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Sunday, December 15, 2013

PS4 or Xbox One for the Holidays- A Parents Guide for Christmas

So if you’re a parent of kids over the age of 11 you might be trying to figure out which console is right for your child. I start by saying over the age of 11 because anyone under this age should really get a WII U.

WII U has tons of kid appropriate games and at the lowest price of the three consoles is only $299. Not only kid friendly but family friendly games. From the classics Super Mario Brothers to the Modern
Super Mario 3-D World, Zelda, Skylanders, and all the fun interactive games. Additionally, there are some games for mature children like Batman Archam Origins, Madden NFL, and NBA 2K13. But the technology is behind and the graphics aren’t fabulous but its still a fun family friendly gaming system.

If your child is older and is looking for Graphics, more games, and things along those lines you are now on the hunt for either an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 the question is which one is for you?

Here is my personal chart of differences that matter to the laymen or non-gamer shoppers:


Xbox One




Apps: Netflix, Hulu, etc

Apps: Netflix, Hulu, etc

Downloadable games

Downloadable games

500 GB hard drive

500 GB hard drive

No Voice Control

Voice Control

Play online free

Pay to play online- $59 yr

Free games every month with membership

Play online with membership

camera not included

Motion gaming camera included

PlayStation 4 is a $100 less than Xbox One but is 50% more powerful than Xbox One and has a more powerful graphics-processing unit. Plus Sony has opened its doors to a lot more indie developers so there should be a larger variety of games in the future.  With a membership to PlayStation Plus you will
be able to download a new game for free every month. Lastly the PS4 controllers are better than all other consoles with touchpad control options and dual shock vibrations as you play.

Don’t get me wrong Xbox One does have a lot of cool features that PS4 doesn’t. You can connect your cable box to the Xbox One and control everything with your voice! Which is just fun what else can you call that. It has all the same apps that PS4 has: Netflix, skype, hulu plus etc. But if you want to play online, which is what everyone wants to do, you will have to pay
the $59 annual Xbox Live membership fee, which PS4 doesn’t make you do.  Xbox Live gives you 2 free games a month compared to PS4's one. Lastly including Kinect motion sensor as standard part of the console is cool as it is getting you ready for whatever cool motion games are coming out in the future and allows you to do all those voice commands.

A negative for both consoles: If you have either the consoles earlier generations you will not be able to play those games on these. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are NOT backwards compatible. And no matter what games on both console at $60 bucks each. So the answer which is better…too early to tell…but my opinion why not get the Xbox One and use it as a centralized entertainment center for the whole family. You will have the motion games like on the Wii U and the ability to play more mature games with better graphics for older members of the family. But that’s my two cents…What’s yours?

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

PS4 Day 1- High sales but too much volume for the Playstation Network

PS4 day 1 sales were high: pre-orders sold out, people in line overnight, and even people steeling to get this new console, Sony still wasn’t ready for the volume.

For those of you that haven’t gotten your PS4 you have time and you should be thankful you didn’t do it on Day 1. There is a myriad of problems PS4 opening weekend starting with the PSN (Playstation Network) being down intermittently due to too much volume. Many owners were planning on downloading the games they weren’t able to find in stores and with the network down that killed their dreams until it opened up again. Also you may want to hold onto that PS3 a little longer since the PS4 is not backwards compatible, meaning that you won’t be able to play any PS3 games on your PS4! That’s right you need to buy all new games!! Unfortunately there aren’t that many games yet for PS4 so many people are disappointed. Yes there are some Heavy Hitters out already if you can find them in stores or if the PSN is working you can download them.  Check out the PS4 games at

There is also Playstation Plus, the membership for the Playstation networks. With this you get access to a collection of games, discounts on some games, and multiplayer access. So far I only see a few games that you get at discount or free and I haven’t found this “collection” of games but I’m sure this will grow as Sony has time to build it up.

Most of the Day 1 issues will be or already have been worked out. There are some great improvements between the PS3 and the PS4 that are worth noting. Of course it has all the sharing capabilities you would expect posting to facebook sharing videos etc. Updated controllers with touchpad capabilities and mic connection. A camera accessory you can add, although I haven’t fully explored its benefits. There is an app and you can connect your smart phone to the system. This allows you to use it as a second screen, get game alerts, messages, and even power down the PS4.  The navigation is much cleaner and easier to understand, there is a standby mode, and my favorite you can turn the system off from the controller.  Previous flaws in PS3 made you have to go to the console to turn it off every time, extremely annoying and caused the console to be left on overnight frequently.  Finally one of the best parts of PS4 with its 500 GB hard drive you will most likely be downloading more games than waiting for them in stores and now you can play the games while they are downloading; immediate gratification that is what we are all about!
So Day 1 had some major bugs but by the time you are buying this for the Holidays most of those flaws will be resolved and your gamer will be happy. Even with those flaws I am happy with the system now. Happy Gaming!

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