The price of Xbox One was dropped to $399 but at the cost of Kinect, which majority of consumers believed to be a useless add-on – one they can do without and one the console would be better off.In a recent interview with Forbes, Microsoft’s chief of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi explained why the company released the Kinect bundled Xbox One and then removed it. I think it was the right call to bundle with Kinect. In the beginning of a new console generation, you’re trying to set the bar for a new experience, and I think we did that with Xbox One. We love Kinect, we love the way it’s going and the possibilities. At the same time, we also wanted to have a broadened base of users. Some games are fully Kinect-based, and some are better when you use Kinect, but can also work fine without it. In each of those cases, this is still the right call.In another question when he was asked whether he is worried about PlayStation 4 doing well in the market, he said: … [Read more...] about Microsoft Explains Un-bundling Kinect and Why Xbox One Is Better Than PS4
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"Skyrim" fans have been rejoicing since the past weekend now that "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition" has come out, painting their favorite Tamriel continent in next-gen graphics. The rerelease of the game finally brings, among other things, modding capabilities to the console versions where it was only possible on PC. Of course, great HD graphics, too! However, if you want a better "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition" experience on the console, Express actually recommends that you play the Xbox One version over the PS4. Why, you ask? Simple: Xbox One modders have gotten to work and there are already, at least, twice as many mods for the game on the console than there are on PS4. The Xbox One version has 377 mods right now, while there are only 190 on PS4. One reason why this might be is because the Xbox One is allowed 5 GB of modding, while the PS4 only gets 1 GB. Of course, the number of mods alone for "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition" shouldn't be … [Read more...] about ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition’ News & Update: Here’s Why Xbox One Version Is Better Than PS4!
Update: A previous version of this article incorrectly cited the PS4 Pro as the console, when it was a standard PS4. Unveiled during EA’s E3 conference, A Way Out looks promising - from the team behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, the co-op adventure game offers asymmetrical drama filled with prison breaks and male bonding. Its developer, Josef Fares, has been giving out interviews about his studio’s new game. For more future hits, check out our list of upcoming PC games. In a chat with Engadget, Fares was talking about displaying his game on PS4, and all the advantages that supposedly had. Fares says there aren’t any, really. “Do you want the honest truth? This machine, [the PS4], is not so strong as you think,” Fares says. “This is like a five-year-old PC. If consoles were as powerful as PCs are today, you would see all different games. Most of the work developers put out there is to make them work on consoles.” He … [Read more...] about The PS4 is “like a five-year-old PC” and is holding games back, says developer
Occasionally, facts hurt. A bit. Here’s one that makes me a little bit sad: the console version of Diablo 3 is quite a bit better than the PC version. It’s not quite the same game: in adapting their action-RPG for the PC, Blizzard have added, tweaked, improved upon, and, in-some places, cut features. The changes they’ve made are fascinating and, I think, portable. I want to clearly explain the changes, but also make a plea. There’s no reason why many of the changes made to the console version can’t be ported up to the PC version. In many cases, I think they should be. Most importantly, the changes Blizzard have made are additive. Diablo 3 on console has nearly everything the PC version has. It’s based on the 1.0.7 patch, so that includes the game’s awkward Brawling mode, Monster Power and Paragon Levels. The work Blizzard have put in over the past year to make Diablo 3 a better game is included as a default. But there’s … [Read more...] about Diablo 3 on console is slightly better than the PC version. Can we have the changes on our version please?
