It’s nearly that time. The next wave of next generation consoles will be flying off of the shelves next month. Pre-order allocations for both the Xbox One and the PS4 console have already sold out. But which one will you choose?
Current generation champions, the Xbox 360 and PS3, have both sold over 75 million units. Will the next generation prove to be this popular? Millions of preorders have been placed – this suggests they will. But which is likely to be the ultimate winner? I’ve decided to write this article to compare the two consoles to help you make the right decision on which one to buy.
The UK release date of the Xbox One is 22nd November, a week before the PS4’s 29th November release date.
I was lucky enough to have a first-hand look at Microsoft’s new console at the Eurogamer Expo this year in London.
So, let’s compare these two incredible machines…
It goes without saying that the biggest obstacle Microsoft is facing is the price. The Sony PS4 benefits from being cheaper. The PS4 costs £349.99 while the Xbox One costs £429 – a disparity of £80. This point alone is swaying many Xbox fans over to the PS4. The price difference meant that Microsoft got hammered with criticism. The reason for this price difference is that the Xbox One comes with a Kinect sensor. I’ll be honest; I’m not a massive fan of Kinect, so making it compulsory put me off a little bit and I’m sure it did the same for others in my position.
Design and Appearance
The Xbox One and PS4 are completely different in how they look. Microsoft’s Xbox One is way bigger than the PS4. The PS4 is sleeker, slimmer and less likely to dominate your living room, as it doesn’t impose on your free space. Both keep the black and sleek style that’s well-known.
If you’re really into your games, then it is highly likely that you do give a damn about how your games look. This is all down to the power a console possesses. Beware: I’m about to rant off in super nerdy technical mode, so if you’re not interested in tech specifics, then move onto the next section! You have been warned…
So which of the new consoles is more powerful? The simple answer is the PS4. However, it’s worth realising that its likely there will only be minor differences in games released for both consoles. There’s next to no benefit involved for a developer to make one version a hell of a lot nicer than the other.
The Xbox One and PS4 use very, very similar AMD CPUs. Both use an APU setup, which links together both CPU and GPU into one package.
The difference in core processor power is marginal as both consoles use x86 architecture.
The PS4 and Xbox One both use an AMD GPU. Both of the GPUs seem to be identical, but alas, they are not. The PS4 graphics processor is 50 per cent more powerful, with 1152 shader processors compared to the Xbox One’s 768. Microsoft realised how awful this sounded, and so they focused on increasing the One’s power. They then later announced that the GPU speed has been boosted from 800MHz to 853MHz. It’s a nice upgrade, but still isn’t enough for the Xbox One to be on the same level as the PS4. Having this extra processing power will allow the PS4 to perform more tasks simultaneously – which, should provide room for very impressive visual effects.
That’s not all. The PS4 is more impressive in terms of its RAM. Both consoles use 8GB RAM. The PS4 uses GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One has DDR3 memory. GDDR5 has much higher bandwidth than DDR3, made for applications such as in graphics cards, while DDR3 is just what can be described as ‘standard’ system memory.
So, with a more powerful GPU and, seemingly, faster memory, the PS4 is clearly winning on graphical specs. The news that the Sony PS4 is more powerful than the Xbox One is one of the reasons why the PS4 suddenly became more popular, leading to their pre-orders selling out before the Xbox One’s.
A key question for any dedicated gamer – which has better graphics?
Just like with the current Xbox 360 vs PS3 battle, which console has better graphics is still an ongoing debate. This is because the graphics will vary depending on the game, and generally the difference is minor. It’s all down to the way games are formed. It is a question that is very difficult to answer.
Launch Titles and Exclusive Games
Now, launch titles and exclusive games…This is a very important section for me as previously I stuck with the Xbox 360 for that very reason (before caving a year later and buying a PS3 anyway). So here is a list of the games:
All of the above titles are coming on launch date, with the exception of Driveclub and Watchdogs, which have recently announced that they have been delayed until 2014. Many of the best upcoming games for the next-generation consoles are not exclusives. Bungie’s Destiny, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV and many others will arrive for both systems.
So now…let’s take a look at the exclusives:
Xbox One Exclusives:
And now let’s take a look at the PS4 exclusives:
Personally, I prefer the Xbox One exclusives, but I do like the PS4 exclusives, and I can see why some people would favour those.
Both consoles will offer a wide range of streaming services such as Netflix, LoveFilm, Sky Now TV and iPlayer.
The Xbox One’s wins on multimedia with its HDMI pass-thru. This lets you control certain digiboxes using Kinect and your controller. Microsoft demonstrated this to us, showing us that you can use Kinect’s voice recognition to ask your console to search for TV programmes.
The Kinect is something that may sway a lot of people towards Xbox One. Microsoft has been working hard on enhancing Kinect features and embedding them in games. With Kinect included in certain games, the Xbox One exclusives become all the more interesting.
The downside is that the Xbox One’s media services will require a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. This costs £40 per year.
Sony has confirmed that you will not need a subscription to PlayStation Plus to access video streaming services on the PS4. PlayStation Plus is the equivalent to Xbox Live Gold.
The PS3 went for Blu-ray and the Xbox 360 used DVD. DVD seems to be dying a painful death. DVD is definitely no longer an option for these powerful next generation consoles. Both consoles use a Blu-ray drive, with discs capable of storing up to 50GB.
The Xbox One and the PS4 both have a 500GB hard drive. The hard drive will store game installs and downloaded games from PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Game downloads have become increasingly popular and there is no doubt that this will only continue to increase throughout the next generation.
Sony has redesigned the Sixaxis significantly for the PS4. There’s now an increased amount of control put into the body of the controller, with a trackpad that is located between the D-pad and the buttons.
There’s also a Move light on the back of the controller, which allows it to work like the Move motion controllers available today. Sony has also decided to add a share button, which lets you quickly share your gameplay.
The Xbox One controller is fairly similar to its predecessor. However, the new controller has Wi-Fi Direct, an integrated battery compartment, and brand new triggers.
So…Which should YOU buy?
So…after reading all of this, and probably dying of boredom when I was ranting on about tech gibberish, which one will you choose?
The PS4 has the major benefit of being cheaper, and boasts a more powerful graphics processor. You also don’t have to sign your life away to some paid subscription in order to access certain online things.
The Kinect for the Xbox One has made the Xbox One exclusives all the more interesting. There is a lot of potential here for something great.
However, the difference between the two consoles isn’t massive. It will ultimately come down to personal preference.
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