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PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: How the "Tables Can be Turned Around" (Part 1)


 Xbox Ones stacked, circa March 2014, more probably in storage 

The competition between Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 continues, with Sony's PlayStation 4

seemingly winning.  I admit that I was one of those video game players who waited in a long line eagerly anticipating getting the PlayStation 4 when it launched on November 15, 2013.  I had no plans to stand in line for the Xbox One when it launched November 22, 2013.  I chose the PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One because Sony seemed to have a more stable outlook of what video gamers want -- while Microsoft did a lot of waffling about what the video gamers can and cannot do on its system. Additionally the television, or video watching rather than the video gaming aspects of the Xbox One were stressed. This would have been ok, if your sole purpose in purchasing a video gaming system was to watch television.   From my perspective, Microsoft was concentrating on the non-gaming features of its new system while Sony, in my opinion, took the right and more effective approach of emphasizing the gaming aspects of the PlayStation 4.  

Of course, there were some problems with the PS4 at launch, after all it was a completely new system; however, Sony was quick to respond to problems with the PS4 and in some cases shipped out replacement units in record time based on the extent of the problem.  I am a witness to this.  Experiences may vary, however, my communications with Sony's Customer Support were positive and always resulted in some fast action on Sony's part to resolve the problem.  I now have a PS4 that I am satisfied with.  Video game players were even told ahead of time about  the requirement to load a patch as soon as they received their PS4 at launch date. This was communicated prior to the launch date, so there were no surprises or confusion as to what you had to do when you first plugged in and turned on your PS4.

Now -- lets look at how Microsoft chose to introduce its Xbox One.  First of all, it appears that noone really knew what the system would be called.  Finally, during the Microsoft press conference, video game players found out the system would be called the Xbox One instead of the Xbox 720.  To be fair to Microsoft, there was also speculation as to what the Sony's PlayStation 4 would be called with Orbis mentioned as a possible name--which thankfully, in my opinion, did not stick.  However, Sony did not keep video gamers in as much suspense as Microsoft did with the name of its console, and once released, the name of the system did not change for the PS4.  This is not true for the Xbox One.  My question to Microsoft is why number a video game system "One," when it is clearly not the first generation console.  Months later, under a new advertising campaign, Microsoft stated that the Xbox One, was an "All in One System" which in my opinion is not a unique idea.  There are lots of "all in one" systems on the market, including it's competing rival, the PS4. Microsoft's attempt to increase excitement for its system, seems to have fallen on deaf ears -- in my opinion.


Xbox One vs PS4 

Additionally, when the PlayStation 4 was introduced as PlayStation 4 or simply PS4 -- the name stuck.  This was not the case for the Xbox One.  The Xbox One is sometiimes referred to as Xbone.  When I first saw this name in print, my first thought was that someone was trying to underrate Xbox One by referring to it as a "bone."  I deciphered Xbone as "X + bone" instead of "Xbox - one" where the "ox" was simply dropped and replaced by "one."  I do not know who started this name reference, but my recommendation is for it to stop before it takes off and gets a life of its own.   You may ask exactly what is in a name -- My response would be "Everything."  Personally, the image of a bone, is not one I would like to visualize when I referred to my video game console system as Xbone.


PS4 and Xbox One

Of course there are die-hard Xbox One and PS4 fans who will buy their system of choice, no matter the botched publicity of the Xbox One, vs. the focused, video game player PR from Sony.  By now, you probably already own your console of choice, or have an idea of which system you plan to get.  Alternatively, you may opt to get both systems and enjoy the benefits both can offer.

However, looking from the viewpoints of Sony and Microsoft, your choice does make a difference. Both companies are out to get your video game playing dollars so it would be in their favor, from a bottom line stance, if you chose to purchase their video game console system over the competitor.

Just who is winning so far -- the Xbox One or the PS4? How can the tables be turned for the less popular system? Check out Part 2 for these answers and more coming soon.

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:17

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Video Games: New Spider-Man 2 Cover Art Revealed



The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game

If you are excited about the new Spider-Man video game, you will be happy to know that new cover art has just been revealed for the latest version of the game.  The video gameplay will consist of Peter Parker, also known as Spider-Man protecting his home turf against enemy factions in Manhattan. The greatly-enhanced Manhattan setting will be open for you to explore as you manipulate and use Spider-Man's super powers to their fullest extent.


New Spider-Man 2 Cover Art Revealed

The video gameplay will also include a new feature where you can use the Hero to Menace option which provides rewards when you use crime-fighting choices to out-wit and defeat foes who are threatening Manhattan and its inhabitants.

