Let me open this article by stating something: I love the Wii U. I think it has a lot of great games, and I love the tablet that allows me to play even when the TV is being used by a friend or family member. I don’t have an Xbox One (though I’m getting one later this year) but I also can see clearly that it is a great console with awesome abilities and games. Each of those two, the main competitors against the PS4, are great and are very worthy of ownership by any gamer. Each of them have sold millions of consoles and will continue to do so in the future, so don’t misjudge this as a Sony fanboy type of article. I love all of the consoles I’ve played, including playing games on PC and smartphones, so I’m not all about one device or the other like a fanboy. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t pick the winner for the 8th generation of consoles, even if it’s a bit premature in a few ways. I think the PS4 is set to win it all in the long run. Here’s why.
For one, it already has sold over 20 million consoles in just over a year. The Wii U has been out for a year longer than the PS4 and yet it isn’t even at 10 million sold. The Xbox One seems to strongly be at the 10-12 million sold mark, give or take a little bit. So that puts Sony at a 2:1 sold ratio when compared to the Xbox One, and even more when compared to the Wii U. All of that has happened while Sony’s “big games” haven’t even really hit yet, such as Uncharted 4 and Arkham Knight. Sure, Arkham Knight isn’t exclusive to the PS4, but it’ll still be a purchasing point for at least a few gamers who like what else the PS4 offers alongside such a game. That bodes very well for Sony, who’s PS4 has gotten to the 20 million sold mark faster than any of their other consoles. That alone doesn’t guarantee a long term success, but you have to assume that if Sony can move this many PS4 consoles without the huge catalog of games then they’ll only move more in the future when that comes. But a hot start isn’t the only thing Sony has right now.
They also just have a great console in general. It’s powerful. It’s fast. It lets you switch between the PS Store and a game in just a few seconds, essentially never missing a beat when it comes to playing your game. That’s not the case on the Wii U. The Wii U is a great console, but it’s a street Ford Fusion vs a NASCAR Ford Fusion. The NASCAR version, for those that don’t know, is a souped up version of what a Ford Fusion could be. It’s pure race car, with only body shape to resemble connection to its street cousin. And it’s much, much faster. The Xbox One may be on the same page as the PS4, I’m not sure yet since I’ve not actually played one enough to get a taste of the speed, but the PS4 trounces the other of the 8th generation for sure. That may not sound like a big deal, but the navigation of the PS4 is light years ahead of their last major console, the PS3, and the Wii U too. Speed is always a good thing, the more the better.
Add to that the ability to suspend/resume your game and you have a console that by default is great all on its own. I know the Xbox One can suspend/resume your game, but the Wii U can’t, so this is another feather in Sony’s cap. What that does is allow you to be playing a game and enter rest mode so you can go to the store or do whatever it is you need and you can simply turn the console on again and be right where you left off. That’s pretty awesome! Something I had never really experienced on a home console until now. But here’s where it gets even better, and gives it an edge over the Xbox One: say the TV is in use when you get back from the store. If you have a Vita you can simply connect it to your PS4 and resume right where you left off still! You can use the (now with 60 fps from the new update) the Vita’s remote play and resume right where you had left the game.
The Vita has always been able to connect to the PS4 but now it’s even better with that feature, especially if you have a shared TV. The higher frames per second with the latest Vita update make this a very enjoyable option. There are a few other reasons I pick the PS4 as the champion, one of which is the games. There are tons of great games that are out now or will be out in the future that, at least Sony wise for sure, are only on the PS4. Such games include but aren’t limited to: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, Uncharted 4, Batman Arkham Knight, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3, and of course there are many more. But just those alone make the PS4 a worthwhile purchase. And what about games that are on both the PS4 and PS3? There is a bigger difference than you may think.
