PS4 vs Xbox One

PS4 vs Xbox One: Which Console Should You Buy?

With the holiday season fast approaching, gamers around the globe are preparing for the next generation of consoles. Nintendo’s Wii U system has already been out for nearly a year, but that head start hasn’t done the console any favors. When most gamers think “next gen,” the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are the top contenders to consider.

Gaming isn’t a cheap hobby, so even if you plan to get both consoles at some point, you’re probably only planning to buy one at launch or even a few months later. The technical specs of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are pretty similar, but there’s a few key differences that separate the two. Have a look at the following facts to help you decide whether to get the PS4 or Xbox One.

Xbox One

If you’ve been following gaming news for the past few months, you’re probably well aware of the controversy surrounding Microsoft’s new Xbox console. At E3, the largest gaming convention in the United States, Microsoft announced some stunning facts about the One. The console wouldn’t play used games, and gamers would have to sign in to Xbox Live to authenticate a game they owned every 24 hours. The One also comes with an integrated Kinect camera for games that support motion detection. Microsoft originally said that the camera would need to stay on all the time, even when the One was turned off.

Thankfully, throngs of gamers and diehard Xbox fans wouldn’t stand for these restrictions. Just a few weeks after their shocking announcements, Microsoft back-peddled on everything they said. That’s a major win for gamers, especially those ps4 vs xbox onewho rely on rentals or the used games market to play new releases.

The Xbox One offers a large number of features, including cross-game chat, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and 4K support, and cloud storage. The console comes with a 500GB hard drive, which gives players lots of room for downloadable content from Xbox Live. The hard drive can’t be removed, but the console does support external hard drives for additional storage space. This is great for gamers with lots of content to store, since hard drives can be had pretty cheaply these days. The console also boasts 8GB of DDR3 RAM and an 8-core CPU for blazing-fast processing power. The One’s operating system takes up 3GB of memory, which leaves 5GB for games. The Xbox One comes with a Blu-ray/DVD player, but it also supports video streaming so you can watch movies and shows stored on your computer or similar device.

The One comes with a single wireless controller which uses two (2) rechargeable AA batteries. The control looks just as comfortable and easy to use as the Xbox 360’s. Also included is an HDMI cable and a wired mono headset. The all-new Kinect, called Kinect 2, is part of every Xbox One system and cannot be removed. Aside from allowing motion controls in games, the Kinect 2 lets gamers use voice commands to access in-game or console menus. The camera is so sensitive that it can even read your heart rate, understand facial expressions and see you in the dark. Keep in mind that if privacy is a concern, you don’t need to turn Kinect on if you don’t want to.

Another enticing feature is SmartGlass integration. If you own a Windows Phone, Android phone or iOS device, you can connect it to the Xbox One and use it as a second screen. Game makers can use SmartGlass integration to display extra content, such as hints and maps, on your mobile device. The technology also works with TV programs to turn watching your favorite shows into an interactive experience.

The Xbox One does not support Bluetooth connections, but it does offer Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct enables you to connect any compatible wireless devices without cables or a router. At up to 250mb/s, it’s faster than Bluetooth, too.

If you’re an Achievement hunter, not to worry–every point you’ve earned will be transferred to the new console. The system is not backwards compatible, so you won’t be able to play Xbox games from previous generations. The One does not require an Internet connection, although you’ll need to get online at least once during setup to download Microsoft’s day-one patch. If you want to enjoy multiplayer games, you’ll have to purchase an Xbox Live Gold subscription. That also gets you access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Skype, the NFL application and a Web browser. Microsoft will give away a free copy of Killer Instinct to Xbox Live Gold subscribers with the launch of the Xbox One.

The Xbox One is a bit larger than the PlayStation 4, but it sports a modern, black rectangular shape that should fit nicely in most home entertainment centers. Its heftiness means it’s less likely to get knocked over, so it’s a safe bet for busy households, homes with kids, or college dorm rooms.

The Xbox One will release on November 22, 2013, and the system will retail for $499.99 plus tax. There’s still time to preorder your Xbox One before launch, so grab one now before they’re all sold out for the holidays.

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PlayStation 4

Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the hero of the day at E3 when gamers learned about the console’s lack of restrictions. Unlike the Xbox One, Sony promised that used games would play just fine on the PS4, and no online check-in would be required. Now that Microsoft’s gone back on those strict policies, does the PlayStation 4 have as much of an advantage as it once did?

The PS4, although quite different, resembles the Xbox One in many ways. PS4 comes with one wireless DualShock controller that includes an integrated rechargeable battery, so you won’t need to rush to the store when the controller runs out of juice mid-game. The controller has evolved from its previous PlayStation 3 iteration. The dual analog sticks have a concave surface, so it’s easier for your thumbs to grip. This is much better than the DualShock 3, which has convex analog sticks with no grip for slippery thumbs. You’ll also get an HDMI cable, USB charging cable, and wired mono headset with the system.

The system sports a Blu-ray/DVD player, 8GB of DDR5 RAM, and a single-chip x86 AMD Jaguar 8-core processor. The PS4’s RAM might have a slight power edge, but it’s up to developers to take advantage of it. The benefits of the extra power might not be noticeable for a year or two after the console’s release. The PS4 uses 3.5GB of memory for the operating system, leaving 4.5GB for developers to use with their games.

ps4 vs xbox oneThe PS4 uses the PlayStation Eye device as a motion-tracking camera, much like the Kinect 2. The Eye isn’t integrated with the console, though, so you’ll need to buy it separately. The Eye features two 1280×800 pixel cameras encased in a sleek, black bar.

Much like the One’s SmartGlass feature, the PS4 offers dual-screen play with the PlayStation Vita console. The Cross Play feature allows you to play a game on the PS4, save your progress, and keep playing on the Vita. This function also works on the PlayStation 3.

The PlayStation 4 supports Bluetooth 2.1 technology, but does not support Wi-Fi Direct. Like the Xbox One, the PS4 comes with a 500GB hard drive. Unlike the One, though, it’s removable. The PS4 also isn’t backwards compatible, but Sony plans to use the Gaikai service to offer older titles to gamers starting in 2014.

You won’t lose any Trophies when moving to the PlayStation 4. The PS4 does not require an Internet connection or mandatory game installs, but you will need a PS+ subscription to enjoy online play. Your PS+ subscription comes with access to Netflix, and Sony regularly gives away free content, such as full PlayStation games, to members. If you’ve got a subscription, you’ll get a free copy of the racing game DriveClub with your PS4.

The PS4’s small, angled shape makes it a good choice if you don’t have room for a jumbo-sized console. Like the One, it’s black, so it fits in well with other electronics. The design is reminiscent of the older PlayStation 2 console. A vertical stand will be sold separately for gamers who prefer to position the console upright.

The PlayStation 4 is set to release on November 13, 2013, and will retail for $399.99.  The console is still seeing a bit more popularity than the Xbox One, so if you want this system, pick it up now. Pre-orders are already sold out at some stores.

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