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PS4 VS Xbox One

Updated on November 19, 2014

Xbox One or PS4 - Which is Better

This covers what you need to know about the PlayStation 4 and about the Xbox One. The latest news, reviews, opinions, and a comparison, to help you decide which console you should buy. We'll cover all the different factors that should go into your purchasing decision.

The price of the PS4 and the Xbox One. A comparison of the two consoles . The video games that are available for each system and the exclusive titles as well. Let you know which console is leading in sales and polls. This will let you know what the popular choice is and where you'll have more people you can play against online. We will take a look at all these factors so you can make the best decision.

There is no previous bias on my part. I own a PS3, a Xbox 360, and a Wii. I have used all three machines and like them all, just for different reasons. I may end up doing the same thing with this generation of consoles. I did not buy them all at the same time. So the decision for me is which one am I going to buy right away and which will I wait to see if they can make it worth it to buy that one as well.

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Have A PS4 or Xbox One Delivered to Your Door

The PS4 were released November 15, 2013 in most major markets. The Xbox One was released everywhere on November 22, 2013.

If you are thinking about waiting until release day to get one of the consoles, you may want to reconsider. In article in the Wall Street Journal a Sony executive said with the PS4 "demand may well outstrip supply". They got a phenomenal response after their successful showing at E3 2013.

UPDATE

The PS4 is currently available again on Amazon, but I don't know for how long. They sold out quickly of the last batch that they had, so I recommend that if you want one you should order it now. Since it seems they were right about demand being higher then their supply.

PlayStation 4 Console - Destiny Bundle [Discontinued]
PlayStation 4 Console - Destiny Bundle [Discontinued]

This package also includes the game Destiny. The rest is just like the one that I got except the console and controller are Glacier white instead of black.

 
Xbox One 500GB Console - Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle
Xbox One 500GB Console - Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle

This package is perfect it will include the new release game Assassin's Creed Unity. Plus you will get a 12 month membership gold card included. Right now both are included and you are paying a little less than you would if you bought a console with nothing extra included.

 

My PS4

I got my PS4 and a few games first thing Friday morning. Upon start up there is an update file that you need to download. I was able to connect and download the file quickly. I was concerned as some people who had bought it at midnight openings were having trouble connecting for the download. In case you run into this issue, you can go to the Sony website where you can download it onto a USB stick and then put it directly onto your PS4.

Unboxing the PS4

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Front of the BoxBack of the BoxBox Opened - It includes a 30 day free trial for PlayStation Plus.Inside the Box - The Console, power cord, one controller, a USB cable to charge the controller, a HDMI cable, and a headset.
Front of the Box
Front of the Box
Back of the Box
Back of the Box
Box Opened - It includes a 30 day free trial for PlayStation Plus.
Box Opened - It includes a 30 day free trial for PlayStation Plus.
Inside the Box - The Console, power cord, one controller, a USB cable to charge the controller, a HDMI cable, and a headset.
Inside the Box - The Console, power cord, one controller, a USB cable to charge the controller, a HDMI cable, and a headset.

Who is Leading in Polls and Sales

If you go to a website that is focused more on one brand, then that one will win the poll. Amazon recently had a poll on its Facebook page asking which was your console of choice. Now it sells both products amongst many other things so I don't see there being a previous bias on the visitors to that site. Therefore it is probably one of the best results to go by. The PS4 (38,994) absolutely demolished the Xbox One (2,162) in votes.

Now what we have to keep in mind is that this is just people talking. The real results are shown when people are putting their money where there mouth is. The reports are that the PS4 is outselling Xbox by 2 to1 at both Gamestop and on Amazon. While not quite as overwhelming as the voting, Sony still has a huge lead.

PS4 Accessories

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Jet Black [Old Model]
DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Jet Black [Old Model]

You will want to get a second controller if you plan on playing against someone.

 
1 Year PlayStation Plus Membership - PS3/ PS4/ PS Vita [Digital Code]
1 Year PlayStation Plus Membership - PS3/ PS4/ PS Vita [Digital Code]

If you do online gaming you will need to pick up a PlayStation Plus membership.

 

DRM Latest News

At E3 we got the definitive answers about DRM (digital rights management) from both Sony and Microsoft.

Sony announced at E3 that they will support used games. They will not have any limitations on who you can trade it too or how many times. If Microsoft does not change their stance before the release date, they may lose the console war just on this issue alone.

UPDATE

Microsoft has officially reversed its stand on DRM (used games) and its always on (must log in every 24 hours) policy. If you go to their website http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update. It now has all the new details. They needed to do this or this console war would have been over before it began. With this news The fight is officially back on!

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Best Games For The PS4

Dragon Age Inquisition - Standard Edition - PlayStation 4
Dragon Age Inquisition - Standard Edition - PlayStation 4

This the latest in the fantastic Dragon Age series. This game looks like it will be amazing.

 
Assassin's Creed Unity Limited Edition - PlayStation 4
Assassin's Creed Unity Limited Edition - PlayStation 4

The continuation of the Assassin's Creed saga. This one takes place during the French revolution.

 

Best PS4 Games For Kids

If you have kids you will want pick up the games listed below.

Little Big Planet 3 Video

Little Big Planet 3 Launch Edition - PlayStation 4
Little Big Planet 3 Launch Edition - PlayStation 4

Keep the kids happy with this game rated E for everyone. However this adventure game will appeal to all ages. Sack boy is back, but this time he brought friends.

 

Comparison of Xbox One and PS4

  1. The Price

    Sony PlayStation 4 will cost $399 in the USA and Canada

    Microsoft Xbox One will cost $499 in the USA and Canada

    However the Kinect is included in the bundle, the Eye/Move is not (you would have to buy it separately if you want one).

