Most gamers I talk to seem to favor the idea of buying the PS4 over the Xbox One, and we know Microsoft’s reveal of the new Xbox where they continuously plugged it as a media center that immerses you socially and visually and occasionally plays games like Forza and FIFA is to blame, but which console is actually better?
Like the age-old Macs vs. PC discussion, that’s an unanswerable question, but here are the differences:
The Playstation 4 is cheaper at $399 than the Xbox One, which hits shelves in November for $499.
Sony said at E3 that unlike the One, PS4 will be region-free (no restriction on European and Japanese titles), supports used games 100% and will not require a constant internet connection.
“When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to the game, they can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to another friend or keep it forever.” -Jack Tretton, CEO
Both consoles will require a paid subscription (Playstation Plus and Xbox Live) to play online multiplayer.
Exclusive Xbox One games: Halo 5, Titanfall, Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Killer Instinct, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Project Spark.
Exclusive PS4 games: The Order 1886, Killzone: Shadowfall, Knack, DriveClub, Infamous: Second Son.
Games for both Xbox One and PS4: Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Elder Scrolls Online, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Grand Theft Auto 5, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Kingdom Hearts 3.
While each system comes with a Blu-Ray Disc Drive, a 500GB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi, the PS4, with its impressive RAM and GPU, which will likely be faster and a tiny bit better looking in-game.
Xbox One comes with a Kinect and HDMI in/out (PS4 only has HDMI out).
In conclusion, the PS4 does have an upper hand with its price, speed and stance on used games, but the Xbox has more exclusive games and voice/movement inclusion with the Kinect 2.0.