The new consoles are out and now it’s time to find out if they have lived up to their expectations. The PS4 released back on November 15th of 2013 and the Xbox One released in November 22nd of 2013. Before they were released the hype around the PS4 was much greater than any concerning the Xbox One. However, hype is hype. The question is, did the consoles live up to their expectations?
Duxbury High School Sophomore Brendan M. got a PS4 and said, “I’m loving my console, and it has matched my expectations. I wasn’t expecting it to be perfect, though over time I believe most small kinks will be worked out of the software.” DHS Senior Noah S. also got a PS4 and he said, “I do like it as much as I expected to, but I have not used it enough to fairly judge it yet.” DHS Sophomore Max W. got an Xbox One and said, “I like it. I didn’t really have any expectations because I didn’t want it, my parents just gave it to me for Christmas.”
Any new technology on the market is going to have its problems. New consoles can have software problems, the controller might have certain buttons that don’t work properly or break easily, the accessories like headsets can be absolute garbage and last but not least your console could just stop working after using it for five minutes. Sometimes it’s just not worth it too buy something that just came out the other day. However, sometimes there might not be a single problem with your new product. DHS Senior Sam K. said that his PS4 is glitchy and that he feels there are many software problems with the console. Noah said, “I have honestly had zero problems with the PS4 so far.” Brendan said that there are a few software problems here and there but not much to complain about.
When talking about gaming consoles, in the the end it’s the games that matter. As of now, the game lineup for both consoles is fairly similar. Only a few console exclusive games have been released, and there is not much to say about games like “Ryse: Son of Rome”, a repetitive hack and slash exclusive for the Xbox One. This game shows off the new graphical ability of the Xbox One console. A PS4 exclusive game, “Killzone shadowfall”, a first person shooter exclusive to the PS4, with a lackluster single player experience and a somewhat solid multiplayer counterpart that also shows off graphic ability of the PS4. Brendan said that he has “Assassins Creed 4”, “Killzone Shadowfall”, and just pre-ordered “Infamous: Second Son”. Noah on the other hand only has “Battlefield 4” but plans on getting some of the games that are to be released in the coming months. Sam said that he bought “Battlefield 4”, “Call of Duty: Ghosts”, “NBA 2K14”, and “FIFA 14”. His favorite out of the four was “FIFA”.
Also very important to consoles is the accessories. The controller and the headset are vital parts to any console. If the controller is uncomfortable in a person’s hands then it can wreck the entire experience for them. If the headset is cheaply made it can be near impossible to communicate with people and can be extremely uncomfortable in the ear. Brendan said, “I am loving the controller (Dual Shock 4). I have large hands and the controller feels great in them. The triggers are awesome, and the touchpad is a great addition.” However, Sam said, “I hate the controller (Dual Shock 4). I liked it at first because it was different, but over time the grip on the analog sticks completely wore off, and the L1 and R1 buttons are getting stuck almost everytime I press them.” DHS Junior Nile D. has an Xbox One and he said, “The Controllers and everything work really well, I like the controller a lot.” Noah said that he thinks the controller is perfect. Sam also said, “I really don’t like the headset, it works but it seems like something that would have been made 10 years ago, I was expecting a better headset with a next gen console.” However, the headset with the PS4 is somewhat of a step up because there wasn’t even a headset released with the PS3.
At the end of 2013 the PS4 was winning the console battle in sales by a landslide. Sony has sold about 4.2 million units compared to the 3 million units that Microsoft has sold. The PS4 has doubled the sales of Xbox Ones in the first month of 2014 and this is all being done without the PS4 being released in its home country of Japan yet.