PS4 and Xbox One have been in the market for 2 years now, and we think that it’s the right time to evaluate how each one has fared against the other. When both the consoles had released, there was much speculation that PS4 was better than Xbox One in terms of simple raw power, and hence could provide better graphics performance. But in the gaming world, graphics are not the only aspect gamers search for in a game. Rather content is what matters. PS4 may have gotten the eye candy people salivating, but Xbox One made sure that their fanbase wasn’t dissolved by making the Xbox One backward compatible, which was a compensation to the Xbox One having less games initially. So let’s have an in depth look at the situations of both the consoles in terms of the games. For keeping it simple we are considering only the exclusives:
Both the consoles were released in November 2013. And 2014 has gone by without any good noteworthy games.
Some of the early games on PS4 were Infamous: Second Son and Killzone Shadow Fall which showed off what the PS4 was capable of in terms of graphics and both were pretty decent games. The year 2014 saw games like The Last of Us Remastered, Driveclub etc which were good games as well and it seemed PS4 was off to a great start.
Many people were reluctant to buy the Xbox at first because of the ‘Forced’ kinect included with it. But let’s talk games here. One of the early games on Xbox was Fighter Within (Kinect), which was not at all well received. 2014 also didn’t see many games. Forza Motorsport 5 was the one iconic Xbox game that was released that year. Xbox’s sales had dropped very low which was not surprising, considering the number of quality of games released, which was very less.
We are in 2015, and many including us have said that it has been a golden year in gaming. Let’s peek in.
The earliest game of 2015 that was well received was Bloodborne, which has gone ahead and won the Golden Joystick Award for Best PS4 Game of the Year. Other games include Disgaea 5, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, Until Dawn which have brushed the gaming community in the right way.
The situation of Xbox got better this year with multi-fold increase in sales. With Forza Horizon 6 and Halo 5: Guardians getting decent reviews and better overall response the Xbox may start giving competition to the PS4 in 2016, but right now PS4 is holding its own. Microsoft also announced backward compatibility with the Xbox One which regained some of the lost fan-base.
The one problem, both the consoles faced, was the stuttering of gameplay in games like The Witcher 3 which can be improved over time with optimization.
2016 & Ahead:
The future of both consoles seems bright, especially for Xbox One users with many exclusives from big companies.
With games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Horizon: Zero Dawn, that were displayed in E3 this year, it doesn’t seem that the PS4 users are going to have time for resting their hands. Other impressive games include Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Shenmue 3, Street Fighter 5 and many more will continue what PS4 did in 2015, i.e, keep gamers busy. PS4 has dropped 2 nukes by claiming that they will support PC streaming and they will also allow backward compatibility to some PS2 titles. now that’s some news.
The Xbox One players can start cracking their knuckles in preparation of games like Quantum Break, Crackdown 3 and Scalebound to name some of the major ones. Some of the other main entries are Sea of Thieves, Recore, Inside which will keep Xbox fans from wandering about to other platforms.
The console future seems brighter and we think that the console war this time will burn brighter than ever. We are going to do a similar article for PC gaming in the upcoming articles, so stay tuned and let us know in the comments what you think about each console’s exclusive games.