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    I've been eyeing the PS4 and Xbox One since well before their official press conferences. Gaming had just gotten, well, stagnant; every bit of power having been squeezed out of now-last-gen hardware meant that games converged on one of a few game types. There was the first-person COD-like, the third-person cover-based shooter, the talking-simulator RPG, and well...that's pretty much it for the AAA space. The few games that diverged from this were iterated until they became similarly stagnant (the Assassin's Creed franchise comes to mind).

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    Having Made the Jump to Now-gen (New-gen?) Consoles...

    Fast forward to July of this year, and I found myself with $1,000 after selling my beloved motorcycle. I put this money aside with intentions of buying a PS4 when my friends jumped ship from the 360. Honestly, I was about 90% certain that the PS4 was going to be my choice. The initial policies regarding used games put doubt in my mind about buying an Xbox One, and the fact that the bulk of the marketing was about cable television and sports (two things I could not care less about) didn't help.

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    That said, after a year of steady updates on the Xbox, and not-so steady updates on the PS4, I was torn. One of my friends was dead set on the Xbox One (his brother had already made the jump), and no one seemed vehemently opposed to the idea.
    Along comes the Xbox One price cut in November. I don't know why $50 makes such a difference. Honestly, I had more than enough money set aside to buy the console even at full-price. I think the real answer is that I didn't feel like the Xbox One was worth as much as the PS4. It is, frankly, inferior hardware. It doesn't make as many "p's" as the PS4 in most cross-platform games. There ended up being a deal at Best Buy for the Assassin's Creed bundle, with a year of Xbox Live for $350. Three of us made the jump that day.

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    Being a little over a month in at this point, I'm super glad I did. I'm not noticing any lack of "p's", though really, I think my enjoyment is less about graphics and more about the fact that we're all playing many more hours of games than we were. Games feel fresh in a way that they didn't before. Titanfall is fantastic. It FEELS next-gen, and now many hours in, it still feels fresh.
    That said, the Xbox One is still REALLY buggy (the PS4 has had similar issues with it's 2.0 software debacle). I feel like it's about a year out from being stable. We still run into issues getting voice chat to work. I've had three or four hard locks in a month of use (typically, when waking the console from sleep). You also cannot send voice messages, a feature I didn't realize that I'd miss so much.

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    It also still feels very much like a system built with Kinect as a requirement. Some interface things don't make sense using only a controller. I find myself saying "Xbox, record that" oddly mimicking my friends that DO have Kinects. I am going to "solve" this problem by buying a Kinect. I admit, I'm part of the problem here.
    To summarize, I think it's a solid time to make the jump. The price competition has heated up (PS4 is now doing a game bundle on Amazon), and there is a decent collection of good games (though only a few awesome exclusives for each platform). The systems have also matured a good bit software-wise over the year. I have faith that competition will make them both significantly better systems than they are currently. They've come a long way, but there's still room to grow.

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    I made the jump in September when Costco had it for$370 a bit more than yours but I was wanting it for the Disney Infinity 2.0 release (my son and I are addicted to the world building sandbox that is Infinity and then add Marvel into the mix).
    A few of the buggy things you noted can be turned off in the setting (sleep mode is still buggy as hell) and you’re right the interface was designed with Kinect in mind.
    All in all though I am still very pleased, my only desire is that they speed up the Games with Gold releases for XBox One. I still find my son and I dropping back to the 360 for the free games. (and yes my entertainment center looks like a wall of consoles, XBox One, XBox 360, Wii, Wii U, GameCube, N64, Playstation 3 & 2 and I have a TV in my office that still has an old XBox hooked up to it and a Super NES and NES. bah I can’t let go of anything )

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