Sony’s Playstation 4 or the Xbox One? Now that the holiday seasons are here, you avid gamers might be thinking of getting a console. However, which should you get? They are both great consoles and both Sony and Microsoft have put in a remarkable amount of effort into them, but they are rather different consoles. The PS4 has outdone the Xbox One in terms of sales and is clearly the more popular choice. However, here is an objective look at how these consoles differ.
Design (Dimensions & Weight): Rather Similar
The Playstation and Xbox are both really “squary” but nonetheless, sleek consoles.
The black PS4 is a raked-back rectangle capable of being placed face-down or on its side. It has dimensions of 10.8 in x 12 in x 2 in and weighs a lighter 2.75 kg.
The similarly black Xbox looks even more boxy, and can only stay horizontal. It is larger, coming in at 13.5 in x 10.4 in x 3.2 in. and a heavier 3.56 kg.
Harddrives (Personal Preference)
Both systems began with 500GB hard drives and now have enhanced 1TB models.
The PS4 allows user-replaceable internal drives whereas the Xbox One doesn’t.
However, the Xbox One allows gamers to add external storage which needs to be 256GB or larger and USB 3.0 compatible.
Controller (Advantage PS4)
PS4’s DualShock 4 has more unique features than the Xbox One pad.
- A front-facing touchpad
- Motion-control capabilities
- Built-in speaker
- Light bar at the top that changes colors based on battery level
- Supports micro USB charging out of the box (vs $25 charging kit for the same functionality on the Xbox One controller)
The Xbox One controller is a lighter and more snug version of the Xbox 360 controller.
- Snappier face buttons and sleek bumpers
- Elite Wireless Controller (at a higher price)
- Built-in soft grips
- Replaceable thumb sticks and d-pads
- Fully remappable buttons.
Both powerhouses have an 8-core x86-64 AMD Jaguar processor with 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon GPU and a 500GB harddrive (basic). Both consoles support expandable storage.
Resolution (Advantage PS4)
PS4 has the advantage in terms of resolution. It runs a full 1080p for games such as Batman: Arkham Knight while Xbox One players only get 900p and only 720p on games like Star Wars Battlefront.
Smoothness (Advantage Xbox)
Xbox One compromises resolution for smoothness. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on the Xbox varies between 1360 x 1080p and full 1080p based on the on-screen action is. This helps the game to stay at a steady 60 fps unlike the PS4 which drops below that more often.
Winner: PS4. Considering that the PS4 offers better resolution for many titles, it is probably the superior choice.
Interface and Streaming (Advantage PS4)
The PS4 interface is superior if you need to capture gameplay moments and sharing it with your buddies. Simply tap of the DualShock 4’s “Share Button” brings up a screen to record a clip, showcase your videos or take a screenshot. PS4 is the only one of the console that can stream to Youtube whereas Xbox One cannot.
The New Xbox One Experience, has large icons for easier navigation, shortcuts for in and out of your games. Most importantly, it features a new guide that lets you reach your buddies and messages just by tapping a single button. You can select apps to the right side of the screen while you play too.
Winner: PS4. Sony’s comprehensive system with YouTube and other social media platform creates a better ecosystem for players in general.
Online Experience (Draw)
Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold ($60 yearly, $10 monthly) and Sony’s PlayStation Plus ($50 yearly, $10 monthly) are both needed for gaming online with friends. They also include some interesting perks such as free games.
Winner: Draw. PS4’s online network offers a larger variety of free games and often at a lower price. However,Xbox One offers superior cloud storage and better online stability.
PS4 has titles like Killzone Shadow Fall, Little Big Planet, Infamous, Uncharted and Final Fantasy amongst many others whilst the Xbox has blockbusters like Halo and Forza.
I don’t think you can have a clear winner here since it really boils down to personal preference. All I can say is that PS4 has more exclusive titles, but whether you like them or not is a separate issue.
Price (Advantage PS4)
The PS4 comes in cheaper at a price of $539 for a standard bundle whereas the Xbox $569.
The PS4 proves to be superior than the Xbox One in many ways. It is clearly the more popular choice when you look at the sales numbers worldwide. Nevertheless, this all really boils down to personal preference. If you are a die-hard Halo fan, obviously don’t get the PS4 just for the sake of the better experience I mentioned above.
Nevertheless, take comfort in the fact that no matter which console you choose….the PC still trumps both consoles.