Gamers remain the reasoning behind the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, but each console continues to roll-out features that will appeal to non-gamers as well. With the imminent release of these next generation consoles, most gamers have already decided which they will purchase, but for those on the fence, and for those looking for additional features, lets have a quick look at which might be the machine for you.
While awesome games for each abound it’s important to remember that games are not all that are on offer. The PlayStation 3 was one of the first Blu-ray players to receive immediate consumer attention. At the same time, Xbox 360 was one of the pioneers in providing Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s streaming video service. Not surprisingly, each will continue to offer even more in entertainment features.
Xbox One will finally make the jump to Blu-ray
Unlike the Xbox 360, the Xbox One will finally make the jump to Blu-ray to join the format support already offered by the Playstation 3 and, of course, the PlayStation 4. Additionally, both systems will offer access to Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and others.
Both systems will also offer access to large libraries of on-demand movies, television shows, and music. For those that purchase the Xbox One these will come from Xbox Live Movies & TV and Music Stores. For those that opt for the PS4, this buy-able and rent-able content will come from Sony’s Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited on-demand services. While available content will vary, there will be something for everyone on both consoles.
Is it time to look at what the Xbox One will offer?
With all that said, it’s time to look at what the Xbox One will offer that the PlayStation will not, starting with television integration. The Xbox One will come with an HDMI pass-through and infrared “blaseter” that will allow for the integration of both cable and satellite TV. Essentially, this will allow you to allow the Xbox to control your TV while simultaneously using the built in media features. Users, in theory, will be able to both change channels with Kinect, or with your voice.
Apps will also be able to be moved to the side in order to enable full use without obscuring the television signal. This is a decided advantage over the PS4. An advantage that you will pay for if you opt for the Xbox One.
The Xbox One retails for $100 more than the PlayStation 4 and a subscription to Xbox Live Gold will set you back an additional $60 annually. But for those who watch a lot of TV, the Xbox One stands head and shoulders over the PS4.