So the console wars have officially started, and even with the factory defect issues, PlayStation 4 got off to a great start, selling a million units the first day in stores. This week, Xbox One will hit stores, and where PlayStation is trying directly for gamers, Xbox One is striving for a wider audience.
Xbox One has a price disadvantage, costing a hundred dollars more than PlayStation 4, but it’s also trying to offer so much more. As the L.A. Times tells us, it’s all a universal “all-in-one-entertainment system.” With so many people streaming movies and TV shows, this Xbox wants to appeal to a wider range of people.
This report tells us Xbox One also has Kinect, which can read your heart rate, and can recognize six different users. You can “instantly switch between their profiles and their saved games, much of which is saved on Microsoft’s servers.” The ultimate goal for Xbox One is to be able to communicate to your other cable boxes and be your all purpose media center.
As Todd Martens writes, “Even with some kinks to work out the Xbox One already feels integrated in my day-to-day life.” We’ll see if the broader appeal of Xbox will eventually help beat out PlayStation when it’s unleashed on the world this Friday.