The subscription for online services is a puzzler, but I thing moot for many, as to get the most out of the consoles, you'll need to pay.
At this stage I'd agree that everyone who's buying a next gen console probably wants it for gaming, at least in part, and would therefore probably subscribe to the online services to do multiplayer. But I know a few people on the forum bought PS3s just because they could use them as all-in-one Blu-ray + online streaming / catchup service playback (back in the days when it was very uncommon for something to have all the services unavailable) and had no interest in games.
Those people aren't going to want to spend £40 a year with Microsoft, just so they can also get access to the online services, so might be more drawn to a PS4 instead (if of course, the current situation still exists when these consoles come down in price enough to warrant being used as such).
Lots of ifs and buts at the moment though! For the moment, I'd suggest the most common reason for choosing which console you buy is probably based on either (a) brand loyalty or (b) which exclusive games you prefer - personally I think some of the indie titles coming for the PS4 look far more interesting than just more exclusive 3rd person shooters, which I could take or leave, hence my decision to go with PS4. Nothing has come up to change my mind on that yet.
I think that's a good point - surely no one who has pre-ordered a PS4 or XboxOne will be using it primarily for it's mutlimedia functions. They'll be gamers looking forward to the next-gen games.
Also agree with you regarding indie titles. Have been much more excited to play games like Gone Home, To The Moon etc then the latest blockbusters. This was part of the reason why I switched to PC gaming and Steam
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Sony's president has acknowledged peoples concerns ont twitter and passed them onto the dev team "for future consideration".
So maybe they will be added back in a future update - certainly lack of DLNA would be a loss
Given the lastest news about BF4 and COD only being 720p on the Xbone - I dont think Sony should be too concerned.
Though this time round, I'm not rushing out to buy one - gonna see how the next couple of months play out.
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got an xbox one on order but thinking i might cancel and sit this one out for a while and wait to see what happens
+1 there AnotherJoe , i had the Xbox One on pre order but i decided to cancel and wait further down the line for more info on how both consoles perform and fingers crossed better deals
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Waiting seems the sensible option right now.
Lack of DLNA is a no no.
No MP3 or CD playback is a no no.
No external USB drives is a no no.
I was gonna pick up a PS4 as they are out first over here in Sweden, but definitely gonna leave it now and wait until I see the reviews and finalized specs.
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We have an Xbox here at home and my daughter uses it regular enough and I may even decide to go blow some aliens up on occasion, but tbh I really don't think I want to buy into either companies marketing and money making schemes, refuse to buy one and vote with your wallet, you will see them change their policies quick enough.
It seems like one thing after another, I'll leave it at least for a year and hope both consuls die a death and serves them right, although probably unlikely maybe an alternative will come along or I'll go do something else with my time.
Saying this I do feel sorry for those people who have already put down a deposit on the Xbone or PS4, but for me I'm not buying into it, until they sort things out.
Don't really care about the other stuff,just want it to play games with no fuss,anything else it does is a bonus.
at only £350. I can't see it coming down for a long time.
According to the latest reports Sony are now working to put MP3 and CD back into the PS4 due to the 'passionate' reaction from fans
It's interesting to see Microsoft and Sony capitulate to a bit of public pressure, although I assume they are more 'sensitive' to this just before the consoles are released through fear of missed sales. It'll be interesting to see if they continue to listen to the public a couple of years down the line
Not sure why it was originally taken off. Surely to attract the biggest potential market you want to be boasting that your new product can plait sawdust, not take existing features away. But what do I know.
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PS4 won't play 3D Blu-rays either...
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No great loss there...
What, not even 4K blu-ray's.
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At launch anyway - it will be added later. The console has been rushed to market half-finished. I expect a steady stream of updates in the first 6 months of next year.
Lots of reports appearing on the big wide web of overheating and freezing issues concerning the PS4
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