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  # 1340587 10-Jul-2015 13:43
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I have all the current gen consoles and in terms of ranking them if I had to only have 1 it would easily be:

1) Wii U (really, WiiU + PC would be sufficient for 99% of my gaming needs)
2) Xbox One
3) PS4

I have no doubt PS4 will pick up once some of its better exclusives start to arrive (Uncharted, Gran Turismo, etc) but at the moment I own 1 full retail game for the PS4, plus some of the free PS+ games, it gets used 99% of the time for Netflix.

The Xbox One for me has:

Positives:
- Better controller (subjective, but I hated the PS3 controller and the PS4 one is really just a tarted up DS3)
- Much faster network connectivity (games and patches download usually twice as fast from Xbox Live as they do from PSN)
- Good integration with home theater equipment (IR blaster can turn the home theater on and off with the console as well as controller volume, channel, etc)
- Microsoft appears to have seen the error of their ways and are renewing their focus on games rather than media

Negatives:
- awful UI (apparently being changed soon)
- less powerful than PS4 (noticeable if you are into that sort of thing, but not really significant for most people as long as developers target good performance first and foremost)
- larger footprint (in terms of unit size, still pretty average size for a piece of HT equipment though)

PS4:

Positives:
- More powerful
- PS+ games (mostly pretty average indy games at the moment, but should pick up soon hopefully)
- Good exclusives coming soon

Negative:
- Awful controller (subjective again, but objectively the battery life is terrible)
- Online services much slower and less polished
- Console produces more fan noise (not an issue if you just turn the volume up!, apparently being fixed in a hardware revision soon)
- UI is simple but very frustrating that you cant arrange anything the way you want it (anything you havent played in a while ends up in a big dump folder, jumbled up with everything else)  

Wild card! WiiU!:

Positives:
- Unique games not available anywhere else
- The games that are on the system are polished to a level of quality not really seen on either of the other consoles
- Controller works as a pretty functional home theater universal remote
- Can be had very cheap on special

Negatives:
- Almost no 3rd party support (most popular mainstream games simply don't exist on the system)
- Only really graphically comparable with last generation's consoles


In the end I would go and try these things out, if you have a JBHifi or EB games near you they should have display versions of the consoles out so you can try out the controllers and user interfaces. Beyond that, take a look at the games available and the games that are coming out in genres that you are interested in. Its no use having a console with none of the games you want, no matter how nice it may be to use.

Good Luck!

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  # 1340588 10-Jul-2015 13:43
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Do you want to play the Final Fantasy 7 remake?




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  # 1340680 10-Jul-2015 15:06
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Xbox gets my vote for very similar reasons lagbort states above, and why while I sold my PS4 as i wasn't using it, i wish i hadn't.

Consider what your friends have as well, nothing more annoying than dropping 100 dollars on a game, and your mates went with the other system.

If you have no gaming friends, im sure you will find some here.




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simple logic.




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  # 1340734 10-Jul-2015 16:31
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Ok. Not especially sure I am falling either way. 

Here's a few other things based on reading the replies to help narrow down things:

1) We have only Apple gear in the house, no PC's at all. There are some games for them but usually not the latest.
2) It won't be connected to a Home Theatre - we don't have one
3) It won't be doing Netflix etc coz Apple TV does that





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  # 1340742 10-Jul-2015 16:54
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Geektastic: Ok. Not especially sure I am falling either way. 

Here's a few other things based on reading the replies to help narrow down things:

1) We have only Apple gear in the house, no PC's at all. There are some games for them but usually not the latest.
2) It won't be connected to a Home Theatre - we don't have one
3) It won't be doing Netflix etc coz Apple TV does that


I am not entirely sure a gaming console is really worth it for you, but obviously I could be wrong. You don't seem to have any real specific requirements, so if I were you I'd find a shop and go and play with the controller and wander around the UI, buy whatever one you prefer it won't really matter that much either way for you.

or: 

Buy what your friends have.


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  # 1340748 10-Jul-2015 17:14
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the two controllers are very very different. maybe buy by the controller. xbox is more responsive and loads faster but very cluttered interface.




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  # 1340752 10-Jul-2015 17:24
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having said that, I bought a game released jan 2014. PS3. you know what? Today I was at home and thought what the heck let's update it ... started at 9am. It's still updating!

And it has an SSD installed!

So at this stage I'm thinking, ... if PS4 is going to do that ... would I buy one ... hmm ...




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  # 1340762 10-Jul-2015 17:54
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Probably the best advice is go with what your friends / family have.

I have an Xbox One, mainly because I've had an xbox since the original. The original xbox was way ahead of the PS2 in terms of network multiplayer games. But, the consoles seem to be more and more similar with each generation.

These days I pretty much only play Destiny from Bungie, so could really have gone with either option...

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  # 1340783 10-Jul-2015 18:30
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I'd have to say there has been some great comments here, and lengthy detail is some cases, great responses

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  # 1340791 10-Jul-2015 18:50
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Geektastic: Ok. Not especially sure I am falling either way. 

Here's a few other things based on reading the replies to help narrow down things:

1) We have only Apple gear in the house, no PC's at all. There are some games for them but usually not the latest.
2) It won't be connected to a Home Theatre - we don't have one
3) It won't be doing Netflix etc coz Apple TV does that


If your Apple gear is decent you could always buy a Windows license and dual-boot the mac with bootcamp. That way you could play games on the mac and it would probably cost you less than a console and be of more use. Fallout 3 and the like are vastly superior on a PC due to the modding options available. And games for PC are cheaper than for console.





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  # 1340805 10-Jul-2015 19:17
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joker97: having said that, I bought a game released jan 2014. PS3. you know what? Today I was at home and thought what the heck let's update it ... started at 9am. It's still updating!

And it has an SSD installed!

So at this stage I'm thinking, ... if PS4 is going to do that ... would I buy one ... hmm ...


I find my PS3's take a while for game updates, but what game are you trying to update that is taking that long?  Also, wired or wireless?

And the PS4 is a lot faster on all downloads compared to the PS3

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  # 1340806 10-Jul-2015 19:20
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Gran Turismo 6




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  # 1340807 10-Jul-2015 19:22
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And still going. Just found out the last 5 hours i was fighting against auto off! It kept turning off while it tried to install the installations that had already taken 7 hrs before!




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  # 1340855 10-Jul-2015 20:24
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I own a PS3 and an XBox 1.
The PS3 integration with my Harmony Ultimate was okay, but the graphics weren't a patch on the modern consoles... and as I liked Halo on the first XBox, I bought my XBox 1.
The Harmony Ultimate integration is sweet, it's permanently connected to my VPN and it doubles as a Netflix box and a Halo machine. Apart from that, I do play the occasional BluRay, but really, an Oppo will probably be in my future, so that will take care of that.

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  # 1340871 10-Jul-2015 21:17
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jfanning:
joker97: having said that, I bought a game released jan 2014. PS3. you know what? Today I was at home and thought what the heck let's update it ... started at 9am. It's still updating!

And it has an SSD installed!

So at this stage I'm thinking, ... if PS4 is going to do that ... would I buy one ... hmm ...


I find my PS3's take a while for game updates, but what game are you trying to update that is taking that long?  Also, wired or wireless?

And the PS4 is a lot faster on all downloads compared to the PS3


nd exactly 12 hrs later it says installation failed ... LOL ... deleting the update also took forever ... oh well




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