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PS4 vs Xbox One

Updated on November 11, 2013

The console war begins again, same as it ever was but with a renewed vigor. The PlayStation 4 vs. the Xbox One: which is superior and what will be the better buys for gamers in the next generation?

With Nintendo having intentionally separated themselves from the pack with their lower fidelity, gizmo based Wii brand, Sony and Microsoft have been left to battle for the crown of the most technologically advanced gaming console.

Xbox One vs PS4: Which to buy?

The hardest part about deciding between the Xbox One and the PS4 is predicting the future. We will, of course, be updating this guide as time passes, but for early adopters, it can be hard to divine the future of a gaming console. Remember when the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 first began their seven year long battle? It was the conventional wisdom that the PS3 was overpriced and under-powered and the 360 was a true gamer's machine.

Over the years, however, Sony managed to procure higher profile exclusives and the differences in system architecture slightly favored the PS3, leading to more games being natively designed for the PlayStation. In the end, the two consoles sold almost evenly.

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PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One Hardware Stats

Whenever a new console comes out, gamers love to poor over the tech specs of the new machines and figure out which brand will perform the best. Who has better GPU? Which has more RAM? A better architecture? Which one will game designers develop natively on?

Here's a chart to give you some base info about the Xbox One and PS4 hardware differences.

PlayStation 4
Xbox One
AMD RAdeon based core with 1152 Shaders
853 MHz AMD--Radeon based GPU with 768 shaders
8 Core AMD Processor
8 Core Custom CPU by Microsoft
Hard Drive
500 GB SATA 2 hard Drive
500 GB Microsoft Hard Drive
Does it allow a removable hard drive?
Yes. Requires 160 GB+
Does it allow external storage?
Yes- USB based storage

So, what does it all mean? Long story short: they're both looking pretty powerful. For the most part, the PlayStation 4 looks like it has a little more going on under the hood. The PS4's GPU (the graphics processing unit, aka: the video card) looks significantly stronger. The two CPU's look about equal although it is hard to quantify Microsoft's propriety hardware performs compared to the competition as there are no comparisons to be made at the moment.

One of the big differences that are hard to notice for tech heads is the difference between the Xbox One and PS4's RAM. Although both offer 8GB of RAM, the PS4's DDR5 RAM is much faster than the XB1's DD3 RAM. What this means is that although both consoles are able to hold the same amount of memory, the PlayStation 4 is able to access it quicker, requiring less loading time.

The XB1 seems to have a slight lead when it comes to hard drive issues. Both have huge HD's, but being able to use a thumb drive to hold saves, DLC, or other info is a big bonus.

PS4 Games vs. Xbox One Games

Now, hardware might give an early indication about what a console will be like but what really matters is the games. It can be hard to guess what a console's future will be like based on the early titles released for the system, but right now gamers have a clear difference between the exclusives available for the XB1 and the PS4 during the first few months after launch.

Xbox One Exclusive Titles

  • Dead Rising 3
  • Forza 5
  • Future Halo games
  • Killer Instinct
  • Fable Legends
  • Ryse: Son of Rome

The Xbox One will also be the exclusive console home of mech-based shooter Titanfall.

PlayStation 4 Exclusive Titles

  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Drive Club
  • Knack
  • Infamous: Second Son

The PS4 will also be the console exclusive home to a wide variety of smaller titles from independent developers.

Which are you planning on buying? Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

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Are multi-platform games better on the PS4 or the XB1?

Right now, there's not a lot to say whether multi-platform games like Call of Duty or Madden are better on the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4. The PS4's superior RAM and faster GPU might lead you to believe that PS4 titles will perform better, but like the weaker PS3 from the previous generation, the XB1 might actually look better in some cases.

Why? Whichever console is harder to develop for will often be the platform designers of multi-platform titles create the first version of the game on. That means that it will be the "original" version and the other console's version will be be ported over with modified code. Time will tell which becomes more popular with devs.

What we can say for sure right now is that Xbox One titles are largely running at 30 frames per second (FPS) while the PS4 versions of the same games are running at 60 FPS. Higher frames per second have long been associated with better visuals. However, quality textures, polys per second, and draw distances are much more important metrics that determine how a game looks.

What to buy? PS4 or XB1?

The choice is up to you! Both look like they'll be dominating the home market for hardcore gamers for some time to come. My advice: find the one with the titles you like and the most support from the developers you trust and buy that.


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    • Jaho Carpenter profile image

      Jaho Carpenter 4 years ago from Midwest

      Nice PS4 hub. I will follow you.

    • Kevina Oyatedor profile image

      kevina oyatedor 4 years ago

      My younger brother really wants the PS4. He has the PS3 and he loves it. Great hub.