  2. Connectivity Requirements

    Originally Microsoft wanted your machine to be connected at all times. If you did not connect at least once every 24 hours you would not be able to play your games. Even the discs that you bought that don't require online play. They have now changed their mind about wanting your machine to be connected at all times. As of June 19th they now say it will work the same as their current system.

    Sony does not have any requirements on connectivity for you to be able to play any game from a disc. So you can take it where you want to go and as long as you have electricity you can play.

    This is now a moot point. However the 2 weeks before they changed their minds gave the Playstation 4 a huge lead in preorder sales.

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  3. Kinect VS Eye

    The Kinect has gotten a serious upgrade to 1080p, along with better perception technology. You can see the amazing advances with this Kinect: exclusive Wired video.

    We are still waiting for more information about the Eye, so far it doesn't sound like big improvements.

    Therefore so far this is a point in Microsoft's favor.

  4. RAM

    The PS4 will use 8GB DDR5 RAM

    The Xbox One will use 8GB GDDR3 RAM

    The faster RAM is a point in Sony's favor.

  5. CPU and Graphics

    Both consoles will be using AMD products.

    Tie.

  6. Optical drive

    They will both use a Blu-Ray/DVD

    Tie.

  7. Both will use USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 2.1

    Tie.

Best Xbox One Games

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Xbox One
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Xbox One

The latest in the Call of Duty franchise. This is the game you have to buy so you can play against all your friends and co workers online.

 
Far Cry 4 - Xbox One
Far Cry 4 - Xbox One

This is the latest release in the Far Cry series. This new destination has a massive open world, with new weapons and ways to navigate. Along with plenty of deadly wildlife.

 

Best For Kids

If you have kids you will want pick up the games listed below.

Minecraft - Xbox One
Minecraft - Xbox One

Get this one to keep your kids happy. Their favorite game is now available for the latest generation of consoles.

 

Exclusive Game Titles

The vast majority of titles released are available on each platform. However each console maker has titles that exclusive to them. If that game is really good or extremely popular sometimes that will be enough to influence someone to buy the console.

Microsoft has promised to have 15 exclusives, with 8 of them being new titles within the first year of its launch.

Sony said they will have 40 exclusive titles available.

Both makers are likely to announce more about the games (including exclusives) at Gamescom. Gamescom is being held August 21-25 2013. This could make the fight extremely close if Xbox One can present some phenomenal games that uses all of the Kinects capabilities. This could then provide less resistance for the price difference. Since it is the main cause of the price difference.

Privacy Issues

A concern about privacy has been talked about. The concern is with the advances of the capability of the Kinect 2, the always on connectivity that is recording video and audio. Some people feel that Microsoft might have a little too much access into your home.

They have responded by saying you can pause or shut off the Kinect. You can set it to work how you want it too.

However some games require it to be on. It will also be up to the consumers to get the settings right.

PS4 Game Play Video

Xbox One Unveil Video

Xbox One or PS4

Which one is better and why?

Would you buy a console just to play an exclusive game?

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E3 Press Conferences

Microsoft held another their conference at E3 on June 10, 2013. This is available to see at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyGMBZ-zIJw

At E3, Playstation also held their press conference on June 10, 2013. If you missed it you can see it at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmoZAPDV3ew There is a preshow at the start of the video. Go to around the 33 minute mark to skip to the main event. This is where we finally got to see the PS4.

Recommended Choice

As of right now, I would recommend buying the Playstation 4. Since it does not require you to buy the video camera, it has a lower price. It is selling more units so there will be more people to play online against,

I got the chance to try out both consoles on my recent trip to Fan Expo. After having that experience I have made my choice, I am going to buy the PS4 first. While both machines were amazing, so you really can't go wrong buying either one, I preferred the way the PS4 controller felt in my hands.

Will you run out and get one on the day it is released? Wait until closer to or after Christmas hoping for a better deal? Will you be buying it for yourself, some else, or both?

Will you be buying at least one of the new consoles?

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Good article, you've covered all the important points that people will be looking for - well done!

      I wrote a similar article on my blog and came to the conclusion that for me, the jury is still out.

      I think Kinect could be the Ace up Microsoft's sleeve, but I'm against any continuation of their policy of making you pay for stuff that is free elsewhere - I don't mind the idea of paying for online play, but don't like the way they tie things like internet access or Netflix into that as well...

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      WinAPS4 4 years ago

      Can't wait to get my hands on a PS4 for myself. Xbox smecks-box. Playstation will always win this one I think.

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      lifemastermind 4 years ago

      Cool write up,personally I am looking forward to the PS4 currently based on the games they have announced lets hope that the Xbox One get some great games soon!

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      @IMKZRNU2: From the press conference it seemed like they were much more concerned about what else it could do. It seemed like they had very little focus on the video game aspect of the machine. I think the word TV was the most used word. While I understand wanting to expand your horizons, they shouldn't abandon their core market which is gamers.

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I read an article many years ago about Bill Gate's vision for the Xbox and he envisioned a device that would run your household - doing everything from turning on lights to your oven - seems that it the way this new Xbox is headed. For now we will just be using our 360 since we have a lot invested in the used/resale games. Maybe in the future we will change (or once they make my "old" 360 obsolete!). Nice lens.

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Actually what the Xbox One will do about used games has still not been completely clarified. It has been stated you will be able to play used games, the debate is with what limits or price. Hopefully there will be more information given during E3 (Electronic, Entertainment, Expo).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It will depend on the PS4. It better allow you to play used games and not at full price like Xbox is.