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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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Tags: playstation 4, ps4, ps4 games, next generation

1/8/2015 9:57:12 PM Ben Dutka

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Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 10:16:37 PM

PS Plus is worth it for me. I can't complain. I've got cool worthwhile FREE games over the last little while like Infamous First Light, Velocity 2x, Queerbow Moon, Strider, Duke Nukem 3D Megaton edition (i never knew the backgrounds got updated to polygons!), and Injustice... err. I had already bought that one =p

While I feel like MS is still holding cards to their chest I do think PS4 will have the better lineup of software this year. That and mostly superior performing or looking third party games.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 1/8/2015 10:18:58 PM

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Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 10:24:18 PM

LOL at Queerbow Moon. It took me a second to figure out what the hell that was.

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 10:20:07 AM

Its great that we get all these games, but I dont think I dont think its a good business model for sony in the long run. I was about to buy first light for ps4 abd duck tales for ps3. Now its available for free. Many games I hold off for the purchase became available which makes me not want to preorder the full 60 bucks anymore.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 10:50:43 PM

I think Sony fans handled the Plus payment for online shift relatively maturely.

But yeah having 3 good exclusives in a year is actually a nice year, also there will be announcements to excite people into purchases.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 11:27:38 PM

I can't believe you forgot about FFVII and The Last Guardian... smh Ben...

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Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 11:30:11 PM

Also Media Molecule is working on a project and Street Fighter V will draw in SF/fighting fans that hasn't made the jump.

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 12:41:59 AM

Their new Tearaway game coming exclusively for the PlayStation 4 System looks great!

Last edited by Temjin001 on 1/9/2015 12:43:28 AM

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Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 11:46:06 PM

honestly, ps+ has been worth it for me in every way bc of all the free games (i dl most of them and never get around to playing them but its good to know i can play them whenever i want) also, you can find the ps+ cards on deals all the time on the internet. a year for at least $35 is a steal (thanks slickdeals)

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 1:49:01 AM

In all honesty most of the games I am interested in are multiplatform certainly the big guns of The Phantom Pain and Final Fantasy XV. It seems both consoles are struggling to really stand a part so I question if the PS4 can really achieve that.

There are exclusives which set it apart. Persona 5 being a huge title for JRPG lovers. I still have my doubts on The Order 1886, but if it turns out to be more than Gears of War in a new coat I'll be pleased. Street Fighter V isn't such a big deal as it is still on PC. Then there is Uncharted 4 which has the pressure of being the technical benchmark of this generation.

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 9:45:28 AM

I'm dying for a Persona 5 release date, preferably this year.

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 2:48:43 AM

It better does! Last year was very frustrating to me.

I disagree in what you say that PS+ is better than Live now. No way. To put it this way: If my Ex-girlfriend went down on me as much as PSN does, we would still be together.

Seriously, Sony really needs to improve PS online infrastructure. There are constant maintenance downtimes that do not happen on Xbox Live and don't forget PSN really suffers with heavy traffic. It was ok when PSN was free but now that is a for pay service, it is unacceptable.

Secondly, the "Free" games. MS copied Sony and gives free games each month to its online subscribers BUT with Live you really get free games each month. You pay your subscription for online gaming and the free games you get are yours to keep, you don't have to renew your Live subscription to keep playing them on the 360. I really wish PS+ could let me do that.

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SirLoin of Beef
Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 11:54:24 AM

I believe that the games for gold on the X1 are only yours to keep as long as you have a subscription, however.

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 4:06:47 AM

I believe it's a grave mistake to underestimate Microsoft.

With the current situation I consider it to be *extremely* likely that Microsoft will spend a *lot* more money into exclusive deals than they ever did during the Xbox360 years.

So I would not be surprised if we will see some really really sweet exclusives coming for the Xbone during the next 2-3 years. And that's something I'm willing to bet a lot on. Microsoft still has cash, and software is really the only thing to fight over at this stage, apart from pricing policy.

Add to this the impression I got of Sony to lower their guard on their exclusive investments, and we might have an exact opposite situation of the generation behind us.

Last edited by Beamboom on 1/9/2015 4:09:34 AM

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 3:41:35 PM

MS will never do anything but third party bundles.That has failed to change anything even for the fall.PS4 was the highest selling console globally.Money has done nothing for MS period in the industry.Also where have you got it that Sony has lowered their guard?Have you seen this year's release lineup?

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 4:04:41 PM

I'm not sure what you mean with "3rd party bundles", but if I do: What does it matter if an exclusive is made by a developer owned by Microsoft or not (1st or 3rd party) as long as it is good? Also notice I am talking about the upcoming 2-3 years.

Or I don't think all they will do will be timed exclusives, if that's what you meant with "bundles". It's what they did back when they were in a very different position than now. Sony has changed, MS can change too.

In regards to lowering the guard:
I am not impressed with the Sony exclusives so far. The network issues they've had with Driveclub smells like low budget to me. It is far, far from the top tier exclusiveness they've ben renowned for.

I got much of that same impression with The Order, I feel the delays are a bad omen. And the videos so far look... Not very special at all. I'm sure it's a decent game, but a milestone? I seriously doubt it. In fact I am willing to bet that it will struggle with reaching a metascore of 80.

Then we got the "exclusive" that's not really exclusive at all since it will come to PC too: No Man's Sky. Intriguing concept, but made by an indie dev. Expectations should be accordingly.

Nobody cares about LBP anymore.

Bloodborne are for the hardcore.

