Microsoft’s online infrastructure is vastly superior and much much much larger. How much larger? Let’s put it into perspective,Gaiku has about 15,000 servers total about what the 360 has now.
In 2011 when Microsoft bought Azure for something like 15 Billion Dollars (FYI the entire value of Sony as a company is about 11 Billion) they only had 24 Datacenters worldwide. But here’s the catch, here’s what each server looked like on the inside:
"700,000 square feet; it uses a modular design based on containers
with a capacity of 112 containers, with each holding 224,000 servers
so in 2011 just one (of 24) 700,00 square foot facility had 112 x 224,000 servers
=24,640,000 servers per Data Center
24 X 24,640,000 = 591,360,000 total."
Compare almost 600 Million total servers (And that’s just back then, Microsoft spent 8 Billion on Cloud R&D last year alone) and the fact that they are adding 25 new data centers throughout 2013-2014. You can now begin to see the scale in which Sony is out numbered.
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No more host advantage and every game gets super cheap dedicated servers.
This also enables Microsoft to beat Sony’s Gaiku at it’s own game, which they did with the recently leaked Rio which streamed Halo 4. Explain to me how Sony can best that?
Smart Match that actually works. No more being paired with people who deserve to be tossed out of an airlock. Sony hasn’t announced anything like that at all and most likely won’t. This also is protected against rolls and assholes saying you're a bad sport because you whupped their ass in Peggle 2 or something.
Waiting for Matchmaking to get you a match? Watch Game of thrones in
seconds while you are waiting and then get reminded when your match is
Did you get lost while playing Call of Duty: Linear Corrido
shooter 500? Snap the internet app and play with the map side by side
with your game.
Watching porn while playing Halo? Done.
Want to watch a livestream of twitch while building in Minecraft? Done.
Want to Snap Killzone: ShadowFall while playing…wait what? Well you could do that too if you wanted.
4. Achievements and Challenges.
Your achievements carry over but we have something new: Challenges.
Completing these can be a solo or community task but when done they reward you
with actual things. A new weapon camo, clothes for your avatar, etc.
5. The online Marketplace. Microsoft want’s you to be able to sell/trade digital games something that nobody allows you to do. They also want to bring back pretty much the only loved feature of the original Xbox One…family sharing…which by the way is less restrictive then Valves sharing program.
6. The games. Crimson Dragon? Dragonlicious. Dead
Rising 3? Zombielicous. Forza 5? Caralicious!
The Last of Us? No? Well…a guy can dream
Come to the dark side Naughty Dog =[
The point is, the Xbox One has a lot of
great games, exclusive and not just for the launch. And of course there is…Titanfall.
Probably going to be one of the biggest games of 2014 Titanfall does something that seems to be a lost art. It does fun.
I mean think about it, when people talk about Battlefield or The Witcher or Forza. They talk about realism, and explosions, and particle effects, and people walk away going “Holy crap that was surreal!” but when people play Titanfall (and look at the numerous articles on it) People talk about how “fun” it was. People will line up 6 hours for five minutes to play it because it wasn’t super complicated, or realistic, or massive open world with 500 miles of detailed terrain. They just had fun.
And I think that’s what will make Titanfall so great and why it’s such a coup for the X1. And if you say it’ll end up on the PS4…maybe Titanfall 2 will but not this one. The reason is because Sony’s Online infrastructure wasn’t large enough to handle the game. See point one.
7. The Controller like the PS4’s offers numerous improvements in general, but the most well liked feature is the Haptic Rumble which apparently adds a ton to the game, especially in feedback. Drifting to hard in Forza will have the rumble triggers responding to that so you know to lay off. According to people who've had hands on it adds a very noticeable element to the games it's used on.
Did you know Watch Dogs on the Xbox One will be more dynamic then PS4 version because of the cloud? I quote:
"And Developers are already talking about the power of the cloud. One of the year’s most anticipated titles, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, the developer just told NowGamer that the Xbox One city will be more dynamic than any other version of the game.
“There are quite a few, obviously there are the graphics but you don’t need me to tell you, but there’s also everything related to the dynamism of the city,” continued
Guay. “For example, we’re able to simulate the water in full 3D, if you go on a boat the waves that form will affect other boats. We’re also able to spend more time giving brains to the other people on the streets so that they can basically be smarter, and there can be more of them. It’s what I call dynamism; basically, the way the city reacts to you, we are able to push further on the Xbox One.”
