2015: The Year PS4 Proves It's A Better Option Than Xbox One
Let's face up to facts:
PlayStation 4 didn't win this past holiday season, regardless of what the numbers say.
Xbox One had the momentum heading into this year thanks to games like Sunset Overdrive, holiday bundles, and that very effective $50 price drop. But now that Microsoft's system has returned to the standard $400 price point, Sony is ready to make their move in 2015.
It will lead with its exclusives, as the PlayStation brand always does. Between Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Bloodborne, and The Order: 1886, Sony already has a brighter year ahead of it, and we haven't even talked about the possibility of a new Gran Turismo or God of War just yet. Then there's whatever Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream is working on, and that mystery project at Guerrilla Games (we hear tell it's a sci-fi RPG, which would be sweet).
But it won't end there. As time goes on, I think more and more gamers will start to see the value in PlayStation Plus. At the start of this generation, all anyone could talk about was that a PSN subscription was required for online play. Now that this has died down, we can finally start seeing plans like Plus for what they are: In this case, better than anything Live has. Way better. Then there's PlayStation Now and PlayStation Vue and while I have my reservations about both, they could be excellent options for new consumers.
It's too bad Xbox One couldn't put a bigger dent in PS4's lead over the holidays. Because I honestly think the gap will only widen from here on out.
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1/8/2015 9:57:12 PM Ben Dutka