Ever since the launch of the Xbox back in 2001, Microsoft and Playstation consoles have lived in perfect harmony in my household. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are two of my favourite consoles, each with their own impressive libraries. But as time went on I felt that Sony’s exclusives and new IP’s began to outshine Microsoft’s, and games such as the Uncharted series and Demon’s Souls slowly pulled me heavily to one side. Up until 11 days ago I was exclusively a Playstation 4 player during this console generation, enjoying games like Bloodborne, Horizon Zero Dawn, and The Last Of Us Remastered. On Black Friday this year I found a deal on the Xbox One that was too good to pass up, once again hopping back on the Microsoft bandwagon. In those 11 days I have noticed some really great features with the Xbox One, and here are three particular features that I really wish the Playstation 4 had.
Oh what I wouldn’t give to be able to dust off my Demon’s Souls or Ni No Kuni disc and boot them up on my Playstation 4. Backwards compatibility is not only a huge convenience, with having just one console to deal with and have hooked up to your television, but it also expands the console’s library significantly. Being able to revisit games like Gears of War, Dead Space, and Red Dead Redemption has been a blast so far, with over 385 more Xbox and Xbox 360 games to explore.
Changing Your Gamertag
We’ve all had email addresses or usernames we’ve regretted over the years and wish we could change. Personalities change over time, so why shouldn’t their gaming ID’s? Unfortunately for Playstation players, you’ve been stuck with the same old cringe-worthy PSN ID for years, and the only way to change it is by creating a new ID and losing all of your precious trophies. With the Xbox One players can change their gamertags as much as they like, for a fee. The $9.99 CAD price tag may be a little steep, but it gives you the chance to free yourself from the regrettable username filled with X’s and 69’s.
The Playstation 4’s DualShock 4 controller has a bevy of different designs and colors, with new limited edition designs being announced alongside many of its AAA titles. While there are plenty of options on the market, including the new throwback translucent controllers, it doesn’t quite measure up to the Xbox One’s infinite number of possibilities. The Xbox Design Lab gives you the ability to give your controller your own personal touch and add bells and whistles such as rubberized grips, metallic d-pad, and engraving. I would love to see a similar concept available for the DualShock 4 in the future, or possibly for the next generation Playstation console.
And there you have it, just a few of the many features I’ve really been enjoying on the Xbox One. Playstation 4 owners, what are some features on the Xbox One that make you a little jealous? Xbox One owners, which features on the Playstation 4 would you like to see Microsoft try to incorporate? Let us know in the comment section below!