Xbox One vs PS4 – What I’m getting and why

I’ve recently posted about Xbox One vs PS4 and the need to wait for both to come out before deciding on which one to get. The PS4 by the time of this writing has launched and the Xbox One launch is only days away, but unless there is some major malfunction with the Xbox One launch, I’m pretty sure I’ve decided on the console I’ll be getting: The Xbox One.

xbox vs ps4

First a look at the systems side by side. I’ve hyperlinked where I’ve got the answers for all of this, but a lot of them are covered in this video from Machinima, if you’d like to take the video version route. I’ll expand upon a few of these specs below.

They’re virtually identical in almost all aspects except a few that I think tip the scales.

Spec PS4 XBox One Winner
Price  $399 w/o Camera  $499 w/ Kinect Same
Power/GPU 1080p 720p PS4
Storage 500 gb, not available/not mentioned 500 gb, external available eventually Xbox One
Backwards Compatability Nope Nope Tie
Controllers Supported 4 8 Honestly who cares? Xbox
Online Costs $4.16/Month, $50/Year $5/Month, $60/Year $0.75 a month difference, PS4 barely
What you get without paying Online Services (not matchmaking), free to play games Play games, offline. That’s about it PS4
Online PS+ vs Live Online Matchmaking, free games Everything, tons of apps, games with gold, Xbox Rewards, Xbox by a COUNTRY MILE
Living Room/Entertainment Um? Blu-Ray player Universal Remote for all devices, pass through for cable box, skype, mp3, DLNA, CDs, etc. Xbox
Size Average console size Behemoth with another huge power bar PS4
Online Services Gaikai Microsoft Xbox
Peripherals Whatever PS4 calls their kinect, sold separately Real Kinect, included Xbox
Indie Gaming PS4 – well versed in indie games Xbox One – meh PS4
Second Screen Recently unveiled PS4 app Smartglass has been around 12 months Both pretty similar, Xbox because of the 12 month head start
Totals  6  8  Xbox One

xbox one

Alright, a few things: I’ve left out controllers, because that’s up to player preference. For the most part these systems are super similar. Where Xbox One wins out for me is all of it’s extra features and awesomeness. The PS4 may be a bit more powerful for gaming, but we’ve entered an era of more than just gaming with consoles. Smartglass, Kinect, and the Microsoft entertainment services trump anything that PS4 puts forward. The only thing that makes me sad about this decision is PS4’s ease of access to indie gaming, I wish that Xbox was more on the ball with this. The ability to play games like Warframe, and DC Universe on a console would be friggin awesome, but that’s the reason I bought an Ouya (yes, you can judge me for that all you like).

With all of this being said, I’m still going to wait until after the Xbox One’s launch to see how it performs. If you’re one of my friends and reading this, I strongly suggest Xbox One and I will follow up on this after the launch, just to be completely sure. Hopefully you see it the way I do and will also be grabbing the Xbox One, then bring on the gaming!

If you feel I’ve left anything out in the above table, shoot me a comment below and I’ll gladly add it in.


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