sports league.  While I do enjoy playing fantasy football, I also enjoy playing games on my console.

I spent the past 3 years hosting “The Xbox Achievers Podcast” which later morphed into “Our Xbox World”.  During the transition from The Xbox Achievers to Our Xbox World, I was pretty down on the Xbox.  I didn’t like how Xbox was pouring their assets into making their own version of the Wii, the Kinect.  In fact, I really never cared for any of the movie stuff like Netflix, HBO GO, or even Hulu largely in part because I don’t watch a lot of movies to begin with.  But does that make the Xbox a bad console because they want to focus on areas that I personally don’t care about?  Of course not!  I never hated Microsoft for focusing on “Living Room Domination” or trying to attract the family market with Kinect.  It’s actually quite genius on their behalf.  It allows them to attract a wider variety of audiences when it comes to their console.  I still played their games and loved their exclusives, but I found myself less committed to the Xbox brand because there was so much that I wasn’t interested in and lack of first party titles wasn’t helping the cause either.

PS4So what about Sony?  What about the PS4?  What about the company that is putting all their chips in on gamers?

I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Playstation.  The Playstation (1,2, and 3) have always been geared towards the hardcore gamer and it’s no different this time around with the Playstation 4.  While Microsoft spent part of their Xbox event showcasing the Xbox One’s media functions, Sony spent theirs showing off titles such as Killzone Shadow Fall and Infamous Second Son.  We learned back on February 20th that the Playstation 4 was going to be a console geared towards the hardcore market.  We saw Sony roll out with exclusive partnerships of their own with Blizzard and Bungie, who will bring exclusive Destiny content to the Playstation.  We also learned during GDC, that indie developers chose the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita as platforms they’d like to release their games on.  Sony has also made the submission process much easier for all developers to put their games on Sony’s platform.  Factor in all of the Gaiki streaming features and you have yourself one sexy console for the hardcore gamer.

So does that mean that the hardcore gamer won’t want an Xbox One?

codghostsWhile Microsoft has made a huge push on the entertainment front, let’s not forget that their console also plays games.  In fact, they have one of the most iconic video game franchises in Halo as well as a partnership with one of the most successful video game franchises, Call of Duty.  At the Xbox One announcement, Phil Spencer announced the Xbox One would receive 15 exclusive games in its first year.  The Xbox One is not only a gaming console, but an entertainment box for your living room.  The Xbox One may sacrifice a bit on the gaming front, but will up for it on the entertainment front.  While I don’t really watch too many movies, the NFL partnership really intrigues me.  In fact, it is one of the main reasons why I’m interested in the Xbox One.  Sure I love Halo, Gears, Fable, and Forza, but I also love my Miami Dolphins.  If Microsoft grants me the ability to combine those loves into one box, then that is enough to sell me on the console.  Yes, there will be plenty of people like me who will purchase the Xbox for its entertainment purposes and exclusives alone.

xboxone2At the end of the day, we still know very little about both consoles.  In fact, it is very hard to determine who the clear cut winner is if there really is one.  Both Microsoft and Sony will be doing great things with their consoles.  While both consoles have similar specs and will presumably have similar titles, both consoles appear to be focused in different areas.  Sony is putting all of their chips in on the hardcore gamer who spends hundreds of dollars each year on gaming, while Microsoft wants to be the centerpiece of your living room.  While I am a strong believer that Microsoft’s Xbox will one day replace the cable box, I also believe that several Xbox One consoles will be sharing a stand with Sony’s Playstation 4.  While most gamers will probably not purchase both consoles from the start, both Microsoft and Sony are doing enough to warrant a purchase at some point thus allowing them to co-exist in the same living room.

While we don’t know a specific release date or price, we do know that it will be a very expensive holiday season for many gamers.

For more information about the Xbox One, listen to Episode 23 of the Chomp on this Gaming podcast later this week as Zack, Gary, Kavan, and Darryl give their thoughts on the event.

 

 

 

Zack Nuckels

Zack Nuckels is the Editor-in-Chief here at Chomp on this Gaming. Zack loves everything about video games and really enjoys making videos for his YouTube channel.

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9 Comments

  1. Darryl Mann
    Darryl Mann May 21, 2013 10:24 pm 

    This is the best article I have read today about the announcement. It actually has me really thinking about my next generation console purchase. I love the partnership with the NFL but I am a gamer first so I still think I will roll with Sony.

    Thanks Zack!

    • Zack Nuckels
      LittleBigPacman May 22, 2013 8:04 am 

      Thank you Darryl. I’m glad you enjoyed it

  2. MegaMDX
    Metaldude X May 21, 2013 11:36 pm 

    Despite my “meh” kind of attitude towards Xbox One, cant deny the fact of how sleek that design is and i even like the new kinect too. But that controller looks uncomfortable to me. Like the original xbox controller and Wii U pro controller had a bad child

  3. Reznik12
    Reznik12 May 22, 2013 1:46 am 

    Everything about the One gave me a “Techie Boner”. But the gamer in me was pissed when it came to the no used games and pseudo need to be online. Part of me is in love, but another part of me is pissed off. Simply put, I’m very confused at the moment. I guess the games will have to make me choose between which console I get first.

    Also, I bet the marketing team that came up with the name simply watched the Matrix the night before they had to present their name ideas.

  4. Ruskybigmusky
    Ruskybigmusky May 22, 2013 9:52 am 

    Ill be back….I don’t even know what to say….

  5. owllicks
    owllicks May 22, 2013 2:02 pm 

    I look at the new gen intrigued but need more information before I decide. I have seen a lot of people complain about the TV and entertainment stuff but I look at it this way. I can choose to not use that part of the box kinda like I do now. I do watch Netfilx or Hulu on occasion but I game most of the time. I will wait for E3 to see what each console will show and decide from there. Great article Zack.

  6. Gary Ellis Jr
    Gary Ellis Jr May 22, 2013 2:12 pm 

    Great article Zack. I think the Xbox One would be most useful to a single console gamer. That way they would be online every day and could take full advantage of the benifits offered. Even with that being said I’m sure this will find a way into my home this holiday season.

  7. Gary Ellis Jr
    Gary Ellis Jr May 22, 2013 2:13 pm 

    They really haven’t touched on my two points of interest and what I view as strengths of Microsoft: The XBLA and Indie games marketplace. I’m curious to see if they are as bountiful as they are now next gen.

  8. SoniChair427 May 22, 2013 5:45 pm 

    The games marketplace will have no separation as they have now. When browsing through the games they will all be together in the same category.

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