It’s no secret that the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One are fierce rivals. Both Sony and Microsoft have gone to great lengths to ensure that their console comes out ahead in terms of nearly everything, be it speed, features or games. The final products we got aren’t as evenly matched as you’d assume though. Each console has its own set of pros and cons. So it’s natural that we do a comparison of the two and give a verdict. Which is exactly what we’ll do in this Playstation 4 vs Xbox One comparison.
Looks and size do matter when you’re buying an expensive electronics gadget. The PS4 and the Xbox One are worlds apart when it comes to design. Sony have bestowed the PS4 with their own unique design language in that it’s subtle but a really elegant machine with an angular body. The Xbox One is much more substantial in that it is a huge machine. It’s even bigger than the old fat Xbox 360, and comes with a separate power brick whereas the PS4 integrates that into its body. So there’s no question that the PS4 is more compact and even easier to carry, as noted by CNET.
PS4’s power supply is integrated into the box while the Xbox One, like the 360 before it, still has a chunky external power brick. This is remarkable considering the PS4 is smaller than the Xbox One.
The hardware of a console is always going to be an important thing to consider when going out to buy one. Why? Because it’s a system you’ll likely own for the next 5 or 6 years, and you want it to run the latest and the greatest with excellent fluidity. This is again an area where the PS4 comes out ahead. Firstly, it has a better GPU that’s capable fo 1.8 gigaflops versus the Xbox One’s GPU with just 1.3 gigaflops. And, as noted by TrustedReviews, the amount of memory available to developers is more in the PS4. And it’s GDDR5 memory rather than the Xbox One’s dated DDR3 memory architecture.
Xbox One has 8GB of DDR3 RAM, while PS4 has a distinct advantage with faster 8GB GDDR5 memory.
And now we come to the part where consoles have to really prove themselves – their games library. When both of these next-gen consoles were launched, none of them had particularly convincing launch line ups. As such, journalists told potential customers to just wait until the games came out. Well it’s Jan 2014 now, and both systems have received a fair share of games. And in this case, the Xbox One comes out ahead. The Playstation 4 only has one exclusive to its name right now, and that’s Killzone Shadow Fall. While a terrific game to show off the console’s graphics prowess, it’s not a perfect game.
The Xbox One already has more exclusives that are available right now. Forza 5, a favorite amongst racing fans, is an excellent game that looks gorgeous and shows that despite the Xbox One falling behind in numbers, it can still produce some really great graphics. And in the coming days we can expect a bigger number of exclusives to the Xbox One with the Halo franchise and the upcoming sensation that is Titanfall.
At present, the Xbox One has a better game line-up, and in the near future it has more significant exclusives.
So there you have the, the two behemoths in the console industry compared. And if ask us, there still isn’t a clear winner here. The Playstation 4 is clearly ahead in terms of hardware power, but the Xbox One counters that with the extensive number of exclusives that will be available for it. But that still doesn’t mean it’s the better console to buy. We should still give these two another 6 months or so to really see what Microsoft and Sony have planned for them. Right now, there’s no real reason to pick one up if you own a last gen console. Our advice: wait a few months and see which console has the better games by then.