Posts Tagged ‘xbox one’

Thief runs at 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

Posted: February 22, 2014 by Areeb Fazli in Games
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The bad news for the Xbox One’s graphical capabilities just keeps on coming this week. Just one day after Konami announced that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will run at 1080p on the PS4 and 720p on the Xbox One, Square Enix has confirmed to Eurogamer that the upcoming reboot of Thiefruns at a native resolution of 1080p on the PS4 and 900p on the Xbox One. Both versions reportedly run at 30fps.

The difference mirrors similarly sized cross-platform resolution gaps in the PS4 and Xbox One versions of games like Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4. But game director Nicolas Cantin told Eurogamer that he thinks the slight variation “doesn’t make much of a difference.”

“You really need good eyes to see the difference,” Cantin told the site, adding that the Xbox One game “is as good as the PS4 version.” He went on to say that the resolution difference was interesting more as an engineering issue than a gameplay issue, and he noted that both the PS4 and Xbox One are vast improvements over the editions on older systems.

Whether or not Thief looks noticeably worse in practice on the Xbox One, the steady stream of Xbox One games that look worse on paper than their PS4 counterparts is not what Microsoft needs in order to set its system apart from the competition.

The 17-minute video shows Garrett, the main character, trying to get back to his clocktower hideout.

“After a heist gone wrong, Garrett is trying to make his way back to his hideout in the clocktower. Along the way, he happens upon a jewelry store. Garrett being who he is, you can imagine what happens next,” a description for the game reads on YouTube.

The game, being developed by Eidos Montreal, will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and WindowsPC on Feb. 25 in the U.S., and it will be released on Feb. 28 worldwide.

Why to Wait to Buy a New Xbox One

Posted: December 4, 2013 by Areeb Fazli in Technology
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Compared to just about every new, modern-day living room device, the new Xbox One is a gargantuan device.  When just about everyone else in consumer electronics went svelte, the Xbox One went huge. The Xbox One is 60% larger than the Sony PS4 which doesn’t need a power brick, 35% larger than its 360 “Slim” predecessor.

Versus the Xbox 360, the games definitely looked and played better. I played Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, and Assassin’s Creed IV, games that should have the highest visual quality.

The number of games available for the Xbox One is incredibly low.  As of today, there were 22 games, not listing the “special” 3 duplicates, listed in the U.S. Xbox One Game Store.

TV Control

Microsoft has invested a lot of money in TVs over the last 20 years, spanning from initiatives like Microsoft TV to Windows Media Center to  Mediaroom, which was just sold to Ericsson.  You would expect Microsoft to get TV and set top box interaction right. I can change cable channels via the Xbox controller or, when it works, through voice.

Voice Control

The Kinect voice command and control was improved, but it’s far from perfect.  Apart from initiating voice commands, one needs to “say what they see” which is supposed to improve the hit rate by limiting the dictionary size.  What I was really hoping for more natural voice control like Google Voice Commands.  Microsoft has been working on voice command and control for decades and we should expect and get more.

Better Off Waiting

As I reflect on my purchase, I am glad I got the chance to experience the Xbox One from a more academic, analyst approach, but I definitely have a personal consumer buyer’s remorse and am considering returning my unit. My gaming-addicted son got bored as well due to the lack of games, which speaks even bigger volumes to me.  Please do not confuse my assessment with what I think the Xbox One today could become in the future. I truly believe that Microsoft will address all the shortcomings I have outlined above within the year and I think the value proposition will be a lot better.  But for this round, unless you just feel cool telling your friends you just got the latest Xbox One, I’d strongly consider sitting this one out.

PS4 And Xbox One vs Pc

Posted: December 1, 2013 by Areeb Fazli in Games, Technology
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PC hardware manufacturer Nvidia says the PC is “far superior” to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as a gaming platform, and that small form-factor PCs should be a viable alternative to next-gen consoles.

NVIDIA’s “ultimate game system” has kept up with next-generation consoles with their launch of small form-factor PCS that can fit comfortably in a living room. Wright says these developments make the PC a better gaming device than the PS4 or Xbox One.

“The PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming, plus you get all the extra functionality that a computer brings.”

“Steam now has more users than Xbox Live,”  “There is a whole new generation who grew up playing on PC with titles like Minecraft or World of Tanks. There’s a huge community who love playing their games on PC.”

 The PS4 is essentially a $400 PC. It has an x86 PC CPU, a standard PC GPU, and the same kind of RAM that you’d find on a PC graphics card. There are a few custom chips on the PS4′s motherboard, but for the most part it’s just a normal PC with some custom software. This led me to wonder… could you actually build a comparable PC for $400? 

PS4′s hardware specification. It has a motherboard, an AMD APU (8-core Jaguar CPU + GPU on the same chip), 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a PSU. The PS4 also has WiFi and Bluetooth — and we’ll also need a case, of course. I think it’ll be very hard to build a PC with the same specification for $400.

Overall, I am very surprised at how close we got to the PS4 for $400, especially when Sony says it’s losing $60 per console. If we had a budget of $460, we could’ve got a nicer case or a much faster CPU. There are some who will point to the drastically different RAM, but in reality, with 1GB of GDDR5 on the graphics card, the real-world difference between the PS4 and our $400 PC will be marginal.