The E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo for those just joining us) Gaming Conference in Los Angeles, California is undoubtedly the biggest gaming spectacle of the year. It is hard to believe this annual tradition of the latest and greatest in video gaming has now been going on for more than 17 years. E3 has maintained its uniqueness and ‘insider’ type feel by maintaining a policy of exclusivity to only people employed or involved in the video gaming genre or whom maintain a professional relationship with the video gaming industry.
The advantage is you cut down on the riff-raff, n00bs and fanboys who become gaga over a certain game, console or accessory just because they’re fanboys and not because of what is being offered is actually decent. Another advantage is we’re treated to some true to the core, unbiased game, console and accessory news and reviews by true independent journalists. This year, just like the last 5 years, we have representatives from IntensaFireStore.com present in the main exhibition hall to bring you the latest news and info regarding modded controllers directly from the sources.
PS4 Stole the Show
One thing our reps on the floor at E3 can report is that in terms of the next-gen console wars, PS4 has thus far taken the lead. Simply, put, PS4 stole the show at E3 with a blow-your-socks off type presentation that has left both fanboys and casual gamers counting down the days until release.
IGN is reporting that its poll of readers as to who was ‘winning E3’ was responded to thusly: PS4 took 81 % of the votes, Xbox One took 12% of the votes with laggard Nintendo garnering 12 % or reader votes at IGN. While the sample size may have been small, the gap is enormous. This is indicative that in the very early going, many loyal Xbox fans are on the precipice of changing their console allegiance of choice to Sony’s offering. The reasons for Sony’s early lead with its PS4 offering has been summarized nicely by IntensaFireStore.com reps at E3 as the following:
Yes, for the first time in recent memory, two next generation consoles being released at the same time are going to be priced drastically different. The PS4 is priced at $399 while the Xbox One is priced at $499.99. Many fans of the PS4 modded controller have pointed out that the console that provides greater value is the PS4 and now it is pricing $100.00 less than its rival. This makes some consumers’ purchasing choice a no-brainer.
No Issues with Pre-Owned Titles
In what may perhaps be a more contentious issue than the price point, are the seeming restrictions the Xbox One may or may not have when it comes to the playback of preowned games and Xbox 360 game titles. Sony has not minced words when it comes to this one, instead indicating the PS4 wont impose any restrictions on pre-owned game titles. This leaves the door open to lending games among friends and renting games. We are also assuming that lending PS4 modded controllers will not be an issue.
True Independence for Game Development.
This was another bomb Sony dropped on our guys at E3. Sony may allow independent game studios to develop games for the PS4. Meaning, that independent game developers may be given free reign to develop and publish their own game titles without Sony assistance and involvement. This may lead to the development of boundless amounts of independent game titles and genres. You can’t go wrong with the largest game library!
Is There Any Reason to get Xbox One?
With word from E3 attendees, journalists, Twitterati, Bloggers and mainstream media being that PS4 beats Xbox One handsdown due to pricing, no DRM issues and true independent game development, we here at IntensaFireStore.com thought it necessary to bring some balance to this equation. Here are the Top 3 Reasons to get an Xbox One instead of a PS4:
Next Generation Controls
When we talk next gen console controls we’re not just talking controller mods. With the Xbox One users are able to control and consume their Xbox One and its content with voice and gesture controls using Kinect and Smartglass.
This may just be Microsoft’s ace in the hole for the next gen console battles. Let’s face it, Xbox Live just beats PlayStation Network full stop and there are no signs, even after Sony’s stunning display at E3 that their beefed up network will be able to challenge Xbox Live.
First-Party Game Lineup Available at Launch
We can almost hear Steve Ballmer’s famous developers, developers, developers chant being replace by content, content, content for the Xbox One. Xbox One promises to have a larger first-party game lineup of exclusive titles at the console launch. There’s even talk of a new Halo title to drop at or near launch time. A new Halo! Need we say anything more?!?
Still Can’t Decide?
Well quite frankly neither can we. So take our advice and get both! With the Xbox One slated to be released in late November, that can be what you line up for on Black Friday. With the PS4 slated for release closer to Christmas, that can be your Christmas present. Problem solved. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got to get back in the lab and continue our engineering work on our PS4 and Xbox One modded controllers.