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PS4 or Xbox One – Which One to Buy?

By on August 23, 2013

Here, we will help you to choose between PS4 or Xbox One. Although there are still a few months before the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft will arrive, we enough data in order to make a fair comparison between the two consoles.

PS4 or Xbox One

PS4 or Xbox One - Which one to buy?

The Price

We start with one of the most important question when it comes to make the decision to the next generation in gaming.

How much will it cost us?

Xbox One will hit the market in November for $499.99. The pack will include a controller, the new Kinect 2.0 and a 500 GB hard drive.
PS4 will be out on sale for $399.99, 100 less than the Microsoft console, what has certainly been a huge bombshell.

Yes, that’s right. The PS4 console will not include the new PlaySation 4 Eye, detection of movements of Sony, which will cost $59.99. PS4 will also include a controller (each additional cost $59.99), a hard disk of 500 GB, a USB cable and a headset.

It is true that Xbox One will include Kinect 2.0 series but… What if it does not interest me? Wouldn’t it better to have made a basic version package of the console that does not include the Kinect?




PlayStation 4

XBox One

Price $399.99 $499.99
Optical Drive Blu-ray/DVD Blu-ray/DVD
Game DVR Yes, PS+ subscription not required Yes, with subscription to Xbox Live Gold
CPU Single-chip x86 AMD “Jaguar” processor, 8 cores 8 Core Microsoft custom CPU
GPU AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine w/ 1152 shaders 853 MHz AMD Radeon GPU w/ 768 shaders
Peak GPU Shader Throughput 1.84 TeraFLOPS/s 1.31 TeraFLOPS/s (estimate)
Storage 500 GB Hard Drive (user removeable) 500 GB Hard Drive (non-removeable)
External Storage TBA Yes, USB
Cloud Storage Yes Yes
Play As You Download Yes Yes
Account Access from Multiple Consoles Yes Yes
Mandatory Game Installs No Yes
Required Internet Connection No No, but mandatory day one update.
Used Game Fee No No
Digital game sharing or gifting No No

In this specs table, we show the technical data that has already been confirmed. It should be noted that the two consoles have a similar architecture (and at the same time, the PC-based) which means a lowering of costs, and easier to program.

In regards to the main processor, both companies have opted for an AMD 8 core (in the previous generation, Xbox had an IBM processor, while Sony had allied itself with Toshiba). The fact that PS4 has a Jaguar unit X 86-64, while the Xbox One is made to measure, should not make the difference. Moreover, the same applies to the graphics processor.

As for the RAM, both machines are equipped with 8 GB, but here Sony console that mark the difference (is GDDR5 instead of DDR3 memory, which greatly increases the speed). Again, this will noticed more for the developers than the players. On the other hand, the fact that both prefer ports USB 3.0 or Blu-Ray as a physical support make everything more simple.
Xbox One

Online Gaming

As for the online connection, PS4 will function as PS3, i.e. without requiring any online connection, while the XBox One will force us to connect the console once a day to be able to keep playing with it. Moreover, if we are in the home of a friend with our profile, you will need to connect once every hour. As there are no major differences is that both companies will force us to pay a fee in order to play online, something that has been very unpleasant for Sony users, accustomed to playing free online.

Controls: Xbox One vs PS4

Xbox One and PS4 Controllers

In this regard, in PS4 controller there has been a change of roles. Sony, which had been very conservative with the Dual Shock 2 and 3, has “pulled to the pool” with a more ergonomic control, which includes a front touch panel (similar to the in PS Vita) and a light, which enables machine recognize through the Chamber, and which also gives information to the player, for example, when receives an impact. Rear L2 and R2 triggers are design that is more ergonomic and greater travel, same as the competition.

The Redmond Company had already won a nearly perfect balance with the Xbox 360 controller, and did not want to risk. Apart from the design, more sober, that gives dark colors, the logo black and satin finish, the only relevant novelty is the inclusion of “feedback” on the back triggers.

Motion Detection: Xbox One vs PS4

Motion Detection: Xbox One vs PS4

The adventure of Kinect and PlayStation Move to previous consoles did not come off very well. However, the increase in power if it is to transform into a drastic improvement in motion detection systems. While Xbox One bet on a Kinect improved, capable camera to capture images at a resolution of 1920 X 1080, PS4 has incorporated a PS Eye bar with two cameras resolution 1280 X 800.

While Xbox One will include Kinect 2.0 series, in PS4 you will have to pay $59.99  for motion detection camera.

There’s much more than games. These peripherals are equipped with environmental microphones that you can use to chat or talk with friends on Skype (on Xbox One). In addition, PS Eye is compatible with the controls of PS Move on PS3.

Second Screen: Xbox One vs PS4

Second Screen: Xbox One vs PS4

Both Xbox Smartglass and the compatibility of PS4 with PS Vita (Crossplay, Crossbuy and Crosscontrol) are two concepts introduced in the current generation, which will strengthen in the next. Since Nintendo gave the step with Wii U, it seems that all companies have clear what the future by having a second touch device in your hands.

The bet is very different: Smartglass is available around the world, through your smartphone or tablet, but this second screen has no controls for remote play. However, PS Vita is perfect for this role, but it requires you buy the screen apart, and is not yet widespread. Both machines are equipped with storage in the cloud, allowing you to “jump” between different devices with comfort.

Backward Compatibility: Xbox One vs PS4

One of the most controversial aspects of the next generation consoles are the flexibility of playing old games from previews consoles. Xbox One cannot run games that we had in our Xbox 360. However, Sony has established an alliance with Gaikai to allow us to enjoy our PS3 games streaming. We have no information about the price of this service.

Xbox One vs PS4 – Launch Games and Exclusive Games

Following Gamescom 2013, we know the entire list of games we’ll see released for PS4 at the console’s launch (boxed games only).

PS4 Games:

Assassin’s Creed Black Flag
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Watch Dogs

Xbox One Games:

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Halo Xbox One
Forza Motorsport 5

Finally, now that you all the information in your hands it should be an easy decision to make.  PLAY HARD, GO PRO!
Let us know what you picked in the comments below.