OK, so as a parent of multiple kids, it was bound to happen. One was going to want the Playstation 4 and the other the XBOX 1, thanks for both companies for launching them this year, it made my gift giving easy. As a parent that tries to please his kids, so long as the boundaries of education are met and overall chores around the house as well, this is what the holidays allows us to do as parents, spoil our kids. I want to once again reiterate that the overall experience of obtaining these top of the line gaming consoles was not much of a challenge, and for the most part their numbers of people not getting them was also full of fluff, at least on the XBOX 1 side. But wanting the Playstation 4 or the XBOX 1 and getting them could have become tricky if the plan was not in place.
Gamestop Had The Plan
I would like to thank Gamestop for their consideration for their clients and faithful. Because of them I was able to get the first console which was the Playstation 4 in November and I did it with very little inconvenience. Their policy and program to get these into the hands of the consumers was extraordinary, and I believe I mentioned this already once in a previous post but it is most certainly worth stating again. So long as you were in line at a respectable 3:30 p.m. you were able to purchase one of the opening day Playstation 4 consoles. I was and I did. They sold these to the public at 6:00 p.m. and issued a number to you at that time. I was number 18. Now I could go home and know that I was guaranteed one unit. Then I returned to make the midnight line at about 11:30 p.m. and the sales commenced at midnight. The whole process for me which I had number 18 took about 30 minutes. They were extremely organized allowing three people to enter at once, purchase their consoles and other equipment and leave the store. There was security which is a big deal, and everyone was happy with their purchase.
The XBOX 1 Purchase
I purchased this console in Walmart. Now granted I never pre-ordered any of these consoles. I did not happen to regret that. I could have done this at either Gamestop or Walmart, or Best Buy for as little as $25.00. I am glad that I did not end up regretting doing that. My buddies could not guarantee the same success at Gamestop and besides every retail store that I called stated the same thing, there will not be enough XBOX 1 consoles. I cannot to this day believe that. Come Christmas Eve they were all over the place. I do not know if they simply did not sell as well, or were people trying to avoid the extra $100.00. Like I stated earlier, I had no choice because both were on the Christmas list at my home. Anyway I did what I never though I would do. Shop on Thanksgiving Day. I am glad I did, because getting the XBOX 1 when the fear was instilled in me that I would not, could not have been any easier.
Shopping At Walmart Thanksgiving Day
Walmart really outdid themselves with their master-plan design for holiday shopping. They basically broke down the store and the hottest items into different shopping times and zones within the store. The XBOX 1 was going to be a 6:00 p.m. item in the Walmart Superstore near me. The process equally simple. Be in line at 6:00 p.m. and get a wristband that the Walmart associate would place around your wrist. They basically had 150 XBOX 1 systems, and I was number 9. The wristband to prove it, I was guaranteed an XBOX 1 and my fear and beliefs that this was all a promotional hoax to get people to scatter out and purchase the XBOX 1 was confirmed when I left with my XBOX 1 there were no people left in line, and still about 100 XBOX 1’s in their own pile. Nevertheless, I was happy to have one. My list was almost complete. With not many games out by the time Christmas Eve came around, I was able to secure them all without any trouble. Below is a short list of most of the games that are out right now for both consoles.
- Assassins Creed (Playstation 4)
- Ghost Call Of Duty (Both)
- NBA 2k (Both)
- Madden NFL (Both)
- Justice League Unlimited (Playstation 4)
- Battlefield 4 (Both)
- FIFA 14 (Playstation 4)
- Dead Rising 3 (XBOX 1)
The Review XBOX 1 VS. Playstation
The XBOX 1 offers plenty of little toys and cool gadgets but to be honest there has to be some work put in to be able to actually use them. Nothing major but recording of the voice features and also visual with the camera. That brings me to the next point I wanted to make about both of these consoles. The difference in prices between the two is mostly because the XBOX 1 comes with the camera necessary to make all those fancy tools work. If you were to purchase the camera for the Playstation 4 the cost will be roughly $100.00, so there is really no difference between the two, the price holds true at about $500.00 each console if you want to even them up. So which one is right for you? I can tell you that the true gaming system appears to be the XBOX 1. I have no real bugs to report yet on either system, I really have not played them much but I can tell you that I prefer the XBOX 1 for what it is worth. The overall feel of the controller is part of the reason. Do you have an XBOX 1 or Playstation bug to report. If you send it to me, I will publish it. Feel free and keep on gaming.