A Battle Till Death: Microsoft Corporation’s Xbox One vs. Sony Corporation’s PS4

When it comes to game consoles, it’s no mystery that users pick their brand and model, and stick to it as long as possible. The pioneers of this gamer dispute were Nintendo and Sega, but then Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s Playstation hit the ring against Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox. Gamers voted for every new console model, and this time is no different.

So, in a standoff between the Xbox One, which will hit the markets on Friday and the PS4, who will win this year’s battle of the consoles?

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Dealing with issues

While Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s Playstation 4 seems to be soaring well above expectations, we turn to the possible problem child. There was much bustle about the new Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) game console’s release, but testers don’t seem to be completely convinced yet. The reason for uncertainty is the complexity of the Xbox One’s features. Selling at $499, $100 above the PS4 price, Microsoft made a point of integrating the 3D Kinect camera into the game console, instead of purchasing it separately. However, when trying to switch between functions, audio issues arise and the Kinect has trouble pulling through smoothly.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)’s Xbox One is definitely the most complex gaming device, but the question is whether this will suit gamers. The Xbox’s size, as well as versatile functionality places its bets on winning over users’ living room, and even replacing the PC necessities to a certain extent. But Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s Playstation 4 might win the race as the most user friendly console. As Tina Amini, deputy editor of Kutaku, recently stated, “even if you look at the interface for the ps4, it’s like Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) for gamers”. So, by launching a simpler and smaller product, Sony’s PS4 could take the prize for best game console home.

Everyone likes a media center… as long as it works

Now, because the Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: SNE)’s newest Playstation model is easier to use, that doesn’t guarantee its success. In fact, the truth is that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) took the bigger risk by creating a console with multiple functions, but if the issues mentioned above can be salvaged, then the Xbox One could be a real winner. If certain functions become of easier use, then the console could turn into a media center, where you can watch movies on Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) or stream hours on end of music. So, for now the battle seems pretty even and only time will tell who will be the winner of the Xbox-PS4 craze.  

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