And then there's Uncharted. Uncharted is Uncharted - it will rock the sales charts and bring in the big scores. But it's kinda sad how Sony has more or less just one major horse to play on now.

It's just... Not impressive. I expected a better prepared Sony with the PS4. What have the studios been working on the last 3-4 years? Why are people leaving the studios? What's going on? I don't have a good feeling on this.

Plus, now Sony got the lead, by a good margin. They now are the one with the best multiplat machine of the two. It looks to me like that was their strategy for this generation. So while the PS3 was *totally* dependent on the exclusives, the PS4 is a very different beast.

We shall see, but one should definitely not expect everything to remain the same this gen. It's pretty much upside-down already compared to the gen we got behind us.

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slow and smart
Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 8:44:25 AM

Hmm,xboxone did win november and i guess also dec.,but:ps4 sold well nov and dec AND i guess that a lot of xboxone buyers are also customers that wanted to buy it later,say jan/febr/march but bought it nov/dec because of the good pricing/deals,so more in nov/dec and less in jan/march,we'l see...

about 2015:ps4 has better [console] exclusives:
Uncharted 4/No man's Sky/The vanishing of Ethan Carter/The order 1886/Bloodborne ,
the gap will get bigger and bigger,no doubt at all.

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 10:32:43 AM

To me, the PS4 is the default system in the minds of a vast majority of gamers. Those who haven't taken the plunge are eyeing that system and only that system. There's not much Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo can do to hurt the sterling image of the PS4. Temjin nailed spot on in a post a while ago when he said the best thing about the PS4 is that it isn't the Xbox One or the Wii U. MS and Nintendo have to claw and scratch past the negative sentiments surrounding their systems to yank potential gamers out of the immense gravitational pull of the PS4's nigh-perfection. The gap will widen for sure.

But can the PS4 prove this year , without a shadow of doubt, its the better buy than the X1 with what was listed above in the editorial? I don't think so or at least not to the degree of previous generations. Ignitus did a hell of a job laying out the story on the online services above. PSN is not a better service than XBL as far as stability. Not by a longshot.

The Xbox brand, though not a financial boon for MS, is the only thing they have done outside of the PC world that has caught on in any significant way. And, like Beam eloquently put above, MS is hungry to keep it that way. MS has three strong exclusives dropping this year for sure in Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Quantum Break. QB is a question mark as the Xbox fanbase isn't exactly known for trying new and awesome things but we can't discount the hype and strength of Halo and Tomb Raider will have in snagging potential PS4 buyers. Then there's question marks like Scalebound, Fable Legends, Crackdown, possibly another Forza, what Rare could be working on, and Phantom Dust. While the indie scene isn't as impressive as the PS4's with sure fire gems like Wild and No Man's Sky, Cuphead and Ori and the Blind Forest look pretty damn cool on the X1.

Undoubtedly, both systems will have another great year ahead of them in sales, and deservedly for both. in my opnion. As far as the Wii U.....fingers crossed.

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 3:48:31 PM

As I said before no one I know who had a 360 wants or has an X1.They all have a PS4.It will be worse for MS this generation than previous as they have lost both the US and UK.DriveClub has outsold Forza Horizon 2 combined,so more exciting games like The Order and Bloodborne will have no problem outperforming all X1 exclusives not named Halo.Bo one cares about online the way y'all think as PS+ has over 10 registered users much more than Live obviously by the number of systems sold.That would suggest people prefer PS+ compared to Live,regardless of what a few considers better.I just look at the numbers.They tell all.

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Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 7:27:54 PM

Well, Microsoft burned a lot of goodwill taking a three year break from supporting the 360 with any worthwile AAA exclusives and the reveal was the final straw for most. I can understand why your friends went with the PS4. But your friends aren't indicative of the entire gaming world as, while not as successful as Sony's by any stretch, the Xbox One had a solid first year in terms of sales. But like I said MS is going to have to fight for every sale.

I definitely agree that the PS4's exclusive will outsell the majority of the X1's. But they are selling comparable to the user bases. PS4 has probably outsold the X1 2 to 1 worldwide and DriveClub has outsold Horizon 2 2 to 1.

I think there are more Live users than PS Plus only because I think Sony counts Plus members that only have a PS3 and by doing the same with 360 and X1 users, it should equal more.

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SirLoin of Beef
Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 11:58:16 AM

I think 2015 is going to be a great year for games. I've already pre-ordered The Order, Bloodborne, and Halo 5 and will be pre-ordering UC4 soon. Quantum Break looks pretty promising from what I've seen (I loved Alan Wake) so I'll probably pick that one up, too. After a slowish 2014 for games, it's good to see the pretty good lineup for games coming out this year.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 11:34:53 AM

So many different opinions! It's great there is such variety in people's gaming tastes...

I'm really impressed that Sony is investing in so many new IP's. Driveclub is awesome after it's rocky start. Bloodbourne is almost guaranteed to be fantastic. The Order and Until Dawn are both risks - but at least risks are being taken.

Then with games like Tearaway Unfolded, UC 4, Persona 5...

And whatever Guerilla Games, Quantic Dream and a number of other key studios are working on...

Plus two of the best upcoming Indie offerings with No Man's Sky and Galak-Z...

Let's just say that even without multi platform games factored in (Witcher 3!) I won't have enough money to play everything this year worth playing... So much choice...

Somehow that makes me happy :)

(Something Remote Play on my Vita does every day too)

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 10:49:41 PM

yeah it may well be the year that that happens its certainly has all the potential in the world to do so so here to fingers crossed for 2015 aye

happy gaming

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