Xbox One vs PlayStation 4 – used games and DRM
Here's where things get a little heated. Not to mention confusing. First of all, the easy bit. Neither console will let you play PS3 games or Xbox 360 games. The Xbox One gives you the option to plug the 360 into it (presumably vie the HDMI passthrough) which will let you play 360 games with a 360 controller, in the Xbox One interface. Pretty handy we suppose.
Now then, Microsoft was at the wrong end of an angry mob both during and after E3 after its DRM, always-on and used game policies were scrutinized against Sony's more open PS4. Essentially, each Xbox One game could be downloaded in full – off the cloud or disc – to your hard drive, and you would have had to be online at least once every 24 hours to verify each game to your account, otherwise you won't be able to play. Not even single player mode. Sony on the other hand, did not have this restriction.
You'll notice we're talking in the past tense though. That's because Microsoft completely flipped around and announced that its always-on, DRM and used game restrictions would be lifted, levelling the playing field against the PS4. It was a massive decision in the face of a very tough week of angry gamer reactions.
Microsoft (like Sony) is leaving it to publishers to decide whether or not they'll be charging fees to buyers of second-hand games). This is all because you could otherwise download a game to your console and play it after selling it and making some cash.
Both consoles will now charge a monthly fee for online multiplayer, including Sony who previously offered it for free. PlayStation Plus members will have access to free game downloads as part of their package though.
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The Xbox One will set you back a wallet-stinging £430, while the PS$ has a cheaper £350 price tag. It's worth bearing in mind though that the Xbox One comes bundled with the Kinect camera, while PS4 gamers will have to fork out a further £45 for the PlayStation camera.
The Xbox One is the more ambitious console, but it just doesn’t quite manage to follow through on all of its potential. Yet.
The PS4 on the other hand might have less media and voice control powers, but its beefier specs promise a slew of eye-watering exclusive titles further down the line.
If you want the Xbox One's media powers and Kinect magic, then your decision is clear. But if you're after a purer gaming experience for a cheaper price, then you'll want to fly the PS4 flag.
Console wars are long, bloody, drawn out affairs though, and we can't wait to document every battle along the way. It's only just begun...