Arguably two of the most in-demand products on the planet right now, are unsurprisingly the acclaimed Sony Playstation 4, and Microsoft’s equally acclimated Xbox One. The two latest installments in each company’s video game system line have caused quite the stir amongst consumers. Questions like “Which is better?” have circulated thousands of blogs, YouTube channels, and now it’s on our desk too. In this article we’ll briefly discuss a comparison between the PS4 and the Xbox One.
First off, the price. This is ultimately the most important factor for a lot of people, also unsurprisingly. The PlayStation 4 retails at $399, whereas the Xbox One comes in at a hefty $499. Both consoles come with a controller, charging cables, and a headset. Note that the system at those prices will not come with any games, which retail at $60 a piece. This is likely to be a sizable video game investment for all of us.
Speaking of actual games, let us discuss launch titles briefly. The Xbox One has come out with several major titles along with the release of their newest system, including greats like Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct and more. They seem to be coming out with lots of Xbox exclusive in the very near future. The Playstation 4, on the other hand has not yet had too many exclusives, the most noticeable has been the newest edition of Killzone, which is not bad, just not amazing. However, given the history of exclusives, things could change quickly. In case you are not aware, the Xbox 360 launched with tons of great games, just like they happen to be doing right now. Just a few years later, the production of Xbox 360 exclusives kind of halted. On the contrary, Sony did not make too much of a splash with Playstaion launch titles. As a matter of fact, it takes most PlayStation users time to even think of one (Uncharted: Drake’s Deception, in case you could not think of one). However, just a little bit down the road, Sony was releasing hits like LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted 2 & 3, Killzone titles, God of War, etc. I have a feeling history will repeat itself here, but for now, Xbox has the edge.
The controllers have actually been slightly modified, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your taste. In our opinion, the Xbox 360 controller was the best controller to date. So to see that Microsoft has actually modified the controllers is a step back. Now the Xbox One controllers feel crammed together, and awkward when you’re still getting used to them. They’ve made slight improvements to the D-pad, but considering that you will not be using the D-pad for a majority of your gaming, I’m not sure how much of an improvement that really is. The Dualshock 4, however, has made noticeable and significant imporvements. Sony has added a little bit of weight to the controller, and made it slight larger, making it feel nicer to hold in your hands. The controller features a touchscreen on the front of the controller, a share button to Playstation Now, and redesigned, concave back buttons. The back buttons feel great, and your fingers can no longer slide off.
Despite the one hundred dollar difference, the Xbox One also does come with the Kinect motion sensor. The Kinect piece is truly a part of the system as well. Microsoft has fully integrated and evolve the piece from being an add-on for sports games to an appreciated extra step that the Playstation does not have.
In terms of gaming experience, honestly, both consoles deliver out of this world experiences. The Playstaion has the Xbox One beat in RAM though, which could make for a significant difference when developers start creating more intensive games in just a few years. As for now, the difference is far from even being noticeable.
Both systems install disc games to the hard drive, eliminating a need to find misplaced discs, or keep the discs dean anymore. They both have blue-ray players, incredible enlarged Online network capabilities, giving everyone a more enjoyable gaming experience. To be honest, at this juncture in time, the two systems are so similar, it is hard to make a call right now. They give the greatest gaming experience anyone could have even imagined 10 years ago. Graphics are simply astounding, and the user interfaces of both consoles are incredible. We do not think there is one clear-cut winner in the comparison, however. It is truly all personal preference. If we were forced to lean one way or the other, we would go with the PlayStation 4, only because it’s a hundred bucks less. As for you, you’ll have to let us know.