So it’s been about a year and a half since both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 both launched. Although we call it the “console wars”, it was clear that the PS4 was head and shoulders above the Xbox and Microsoft had some clear catching up to do following their 2013 E3 conference. In the lead up to launch, Xbox dropped a lot of their most disliked policies, the biggest being the always online DRM, in the hopes of catching up to Sony and the Playstation. It worked to an extent and now being seen as a supporter of the Xbox One is not a bad thing. In fact, this article is going to list some of the reasons I think that the Xbox One is at least as good as the PS4, if not better!
At first, snap didn’t seem like that big of a deal. It just seemed to be a little add-on for fantasy football while watching TV. But it’s so much more than that, it goes hand in hand with the dashboard and gives the Xbox the ability to keep you immersed in your games, without pulling you to the dashboard to join a party, send a message or even launch another app.
It’s also incredibly useful for those grindy games where your working on a project for hours (e.g Minecraft building/mining). You could open up Youtube in snap and either watch a video tutorial while you play, or just listen to some music to pass the time.
Snap, in effect, is like the guide from the Xbox 360, upgraded with the ability to use it while playing and with a smooth (mostly) interface.
2. The Promise of a Windows 10 Kernel Later This Year & Smartglass
This one is especially exciting for people like myself who really want to bridge the gap between PC and console gaming. Now don’t get this twisted, it isn’t going to turn your Xbox One into a top of the line PC that runs every game on ultra high settings. What it will do, is give you better integration with your PC, having apps specifically catered to Xbox.
The applications seem almost limitless with Microsoft’s reach, but just a few things being offered with this huge update are: The ability to stream Xbox One games to your PC over wi-fi, Cross device multiplayer between PC and Xbox, editing and sharing game clips from your Xbox on your PC and with DirectX12 also becoming available in this update, super impressive graphical step-ups.
Smartglass is already a hit in itself, being able to access the information from your Xbox on the go means you’re always connected, so we know Xbox can deliver that. Now it’s the developers turn. With help from Microsoft, I think smarglass is going to be the game changer. Imagine playing the next open-world masterpiece, and being able to grab your tablet and see the map, while you are riding your horse across the world, seeing things happen in real-time as if your character were reading the map in-game. Cool concept, huh?
All told, these pieces of software are going to be a real game changer in the console wars.