Playstation 4 vs The Xbox One – How do They Compare

Do you want to purchase the next generation gaming console? You have got the budget but highly confused in making a choice? So, what should you go for? Sony’s Playstation 4 or Microsoft Xbox One? There has been a lot of debate between PS4 and the Xbox One.

Both of the next generation gaming consoles differ in features. They differ in popularity, price, number of games features, technology and user interface. If you are really serious about buying one of them then do make a thorough comparison and choose the one which suits your requirements the most. Well, you don’t have to do it yourself. We are here to help you out to find which one is right for you.

Although, the statistics show that Sony has made more sales than Microsoft but Xbox’s price drop and new features has made the debate more even. Let us compare both the gaming consoles and see which one is the winner.

Price

Sony was able to make more sales because Playstation 4 has a price tag of $400 and Microsoft’s Xbox One with Kinect had price tag of $500. However, Since Microsoft has launched the Kinect free version of Xbox One at $400 the competition between both the devices have increased. So, if we talk about the gaming consoles only then clearly there is no winner. Both are available at same price.

However, the price of Xbox Live Gold offline subscription is $60 and the price of PS Plus subscription of Playstation 4 is $50. We see there is a price difference of $10 and you do need premium subscription for playing multiplayer games so we can say Sony wins here though the difference is little.

Winner : Sony Playstation 4 by $10.

Hardware Design : PS4 vs Xbox One

Moving to the technical specifications, let us compare the hardware of Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Both the devices are equipped with 500 GB internal hard drives, 8-core AMD CPUs, 8 GB memory and Blu-ray optical drives. However, Xbox One uses DDR3 RAM and PS 4 uses GDDR5 RAM. So, Sony is getting a slight edge here. But we cannot say anyone a winner here. Both the products have differing architecture, design and operating systems so its only up to the developers to get the best out of devices.

The gaming controls of both the devices are very good and efficient. Most people find Playstation 4 controller more.

Games : PS 4 vs Xbox One

We have seen many major releases for both the systems. Both are equipped with more than 100 titles. Some notable exclusive games of Xbox are :  Dead Rising 3, Titanfall, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, Halo Master Chief Collection and Forza Motorsport 5.

Playstation 4 is giving competition to Xbox One with games like : The Last of Us: Remastered , Bloodborne, Killzone: Shadow Fall, InFamous: Second Son and LittleBigPlanet 3. All the biggest games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto 5, Destiny, Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed run on both the systems. More games are being launched for both the next generation gaming consoles so I think its a matter of taste for the players to select the winner.

Media Streaming & Apps

Microsoft has a greater vision with Xbox One. Its more like a combo of media streaming box and gaming console. It can operate your cable box.

Both Xbox One and PS 4 offer media features. You need to connect your gaming system to internet to avail these services. Xbox uses Xbox Live and PS 4 uses PS Network to access online services. You need their premium subscriptions to play multiplayer games. For Xbox you need Xbox Live Gold and for Playstation 4 you need PS Plus.

Both the devices support services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, along with app offerings like Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Twitch, Ustream, and Crackle.

Camera

If you purchases Xbox One with Kinect camera then you get the feature of voice control and facial recognition for the system. Although, Playstation 4 does not come with any inbuilt camera but you can have the optional Playstation camera. Playstation’s voice controls are less flexible although, they have been improved slightly after its launch but the games really don’t use them much. Xbox One has more sophisticated camera. You can also use Skype with it.

Winner : xbox one

Final Words

If we go by the statistics, Playstation was able to make more sales than Xbox One. But these are just going by numbers. When you are going to purchase one out of two then you have to look for other features as well. Playstation 4 is more economical and has a better controller. Xbox One has better media controller.

I think the deciding factor should be the games you want to play and the features that suits your requirements.

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