3 Rea­sons for PlayS­ta­tion 4

HWM (Malaysia) - - THINK - by keNNy yeo

If you’re a se­ri­ous con­sole gamer, for­get the Wii U. There’re only two le­git­i­mate gam­ing con­soles to choose from - the PlayS­ta­tion 4 and the Xbox One. Both have launched in the United States. But how do Asian gamers pick a side? Our choice is the PlayS­ta­tion 4. Here’s why.

Price

One rea­son the Xbox 360 was able to gain con­sid­er­able mar­ket share was be­cause it was sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than the PlayS­ta­tion 3, at US$399 vs. US$499. Now, the ta­bles have turned, it’s the PlayS­ta­tion 4 that’s cheaper, with a launch price of US$399. The Xbox One will cost US$499, but it must be noted that it will be bun­dled along with the Kinect sen­sor, whether you want it or not. If you’re look­ing to save a buck, the PlayS­ta­tion 4 is the bet­ter bet.

Per­for­mance

Re­cent re­ports state that Call of Duty: Ghost will only run on 720p on the Xbox One, but at 1080p on the PlayS­ta­tion 4. This is true for Bat­tle­field 4 as well, where the PlayS­ta­tion 4 will run at 900p and the Xbox One at 720p. Th­ese are early days and it re­mains to be seen if there will be any ap­pre­cia­ble dif­fer­ence in ac­tual video qual­ity, but the ini­tial signs point to the fact that the PlayS­ta­tion 4 has the higher per­for­mance. If AAA game ti­tles de­liver bet­ter res­o­lu­tion on the PlayS­ta­tion 4, then dis­cern­ing gamers should have no prob­lems pick­ing Sony over Mi­crosoft.

Avail­abil­ity

This is the deal clincher! Sony re­leased the PlayS­ta­tion 4 in Malaysia on 20 De­cem­ber 2013, just a month af­ter its in­ter­na­tional re­lease, and even be­fore Ja­pan. Mi­crosoft, on the other hand, has only stated that the Xbox One will launch in Asia in late 2014. This means that we’ll have to wait to get an Xbox One as much as a year af­ter launch. In the mean­time, if you’re a gamer look­ing to up­grade to the next gen con­sole, you can just walk into a store and walk out with a PlayS­ta­tion 4 right now.

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