Next-gen Consoles: PS4 vs Xbox OnePAX Prime 2013 may not have had as big of an emphasis on games as it did in the past. This year, the next-generation consoles have become the primary focus of the show. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and their respective games were available for the public, where fans were able to get their very first play through experience.

Next-gen Consoles: PS4 vs Xbox OnePAX Prime 2013 may not have had as big of an emphasis on games as it did in the past. This year, the next-generation consoles have become the primary focus of the show. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and their respective games were available for the public, where fans were able to get their very first play through experience.

In my mind, I thought next-gens were going to get a huge and massive leap in graphical beauty and processing power. What I saw and experienced at PAX is really good graphically, but not the leap and bounds next-gen revelation I was expecting.

As I decided to switch over to PC gaming a while ago and modestly upgraded my PC to run games pretty smoothly, PC games ended up looking much better than my console games, and while this is a well-known fact for many gamers, I didn’t think it would be obtainable so easily, and providing such a stark difference in quality. Tomb Raider, for example, was worlds more beautiful on PC than on console, and I understand that consoles have limitations, but these limitations really showed towards the end of both of the consoles respective lives. I wasn’t really impressed by the Assassin’s Creed 4 trailer shown to me at a booth, but I was mesmerized when I went to the Nvidia booth and played a demo of the same game running on a top notch computer.

Warframe on PS4Right now, I think next-gen only looks vastly impressive to true console gamers, who stuck with their consoles true and through, and weren’t tempted by PC gaming. PC gamers on the other hand, may not see any real reason to get a new console just yet because the visuals are not quite as superior.

However, I see a future that will change this view. As I look back on the games that came out exclusively on each console over the years, the visuals improved, and the power of the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 were truly harnessed to create some spectacular games. Last of Us, God of War 3, Halo 3, Uncharted 2, Gears of War, just to name a few, are all excellent games that reach new heights compared to the initial launch titles and were huge hits in terms of gameplay, graphics, and visual styles. These notable titles will come to next-gen eventually. It’s just going to take some time for developers to truly grasp the power of each console and create something special.

Battlefield 4 on Xbox OneBesides, consoles have changed from gaming machines into full-fledged entertainment hubs in recent years. The PS4 and the Xbox One will use cloud processing and be more integrated with the Internet than ever before. Your day to day life can practically revolve around these new systems. They want to be your entertainment and storage hub, television provider and gaming machine all at the same time.

As for console gamers, it is a no-brainer to purchase a next-gen system to replace the old one, since the graphical improvements are much superior. Both next-gen consoles features similar technical capability, so the bottom line is what exclusive games are available and how its apps and entertainment setup mirror your particular needs. The winner of the console wars is in the choices of you – gamers, so whichever purchase you make, make sure it’s the one you want. But there is one thing I am sure: any advance in one area helps things across the board and whenever new consoles come out, it gives a boost to gaming overall – that’s what we all want to see.

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