I'm not intended to start a flame war, but considering this time the competition is almost the same (hardware wise speaking), why are you people gonna buy the new PS4? Maybe i'm talking from the perspective of a new PS3 Owner some of you know i'm and i not know all the advantages, but right now i'm in the middle of a desicion here about buying a new next gen console and it seems obvious for a owner of a PS3 buy the PS4. But, is that obvious?
Thanks for any word of advice.
I preordered the PS4 on day 1.
Here are some of the reasons why I prefer it over the XBone:
1) I have ZERO interest in motion controllers (not a hit against MS, I don't like the Playstation Move, the Wii/Wii U, or Kinect). Not a slight against them, just not my thing. As such I don't want to pay $100 extra to get one that I wouldn't even hook up. I'm glad you apparently don't HAVE to hook it up anymore and if I got a XBone I wouldn't but a good chunk of the price difference between the systems is for that hardware.
2) I don't like the "walled garden" that is Xbox Live Gold. As a PC gamer first I don't like the idea of paying for multi-player at all but both consoles have gone this route so I'm stuck paying for multiplayer now... at least with the PS4 I can surf the web, play Free 2 Play MMOs, stream Netflix, etc. without having to pay for PSN+.
3) I like that I can upgrade the HDD in the PS4 and that disc versions of the games don't REQUIRE a full HDD install. I bought my PS3 at launch as a 60GB PS3 and today it is a 500GB hdd by throwing my old laptop HDD in there when I upgraded it. I MUCH prefer that to having to plug in external hard drives and having a non-user replacable one built in. Also while I expect most disc games to give you the OPTION to load the game onto your HDD in order to decrease load times and such I prefer to not HAVE to. If every game I have has to be fully installed on the HDD then I'm going to run through that 500GB HDD all the faster... plus what happens when I rent a game from RedBox... I don't want to fully install all of them. Both consoles will let you go all digital if you prefer but only the PS4 lets you run games from the Disc if the game just isn't important enough to suck up tons of HDD space.
4) I prefer the PlayStation controller to the Xbox. Maybe it's because I've had a PS, PS2, and PS3 and I'm used to it but I don't think it's just that. I think the Xbox one looks more fisher price giant plasticy and the lack of symmetry bothers me for some reason... I want the analog sticks on the same line and the D pad with the 4 buttons, it as a certain design appeal to me. Also I like that it's rechargeable out of the box and uses a standard mini-usb cable instead of using batteries I have to replace or having to buy a separate play and charge kit. I also think the PS4 specifically fixes the ergonomic issues people seem to have had (I never had a problem with the PS design) but also adds new capabilties like the clickable touch pad. I'm disappointed they didn't go farther but MS didn't really add anything the to the Xbone controller so the clickable touchpad at least is SOME innovation. (it also can act as a move controller with the color bar but again, that's not really my thing) As a side note I'm actually more curious about the new Steam controller as it looks like it could actually be more revolutionary... if it actually works as advertised.
5) I know it's not a big difference but I do feel the PS4 hardware (gfx specifically) is slightly better then then Xbone and getting better hardware for less money has it's appeal. Also there is a certain appeal to having better hardware in a smaller package and I just like the look of it with the blue light thingy and all. It's especially cool to find out it has overheating protection and will actually shut down if it gets to hot and the blue light on the side will glow red. Once you let it cool down you just start it back up and off you go. No more fried consoles and returning for service, etc.
6) Say what you want about Sony but they have a history of continuing to support things even if they don't catch on. The Mini-disc for example never really became the everyone media they wanted it to but they kept supporting it for many years. They have a history of supporting their prior console well into the life of the new one. I'm not saying MS won't, I think they've said they will, but they don't have as strong of a history to support it. I don't remember much Xbox stuff going on after the 360 launch but the PS2 was still getting new versions and new releases well after the PS3 came out. In the unlikely event the PS4 tanks I'm reasonably sure Sony will support it for years. I'm not sure so confident about MS supporting the 360 if it were to tank. I could totally see them trying to switch directions and push like an RT or windows 8+ box in your living room instead and if I wanted that I'd just hook up a PC to my TV as it is (as I said I'm a PC gamer first anyway).