Being a console collector, I'm always fascinated by new consoles when they come out. I love seeing the marketing strategies and how it plays out. Seeing competitors go at it is a freaking blast for me. Atari vs. Intellivision. Sega vs. Nintendo. Sony vs. Microsoft.
Already the MBA in me is seeing how Microsoft has really dropped the ball on this one.
The people who are looking forward the most to the new console reveal are going to be the gamers. Having the premier being game-centric and focused on that aspect should have been what MSFT touted. Instead they played up the media aspects of the new console. Reminiscent of what SOny did back when the PS3 was launched...and that hurt them initially (along with a cripplingly high price point).
From a technical standpoint, the Xbox One is inferior to the PS4. There is a really great article I read that tore down the known differences between the two consoles:
AnandTech | The Xbox One: Hardware Analysis & Comparison to PlayStation 4
Most telling is in the system memory. Whereas both systems are using 8GB of memory, the Xbox One is only running DDR3 at 2.1 Ghz, while the PS4 is running GDDR5 at 5.5 Ghz. The PS4 has nearly triple the memory bandwidth of the Xbox One.
Now, that being said, the hardware should be a bit cheaper for the MSFT to produce compared to Sony. But wait! MSFT is going to package a Kinect in with every Xbox, which will add to the cost.
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I think you'll see two similar consoles releasing at very nearly the same price point. One will be more of a media device that plays games, and the other will be more game focused.
Add in all the other caveats (internet connection required every 24 hours, blocking of used games, subscription fee for online play), and the gamers are probably going to flock to one console. And as we've seen in this generation, an early lead can make all the difference.
For the record, I'm disappointed in both consoles. Neither is a giant leap forward in visual or mechanical prowess as far as I am concerned. I already voiced my displaeasure in the PS4 reveal thread, and since the Xbox One is similar in architecture, I don't think it bears repeating here. I don't see much reason to purchase either at the moment. I'll probably stick to PC gaming and catching up on my backlog of games on all my old consoles for now.
But if you stuck a gun to my head right now and asked me to pick? The PS4 definitely seems like the better proposition on paper right now.