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Spider-Man 2 Video Game

The Spider-Man 2 video game is scheduled to be released alongside the Spider-Man movie which has a projected release date of May, 2014.  Spider-Man 2 will be playable on the Xbox One, Playstation4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, PC and the Nintendo 3DS.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 03:58

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Video Games: Watch Dogs Release Date Revealed


Watch Dogs Video Game

Finally, you can be put out of suspense regarding the actual, bona fide release date for the highly anticipated video game, Watch Dogs.  After several delays -- the latest being the November 2013 timeframe -- a few months after Grand Theft Auto  V was released on September 17, 2013, there was much speculation why the release of Watch Dogs was once again delayed.  Watch Dogs had been previously reported to be available for video game players when the next generation video game systems, the Xbox One and PS4 were released -- back in November 2013.  Lo and behold, this was not the case.  Some linked the delay to Ubisoft not wanting Watch Dogs to be overshadowed by Grand Theft Auto V, which went on to break all kinds of video game selling records.  However, according to Ubisoft's  North American President, Laurent Detoc, the game simply was not ready for prime-time during that time.  In other words, the video game was not the best that it could be and was not ready to be released.


Watch Dogs Video Game

The lag time between November 2013 and now did not go by without some other dates "leaking" for the possible release of  Watch Dogs.  For example at the trailer at the end of a Sony  promotion, a release date was advertised to be June 30, 2014. However, as it stands now, it looks as if the June 30, 2014 date was simply a place holder for the true release date that was unavailable previously.


Watch Dogs Video Game

May 27, 2014 -- This is date that will stand as the actual release date for Watch Dogs.  Watch Dogs is rated M for Mature video and will be available for game play on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Playstation 4 and the PC on May 27, 2014.   Of course, Watch Dogs is available for pre-order.  Watch Dog's release date  for the Nintendo WII U was not available at press time.

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 20:29

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Video Games: Titanfall Leaks Closed Alpha Testing 2014


Titanfall video game

What would the the start of the year 2014 be in the video game world without a few leaks from the video game industry?  The first official leak of the year is from a "closed" alpha test of the video game, Titanfall. Titanfall is a highly anticipated video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and developed by Electronic Arts which was introduced at the Electronics Expo (E3) during Microsoft's press conference in 2013.


 Titanfall video game

A select group of people were given the opportunity to perform a closed-alpha test for this video game before it is released to the general public.  As expected, leaks have sprung up since this started -- which could be planned and well-orchestrated  to up the demand for Titanfall when it releases. Some actual video game footage from the testing was published and some were promptly brought down.

Looks like the gameplay consist of Call of Duty like actions where you attack enemies while traversing the map. I watched part of the video game action which had graphics that seem a little shaky to me -- but this may because the game is still officially in a testing stage.


Titanfall video game

During video gameplay, you will manage load-outs for your soldiers as well as the Titans.  Weapons will consist of an "anti-tank" also known as a titan, sidearms, and slots for grenades and bombs for enemy battles. There will also be a single, masterful weapon for your Titan.

A Titanfall fan took to twitter and asked if there would be open beta testing and the response given was "It's possible." I guess we will have to wait and see.

Titanfall video game will be released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the PC on March 11, 2014 and will be rated M for Mature.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 23:45

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Sonic Boom Video Game Announced by Sega

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Sonic Boom Video Game

Good news for Sonic the Hedgehog video game fans.  Sega shows no signs of slowing down in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise series and has announced a new game -- Sonic Boom.  This video game will be like no other Sonic the Hedgehog video game.  Out of the previous 70 Sonic the Hedgehog video games, this will be a different type video game in more ways than one.  For starters, this game will be a multi-media project.  In addition to playing the video game Sonic Boom, you will be able to look at the animated television show that will also be available.  Additionally, there will be a new toy line as well.

The Sega producer of Sonic Boom, Stephen Frost, has been working with developers and others to make this game as fun and creative as other Sonic games.  It helps that Stephen Frost is a long-time Sonic video game player himself, who has the goal to bring a lot of what he has envisioned for the Sonic video game franchise to fruition.


Sonic Boom Video Game

Here's what you can expect when Sonic Boom is released.  This action-adventure video game will concentrate on exploration and combat.  There will be 4 playable characters that you can control:  They are:  Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna and Amy Rose.

You will also use collaboration during your video game play since you are able to switch among various characters. Other changes include levels being connected to each other -- so when you leave one level, there will be some semblance of where you have left.  Even though there are similarities between the TV series and the video game -- the game will go a step further and take you to places and adventures that you will not see or experience on the TV series.


Sonic Boom Video Game

Sonic Boom video game will be playable on the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. A specific release date for Sonic Boom was unavailable at press time.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 23:12

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