The two new next generation gaming consoles have been out for a little while now, but you still don’t have an Xbox One or PS4. Maybe you’re doing what most of the tech sites told you to do and are waiting until the prices drop and more games get released. Well, some of the glitches have been worked out, lots of new games are coming out and being developed, and there has been a price drop (well, on the Xbox One, that is). Let’s take a look at how the two stack up against each other today
Xbox One: The console itself is enormous—there’s no working around that. It’s heavy, it won’t easily fit into an entertainment center, and it has a ton of vents, which are good because it means it won’t overheat, even though they may not look very pretty. The 500GB memory is the same as the PS4, so that’s a draw. The controllers are about the same as what you know from the old Xbox 360.
PS4: PS4 remains the sleeker looking of the two consoles out there. It looks like it could take off, it’s that aerodynamic. The ports are well hidden—all the way in the back of the console—and that may be the worst thing about the design. It also has a 500GB hard drive, but you can also replace it. If you do that with an Xbox One, you void the warranty.
Winner: PS4 (but it’s close).
Xbox One: Xbox One didn’t get off to a great start in the games department, but that may be changing. The amazing game Titanfall is the best game on either system, but is only available on the Xbox One. Upcoming games look even better.
PS4: Better exclusives, bottom line. It’s so far been a friendlier console for indie developers. Third party titles make this system. The (very) upcoming No Man’s Sky has everyone talking, probably because it looks like the most beautiful game ever designed.
Winner: PS4, for now at least.
3. Online and Extras
Xbox One: Kinect is no longer mandatory, and we like that. The sharing functionality has improved, and that’s good news too. Twitch is now available, which wasn’t at the launch. Xbox One really wants you to share stuff, and they make it very easy to do so. The best way to play with other people remains to be Xbox One.
PS4: Sony is finally deciding to charge for playing online. It was bound to happen, and it means gameplay is a bit better than it used to be. Twitch was always around on PS4, and gave it an edge. The ability to share with a button instead of a voice command makes it easier to interact with the console. No one likes shouting.
Winner: Xbox One
Conclusion: Haven’t decided yet, or still want to wait for another price drop? Which console you go with is really up to you. Do you let brand loyalty sway you one way or the other? Or are you ready to get your new next-gen console today?