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

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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.


XBox One vs PS4

Dear friends, family, countrymen and everyone else,

PS4 vs Xbox One composite

Do not buy into the hype. That is the best bit of advice I can give you. Can we not all finally band together and buy a system as one cohesive unit? I have made the responsible choice to wait until well after Christmas to make my decision on which system is the best and I would urge you to do the same.  There are horror stories, the red ring of death, the lack of the PS Slim, everyone wants something better and we’re older now.

Gone are the days of getting the newest system. Instead we’re faced with a decision that will put us on one side of the fence or the other for then next 8 to 10 years. Do you really want to sit across the table from your best friend and judge him/her silently because he/she bought a PS4 and you got an XBOX One? Do you want to play GTA 6 online, in the dark with a bunch of strangers and 12 year olds telling you to “Go Fuck Yourself!” Probably not.

What I’m trying to say here is, hey, let’s be friends, in the gaming world. I know I’ll never bring most of you hardcore gamers over to the world of Steam and online gaming, which is not only cheaper, but better (but I digress). So because of that, I’m asking for a consensus on the new gaming systems.

Neither have backwards compatibility, so your old games are dead. Neither are going to have free online access, so all you PS3 assholes can fuck off and let’s face it, the XBox Controller is better anyway.  (yes, that is an open invitation to bring it, feel free to look at the Ouya Controller as a tip of the hat to XBox).

All I’m saying is, let’s talk about this, as a group and decide which system is best for us, best for our brother-in-law and best for his child to grow up with. Let’s make a concerted group effort to never have to say “oooo, you have XBOX ONE, tough shit friend, we all roll PS4, go suck some HALO dick!” or vice versa.

I will update this blog on thoughts that I have regarding each system, after I’ve decided on one or the other, but until then, let’s all be friends and I really hope we can all decide on a system together.