On the “Blue Light of Death” for Playstation 4

Blue Light of death

Christmas songs are on the radio again, Santa is back on every other commercial, and it’s the most wonderful time of the year for gamers – especially console gamers this season.  The war of the next-generation consoles has begun, and Sony’s Playstation 4 has struck first.

The PS4 opened up with a record-breaking 1 million systems sold on its opening day, yet as it almost always is with the first wave of new consoles, there are mixed reviews and worries about the consoles functionality.  Although Sony Computer Entertainment’s President, Shuhei Yoshida made it clear that the company is not worried about the Playstation 4’s future. 

Yoshida released a statement addressing the somewhat common issues of the console not powering on or connecting with the television, stating “Be assured we are investigating PS4 issues… The number is very small compared to [what was] shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents.”

Supposedly, these “issues” have been reported in less than one percent of the consoles sold so far, but its enough to make me suspicious.  Everyone remembers the infamous “Red Ring of Death” on the early versions of the Xbox 360, and the disc jamming problems with the first line of Playstation 3s.  As it is with the first edition of many technologies, the Playstation 4 has its problems that stand in the way of the customers getting what they paid for.

The PS4‘s “Blue Light of Death” is essentially the equivalent of Xbox’s red ring, and is doing its part to scare potential buyers in the future – maybe even more so than deserved.   If it is true that these malfunctions are not as prevalent as some may think, than this may be no more than a hiccup and Sony’s console will prosper.

That is pretty much how I think it will play out.  Yes, consoles in the past have been less than perfect on their first go-round, but it has been nearly a decade since the last generation of consoles came out and I can’t imagine that the glitches and screw-ups will be half as significant as what we’ve seen in the past.  While I have little evidence to base that claim on, I will also stand firmly behind it.  Playstation 4 will overcome, and a couple months from now – or couple weeks, possibly – the “Blue Light of Death” will be a thing of the past.

In my next article, I will shift my focus back to the Xbox One and try to find out what I can about it before it hits the market.  As usual, thank you for reading, and feedback would be nice.


Who does Battlefield 4 Better, XB1 or PS4?

After watching the gameplay videos of Battlefield 4 on both the Xbox one and Playstation 4, I think I was more impressed by the XB1 — it was close though.  At times during these gameplay videos, one screen would be brighter than the other, or the contrast would be different, but the real difference in the presentation is in the details. The Xbox One painted a picture that had texture and felt more like real life than the PS4.

There was a good deal of gameplay footage in slow-motion, and what i took away from it was that the PS4 looked like an incredibly honed and mastered version of graphics that we have seen already.  I was not disappointed by the product in the least — the things I saw in that 8 minute trailer trumps anything I’ve ever seen in console gaming, Skyrim included.

That being said, the Xbox one looked like a different animal.  It looked like someone decided to film the craziest real-life war footage and put it through some Instagram filter.

That’s how real it looked.

In a different video that compared the frame rate during Battlefield 4 gameplay, both consoles ran at about 60 frames per second the entire 5 minutes.  Neither system had any trouble with the cutscenes — which is pretty impressive, considering the explosions and vast landscapes that were shown.  There was a noticeable dip in the Xbox One’s performance during certain large-scale battle scenes, but it was never much farther off of the PS4 than 4 or 5 fps.

From what I’ve seen today, I think I’ll call this little showdown a tie.  Each has their little advantages over the other — as expected — and the games that they present look very different at times.  But to me, right now, these differences are not the kind that make me favor one over the other. It’s almost a matter of preference.

Knee -Jerk Reactions on the PS4 and Xbox One

Xbox One and Playstation 4 will duke it out for holiday season superiority

by Jim Bearor

Not since the holiday season of 2005 has there been this much excitement in the world of console gamers.  This is completely due to the launch of two next-gen systems: the Xbox One and the Playstation 4.  Each has made significant improvements and in some cases, drastic changes in order to provide the experience that gamers have been dreaming about for years.

I have just recently started researching the two systems and the differences between them, but it seems that these consoles are two completely seperate animals.  The Xbox 360 and PS4 each had their perks and advantages over the other, but this time around, it seems that the two companies are trying to accomplish two different things.

At a quick glance, the Xbox One seems to be built as more of an entertainment system than a gaming console, whereas the Playstation 4 appears to be more focused on the gaming aspect of things.  Xbox One markets itself as an all-in-one device, complete with the cutting edge Kinect 2.0 camera system and voice command capabilities that will make navigating menus easier than ever.

In fact, Microsoft believes that they have created the better product, and that is why their price is $100 more than its competitor.  Albert Penello, Xbox’s senior director of product planning and management made this clear in an interview with Gamespot in which he said: “I think we do more. I think our games are better. I think as people start to experience Kinect and see what it can do using voice, I think that’s better,” he said. “I think the ability to have an all-in-one system where you can plug in the TV, that’s better. I think we’ll have a better online service.”

These are bold claims that may prove true but at the E3 release, Playstation 4 appeared to be the superior product. This was mainly due to the Xbox One’s game sharing and mandatory internect connection policies that they have since repealed, but questions remain about how the Kinect technology will affect users experience.  A popular knock against the Xbox One right now is that the Kinect system has to be on at all times, which raises concern about privacy — and rightfully so.  I think its fair that some people don’t want a camera watching them sitting in their living room when all they are doing is watching Netflix or playing a game that really doesn’t need a camera.

Like I said, this is just a broad overview to start with. As I look more into the details of the two, I’ll hopefully gain a greater understanding of each product and what each of them has to offer.  My next post will be more PS4-heavy to compensate for this one, and after that, I’ll try to decode the technical jargon about memory and processors.  Wish me luck, and thank you for reading.