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Joss Whedon, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and what? Consoles? All at Comic-Con? We're ecstatic already.

Next-gen consoles Playstation 4 and Xbox One have made an appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con and the TechRadar team was on the scene to scope out reactions of the dedicated fans.

Players had Knack, Driveclub and Octodad for the PlayStation 4 to choose from, with Ryse: Son of Rome and Killer Instinct for Xbox One.

Responses to both the One and PS4 were remarkably different from what we expected.

So, what'd you think about 'em?

After playing Ryse: Son of Rome on the Xbox One, Miguel Galindo only had praise for the much harassed console when asked if he was impressed with the graphics:

"It plays really smooth, like how a computer game on a desktop or powerful gaming computers. So it looks and feels a lot more like that."

It's surprising and nice to know the Xbox One can hold its own against a PC.

Galindo goes on to say, "for just this game alone I would purchase the system. But hopefully this isn't the only big battle. That's what I'm afraid of."

That's a pretty big deal considering all the hate the Xbox One received after the big E3 reveal. If they can keep pushing out great games, maybe they'll win back their once loyal fans.

Your turn Playstation 4

Apparently Sony's repertoire of games just isn't cutting it for players, but that doesn't necessarily mean the console itself is bad - just that the few games they're touting right now make it look bad.

Another player by the name of "Q" mentioned issues with the PS4 games when discussing the console's graphics, or lack thereof: "Unfortunately with Knack I can't exactly say - with the graphics they're using because they're using 'kiddier' graphics...It's simplistic, simplistic colors..."

However, he did like one aspect of the game, saying, "it looks more cartoonish but it's focused a lot more on dynamic lighting which I do like."

So there's great lighting, but the graphics just weren't demanding enough to really experience the power of the console.

Galindo mentioned the PS4 as well and how the games just weren't up his alley compared to the Xbox One:

"The PS4 has better specs, on paper or whatever, right? But Xbox One feels a lot cooler. And the PS4 games all seem like they're all geared towards little kids or people that are even nerdier than I am so I don't even know where to go [with that]...and I'm a pretty hardcore Playstation fan - ever since the Playstation One, I've had it - but I might switch over because no games [are available]."

We think it's a little too early to tell if a switch is necessary based on the few games out, but Sony probably should have flaunted more graphically demanding pieces to show-off its next-gen console abilities.

What else?

Though Q had difficulty assessing the PS4 graphics, he did enjoy the feel of the DualShock 4 controller. Citing his "big hands," a comfortable controller was important to him.

For Q, the PS4 controller felt much better than the older models and did not feel "claw-like" when playing the game.

Galindo did not mention the Xbox One gamepad, but he did remark on the 24-hour check in and DRM policies stating "Well they said they're going to take them out but we'll see what happens on launch day and PS4 still has a few months to figure out what they're launching with."

So there you have it. The first public play-throughs on both consoles at Comic-Con have been enlightening - the Xbox One may not be the horrible monster people expected and the Playstation 4 needs to step up their game, or so to speak and release a better selection.

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You're on a roll with aiming to prove the Xbox ONE is worth everyone's time.


One thing I like about the Xbox One is that it is a next gen leap. What I mean is, although the specs are not as good as they could be, Microsoft is trying new things with the Cloud and Kinect being mandatory. It won't have the graphical leap of the PS4 but it will change the way we play games. Sunset Overdrive, Fantasia, and Titanfall look AMAZING.

All the next gen consoles are great and unique in their own way, the PS4 and Wii U, but I feel Microsoft is taking the next step (although they were stalled when forced to reverse their policies).

I am going to own all 3 anyway.

CGI-Quality said:
You're on a roll with aiming to prove the Xbox ONE is worth everyone's time.

The media is. I am just passing along the news.

What did I just read? Who are these people?

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MB1025 said:
CGI-Quality said:
You're on a roll with aiming to prove the Xbox ONE is worth everyone's time.

The media is. I am just passing along the news.

It's good to see good news. Haven't really been on for a month or so and the site was in a sad state then. I can't wait to pick mine up!

CGI-Quality said:
You're on a roll with aiming to prove the Xbox ONE is worth everyone's time.

this lol

Nice! looks like all those games are adding up.

Well it really just comes down to separate people's opinions. I'm sure you would find people on the show floor that liked the PS4 games better.

Personally though, I have to say I'm rather disappointed in the PS4 launch line up. Knack, Killzone, Drive Club.....the only games I really wanted were Killzone and Infamous, the latter of which was pushed back. Meanwhile the X1 launches with Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, and Ryse....all of which I want to play. Then just a few months later X1 gets Titanfall, which will be huge so....GG.

I have no doubt Sony will have some sick games hitting the PS4 sooner or later, and when that point comes I'll inevitably go pick mine up, but as far as the launch line ups are confirmed....X1 is an easy choice for me

I loved the Knack seemed geared towards kids comment. Wonder if Forza is geared toward racing fans lol.

I wish they had video of someone who was like "I am pumped for Knack, seems like Gears Of War but better". Then they come out and are like "what... it's like a kids game. Not cool man" lol