I love competition to bring us great things, but is it bad that I want the PS4 to blow the next Xbox out of the water even, if only for the fact that it'd make my decision that much easier? I don't want to pay for multiplayer, I don't have time for another added expense for something I may or may not use that often. I just want it to work. Don't get me wrong, I think the 360 has the greatest controller ever, and I like the software layout too. I'm not a hater by any means, I'm just being realistic here in terms of my money, especially considering the recent discovery of all the benefits one would get out of Playstation Plus, if I decided to subscribe to such a thing. I say this also as someone who receives discounts on 360 games and various Microsoft products as it stands too.
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Hmm kinda funny but doesn't take into account launch price difference and console updates over the years. (499 vs 299)
I don't really understand the big hoohah about not showing the actual console, the spec's and the controller are the two most important aspects of the console. The spec's to let you know how it will perform and what to expect graphic wise and the controller which is the primary method of interaction with the console. I don't really care what the case looks like, as others have mentioned the Xbox 1 and the 360 are not exactly going to win any design awards as they were hideous lumps of cheap plastic, the slim is a lot better and the design has come togeather, but out of the two the PS3 has always looked better.
As for the spec's themselves, it doesn't really matter, both the Xbox and the PS4 will be roughly the same, they were in my eyes when running games on each. The only thing i would want to see is more RAM (check) as i believe this will help games like skyrim and GTA to have more assets/items on screen at any one time leading to a more believable and livable world. The other thing i would like to see is true HD 1080P resolution from games, get rid of some of the jaggered edges and just makes things a lot sharper, it's the one difference i can tell straight away from using a PC to a console.
The rest i don't really care, they will both do Wii type movement, they will both be roughly the same graphics wise, they will both do the same thing online wise.
Although i would say as a gold subscriber im very annoyed to get three or four adverts when switching on my xbox and going to the dash. If im paying for the service i shouldnt see ad's, loads of lovefilm and other crap on startup, it wouldn't be so bad if it was adverts for new games, but the rest is absolute crap. They should either go the ad way where live is suplimented by adverts or if you pay for gold it removes the adverts.
PS3 has always looked better? only if you like barbecue grills. The first Xbox 360 design is now almost iconic whereas first PS3 was just generic sony design. It is a matter of opinion though so no point going back and forth.