Which is better console – Xbox One or PS4 and Why?
Gaming is one of the most favorite pass time of the people mostly in the western countries, no matter how old you are, the love for gaming never dies. Earlier in the 80’s and 90’s we had consoles that had games such as Pacman and Super Mario. Since the science, and technology have progressed we have seen an immense growth in the field of gaming.
Today, PS4 and Xbox one are the legends in the gaming industry. Many gamers, struggle to choose one as both have some pros and cons. So we are going to see two such consoles in today’s gaming world and decide who’s got an upper-hand over the other.
Xbox One vs. PS4:
# Xbox One is a product of Microsoft which doesn’t need any introduction, the same goes with PS4 (Play Station 4) which is manufactured by the Japanese Giant Sony.
# Both the consoles have got a slimmer design, great features and tons of games since they were first launched.
# The Xbox One has got many entertainment apps and Xbox 360 games, whereas the PS4 has continued to add to great exclusives and user-friendly environment.
So before we start, we must break it down depending on a list of features, so we could conclude which one is The Best. The features we have to consider while reviewing are..
– Hardware and Performance
– Design and Feel
– Game Library
– User Interface (UI)
– Entertainment Add-ons
– Online Backup
1. Hardware and Performance:
So let’s have a look at what’s present inside both the consoles apart from the great looks, and from where all the computing power comes.
Similar to that of the PS4, even the Xbox One is based on the AMD Jaguar Processor Technology, with 8 CPU cores but with a better clock speed of 1.75 GHz.
The Xbox One’s GPU is acquired from the Bonaire Architecture found in the Radeon HD 7790 and has got 12 GCN compute units to play, and GPU runs at 853 MHz.
The Xbox One relies on the 2133 MHz DDR3 RAM, but it also uses a 32 MB ESRAM cache to keep data flowing smoothly for the compensation.
This is based on the AMD Jaguar processor technology, it has got 8 CPU cores and clock speed is 1.6 GHz.
GPU runs at 800MHz and is based on the Pitcairn and has got 18 GCN Compute units to play with, it can call on 8 GB of 5500 MHz GDDR5 RAM which gives it great power on the graphics front.
|CPU||1.6GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar||1.75GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU|
|GPU||1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon||Integrated AMD graphics clocked at 853MHz|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5||8GB DDR3|
|Storage||500GB & 1TB (upgradeable)||500GB & 1TB (supports external)|
|USB||2 x USB 3.1||3 x USB 3.0|
|WiFi||802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz)||Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi A/B/G/N 2.4GHz and 5GHz|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0|
Conclusion: As we can see that PS4 supports both HDR and 4K as well which will enhance the gaming experience, which gives it a significant advantage over Xbox One in graphics.
Also, we can see that the PS4, has faster RAM and thus will have better processing of the data. Hence in this department, we have PS4 as the winner.
2. Design and Feel:
Sony’s PS4 console is slim and lightweight and feels good too, whereas the Xbox One is chunky and it relies on an annoying and boring looking external power brick.
The PS4 controller is the only one that supports micro USB charging. Whereas the Xbox One users will have to rely on AA batteries or buy a charging kit which will cost you around $25.
With the release of the PS VR headset which costs $399, PS4 is one of the only two consoles which currently supports virtual reality.
Conclusion: Hence even in this department, we have PS4 as the clear winner because of its sleek design, USB charging and also VR support which will take the gaming experience to the new level.
3. Game Library:
Both, Xbox One and PS4 offers exclusive games and this criterion could be a crucial factor as gamers have their own favorites. Have a look.
Xbox Exclusive Games:
– Gears of War 4
– Halo 5: Guardians
– Ori and the Blind Forest
– Rare Replay
– Forza Horizon 3
– Quantum Break
You need not have an Xbox One to play some of Microsoft’s biggest first-party games. Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative, you can buy games such as ReCore and Forza Horizon 3 and play them on Xbox One and also on Windows 10.
While this is a great value, those who have a decent gaming PC have no reason to buy an Xbox One.
Xbox One is the exclusive place of EA (Electronic Arts), which lets you play all of EA games for $30/year or $5/month.
PS4 Exclusive Games:
– Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
– The Last of Us Remastered
– The Last Guardian
– Yakuza 0
– Ratchet and Clank
You can play older games on PS4, but payment has to be made for it. A little selection of digital PS2 classic games is available on Sony’s new console.
The PS4 plays PS3 games via PlayStation. Now, it allows you to stream a small library of previous generation titles (including hits from the Batman: Arkham, Assassin’s Creed) from the cloud which will cost $20 a month, or also on an A-la-Carte basis.
Conclusion: The Xbox One has got plenty of games to offer and has some amazing subscription programs, but the Sony’s PS4 has more hit games that you can only play on a console, so we have PS4 as the winner in this department as well.
4. User Interface (UI):
Both consoles have sleek UI. The PS4’s is easier and better at getting you direct to the functions you use most when playing games.
