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Consumer Chronicle: Which New Gaming Console Will You Put Under The Tree?

games 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (12/3/13) – It's officially the holiday season, which means shoppers will be lining up in stores across America to buy that perfect holiday gift. For many, that gift will be one of two new gaming consoles that have just recently been released, the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. These consoles have captured the attention of gamers everywhere. Can't decide which console you would rather have or which to buy for the gamer in your family? Here's a comparison of the two systems that may help your decision.

•Xbox One – The Xbox console comes after the very popular Xbox 360. But this new gaming system includes some of Xbox's most exciting features to date, including voice activation that allows you to tell the console what you want it to do by just saying commands through the re-engineered Xbox Kinect. The system includes an 8-core x86 processor that will allow you to switch between a game and various entertainment apps instantly. A new snap feature lets you play a game while watching viewing other apps on the same screen. The back of the system includes an HDMI pass-through that will allow you to connect the console to your TV cable or satellite boxes. Eight gigs of RAM and a 500GB drive gives you plenty of memory for games, movies, apps, etc. You can also play your favorite Blu-ray movies straight through the system.

Playstation 4 – This new Playstation system is the successor from its older model, the Playstation 3. The remote play feature for the Playstation 4 allows you to play games for the system on the handheld Playstation Vita. On some games, you can also use the Vita as a second controller. The system includes fast, customized processors with eight gigs of unified system memory. You can increase your play time by being able to play your games while downloading the title. The system will download a portion of the game so play can start while the rest is downloaded in the background. The new Playstation app enables iPhones, iPads, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens for the system. The Playstation 4 also includes a Blu-ray player and the ability to download your favorite apps such as Netflix and Hulu.

These new systems and features do come at a price. The Xbox One is going for $499.99. The Playstation 4 goes for $399.99. Most retailers are temporarily sold out of the products due to the high demand of both consoles. However, they are available on sites such as ebay and amazon. Prices on these sites tend to be more expensive than at other retailers. However, for the eager gamer desperate to get their hands on one of these devices, there's always a way to find it.

David Gillum
SurfKY News
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