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Xbox vs. PS4: What’s Your Best Bet?

July 01, 2017

The rivalry between Xbox and PlayStation fans has been brewing for over a decade and the two sides are still going strong. Microsoft and Sony have developed newer and more powerful versions of their iconic platforms over 3 console generations, and it can be safely said that both of the gaming machines have come a long way in terms of graphics, controls and the overall gaming experience.

The Xbox One & PlayStation 4 both released in November 2013, but how do the two compare lately? Join us as we compare the cost, hardware, games, and controllers.

PS4 VS XBOX ONE: COST

Xbox One

The latest and most capable version of the Xbox One is the Xbox One X, and it goes for about $500. You can pick up older versions of the console that play all the same games for about $200 or less. When you pay for the latest model, you’re getting better graphics, more memory, and faster load times.

The Xbox Live Gold Subscription that gives gamers access to additional entertainment services like Netflix and online gaming can cost you an additional $60 per year.

PlayStation 4

The most recent version of the PlayStation 4 Pro, the console’s latest version, goes for around $400. Older versions with less memory and processing power go for around $200.

the additional service feature for the Play Station 4, called “Play Station Plus” is considerably inexpensive with a cost of only $50 per year. However, is only needed for multiplayer, online saves, and a few free games here and there.

XBOX ONE VS PS4: CONTROLLERS

What’s admirable about the controllers from both consoles is the fact that they haven’t lost the essence or feel of their predecessors. The Dual Shock 4 controller for PlayStation 4 doesn’t feel too unfamiliar to the gamer that has jumped right across from PlayStation 1, but it still has its upgrades.

The Dual Shock 4 controller is wireless and rechargeable too! But unless you get a separate rechargeable-version controller for Xbox One, you’ll still need a couple of AA batteries for it. The Xbox One controller does exceed the Dual Shock 4 controller when it comes to battery life, however.

Microsoft has made some admirable upgrades to the Xbox One controller. There are rumble motors integrated into the triggers for a more engaging and interactive feedback, unlike the DualShock 4. This feature is particularly fun for playing all kinds of racing games, and makes a fair point in the Xbox vs PS4 controller debate. Additionally, the Xbox One controller has also changed its sloppy D-pad from the X box 360 controller into a more ergonomic and clickable D-pad, one of the most noticeable changes. The Dual Shock 4 controllers also feel much lighter in weight compared to the Xbox One controller, so PC gamers that like to feel a little more weight to their controllers usually go for the Xbox One controller.

The boring old black colors on both controllers, however, had been an inescapable fate for gamers who wanted a little more variety in their gaming weaponry. Thankfully, now there are a number of diverse custom controllers available for both, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. These custom controllers have all kinds of patterns, designs and tattoos on the controller’s shell to make for a more decorated and intimidating controllers, so gamers don’t have to use the same old default controllers anymore.

PS4 VS XBOX ONE: POWER UNDER THE HOOD

The power of a console ultimately comes down to the quality of the hardware it operates on. We’ve narrowed down the key differences between the original and most recent iterations of both consoles for a fair comparison.

Let’s break it down to simple terms: Think of the central processing unit (CPU) and random access memory (RAM) of a console as the core of it’s processing power. This is what a machine relies on most for loading new areas of a game world quickly and powering the game’s physics. The graphics processing unit (GPU), on the other hand, is for rending the world in high resolution.

The PS4 Pro and Xbox One X both represent significant advancements of their predecessors and each support gaming at 4k resolutions. But the Xbox One X has objectively better specs.

Xbox One
Main Processor CPU: 1.75GHz 8-core AMD custom “Jaguar”
GPU: 1.31 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
RAM 8GB DDR3
Xbox One X
Main Processor CPU: 2.3GHz 8-core AMD custom “Jaguar”
GPU: 6.00 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
RAM 12GB GDDR5
PlayStation 4
Main Processor CPU: 1.6GHz 8-core AMD custom “Jaguar”
GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
RAM 8GB GDDR5
PS4 Pro
Main Processor CPU: 2.1GHz 8-core AMD custom “Jaguar
GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
RAM 8GB GDDR5

XBOX ONE VS PS4: GAMES

It doesn’t matter how powerful a console is if it doesn’t support the games you want to play. Neither console launched with backward compatibility like their predecessors had. That made it more of an easy choice for owners of a library of Xbox 360 or PS3 games to jump ship to a new console for the new generation. The Xbox One has since begun supporting a limited list of backward compatible titles from Xbox 360 and the original Xbox.

Looking to current gen and the future, both platforms have a solid lineup of exclusive titles all their own. It looks like PlayStation might still be winning out in the Xbox One vs PS4 debate when it comes to games, though.

PS4 seems to have a slightly more prestigious collection of exclusives to flaunt, with titles and series like Uncharted, God of War, Final Fantasy, Infamous, The Last of Us, and Horizon Zero Dawn.

But don’t feel too left out if you’re committed to Xbox One, because PS4-only players won’t get to play series like Halo, Gears of War, PUBG, Sea of Thieves, and Titanfall.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Will the console wars be over anytime soon? Fat chance. But in the meantime, the winners in the war of Xbox vs PlayStation are the players. Microsoft, Sony, and even Nintendo need to know they’re competing for an audience with high standards and expectations. Let ‘em know every chance you get that if they want your business, they better bring their “A” game.