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Will Xbox One's New Lineup Be Enough To Surpass PS4?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 30 comments

Microsoft pulled out all the stops with its media briefing on Monday. The company even went so far as to hand out bracelets that lit up the arena like Christmas trees whenever a specific game was on the big screen. The company does a good job of lighting up game trailers and actual gameplay with dazzling lighting effects. The media briefings are epic to say the least.

Now that the Xbox One is on the market, it's all about pushing the software to sell hardware. The media briefing was rather explosive thanks to the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Evolve, enough so that you might have been persuaded to purchase an Xbox One as soon as the presentation was over. I know I was.

The biggest news coming out of the media briefing was Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This bundle includes all four of the original saga on a single disc: Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. They will be remastered with 1080p visuals and run at 60 frames per second. The collection will also have more than 100 multiplayer maps, six of which are all-new maps in Halo 2 Anniversary, built specifically for Xbox One.

Other games showcased during the media event were Forza Horizon 2 (available Sept. 13), the Nurburgring map for Forza Motorsport 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider (available in 2015), Sunset Overdrive (Oct. 28), and Street Fighter DLC for Dead Rising 3 (available now). Gameplay of Assassin's Creed: Unity was also shown along with Dragon Age: Inquisition (Oct. 7), Fable Legends (beta sometime this Fall) and Dance Central Spotlight (September).

With all of this now revealed, will these games help push the Xbox One past the PlayStation 4 in sales? Right now that remains to be seen; we still have to see what's up Sony's sleeve. Presumably, the PlayStation 4 is doing better on the market due to price (according to some analyst numbers). However, Microsoft may be catching up soon, since it has backtracked and chosen to sell the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor, the very move Microsoft said it wouldn't do when the console first hit the market.

Microsoft, it seems, is listening to the gamers.

Still, there's a good chance the Halo: The Master Chief Collection may be enough to really push hardware sales. Backing up this collection is a great library of games that stretches into 2015, and addresses all gamers young and old.

Now let's see what Sony has in retaliation.

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    wurkfur , June 9, 2014 5:35 PM
    "Now that the Xbox One is on the market, it's all about pushing the software to sell hardware."

    Maybe if that hardware could achieve 1080p on a modern game, I'd be interested.
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    atavax , June 9, 2014 5:37 PM
    Evolve and CoD will be on the PS4 as well... The only significant IP that was exclusive was Halo and everyone knew Halo was going to be made and going to be a Xbone exclusive title...
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    atavax , June 9, 2014 5:40 PM
    Quote:
    "Now that the Xbox One is on the market, it's all about pushing the software to sell hardware."

    Maybe if that hardware could achieve 1080p on a modern game, I'd be interested.


    you mean 4k? :p 
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    Znoxz , June 9, 2014 5:43 PM
    nostalgia does help I know peoples buying the xbone just for the Halo Master Chief Collection
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    DarkSable , June 9, 2014 6:51 PM
    If we would just see Halo and Forza on the PC, I would have no temptation...

    but I don't want to buy these awesome games... just to play them at low resolution with poor settings.
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    wurkfur , June 9, 2014 7:05 PM
    I don't get all the console hate. The PS4 basically has an R9 270X. That means only the 280 and 290 are ahead of it. For 1080p gaming, this is more than adequate.

    With regard to the CPU, the compiler is going to be tuned for one specific CPU architecture to maximize performance and next to metal optimizations give you even more room.

    Many of the new games being developed look just as good as most PC games. For $379, you won't get 4k gaming on a console or a PC.

    Shut up already.
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    Znoxz , June 9, 2014 7:13 PM
    Quote:
    I don't get all the console hate. The PS4 basically has an R9 270X. That means only the 280 and 290 are ahead of it. For 1080p gaming, this is more than adequate.

    With regard to the CPU, the compiler is going to be tuned for one specific CPU architecture to maximize performance and next to metal optimizations give you even more room.

    Many of the new games being developed look just as good as most PC games. For $379, you won't get 4k gaming on a console or a PC.

