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Why Xbox One Will Win the Console Wars
by Hannah Bloom on 07/22/13 11:21:00 am

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Ever since the Xbox One and the Sony Playstation 4 have been announced, the main question that gamers have been asking is which one they should buy. The real question here should be why there is any question at all. While the PS4 is little more than a slight upgrade over what the PS3 offers, the Xbox One is a complete revamping. Microsoft might be offering a console that is $100 more than what Sony is charging, but that extra price tag appears to be because it is well worth what it is asking for.


The best news for gamers is that the one feature that was dragging down the excitement over the Xbox One has actually been done away with. There were plenty of people (myself included) who were less than impressed with the company requiring people to have an Internet connection in order to continue gaming. While always online was never really a requirement, the need to check in once a day was annoying enough. Microsoft seemed to actually recognize that they were going out of their way to annoy the people who would be buying this device and did something very few large companies do anymore. The Xbox One team actually listened to their fans and made their product all the more attractive.


With the hurdle of having to connect online removed, there really isn't a reason not to buy this console. If you were going to save up the money to buy the PS4, then save a little more money and get the console that is going to win the war. The Kinect is improved to the point that its sensitivity will leave you dropping your jaw. The fact that you can actually switch between television and gaming quickly and easily means that you can have your entire entertainment suite in one place. The Xbox One team has even promised that there will be better integration with cable services than what we have heard about so far. This gaming console is going to bring quite a bit more than just games and that is why it will win this battle.

 

Now, this is a personal preference but most gamers would agree that the Xbox controller is arguably the best in the industry. The weight, positioning of the buttons and grip make it comfortable to hold even during marathon gaming sessions. With 40 new design features including thinner analog sticks, a perforated rubber coating and extremely fast controller to console communication, these elements make for a more dynamic experience than ever before.


The Sony PS4 might have scored some victories out of E3, but those who awarded them points that week, need to realize that the points they scored have largely been left moot. Both consoles are going to have better, graphics. Both consoles are going to offer social features that will make gamers everywhere happy. Only the Xbox One offers enough extras to make it a day one purchase. 


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