So I was wondering if anyone here had the experience of switching from PS4 to Xbox One as their main console?
Basically I like to stay within one console's ecosystem for all multiplats etc and I also prefer the more powerful console every generation. I currently own both a PS4 and Xbox One. Since the PS4 launch it has been my main console and I only used my Xbox One for exclusives. The previous generation Xbox 360 was my main console and the PS3 just collected dust when not used as a Bluray player.
However with all of the changes Microsoft has been doing to the Xbox One's new sexy UI, new controllers, the new Xbox One S, and the upcoming Scorpio (which looks like it will be more powerful than the PS4 Neo), I am really intrigued to possibly switch over to the Xbox One as my main console from here on out.
Why did I choose PS4 initially as my main console? Basically it was because of how it's slightly more powerful than the current Xbox One and more people seemed to be switching over from the Xbox 360 to the PS4. I wanted to be part of the bigger community. However, if you focus on US sales of games, the PS4 and Xbox One are almost neck and neck. Some games even sold more on the Xbox One than the PS4. Looking at global sales are pointless because I live in the US and I only play on US servers.
While the main advantage the PS4 has over the current Xbox One is it's slightly more powerful hardware, all of the below items more than make up for the Xbox One's slightly less powerful system.
Here are a few things about the Xbox One that I love, that Sony and PS4 does not have:
The PS4 interface is not bad, but it's very dated looking and lacks a lot of basic features. The game library management is also horrid.
-Achievement Progress Tracking and Time Played Tracking
With the Xbox One, you can accurately track your achievements progress which you cannot do on the PS4 with their trophies. For example on the Xbox One, it will say that an achievement it 87% completed etc. Xbox also tracks your time played with games, which is a feature I have always really liked about Steam on PC.
-Better Overall Controller: Better Range, Better Battery Life, Stronger Rumble, Impulse Triggers
While I think the DualShock 4 is a great controller, overall the Xbox One controller is superior. It has much better range than the DualShock 4, and using the headphone port does not cut out all of the time like the DualShock 4 does. Also the battery life is WAY better, the rumbling is much stronger, and when a game uses the impulse triggers it's amazing. You also have the option to pick up the Elite controller which feels amazing. I also had a chance to hold the new Xbox One S controller, and it feels great. The new slick design also looks cool.
-Xbox Live is More Stable and Secure than PSN
This might start a holy war. But Microsoft has been in the server game a long time. They run their own Xbox Live servers and they know what they are doing. Sony on the other hand outsources their PSN servers and really knows nothing about server management. Overall Xbox Live is not only more stable, but more secure. I am scared to leave my credit card number stored on PSN, as they are known to get hacked all the time. If you try to do a chargeback with your credit card company or bank, Sony normally bans your PSN account.
-Xbox One/Xbox Live Downloads Way Faster than PSN: Better Network, Better Hardware
From my experience the Xbox One downloads games WAY faster than my PS4. I have a 300mbps internet connection and my Xbox One downloads games just as fast as using Steam on my gaming PC etc. However, my PS4 download speeds are horrible and does not use my fast internet connections to it's full advantage. It's painful downloading a 50GB game on the PS4. Both systems are hard wired into my router. I think the Xbox One not only has a better ethernet card built in, but Xbox Live is just faster. Also from my experience when using Wifi, the Xbox One has a better connection, here the Wifi range on the PS4 is just plain crap.
-Better Remote Play Streaming
After using both the PS4's remote play features on the PS Vita and using their new PC/Mac app, and the Xbox app in Windows 10, streaming games with the Xbox One has been much better. However I do admit that I hardly ever do it on either system.
When they first announced this I didn't really care. But now I am starting to see more and more of my Xbox 360 digital library showing up and it feels more like home from my Xbox 360 days. I tried using Sony's PlayStation Now, and it's a joke.
-Exclusives I Prefer
Most of the Sony exclusives bore me. The Last of Us is ok, everything else just does not interest me. While I am not really a Halo fan, I do like Forza, State of Decay, Gears of War etc. There are even new exclusive IPs that I am excited about.
-Focus on the US Market
Some people might think this is a bad thing, but I like how Microsoft's main demographic is the US and a bit of the UK. Microsoft caters to the US market, knows what we like, makes exclusive games that Americans are more into and it works. And as far as the community, like I said earlier, I don't care that worldwide the PS4 has sold more, I will never play Battlefield with some guy in Brazil. I live in the US, and play on US servers only. Also like I mentioned before, game sales are basically neck and neck with the PS4 within the US.
-The Xbox One S is Sexy
I am really tempted to pick up the 2TB Xbox One S. It is one of the best looking consoles ever and it might even end up being just as powerful as a PS4. We will have to wait and see. I do have a 4K TV and it would pair up great with it. The PS4 Neo is also supposed to be 4K, but there is no guarantee it will actually be more powerful than the current PS4.
-The Scorpio is Coming and it looks like it will be more powerful than the PS4 Neo.
While the current PS4 is currently slightly more powerful than the Xbox One, the Scorpio looks like it will walk all over the PS4 Neo. If I do switch over to Xbox One as my main console, I will already been part of the ecosystem with the more powerful console (by a mile).
-Microsoft Wants to be the king again and they want it bad.
Currently I think Microsoft just wants to be the king MORE than Sony. Microsoft has the money, the technology and the infrastructure to make it happen. I can easily see them doing things like taking big pay cuts on the Xbox Scorpio to gain market share (they can afford it) or buying exclusive rights to third party games. Imagine Madden being an Xbox exclusive? I highly doubt they will ever make the mistakes again that they made with the initial Xbox One announcements a few years ago. They will also never let Sony have the more powerful system ever again. If I do make the switch, I will already be in the ecosystem that rules the console market in the US.
So sorry for the wall of text, but back to my original question. Has anyone out there made the switch from PS4 to Xbox One?