    Shut up already.

    It most likely be scale to 4k like how last gen game would scale to 720p/1080p.
    The ps4 and xbone have there place your not getting a pc that can compete with them at $400 and they will get cheaper as time pass plus some of the exclusive are nice like Metal gear V,Kingdom hearts III, Halo, etc.

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    alextheblue , June 9, 2014 7:13 PM
    I must say that Halo Collection looks nice. Having access to "The 'Ring" on Forza 5 is nice as well. Still waiting for a price drop and/or a new model.
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    DarkSable , June 9, 2014 8:09 PM
    Quote:
    I don't get all the console hate. The PS4 basically has an R9 270X. That means only the 280 and 290 are ahead of it. For 1080p gaming, this is more than adequate.

    With regard to the CPU, the compiler is going to be tuned for one specific CPU architecture to maximize performance and next to metal optimizations give you even more room.

    Many of the new games being developed look just as good as most PC games. For $379, you won't get 4k gaming on a console or a PC.

    Shut up already.


    No need to tell users to shut up, and I never said anything about 4k gaming.

    Your points are not quite valid - the PS4 produces similar performance to the 270, not the 270x, which on AMD's side it's bested by the 270x, 280, 280x, 290, and 290x. But that doesn't matter.

    You claim that many of the new games being developed look just as good as most PC games... well that depends entirely on what the settings of the PC games are at.

    What I was wishing for was the ability to play some of the amazing exclusives that the xbox has... but to be able to play them on my gaming computer, at 1440p, with maximum settings and AA. No console even comes close to that.

    Yes, I realize that consoles are a fifth of the price, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that my only option to play these games is at a low resolution, with low settings.

    That's disappointing.
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    Znoxz , June 9, 2014 8:20 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    I don't get all the console hate. The PS4 basically has an R9 270X. That means only the 280 and 290 are ahead of it. For 1080p gaming, this is more than adequate.

    With regard to the CPU, the compiler is going to be tuned for one specific CPU architecture to maximize performance and next to metal optimizations give you even more room.

    Many of the new games being developed look just as good as most PC games. For $379, you won't get 4k gaming on a console or a PC.

    Shut up already.


    No need to tell users to shut up, and I never said anything about 4k gaming.

    Your points are not quite valid - the PS4 produces similar performance to the 270, not the 270x, which on AMD's side it's bested by the 270x, 280, 280x, 290, and 290x. But that doesn't matter.

    You claim that many of the new games being developed look just as good as most PC games... well that depends entirely on what the settings of the PC games are at.

    What I was wishing for was the ability to play some of the amazing exclusives that the xbox has... but to be able to play them on my gaming computer, at 1440p, with maximum settings and AA. No console even comes close to that.

    Yes, I realize that consoles are a fifth of the price, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that my only option to play these games is at a low resolution, with low settings.

    That's disappointing.

    It is disappointing I would love to play an updated version of halo 2 and halo 3 at 1440p 60 fps.
    Bright side xbox exclusives dead rising 3 is coming to pc so maybe there hope.
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    Shin-san , June 9, 2014 8:42 PM
    Quote:
    "Now that the Xbox One is on the market, it's all about pushing the software to sell hardware."

    Maybe if that hardware could achieve 1080p on a modern game, I'd be interested.
    I'm expecting this console generation to be like the last one. The resolutions will slowly begin to fall as more polygons are being pushed.
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    Stimpack , June 9, 2014 8:51 PM
    Quote:

    It is disappointing I would love to play an updated version of halo 2 and halo 3 at 1440p 60 fps.
    Bright side xbox exclusives dead rising 3 is coming to pc so maybe there hope.


    You may be pleasantly surprised.
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    Tony Casagrande , June 9, 2014 9:22 PM
    This is subject to each person's opinion so your YMMV, but personally I still have yet to see any one game announced that makes me want to plop $400 down for a new console, or at least not one that will be exclusively available to the new console generation. I'm not really a huge FPS guy unless you drop RPG elements in it and the other announced titles just don't seem to interest me for various reasons. It's nothing against Halo and the like, but until someone announces Fallout 4, Borderlands 3, an Elder Scrolls that isn't online or some other epic sandbox to play in that won't run on my existing consoles, I can't justify the purchase yet. Besides, there will be more price drops and better models available as time goes on.

