For years, Microsoft and Sony have been at war with one another, with both companies occupying the same hardcore gamer space. As we approach the third era of this grueling war, one question is on many gamers minds: How does the PS4 compare to the Xbox One?
At first glance, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have very similar specifications; so much so that games on either system look almost identical and the systems share many of the same games.
However, early reports have stated that when viewed side-by-side, PlayStation 4 games look better and run smoother. Whether this is true remains to be seen, but it does give a slight edge to the PlayStation 4, at least in the early rounds of the fight.
Both systems share PC architecture and as such, it's a given that they will share many of the same games over their lifespan. In fact, many gamers won't even be able to tell of any difference graphically between the two systems, so for all intents and purposes we will label the specs battle a tie .
Another instance where both systems are the same is in all the features that they share, using many of the same online features such as game streaming. However, PlayStation Plus has historically proven to be a much better service than Xbox Live, so the PS4 comes out ahead here.
While the Xbox One does have Kinect, we all saw how well that worked out for the Xbox 360 so that's not really an advantage for Microsoft. Again, we'll call this battle a tie as the two systems are just so similar in features, at least at launch.
While the two systems share an almost identical lineup, the exclusive titles are where things start to differ. While the PlayStation 4 has Killzone, Knack and a handful of indie games, the Xbox One has Dead Rising 3, Forza and Killer Instinct to name a few.
Who wins in the battle of the game lineups? This one comes down to personal preference. Looking at the exclusive lineups of the PS3 and Xbox 360 will give you an idea of what to expect in the next generation so use that as your guide.
Another big difference between the two systems is cost: the PlayStation 4 will cost $400 while the Xbox One is $500. Gamers going with the PlayStation 4 will get an extra $100 to spend on games, making it the ideal choice.
Ultimately, whether you choose the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One rests in your hands. Do you prefer the Kinect and the Xbox One launch lineup? Did you enjoy PlayStation Plus on the PS3 along with Sony's exclusive games?
If you're a billionaire, go for both systems, but if you have to just pick one we recommend the PlayStation 4 due to the $100 difference.
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 11/4/2013