For example: I have a nice HD TV in the living room. Not the newest or biggest, but it does the job very well. I’ve had Destiny on the PS4 for a long time and have played it for several hours, roughly 29 or so. I recently bought Destiny for the PS3 so that I could play it with a good friend of mine, since he doesn’t have the PS4 version, and I was in shock. I knew it wouldn’t look as good as the PS4 version but I figured it’d be just fine. The graphics were so much worse that it took me a while to get used to how it looked while playing. It is much worse looking, though that doesn’t mean the game looks awful. But in comparison the PS4 is clearly above and beyond it. It may not be the largest difference between one generation and the other, but if you say you can’t tell a difference you’re either lying or you need glasses. There’s a stark contrast between one and the other.
After all of these reasons why I pick the PS4 as champion of the 8th generation there is still one more big reason, one that may bode well for the future of gaming in general. The type of thing that can still *likely* stand up to the smartphone onslaught of the gaming world and stand afterwards. It’s something, to the best of my knowledge that only Sony is working on, or at least that they have it the furthest in development (vs Microsoft and Nintendo). This something is Project Morpheus. You may have heard of this, I’d be shocked if you follow gaming stories and haven’t at least seen it once or twice. It’s Sony’s console foray into Virtual Reality and it’ll be for the PS4. So why do I consider this a major reason why Sony will win the 8th generation? Because it’s above and beyond the norm. Sure, the PS4 has the camera that is fun to mess with. The Wii U has a cool tablet controller that has great abilities and lets you play with no TV connection. The Xbox One has the Kinect 2, which is much improved over the first Kinect. But only Sony has a major VR project far in the works for their 8th generation console.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Microsoft has a VR headset for the Xbox One somewhere. Nintendo wouldn’t want to be caught too far behind as well if this is a major thing that’ll be great for home consoles. But only Sony has one that people have seen and played, and apparently it’s a pretty stout device. It helps set the PS4 out as more than a faster console with better graphics. A lot of people want innovation, not better graphics and speeds. I love the speeds and graphics of the PS4, but I really love the thought of the VR headset setting my PS4 up as more than I ever imagined. If Sony does a good job it’ll give PS4 owners and potential future customers something extra to see and enjoy, something that really gives the 8th generation more push. And I think it’ll stand up against the VR headsets that use smartphones for gaming and otherwise. Sure, those are fun and do a good job! But a major home console with cameras, advanced headsets, and big games will always do better. Always. It may be more expensive, but Project Morpheus or the other ones that Microsoft and Nintendo may come up with will be better than the phone ones you can get, and it’ll make the home consoles so much more unique than what they already are.
The headset comes out in 2016, and I cannot wait to see that happen! In the meantime there are incredible games to look forward, new console updates that’ll make it even better, and more. Sony did their homework with the PS4, and I think it’ll continue to outpace the other consoles and be the overall winner of the 8th generation. Does it matter? No. You’ll love what you love. I love my Wii U and I’m very excited about getting my Xbox One later this year. I think all of the major consoles offer something incredible and will do so for the foreseeable future. But I do think the PS4 will continue to sell more than the other major 8th generation consoles, so in that way minimum, yes the PS4 will win. Whatever you have the most fun with is likely the one you pick as the winner, and I’m not much different. The PS4 is awesome and what it’ll have in the next year or so really sets it apart, so I pick it as my winner. But more than a few million agree in the sales as well, which I don’t see slowing down anytime soon. Who knows? Maybe the Wii U will pick up some incredible unheard of momentum and win it all? It’s fun to think about it here and there, but I have to say: the PS4 looks to be in the best shape to sell the most overall by the time it’s all said and done. Agree? Or disagree? No wrong answers here, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts!
*EDIT: I do see that Microsoft has an incredible looking headset in development, called HoloLens, but it’s not specifically for the Xbox One. I understand that it does look like the Xbox One will have some kind of interaction and that it looks incredible on its own, but it’s not dedicated to the console like the Morpheus is to the PS4, so in my eyes that’s not a great comparison. I honestly had no clue about the headset until a few minutes ago, so I apologize for that, but since it’s disconnected more than Morpheus I’ll leave the article as is. It looks awesome though and as more comes out about potential Xbox One interaction I’ll put something up!*