The Xbox One’s interface is very instinctive, with clearly visible app icons, shortcuts that can get you to the games quickly, menu to see friends, track achievements and also take screenshots with a single button tap.
This can broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch, Xbox owners are limited only to the current network. Xbox One gamers have an option of streaming to Microsoft’s Beam service.
This permits off-TV play, for those times the family is hogging the living room. Xbox One players can stream their games to their Windows 10 PC or tablets.
The PS4 remains the best in terms of gameplay moments and sharing them with friends. A tap of the DualShock 4’s Share button helps you record a clip, broadcast your gameplay or also take a screenshot.
The PS4-exclusive Share Play feature helps you give control of your game to a friend who is online for a time limit of up to 1 hour, as long as that person has Plus.
PS4 can broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch, can stream to YouTube, PS4 players can share the screenshots and videos of gameplay to Facebook and Twitter.
Similar to that of Xbox even PS4 permits off-TV play, Sony’s Remote Play feature lets you stream your games to a PlayStation Vita handheld, selected Xperia devices, or your PC.
Conclusion: Sony’s PS continues to have more instinctive options for broadcasting gameplay and sharing with friends, so even in this department PS4 is the winner.
Both Sony and Microsoft have done pretty well in this department, PS4 is priced at $255 for 500 GB Hard Drive, whereas 1 TB Hard Drive model is priced at $312. The Xbox One is cheaper than PS4 at price of $230.
Both Xbox One and PS4 are also available in bundles with games, which also give us better value for money.
Conclusion: So here we have the Xbox One as the winner over PS4 concerning the pricing, but this is just the beginning; further, we have to see whether these two consoles justify the price.
Winner: Xbox One
6. Entertainment Add-Ons:
This system has the unique ability to transmit your cable setup box’s signal, which allows you to instantly switch between playing a game and watching a TV series.
Xbox One covers most of the entertainment essentials like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Instant Video. It also adds access to network apps like HBO, Fox Now, CW, etc.
Xbox One owners have access to Sling TV, an online TV service that offers top networks such as ESPN and AMC for $20/month, also with add-on packages that bring in the likes HBO.
PS4 similar to that of Xbox One cover most entertainment essentials like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Amazon Instant Video. Also are hollow apps like WWE Network, Crunchyroll and NBA Game Time are also offered.
It offers Sony’s homegrown PlayStation Vue online TV service (starting at $40/month), which features lots of cable channels, such as MTV and Nickelodeon, as well as local news and sports.
PS4 is exclusive to offer Spotify, which can play without any effort in the background of the gameplay, but you’ll have to depend on apps such as Pandora and Groove Music.
Conclusion: PS4 has Spotify and PlayStation Vue, but the Xbox One offers a 4K Blu-ray option and more ways to enjoy TV, with or without a cable subscription. So in this department Xbox emerges the winner.
Winner: Xbox One
7. Online Backup:
Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold ($60/yearly, $10/monthly) for online services like multiplayer mode and for some extra goodies.
Xbox One has a slight lead over PS4, as all Xbox 360 Games with Gold games are backward-compatible.
Xbox One saves are lined up to the cloud regardless of whether you have Xbox Live Gold.
Sony’s PlayStation Plus ($60/yearly, $10/monthly) online services are both required for you to play any game’s online multiplayer mode and extra goodies.
•PlayStation Plus covers PS4, PS3, and PS Vita and provides 10GB of cloud storage.
Conclusion: Microsoft’s Xbox Live is more stable and has better cloud storage compared to Sony’s PS, and provides Xbox One players more to play every month so in online department Xbox One is the winner.
Winner: Xbox One
It was quite difficult to pick up a winner as we have seen different departments had different winners and both of them are pretty much tied. Yes, we need to pick out a winner, and it will be Sony’s PS4 but only with a minute margin. The PS4’s superior line-up of exclusives, overall sleeker design and user-friendly environment gives it a slight edge over Xbox.
Xbox continues to be the home of Halo, Gears of War and Forza, just as PS will be for Uncharted, God of War and Infamous, so your choice might come down to your favorite exclusives. Both Xbox One and PS4 have a healthy line-up of stellar games, making anyone who buys either of the consoles a true winner. But overall, the PS4 remains the favorite.
Clear Winner: Sony Playstation 4 (PS4)
Your turn: What we missed? Anything in your mind to add it up here? Let others know which one is better, Xbox one or PS4. Come on the board, comment below and share your own thoughts and experience about this topic.
Which is better – Xbox One vs. PS4
1. Hardware and Performance – (Winner: PS4)
2. Design and Feel – (Winner: PS4)
3. Game Library – (Winner: PS4)
4. User Interface (UI) – (Winner: PS4)
5. Pricing – (Winner: Xbox One)
6. Entertainment Add-ons – (Winner: Xbox One)
7. Online Backup – (Winner: Xbox One)