PS4 vs Xbox One - Who Wins and Why - Updated

There will always be PS4 fans there, XBox fans and sometimes those who love both. Can you guess who we deem superior?

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PS4 vs XBox One: After the fact
Ever since the dawn of man, if you give humanity an option there will be competition. Whether that is choosing what deity you bow to or selecting your favorite brand of booze at the bar, people’s opinions and choices will always create competition. There are few competitors on the market that can create the following of the big name consoles; the passion and dedication of the fans can be seen in rant form on any gaming community website, including this one.

PS4 vs Xbox One

This has been true with consoles ever since Nintendo and Sega; did you prefer bouncing across the heads of mushrooms in the slightly trippy land of the Mario Brothers, or were you a fan of our speedy, blue haired friend on the Sega? Everyone has their own preference and now that the PS4 and the Xbox One have been out for a year, it's time to reevaluate the situation and see for ourselves who is currently winning the race.

E3 2016 and Beyond: The War Begins Anew

Sony was handing Microsoft their proverbial posteriors going into 2016, but E3 shook the very halls of the gaming world. Not only were we given confirmation that the PS4 Neo, otherwise known as the PS4.5, is real, but Microsoft also had a few announcements of their own.

Chief among them was the announcement of Xbox 2, codenamed Project Scorpio. They also mentioned something about an Xbox One S, but let's be honest, people are more interested in this new console they're talking about.

Phil Spencer promised it would be "the most powerful console ever built." Meanwhile, Sony focused on games and neglected to speak about the PS4 Neo until the time was right. That time, apparently is September 7th, 2016 when Sony plans to hold "The PlayStation Meeting" to talk about the "future of the PlayStation business."

With both Sony and Microsoft bringing out new consoles (or console refreshes as some people call them), it's no longer simply the PS4 vs Xbox One. We've got a new war on our hands people.

Microsoft Going All In

Let's start with an away game. Microsoft announced both Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) and Xbox One S at E3 2016. The S came out in August of 2016 and Project Scorpio is scheduled for a holiday 2017 date.

Up until 2016, Microsoft was way behind monthly sales on PS4 systems. While Sony still has quite the lead overall, the Xbox One managed to beat PS4 sales in July 2016.

Mike Nicholas, head of Xbox's marketing, was clearly happy with the turnaround:

"We're honored that Xbox One was the best-selling console in the U.S. in July, and that total gaming hours on Xbox consoles globally were up 18 percent over last year, reaching 1.55 billion hours."

Impressive to be sure, but let's not forget that PS4 has already sold over 40 million consoles, and they've had a 2-to-1 lead over Xbox One up until now. Even so, Microsoft isn't playing around.

They've been ramping up on the exclusive titles in 2016, with new titles coming like Recore, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Dead Rising 4, Sea of Thieves, Halo Wars 2, and Scalebound.

They've also promised that the Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) will be both backwards and forwards compatible. Microsoft has thus far said there will be no Scorpio exclusives. Every game released will work across all version of their current consoles.

Aaron Greenberg, head of Xbox Games marketing tweeted this after E3 2016:

"Great thing is with Project Scorpio as part of #XboxOne family all your games will work, no Scorpio exclusives, so no one gets left behind."

Top this off with the promise that Project Scorpio/Xbox 2 will be compatible with VR and it's clear Microsoft is looking to catch up or even surpass Sony.

Don't worry though, Sony has something up their sleeves. They always do.

Sony Playing For Keeps With PS4 Neo

Just before E3 2016, PlayStation boss Andrew House confirmed the existence of PS4.5, otherwise known as PS4 Neo. Furthermore, additional details are set to be revealed September 7th, 2016 at The PlayStation Meeting.

When rumors first appeared regarding the PS4.5, people were worried (myself included) that Sony was planning on cutting the PS4's lifecyle short to keep pace with technology. During an interview with The Guardian, PlayStation boss Andrew house put those fears to rest.

"I don't think we're suggesting with Neo, the conventional console lifecycle is over, I'm certainly not making that statement. This is an additional option, it's a high-end version of a PlayStation 4, let's be very clear about that, rather than a generational shift."

The real reason behind the PS4 Neo is to cater to the audience of gamers that inevitably shift away from consoles to PC as the technology gap widens. Essentially, this is a supercharged PS4 for those who want the best of the best.

This reasoning doubles if you're someone who has a 4K television as the Neo will offer 4K experiences. Neither Project Scorpio or PS4 Neo have confirmed specs as of this writing, but it will be certainly interesting to see how the two stack up.

Looking back to the game side of things, Microsoft may have some interesting titles coming for the Xbox, but PlayStation continues to crush it with the exlusive titles. Check out these bombshells coming to the PS4:

  • God of War IV
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Days Gone
  • Death Stranding
  • Spider-Man
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Sony's game-focused E3 presentation was a clear indicator that they are still in the business of creating epic new experiences. With PlayStation VR releasing in October 2016, they are also going to have the edge of VR on consoles before Microsoft.

