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PS4 vs Xbox One Comparison: Graphics, Specs, Differences

The Escapist Staff | 20 Nov 2013 00:00
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PlayStation 4 Launch Library

The concept of the launch library is not quite deserving of the weight it has been assigned over the years. The industry, the media, and the gamers bang on about a system's launch libraries, but we would rather know what's in store for me six months from now. Nevertheless, having good games to play on a console you just bought is important, and it doesn't seem like Sony has provided a large or varied library you couldn't get anywhere else.

PS4 Games Killzone Shadow Fall

If we discount the ports and the multiplatform titles, of which there are many such as Assassin's Creed 4, Call of Duty and Madden, there's not a lot in the exclusive department to really get us excited. We basically have three titles really worth investigating - Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun, and opinion is pretty split about those titles. Knack is fetching some good reviews, but is seen by a fair few as mediocre, while Killzone is the "love/hate" affair it always is, and remains a series targeted at a select group of people. The standout game is, by far, Resogun, a superb title that is well worth buying. It's free for PS Plus subscribers, too. That's the PS4's big benefit at this point.

When you buy it, you'll get some free-to-play titles in Warframe and DC Universe Online, as well as a number of titles via your PlayStation Plus subscription. There's also a few gamesOutside of the exclusive retail games, that's pretty decent, but it won't wow the crowds. There's more on the horizon such as Child of Light, but the PS4's launch never really recovered from the delays of Driveclub and Infamous: Second Son.

Xbox One Launch Library

The Xbox One has a stronger stable of retail games to catch eyes in stores rather than its downloadable library, but Microsoft is even able to offer a strong number of games available only online.

Between Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon, and Ryse: Son of Rome, Microsoft is offering not only an established franchise, but two original IPs. When you get the system home, you'll also be able to nab Killer Instinct and LocoCycle to boot. These games are all receiving a range of scores, so it's hard to see exactly how well these games will be received by customers, but there's no denying the fact that Microsoft has finagled itself a stronger looking launch lineup that'll be able to generate more consumer and press interest in the early goings.

Even though many are sure it'll be boring, we're intensely intrigued by Ryse: Son of Rome. Good or bad, that's a must-have title for us, because it will show off many of the system's strengths, as well as its faults. That's really what the Xbox One library is right now - intriguing. In terms of pure audience interest potential, the Xbox One has it in spades.

Xbox One vs. PS4 Launch Library Comparison

Once you cut through the third party titles for both consoles, there's only a few exclusives available right now for the PlayStation 4. Meanwhile, the Xbox One has a slew of titles that may not be stellar, but offer a greater variety for its audience.

Launch Library Winner: Xbox One

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