5 Coolest Xbox One Features You Didn’t Know About

Last week, the Playstation 4 debuted and absolutely destroyed it over the first weekend, amassing over a million sales. This Friday, November 22, the Xbox One premiers and so do all the cool new Xbox One features! At $500, the Xbox One is debuting $100 more expensive than the Playstation 4 and exactly a week later. Does it stand a chance? It’s clear the Xbox One certainly has an uphill battle if they plan on coming out as strong as the PS4!

Ultimately, it will be the new features that set the Xbox One and Playstation 4 apart since each will feature many of the same games and apps. So what new Xbox One features can gamers expect? Plenty! Here are the 5 coolest Xbox One features you may not have known about.

Xbox One Features

The Coolest New Xbox One Features

  1. Multitask with Xbox One Snap. Microsoft is trying to take over our living rooms and the new Xbox One feature “Snap” is a step in that direction. Switching between apps, games and television is easier than ever with Xbox Snap, a feature very familiar to Windows 8 users. For example, while playing NBA 2K14, you wonder if there are tickets available for the next Portland Trail Blazers home game. Without ever leaving your game, you can open Internet Explorer, search for tickets and even buy them if you want. All while shooting NBA 2K14 free throws. For a demonstration on how this new Xbox One multitasking feature will work, check out this video:
  2. Access digital games anywhere you go. Gone are the days when Xbox Live video game downloads could only be played on the system they were downloaded on. Here in the future, digital games are linked to Gamertags, making it possible to play them on any console. That means you never have to be without Geometry Wars 2 again. Whew!
  3. Sign in to Xbox Live with your face. You know that one guy you always recognize but can never remember his name? Well, the Xbox One knows it. And it even signs him into his Gamertag when he’s at his friends’ house playing Xbox One! The new Xbox One Kinect ships with the system and is so damn good it will sign you in as soon as it sees you. It can even tell who’s paying attention to the TV and who’s making subtle moves on the last slice of pizza!
  4. Find the perfect matchup with Party Scout. The new Xbox One feature “Party Scout” is taking online multiplayer to the next level. Set your matchup preferences (language, age, skill level, or DLC specifics) and mess around on another app while the Xbox One Party Scout feature finds the perfect opponent for you.
  5. Increase hard drive space. Sony’s Playstation 4 debuted last week and sold 1 million PS4 consoles within the first 24 hours. That’s a helluva mark for Xbox to meet. An Xbox One feature that will surely win over more than one payment of $500 heart is the option to add extra hard drive space. You can’t do that on a Playstation 4! As one Twitter friend said, “that’s where the Xbox prevails“.

Is the Xbox One poised to beat the Playstation 4? Let us know what you think about the new Xbox One features in the comments section below and let the holiday gaming craziness begin!

5 Coolest Playstation 4 Features You Didn’t Know About

The Playstation 4 is set to release this Friday, November 15 for $400 a pop. One week earlier and one hundred dollars cheaper than the Xbox One ($500 on November 22). Besides being cheaper and releasing earlier than the Xbox One, the new Playstation 4 features are sounding pretty awesome. How they’ll work is a different story, but speculation is always a good time!

It’s set to be a heated holiday between the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. In the end, it will come down to which system did more to improve the overall gaming experience. So how is the Playstation 4 positioned to do? Here are the 5 coolest new Playstation 4 features that set the system apart from the competition.

Playstation 4 Features

The Coolest New Playstation 4 Features

  1. Charge peripherals while powered down. One of the annoying downsides to rechargeable controllers is that you have to have the system on to give them juice. Not so with the Playstation 4! Even when the system is in standby mode, gamers will be able to attach peripherals to charge. That means there’s no excuse to have dead batteries when your friends come over to game!
  2. Seamlessly switch between apps. The new Playstation 4 features improve multitasking on the system with the PS Home button. Say you just lost a close one on NBA 2K14 and need to cool your jets before you play again. Queue up a Netflix movie from your dashboard and when you’re ready to get back onto the virtual hardwood, double tap the PS Home button to take you back to the the last app open. In this case, your chance at NBA 2K14 redemption.
  3. Jump right into gaming with no delay. Gamers who like to squeeze in a quick session before leaving the house will love this new Playstation 4 feature. Instead of waiting for menus to load and games to render, the new Playstation 4 has enough memory that it can pick up a game right where you left it when you turn the system on. Unfortunately, there’s no way to guarantee you’ll turn it off. Time to take a sick day?
  4. Controller and face tracking improve split screen. Playing split screen with a group of people can quickly become a game of musical chairs. Nobody wants to look across the television at their half of the split screen. The new face and controller tracking for the Playstation 4 will keep gamers in their place. Using this tracking technology, the Playstation 4 will be able to determine where each player is sitting in the room and adjust the split screen accordingly! The next step: adjusting the position of the chips and dip.
  5. Only the highest definition playback. The Playstation 4 Blu-Ray processor will be an impressive three times faster than the Playstation 3. In addition to the high performance Blu-Ray player, the Playstation 4 will also support 4K/Ultra HD video when it ships. This doesn’t matter much for us peasants yet since we’re all probably still using 720 or 1080 resolution, but 4K is the next wave! And the Playstation 4 is ready to ride.

Are these improved Playstation 4 features enough to get you to buy? Let us know what you think about what’s new with the Playstation 4 in the comments below!