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We’ve already seen Sony ride the peaks of the next-generation console wave with their PlayStation 4 launch six days ago and now it’s the turn of Microsoft. With over one million PlayStation 4 consoles sold on the first day of sale in the North American region, Sony will undoubtedly be classing the first few days of availability as clear success for their product. With the Xbox One launching in multiple territory at the stroke of midnight last night the emphasis is well and truly on Microsoft to capitalize on a captive market, but what are your opinions on the Xbox One, and more importantly, will you be showing your appreciation for the hardware with your hard-earned money?

One of the great things about the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One is that they effectively wipe the slate clean. Serious and casual gamers alike will undoubtedly have their preferred platform of choice, but considering both the One and PS4 don’t offer backwards compatibility, it could effectively mean that users will be persuaded to reform their opinions. One weapon in the Xbox One arsenal that could ultimately persuade consumers to dip into their bank accounts is the fact that the gaming console is no longer just a gaming console. The previous generation hardware had the ability to play movies, stream media and interact with online content, but this always felt like an afterthought, like Microsoft had bolted functionality on to the system over time.

The whole Xbox One experience has been imagined, designed and developed from the ground up to not only provide users with a cutting-edge gaming experience but to also offer a fully-rounded media indulgence. Seamless media streaming, cross-platform entertainment interactivity and even an enhanced Kinect sensor mean that the Xbox One will manage to carve itself a name as the family entertainment system of choice going forward. If all that gaming power and entertainment goodness isn’t enough to convince you then maybe the PlayStation 4′s initial hardware woes could prove to be the tipping point.

Sony has been quick to investigate the various complaints from early adopters claiming that their launch-day consoles aren’t functioning as intended, or in some cases don’t even work at all. When you take into account the specifications, the overall experience and the content available for both systems it doesn’t exactly leave one platform reigning supreme over the other. So, the question remains, will  you be rushing out to get your hands on the 360′s successor? Cast your vote in our poll below.

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