Xbox vs. PS4: What’s Your Best Bet?

July 01, 2017

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In the video gaming fandom, the battle between Xbox fans and Play Station fans is a never ending one. Every since the original classic Xbox and the pale white case of joy, Play Station 1 came out, these two consoles seem to have divided the gaming community into two very competitive and distinct sides.
Even though most games that come out on the Xbox are available for Play Station as well, which console amongst them deserves the first place still remains a contested argument. Both of the consoles have had newer and more improved successive versions released, 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.
Currently, the Xbox One and Play Station 4 are the two machines locking horns, in a constant effort to gain more gaming fans on their side, but the question remains, which one comes out on top?

Let’s take a look at the cost

The Xbox One costs about $396. Sounds kind of steep, right? Well, ever since the newer version “Xbox One S” came out with a little extra firepower, the price of the Xbox One has significantly decreased. In fact, you can get one for as low as £200 now. Those looking for more hard drive capacity will have to pay more, of course.
The Xbox Live Gold Subscription that gives gamers access to additional entertainment services like Netflix and online gaming can cost you about $60 per year. Gaming consoles are more than gaming consoles now and your console will be kind of incomplete without these additional features. Play Station 4 on the other hand will cost about $399. Not much of a difference but the additional service feature for the Play Station 4, called “Play Station Plus” is considerably inexpensive with a cost of only $50 per year. Furthermore, Play Station Plus being Sony’s equivalent subscription is only needed for multiplayer gaming and online saves.



What’s admirable about the controllers from both of the consoles is the fact that both controllers haven’t lost the essence or feel of its predecessor. The Dual Shock 4 controller for Play Station 4 doesn’t feel too unfamiliar to the gamer that has jumped right across from Play Station 1 to Play Station 4, but it still has its upgrades.
The Dual Shock 4 controller is wireless and rechargeable too! However, you still need a couple of AA batteries for the new Xbox One controller. This means the long existing tediously annoying routine of changing batteries or having to get new ones just to continue playing is still something that Xbox gamers have to deal with, unfortunately. But, it is important to know that the Xbox One controller exceeds the Dual Shock 4 controller when it comes to battery life. 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 Dual Shock 4 controllers. This feature is particularly fun for playing all kinds of racing games. 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 that is one of the most noticeable changes in the new controller. 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 flamboyance into their gaming weaponry. Thankfully, now there are a number of diverse custom controllers available for both, Xbox One and Play Station 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.

Let’s take a peek at the kind of power these gaming consoles are packing under the hood


This is what it all really comes down to when it comes to assessing which gaming console is superior, good old solid hardware. It is the hardware that went into the machine that is in turn responsible for the visual output of the console and subsequently, its degree of excellence.
Even though both, Xbox One and Play Station 4, have similar silicon electronic work integrated into their mechanism, they still have a lot of differences worth pointing out. The RAM used in both consoles is different. The Xbox One uses a standard 8 GB of DDR3 RAM while the Play Station 4 uses 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. The GDDR5 RAM is also used by most PC gamers to optimize their graphical output. Therefore, when it comes to graphical computational power, the Play Station 4 may have 50 percent more power than the Xbox One.


Game line up

Both of these next generation gaming consoles are not backward compatible like their predecessors were. This means that you won’t be able to play any Play Station 3 games on your Play Station 4 or any Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One. A lot of gaming fans are hardcore followers for either of the two gaming giants due to the exclusivity they offer in their games.

It appears that it might not be a battle between two gaming consoles as much as it may be a battle between two games after all. Both companies have their own line up of exclusive games of their own. If you are a fan of any one of those games, you are going to want to stick to that console to play its successive versions for obvious reasons. Some of the most popular exclusive Xbox One games include Halo, Gears of War and Crimson Dead. Play Station 4 exclusive games include The Order, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack.