PS4 gains another launch day game, Xbox One loses one

Last week, Sony said that at least 22 PlayStation 4 games would be ready for its launch in the U.S. on Nov. 15. Today, Sony and Electronic Arts have both confirmed the PS4 will add yet another launch title, the racing game "Need For Speed Rivals."

Sony's PlayStation blog posted the news today, which brings the current launch day game total to 23 for the PS4. Need For Speed Rivals will also support RemotePlay, which will allow users who also have a PS Vita portable console to continue to play the game while they are away from the big screen TV.

Microsoft stated back in August it had 23 games "targeted" for the launch of the Xbox One in the U.S. on Nov. 22. One of those games was Ubisoft's "Watch Dogs," which has since been delayed for both the Xbox One and PS4 to spring 2014. Now there's word that another game on Microsoft's list, the casual puzzle sequel "Peggle 2," which was a timed exclusive, won't make it for the actual launch date.

Venture Beat reports that, according to a PopCap spokesperson, "Peggle 2" will actually be released a few weeks later in December. In fact, it appears that was the plan all along, which means Microsoft's list back in August was in error. This new development means Microsoft will have 21 games ready for the Xbox One launch but, as we have seen, we could have more changes on the list before the date arrives.

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this is also a launch title for xbox one!
its sad that you guys make it sound like this is an exclusive for the ps4 in the article above.

Thief000 said,
Yeah, I thought the same as you. It's a bit sensationalist.

Yep and unfortunately in keeping with many of the XBox One news stories...

I understand you only have so much room in the title to get across what you are trying to say and still be catchy, but you could have at least mentioned Xbox is getting the launch as well? I too was under the impression you guys were saying it was a PS4 exclusive!

If you read the title and article it comes over as negative about xbox and makes us think that the game will not be a launch game for xbox one.

This in itself is not bad as you might not have sensed this when you wrote the piece but again its a bit sad that when you do read that some people are confused because of your article that your first response is to be defensive instead of helpful and add a little bit of extra information to your piece.

ps: It may also be helpful to add that it is only a ps4 launch game in North America.

Honestly, if all of my friends weren't getting a PS4, I would get the Xbox because of the media features. I just feel like $400 is too much for a ps4 since it really doesn't do anything other than play games with "better graphics". Like, if I was going to wasted $400++, I would also want the console to do a lot more just like the Xbox offers. And also, BF4 looks better on Xbox than on PS4, so theres also that.

ACTIONpack said,
Is anyone going to get the Xbox one just foe the media features and not the game part?

Nope. I can't think of a single reason to get the Xbox one. All those media features are locked behind a paywall. Who would pay $500 for something a $60 Roku can do? The PS4 is a better games machine with superior performance in multiplats too. Forza is also coming out with DLC for cars that cost nearly as much as the full price game itself. I don't think any genuine person would be favouring the Xbox at this point.

ACTIONpack said,
Is anyone going to get the Xbox one just foe the media features and not the game part?

Only media feature that would compliment my setup would be the game recording feature (which both consoles will have I understand now) as I've had to stop myself a few times on ebay from bidding for a HDMI Roxio or Hauppauge device.

Soldiers33 said,
clearly people are favouring the xbox one. Just cause youre not doesnt mean others aint.

The only people favouring the Xbox One would be those who would blindly follow Microsoft off a cliff (aka Neowin). These are the types that widely deride Apple fans for their brand loyalty whilst openly praising Microsoft for one of their biggest blunders ever. As i said i cant think of a single reason to get the Xbox One.
Is it games? Cant be as the PS4 performs better and has more exclusives (and will over its life cycle as the last few years of the 360 have shown).
It cant be for media either because you get that for free on PS4/Roku/any other device for much cheaper.
It cant be cos its cheaper than the competition.....
So... what exactly does the Xbox offer? A sub par experience that can be had for much cheaper elsewhere.
As I said, no genuine person would be favouring the Xbox at this point.

ImGonaWreckIt said,
And also, BF4 looks better on Xbox than on PS4, so theres also that.

No. It doesnt.
Also PS4 has all the same media features as the Xbox One and they arent behind a paywall.

the better twin said,

No. It doesnt.
Also PS4 has all the same media features as the Xbox One and they arent behind a paywall.

I think the XBox version looks better as well. The PS4 version seems washed out and at least appears based on the video released to have a shorter draw distance... I showed the video to a couple of friends and they favored the XBox version as well...

the better twin said,

The only people favouring the Xbox One would be those who would blindly follow Microsoft off a cliff (aka Neowin). These are the types that widely deride Apple fans for their brand loyalty whilst openly praising Microsoft for one of their biggest blunders ever. As i said i cant think of a single reason to get the Xbox One.
Is it games? Cant be as the PS4 performs better and has more exclusives (and will over its life cycle as the last few years of the 360 have shown).
It cant be for media either because you get that for free on PS4/Roku/any other device for much cheaper.
It cant be cos its cheaper than the competition.....
So... what exactly does the Xbox offer? A sub par experience that can be had for much cheaper elsewhere.
As I said, no genuine person would be favouring the Xbox at this point.

You're not considering the cloud features for the XBox, which make experiences possible that wouldn't be on the PS4 and can substantially impact graphic ability as well... And unlike the PS4 can become more powerful over time...

M_Lyons10 said,

I think the XBox version looks better as well. The PS4 version seems washed out and at least appears based on the video released to have a shorter draw distance... I showed the video to a couple of friends and they favored the XBox version as well...

