The heart of PS4 and Xbox One are indeed similar, running on AMD x86 octa-core CPUs. While Sony did not show its next generation console during its February announcement, Microsoft revealed a lot of information with demos at the May launch event. It must also be mentioned that, the PS4 reveal had much to do with games, whereas the Xbox one reveal touted more about the non-gaming features.
Harking back to the predecessors of the new consoles, Sony’s original PlayStation debuted in 1994, while Microsoft’s original Xbox made its entry in 2000, after Sony released its PS2. Despite the late entry, the Xbox gained a substantial market share in the world of video gaming, and has been a hot rival of the PlayStation.
Coming to the next gen consoles, gamers have been pondering whether Xbox One has enough to offer in the gaming department. Doubts arose after the initial glance at the launch event, which seemed to convey that Xbox One’s entertainment features are as good as its gaming features. In contrast, PS4 seems to be all about gaming.
Both consoles have not changed their controllers radically, but tried to upgrade them with subtle innovations and slight modifications. Sony and Microsoft have unveiled motion sensing technologies as well. While the former has yet to reveal more about its PlayStation 4 Eye, the latter did a good job demonstrating its Kinect, which can sense detailed movements of the gamer and even detect one’s heartbeat.
Sony is planning to show more of PS4 at the 2013 E3 event, where Microsoft will detail its gaming department. It is expected to release the console in November, coinciding with the Xbox One release. With two similar consoles launching in November with similar pricing and software line-ups, how will gamers make their purchase decision?