Again, Sony’s online infrastructure isn’t up to snuff.
9. Did I mention the 300,000 Servers the Xbox One is getting?
The PS4 will being getting somewhere between 15,00-25,000 severs
If one person on the Xbox One has Gold than anyone else on that Xbox One gets gold as well. Also if you go to a friend’s house all your digital games follow you and if they don’t have gold and you do, now you both can play online because your gold gets shared.
So when you buy A 12 month subscription from amazon for 35 bucks you get lots of features plus all of that and a much more expansive, stable, and open online experience.
Kinect allows 1080p Skype chat in addition you can also do group chats, normally a 5 dollar a month fee for free. Not a big deal but it’s a nice one.
A friend of mine absolutely loves the NFL integration the Xbox One has. You can watch a game while having a stats app to the side, or you could snap NFL.com Fantasy
Football league for up to date stats on all your players while watching the game…or playing a video game. Personally I dislike American Football myself.
Every single person get’s a personalized home screen with their own apps, shortcuts, etc. This is great for not having to wrangle with your friends or family's settings.
Unlimited Cloud Storage for both SILVER AND GOLD Members. Courtesy of a very large online infrastructure.
15. Smart glass is vastly improved and can have up
to 16 Devices logged onto the same Xbox in addition to the 8 players who can be logged in at once…24 people on one Console. Yeah actually maybe that's not the
best example of a good feature. Can you imagine playing with 24 people
in one room? Unless they are all Supermodels I can't imagine it being that great.
Cable TV pass through is a feature. Maybe it’s not one for you (or me for that matter, I don’t watch TV) but for millions of other people, it’ll be a big deal. You can use voice commands to change channels, you don't ever need to find your remote, and it all integrates with you Xbox One so you can snap a show next to a RPG game you are playing so instead of being bored while grinding for EXP you can watch a movie while doing it.
Look at that black box! It’s all sexy…liquid black as you can get blackness…and it’s sharp cornery things that…turn at an angle. Plus if you got invaded by a robber it’d be much better as a weapon then the PS4. I mean imagine being smacked by this thing in the head or neck. WHAAAM!
Apps, this was mentioned before. FYI Xbox One is running on what amounts to a Windows 8 Kernal. This means that any games or apps made for the Windows OS can easily be ported over to the Xbox One. This means access to thousands upon thousands of apps and as a bonus, it also means that if a game were to be ported over to the X1 all that would need to happen would be for them to add controller support.
This is another doozy. These programs cost a lot. Like $300-600/month with a 6 month commitment. People are very much into these programs. So just because you aren’t doesn’t mean others won’t be and since we get a free entire year of four of these programs. That’s big.
And these programs when you stick to them, really do work. Believe me. Especially the Insanity one which is still the best one I've ever done.
Also have you seen Tracy Anderson? That girl is hot enough to make -273 heat up to something like the temperature of the sun.
Read and watch just a few examples, look up more yourself
Build an entire world using Kinect
Watch any of these live streams and see the game for yourself
Likewise, Sony can’t match anything with TV without HDMI IN, can’t match controlling your AV equipment without IR blasters, can not even slightly compete with MS’s Azure/Cloud. They chose Bluetooth 2.1 vs Wifi Direct so they have more latency and less bandwidth on the controller for chat/audio quality and future expansion. They have no say in OpenGL or future code vs MS having a direct say in DirectX. And MS
is open to support any tablet, phone or software and Sony is pretty much required to first and foremost support their failing Vita brand. And it is failing, like Wii-U bad.
And that’s all I can think off. Don't get me wrong. The PS4 is going to be amazing. But if you're going to act like the PS4 has more features, you're wrong. So far their is nothing the PS4 has announced that the Xbone hasn't been doing or is doing right now. And it has way more features then the PS4 especially with Kinect.
What do you guys think about this?
It's a lot to read, but if you care... It should help you decide to pick up Xbox 1 over PS4.
EDIT; Some people claim that the xbox one will downgrade certain games to 720p while the PS4 will be running them on 1080p. There has only been rumors going around about this NOT any actual facts. Therefor it is still unknown if the Xbox will be downgrading games to 720p. Personally I doubt the Xbox is going to downgrade.
Edit2; "Ryse" games are made in 900p, but boosted to 1080 by the Xbox1.