    All that being said, I think it's wise for both Microsoft and Sony to push as many top-tier games into the eyes of gamers as possible. Graphical capabilities are great and all but when it comes down to it, it's the games and not the specs that sell consoles.
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    oxiide , June 9, 2014 10:36 PM
    Very, very irritated to see no PC announcement for Rise of the Tomb Raider. I'm still expecting it eventually, of course, but its another reminder of where PC gamers stand with regards to trade shows. We've got the best.. well, everything, and the potential for the best gaming experience (when its not intentionally hobbled by developers), yet we're in the background. I have to wonder how much it costs Microsoft and Sony to prevent the uncomfortable realities of PC gaming from being brought up.
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    KosherGrimace , June 9, 2014 10:52 PM
    To the guy claiming the PS4 has a R9 270X...

    xBoned = ~7790/ R7 260 (Bonaire)
    PS4 = ~7850/ R7 265 (Pitcairn)
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    qlum , June 9, 2014 11:48 PM
    Its never a question about if a console can run 1080p but rather if you want to run 1080p. Consoles are meant to be used on big tv screens from further away thus taking less of your field of view then a pc monitor at those distances 1080p or 720p starts to matter less. However if you run a game at a lower resolution you can use that to push some more other graphical effects so it will always be a tradeoff. the original xbox could run 1080p but that would have meant a far to big sacrifice on the graphical department. The more powerful a console gets the more the scales tip in favor of higher resolutions.
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    airborne11b , June 10, 2014 12:46 AM
    I think out of the entire lineup, I was most impressed with The Division, which will be playable on my awesome PCs. Fabel looked fun too for coop, and the halo collection would be nice, but I don't know if I'll have any time to play it once Smash Brothers and Hyrule Warriors launches. I think I'll hold off.

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    back_by_demand , June 10, 2014 5:09 AM
    The difference between consoles in terms of CPU will change, I have no doubt. The 360 had several refreshes so I fully believe the XB1 will be able to do full 4K gaming. At the moment though the number of people that own 4K TVs isn't high enough to warrant doing it. So with current tech and current TVs it should be all about the games, so does the XB1 have a compelling line up? Yes is the answer for anyone but the most blinkered fanboi
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    red77star , June 10, 2014 5:17 AM
    If Microsoft releases Halo Collection for PC they would get my respect somewhat and i would buy XBOX One console. Microsoft is too stupid to realize importance of PC sa gaming platform which on the long run gives you more for less money than any console. Also they are too stupid that PC is ultimate platform which drives games and their OS and software. We all know that they won't release Forza or Halo collection for PC so f... you Microsoft. And to answer this question...no it won't make difference. MS is constantly pooping on their main user base PC owners...payback is a bitch.
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    oxiide , June 10, 2014 5:37 AM
    Quote:
    Its never a question about if a console can run 1080p but rather if you want to run 1080p. Consoles are meant to be used on big tv screens from further away thus taking less of your field of view then a pc monitor at those distances 1080p or 720p starts to matter less. However if you run a game at a lower resolution you can use that to push some more other graphical effects so it will always be a tradeoff. the original xbox could run 1080p but that would have meant a far to big sacrifice on the graphical department. The more powerful a console gets the more the scales tip in favor of higher resolutions.

    That's partly true, when you're viewing at a distance pixel density is less apparent. But televisions already have poor pixel density at 1080p. Generally speaking, resolution is a much more dramatic improvement in graphic fidelity than graphical effects are, and I don't think 720p with more effects turned on is likely to look better than 1080p with fewer effects in most titles.

    I'd say 60 FPS is much more important than 1080p if you have to choose one, this is why I'd rather just play on PC where 720p is no longer a consideration at this price point.
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