The digital foundry footage that they admitted they screwed up on?

the better twin said,

The digital foundry footage that they admitted they screwed up on?

They admitted they accidentally made the Xbox version look worse than it actually is...

M_Lyons10 said,

I think the XBox version looks better as well. The PS4 version seems washed out and at least appears based on the video released to have a shorter draw distance... I showed the video to a couple of friends and they favored the XBox version as well...

If you want crushed blacks and amped up contrast you could just do that on your tv. PS4 version is the better console version, and is more in line with the PC version which is best.

First of all from what we have seen in screenshots and some videos, games look just as good or at the very worst subjective and half the people think one looks better and the other half likes the other. You can think all you want that the 30% or whatever its up to now is going to make a huge difference but it just isnt. Atleast not as big as it should seeing how sony put all its eggs into graphics. Get the console that has the exclusives you want and/or other features or you will be setting yourself up for disappointment if your reason is graphics.

ACTIONpack said,
Is anyone going to get the Xbox one just foe the media features and not the game part?

JUST for the media features? Why would anyone spend $500 for a device just to use the same features an $80 SMP has?

Lord Method Man said,

JUST for the media features? Why would anyone spend $500 for a device just to use the same features an $80 SMP has?

Because it also plays games and your paying an extra 100 for kinect and media features that even the 360 is far better at than a Roku. The only one I have used thats close is boxee or apple tv and those are 99 and over and still not quite as good.

Lord Method Man said,
The question was if anyone was buying an Xbox One *just* for the media features, nothing to do with games or Kinect.
Because it does everything that 80$ SMP player does and more and im just talking media wise like DVR and Cable Box. On top of that it does it 10x faster/smoother/better and is voice command via kinect. Makes your living room so much more simple and convenient.

Not that im buying one just for that but i know people that are and see the gaming as just a bonus.

Houtei said,
Because it does everything that 80$ SMP player does and more and im just talking media wise like DVR and Cable Box. On top of that it does it 10x faster/smoother/better and is voice command via kinect. Makes your living room so much more simple and convenient.

Not that im buying one just for that but i know people that are and see the gaming as just a bonus.


Its not a DVR. Doesnt have any tv recording capabilities. Kind of makes the cablebox integration pointless.

the better twin said,

Nope. I can't think of a single reason to get the Xbox one. All those media features are locked behind a paywall. Who would pay $500 for something a $60 Roku can do? The PS4 is a better games machine with superior performance in multiplats too. Forza is also coming out with DLC for cars that cost nearly as much as the full price game itself. I don't think any genuine person would be favouring the Xbox at this point.

Yeah, I mean at least the PS4 can play CDs... wait no... at least you can listen to your mp3s... wait not that either... at least you can use external storage... nope, darn... at least you can use those great PS3 themes... wait, can't do any of these things... um...

ACTIONpack said,
Is anyone going to get the Xbox one just foe the media features and not the game part?

I'm getting it just for the media features.
I want to see where this is going.

I don't even have any games pre-ordered. Hoping if I do want one, it'll be available for download.

Jaybonaut said,
It's all about Killer Instinct anyway.

On that note, where's a Fatal Fury or Rise Of The Robots remake?

Aergan said,

On that note, where's a Fatal Fury or Rise Of The Robots remake?

They still make King of Fighters now and then (which includes Fatal Fury characters.) Acclaim no longer exists and Rise was so awful... lol.

Jaybonaut said,

They still make King of Fighters now and then (which includes Fatal Fury characters.) Acclaim no longer exists and Rise was so awful... lol.

Awful or not, it's still a classic beat 'em up with heavy roots in PlayStation ports!

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I'd love an Angry Birds Kart racing game where you can see the detailed ruffled feathers on the birds in full 1080P high definition.

I'm afraid both consoles will have to settle for 720p on that one as it would need to support 90fps /s

Mr.XXIV said,
And I stopped caring about NFS since they've stopped letting us customize our cars.

Need For Speed 4 High Stakes and Need For Speed 5 Porsche Unleashed were the last awesome NFS games before being corrupted by Fast and Furious culture.

The games back then had so much of side information eg. in NFS4, a voice over and video would give us a walkthrough of the track and explain the tricky sections. There was also a voice over of the cars explaining a little history of each along with high resolution pics. The music was pure electronica/techno/trance and none of the hip-hop/pop of today and a biggie, no rubberband AI.

These small attention to details made NFS series great at that time.

I did buy last year's NFS but it sucked so hard. So I don't care if it's coming out on PS4 or Xbox One first.

Yeah, NFS (which releases on BOTH consoles BTW) got tiresome quite a few titles ago. Franchise fatigue and going against FM5 is not going to cut it.

Edited by Thief000, Nov 5 2013, 10:49am :

sanke1 said,

Need For Speed 4 High Stakes and Need For Speed 5 Porsche Unleashed were the last awesome NFS games before being corrupted by Fast and Furious culture.

The games back then had so much of side information eg. in NFS4, a voice over and video would give us a walkthrough of the track and explain the tricky sections. There was also a voice over of the cars explaining a little history of each along with high resolution pics. The music was pure electronica/techno/trance and none of the hip-hop/pop of today and a biggie, no rubberband AI.

These small attention to details made NFS series great at that time.

I did buy last year's NFS but it sucked so hard. So I don't care if it's coming out on PS4 or Xbox One first.


Whoops, quoted wrong post. Lol