Should You Buy PS4?

By Kamau High

PS4

Managing editor

khigh@afro.com

The PlayStation 4 came out of the last holiday season dominating the Xbox One in terms of sales and gamer enthusiasm. As another gift giving season approaches, here’s why you should buy a PS4 instead of an Xbox One.

Games: From blockbusters such as “The Last of Us,” “Bloodborne,” the “God of War” series and the upcoming “Uncharted 4” to fascinating independent offerings such as “Galak-Z: The Dimensional,” “Resogun,” “Rocket League,” and “Helldivers” the PS4 offers exclusive games for just about any taste. The vast majority of the big name games such as “Call of Duty,” “Madden,” and “The Witcher” come to both consoles so the difference between often comes down to what you think of the exclusives each offers.

Apps: If you want to watch television through your PS4 that is an option. While it doesn’t offer the ability to run your cable through it like the Xbox One does, apps such ESPN, HBO and Verizon Fios allow you to watch most kinds of TV.

PlayStation Now: For an additional $15 a month you can play a selection of PS3 games on your PS4 through the streaming service PlayStation Now. The games are a mix of well known franchises like “Resident Evil” and “Street Fighter,” arcade classics like “Frogger” and “Dragon’s Lair” and independents like “Joe Danger 2: The Movie” and “Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack.”

PlayStation Plus: In order to play multiplayer games online user must subscribe to PlayStation Plus, which costs $49.99 per year. One of perks of the service is that you get two free games every month for every PlayStation system; PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. As long as you maintain your subscription you have access to these games.

Remote play: Speaking of the Vita, the handheld can be used to play PlayStation 4 games over a wireless connection, whether on the same network or a different one across the country. The ability to play console games on a handheld system was a big draw for me and one I use all the time.

Yes, the PS4 costs slightly more. Given all that it does, it’s worth it.

Should You Buy an Xbox One?

XBoxOne II

By James Bentley

Associate editor

jbentley@afro.com

We are now two years into the life of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles and now is a great time to look at how the two systems stack up against each other. Here’s why you should purchase an Xbox One.

Price: Xbox One wins on price. You can currently purchase the 1 TB edition of the console bundled with your choice of several different games for $399 versus the PS4 which currently only offers one option for the 1 TB console a Call of Duty: Black Ops III bundle for $429.

Exclusives: Exclusive titles are one of the best things Xbox One offers. There are many multiplatform games today but consoles are distinguished by their exclusive games. Xbox’s library is led by the “Halo,” “Gears of War,” “Tomb Raider” and “Forza” franchises giving them the edge in this department.

Xbox One is also the only console with EA Access. EA Access is an Xbox One exclusive service that gives you unlimited playtime of Electronic Arts games for a monthly fee. For $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year, subscribers get 10 hours of play on new titles, full access to play EA’s Xbox One games in the EA Vault, play some of them before they are released and get a 10% discount off any other EA digital purchases on Xbox One.

Entertaiment: Xbox One is the superior entertainment machine. One of the system’s key distinguishing features is its ability to transmit your cable box’s TV signal, allowing you to quickly switch between playing a game and watching a show. It can also snap your TV feed to the top right of the screen so you can do both at once kind of like a built-in picture in picture. Both consoles cover the essential popular streaming services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Amazon Instant Video. Xbox goes even further here giving users access to network apps like HBO Go, Fox Now, CW and Comedy Central and you can even stream media from any DLNA-enabled device in your home.

Microsoft has revealed the first 104 games that make use of the Xbox One’s new backwards compatibility functionality on its Nov. 12 service launch headlined by “Fallout 3,” the “Gears of War” franchise and “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas” 1 and 2. New games will be added to these 104 on a regular basis starting in December.  Games confirmed to arrive in the future include “Halo Reach,” “Halo Wars,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” the “BioShock” franchise and “Skate 3.”

Add all of that to the fact that Windows 10 is coming to Xbox One and it makes this your clear choice for a next generation gaming console. Windows 10 has already changed the user interface and promises the addition of more apps to come soon. If you have a Windows 10 device, you can plug in your Xbox One controller and stream your console games directly to your monitor, tablet or laptop.