Back in August, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida said Sony was mystified by the smashing success of the PlayStation 4. At the time, he said the system's overwhelming popularity "defied the conventional thinking," which the executive said could in fact even be a problem. To understand where a platform is going, you need to know how it got there, he argued.Now, Yoshida says he might have found that answer, or at least gotten closer to it.Speaking with GameSpot this week at PlayStation Experience, Yoshida started off by saying the analysts who predicted new consoles would be a failure were "clearly wrong.""But when you ask the question; what did the PS4 and Xbox One do better than PS3 or Xbox 360, it's a harder question almost to answer," he said.As of November, the PS4 hold sold 30 million units worldwide. Microsoft has not announced any new Xbox One sales numbers, but that platform is selling well, too.Compared to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the PS4 and and Xbox One are up on a … [Read more...] about Why Sony Thinks PS4 Is a Massive Success
The PlayStation 4 is more powerful than the Xbox One, but it might not be this way forever, according to Metro Redux developer 4A Games chief technical officer Oles Shishkovstov. As part of a wide-ranging interview with Digital Foundry's Richard Ledbetter, he asked Shishkovstov to sum up what he thinks the technical differences between the PS4 and Xbox One are"PS4 is just a bit more powerful," Shiskovstov said, after Ledbetter pointed out that the Xbox One has a lower compute unit count and memory bandwidth, and has also faced ESRAM issues. In a lot of cases, too, multiplatform titles run at a higher resolution on PS4 compared to Xbox One."You forgot to mention the ROP count, it's important too," Shishkovstov said. "And let's not forget that both CPU and GPU share bandwidth to DRAM [on both consoles]. I've seen a lot of cases while profiling Xbox One when the GPU could perform fast enough but only when the CPU is basically idle. Unfortunately I've even seen the other way round, when … [Read more...] about PS4 More Powerful Than Xbox One, But Microsoft Always Improving — Metro Dev
One Grand Theft Auto fan is passing the time until Grand Theft Auto V is released on PlayStation 4 by getting creative, putting together a super-slick, custom case design inspired by Rockstar Games and the GTA franchise.As you can see in the image above, shared by Rockstar on its website, the custom console skin features the yellow Rockstar Games logo and the classic black and white GTA logo. The developer writes, "Looks like he's ready to play GTA V in style."GTA V launches for PS4 (and Xbox One) on November 18, while the PC version is scheduled to launch in late January 2015. This custom PS4 is totally unofficial, and Rockstar has not announced a partnership with Sony or Microsoft for a limited edition GTA V PS4 or Xbox One console.The PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of GTA V promise a raft of improvements over the existing Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, which have together shipped more than 34 million copies. The new versions of the game will feature better visuals, increased … [Read more...] about This GTA-Inspired PS4 Is Beautiful, Totally Unofficial
4A Games chief technical officer Oles Shishkovstov says the developer behind the Metro series is working on an open-world title. In a lengthy interview with Eurogamer, he also goes into great detail about programming for both of the current gen game consoles and discusses how ongoing improvements to their toolsets will contribute to their next game.4A Games and publisher Deep Silver recently released updated versions of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Each is being sold separately and bundled together in a package called Metro Redux. The updates represent a total remaster, a kind of director's cut, and have taken the Ukrainian studio more than a year to complete. Metro Redux is available on PC, as well as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.While both console versions of Metro Redux run consistently at 60 fps, the PS4 version shipped with a higher resolution than the Xbox One. Shishkovstov did not shy away from discussing the differences between the two consoles. PS4 is just a … [Read more...] about Creators of Metro 2033 say PS4 is more powerful, tease open-world game
Why do more PlayStation 4 games run in 1080p compared to the Xbox One? Sniper Elite 3 developer Rebellion Games senior producer Jean-Baptiste Bolcato told GamingBolt that part of the issue comes down to the Xbox One's eSRAM."I think eSRAM is easy to use. The only problem is…Part of the problem is that it’s just a little bit too small to output 1080p within that size," he said. "It's such a small size within there that we can't do everything in 1080p with that little buffer of super-fast RAM.""It means you have to do it in chunks or using tricks, tiling it and so on. It's a bit like the reverse of the PS3. PS3 was harder to program for than the Xbox 360. Now it seems like everything has reversed but it doesn't mean it’s far less powerful--it’s just a pain in the ass to start with. We are on fine ground now but the first few months were hell."This is why, Bolcato said, you see more games running in 1080p on PS4 compared to Xbox One, a fact that has drawn debate … [Read more...] about Why do more PS4 games run in 1080p than Xbox One? Sniper Elite dev explains
Just in case you're someone who's inclined to read the title of this opinion piece, skim the first paragraph, and then jump straight to the comments section, this is not a doom-and-gloom message for Microsoft. The Xbox One is selling really well, the Microsoft games division isn't about to go out of business, and the launch of the Xbox One has not been a complete disaster (though it's been a small one). But the Xbox One is in second place, and that's where it's going to stay for this console cycle.Closer to the next-gen launch, I wrote about why the sales numbers didn't really matter. Both the Xbox One and PS4 broke records out of the gate (mostly because more systems were initially available than at any previous console launch). But we knew back at the start of 2013 that consumers had a more positive perception of the PlayStation 4, and the chart below shows that the gulf in purchase intent between Microsoft and Sony's machine only grew larger prior to the systems' launches.Those … [Read more...] about Advantage PS4: Why Sony is winning the console war