Xbox One vs PS4 – What I’m getting and why

I’ve recently posted about Xbox One vs PS4 and the need to wait for both to come out before deciding on which one to get. The PS4 by the time of this writing has launched and the Xbox One launch is only days away, but unless there is some major malfunction with the Xbox One launch, I’m pretty sure I’ve decided on the console I’ll be getting: The Xbox One.

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First a look at the systems side by side. I’ve hyperlinked where I’ve got the answers for all of this, but a lot of them are covered in this video from Machinima, if you’d like to take the video version route. I’ll expand upon a few of these specs below.

They’re virtually identical in almost all aspects except a few that I think tip the scales.

Spec PS4 XBox One Winner
Price  $399 w/o Camera  $499 w/ Kinect Same
Power/GPU 1080p 720p PS4
Storage 500 gb, not available/not mentioned 500 gb, external available eventually Xbox One
Backwards Compatability Nope Nope Tie
Controllers Supported 4 8 Honestly who cares? Xbox
Online Costs $4.16/Month, $50/Year $5/Month, $60/Year $0.75 a month difference, PS4 barely
What you get without paying Online Services (not matchmaking), free to play games Play games, offline. That’s about it PS4
Online PS+ vs Live Online Matchmaking, free games Everything, tons of apps, games with gold, Xbox Rewards, Xbox by a COUNTRY MILE
Living Room/Entertainment Um? Blu-Ray player Universal Remote for all devices, pass through for cable box, skype, mp3, DLNA, CDs, etc. Xbox
Size Average console size Behemoth with another huge power bar PS4
Online Services Gaikai Microsoft Xbox
Peripherals Whatever PS4 calls their kinect, sold separately Real Kinect, included Xbox
Indie Gaming PS4 – well versed in indie games Xbox One – meh PS4
Second Screen Recently unveiled PS4 app Smartglass has been around 12 months Both pretty similar, Xbox because of the 12 month head start
Totals  6  8  Xbox One

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Alright, a few things: I’ve left out controllers, because that’s up to player preference. For the most part these systems are super similar. Where Xbox One wins out for me is all of it’s extra features and awesomeness. The PS4 may be a bit more powerful for gaming, but we’ve entered an era of more than just gaming with consoles. Smartglass, Kinect, and the Microsoft entertainment services trump anything that PS4 puts forward. The only thing that makes me sad about this decision is PS4’s ease of access to indie gaming, I wish that Xbox was more on the ball with this. The ability to play games like Warframe, and DC Universe on a console would be friggin awesome, but that’s the reason I bought an Ouya (yes, you can judge me for that all you like).

With all of this being said, I’m still going to wait until after the Xbox One’s launch to see how it performs. If you’re one of my friends and reading this, I strongly suggest Xbox One and I will follow up on this after the launch, just to be completely sure. Hopefully you see it the way I do and will also be grabbing the Xbox One, then bring on the gaming!

If you feel I’ve left anything out in the above table, shoot me a comment below and I’ll gladly add it in.

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Movember vs The Ever Important Job

[I wrote a waffling/attempt to draw you in type intro, but if you’re looking for the rant, scroll down, just past the pretty pictures, yes that’s me in my boxers snowboarding]

My Movember team this year as of November 1st consisted of 2 members. We’re currently up to 5 and I assume that will MO in days to come…but….

This year, I am partaking in my 3rd year as a member of FukushiMO. The idea of FukushiMO started back before it became a Facebook page I could link you to. It was started by Peter Gillam, an Australian (where Movember began) giving a speech at a Fukushima Board of Education Assistant Language Teachers’ Annual Meeting (it’s called something else, but I’m drunk so forgive me). He gave a speech that talked about how growing a mustache in our home countries was done to raise awareness and money for Men’s health everywhere. Even that year I didn’t participate, being an ex-pat for so many years prior, you’re out of the loop when it comes to this stuff, and I didn’t know.

But this is all background noise. After Gillam’s speech, we all kind of jumped on it and FukushiMO has been going strong. It’s something that, after all of us have come and gone from Fukushima Prefecture, we still take part in. A way to re-connect with people you saw everyday in a past life, that rarely comes up in your current day to day. Through the storied MOtoshop wars and social media connections. Epic examples below!

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With that all being said, this year, has been different than others. While most of the core group has moved on and moved out of Japan, and back to the rat race of their western culture jobs, our participation rate has dropped. Largely, this year, because of the ever-overbearing employer.

[Begin Rant]

Here’s my thing gentlemen, if your employer or a potential client can’t get behind an international movement that benefits Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer research, should you really fucking be working there? Ya, the paycheck is great and all that shit, but seriously? You can’t look a client in the face, say, “Ya, it’s Movember, sorry about that,” and move on? You really need to question where you’re at in life if, in 2007, 2008, 2009 and beyond we rode down a hill in our boxers, in Japan, as teachers of their youth! But now you can’t grow a fucking moustache “because of the job.”

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Here’s a picture of me in my boxers, snowboarding, because, I don’t want to put a picture of the rest of you, and get you fired. I have them though!

This goes for everyone else out there, if you’re in a job where a mustache would compromise your ability to do, or to retain said job, you should think twice. Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK?

I’ve heard every excuse in the book thus far. “I’m looking for a job.” “I’m new at my job.” “I’m afraid that John in accounting will judge me!”

Fuck John! And fuck all that other shit, you’re a grown man. John probably wishes he could grow a sweet ‘stache, but instead he just puts his head down, shaves his face daily and moves on hoping for that pension. Jesus, what a terrible life John leads.

I’m obviously a little bit biased, as I am my own employer (shameless plug, who really wants to hire me after reading this blog? I don’t know?) but even my brother, a high ranking employee of a large engineering firm puts together a huge Movember Team each year, supported by that company, and they crush what FukushiMO makes based on their “larger than ex-pat working in the western world” salaries. So, really, if you’re playing the corporate game, you don’t have an excuse.

In conclusion, (yes, I’m drunk enough that I will use “In conclusion” to finish my rant like I’m in the 5th grade) there is no reason to not participate in Movember. I don’t care if you’ve moved on in life to another team of people you see on a daily basis, but I do care if because of your job you deem something like growing a mustache beyond your reach (facial hair growth ability aside).

In most cases none of you have been told to not grow one, it’s out of fear of the boss-man/woman’s repercussions that you don’t. And while I’ve said to question your standing at said job, I would suggest that you ask your boss about starting a team. Most likely she/he’ll be on board, and if he/she’s not, fuck them!

Movember, do it!

Fuck whoever else stands in your way. Or just donate to us in the links below, because you’re afraid.

[End Rant]

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Donate to me: http://mobro.co/brentstirling

Donate to my team: http://moteam.co/fukushimo
(Please spread team donations amongst all members. It makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside.)