Originally Posted by Fragster
+1 . Roku 2 HD has been going under $60 brand new at RadioShack (check Slickdeals forum). I bought a LG Smart box for $55 from Frys and use it to stream my MKV's from the NAS on my router. Works perfectly.
X1 is basically trying to be "man of all trades BUT master of none". I love my 360 (and still keeping it) but this time around, I'm switching to PS4. From a next-gen console, I'm expecting things like 1080p gaming, excellent 3rd party support, quality exclusives AND affordability. For $500+taxes, I'm not going to settle for 720p gaming and excuses and as COD/BFversions have indicated, not the preferred console to devs to work on.
As if you are really going to be able to tell anyway. And even if you could, it would be fractional. Also, Forza is 1080p at 60fps. 3rd party developers do not know how to use the additional 32MB ESRAM yet to take advantage of memory bandwidth. So most online journalist and writers are writing it off a meh, who cares what that does and are still trying to compare hardware vs hardware and you can't do that since there are differences. Also, Microsoft made some breakthrough a few months back before manufacturing that they were able to get better performance out of the xbox one. And according to articales, the SDK had some bugs and was not complete yet, so some games had to be re-certified. I don't think your going to see the xbox perform to it's true potential yet. Give it a year or two then you'll really see the benefits of what it can do. PS4 wins now only due to core hardware but wait until developers can fully use the hardware in the one, and it may be closer than you think.
That's the thing about 3rd party developers, your trying to get a game out based on the stronger system, but at the same time, trying to use features in the other system you don't yet understand how to use. This is what happened with the ps3. Also it's rumored that BF4 is running at 1080p on the one while COD is at 720p but still looks amazing.
One last thought, resolution isn't everything, but other technologies like texture blending and other parameters that will make the game look great. Just because it's at 720p doesn’t mean it's inferior, it could be that the developers can't optimize the game for the hardware on the one yet. Comparing the xbox one to the ps4 is like comparing apple juice with apple cider. THey are based on apples but the taste texture is different.
T's not all about resolution but how the consoles hardware + API can do for the games. Now I'm not contesting the PS4 has better hardware because it does. However, it has better hardware right now. Until devs can use the ESRAM and learn to fully optimize it for games, then I think you'll really see an improvement. Not to mention that Direct X 11.2 that will allow for a large amount of textures to be used very quickly over the API using tiled resources seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB0VKmk5bmI
. This will allow games with HUGE textures to be used very quickly and on the fly with no degration in quality of textures on the objects. I think the resolution is overblown. While resolution may be tighter on SOME games on the PS4, I think the differences will be negligible. And truthfully, I won't be playing a game going damn this 720p. Let me be clear some games may be 720p or 900p, that does not mean all games will be. Just like the PS3, as hardware improves, so will the games and how games for the xbox one are optimized. Their still going to look fantastic.