    The race is getting tighter, we can't argue with that, but it looks like Sony isn't too worried about Microsoft catching up with them. What about you? Who do you think is winning? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

    It's Still (And Always Will Be) About the Games

    These respective systems continue to evolve with updates and tweaks, along with new apps like HBO Go, but ultimately these are game consoles and they live and die by their games. Microsoft hasn't seen any major exclusives this year (so far) except for the occasional indie title that gets high praise.

    The best way to describe the current state of affairs is to admit that the playing field has been leveled to an extent. We're in between furious bouts of heated debate, but this is only the eye of the storm. The two contenders are in their respective corners, taking a breather before they go at each other's throats again.

    You can bet that this article will receive more updates on the ongoing console war. Until then my friends, game on!

    PS4 vs XBox

    Hardware Wars
    The technology behind the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is so close that even I had to take notice. I’ve compiled a chart that lists all of the information that is confirmed for each system so we can compare the two.

    Xbox One PS4
    CPU 8 Core AMD Jaguar Custom CPU 1.75GHZ 8 Core AMD Jaguar X64 (10X PS3 Processing Power) 1.6GHZ
    GPU AMD GPU 'Durango' D3D 11.1 chip AMD Radeon GPU (1080P 60 frames/sec) 4k Ultra HD
    RAM 8 GB DDR3 68.3gb/second +32 Embedded Static Ram 8 GB Unified GDDR5 - 176gb/second
    Optical Drive Blu-ray Blu-ray
    Storage 500 GB Hard Drive (not removable) 500 GB Hard Drive (removable)

    PS4 versus Xbox OneI know what you’re thinking upon looking at this chart; the statistics of both systems look the same. I know I previously guessed that both systems would have quite a difference between them; after all, looking at the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, both systems use extremely different hardware. However, it seems with the next generation, this isn’t the case, as both systems are close in terms of specifications despite Sony relying on AMD and Microsoft relying on their own proprietary hardware.

    GPU - Graphics Power

    Looking at the GPU, which is commonly referred to as the graphics card, you’ll notice a slight difference; while the PlayStation 4 is using a Radeon, the Xbox One is using a card capable of Direct3D 11 to align itself with the Windows architecture the system is using. However, both cards feature DirectX 11 support in addition to an increase of VRAM, which is going to blow the current generation of consoles away. I previously didn’t think we’d see a big jump in graphics, but I was definitely wrong.

    CPU - Processing Power

    In terms of CPU, the Xbox One is using feature an 8 core CPU, same as the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4’s 8 core CPU is specifically designed to work with the graphics card, much like the Xbox One's graphics card and CPU are designed to work together in the Windows-based environment the system provides. This reminds me of how the PlayStation 3 components were designed to work together and how it produced better PlayStation 3 exclusive games, so color me excited.

    As for the rest of the specs, both systems are using the same amount of RAM, though the PS4 has the edge due to it using DDR5. Both systems are using Blu-ray drives, as expected. Both systems also included a 500GB hard drive . The PS4's drive can be removed and replaced, while the Xbox is stuck with what it's got. That being said, it does support external drives while PS4 doesn't, so pros and cons both ways here.

    It's clear that there are some differences between the two in terms of power. For example, a lot of Xbox One games have been launching at a lower resolution than PS4. In most cases Xbox will get something under 1080p resolution while PS4 will come forward with a native 1080p resolution and a top notch frame rate. Even with this information in mind though, the differences on multiplatform games hasn't been anything massive in either direction.

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    Original Article by - Blaine Smith
    Article Updated by Bradley Ramsey 8/17/16

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    UM...

    PS ALL THE WAY ,

    No X1 for me

    I just watched the Xbox 1 reveal and all they really showed was 3 games and everything else was how it was going to enhance your TV, Movie, and Music experience. Yes it has enhanced graphics but so does the PS4. At least Sony is prepping their system for gamers and dev's. Do I really need ANOTHER device to play Netflix on? Its decided then, at least in my case.... PS4 all the way.

    I agree, disappointing reveal

    I agree, disappointing reveal from Xbox. They have an expensive media set top box on their hands. No reveal on any of these so called "exclusives" they have, so i have doubts in the Xbox this time around. Plus that stupid Kinect, again. PS4 looks more appealing to gamers and devs with already revealed a few of their exclusives like iNfamous, Killzone. Not to mention these consoles are on par with each other. They are the same machines, running the same architecture. Sorry Xbox, my money will be going to the PS4, they have sold me, the Xbox One was a complete waste of my time watching that so called "reveal". I can get Quickflix on PS3 now and on my Pc and on my phone etc etc... do not need another device that does it.

    own both

    i have always owned both consoles, and xbox has always been my fav gaming machine. not to say i dislike the ps, it has always looked sleeker and way cooler thean the xbox, but microsoft just nailed some things sony couldnt; controller xbox's was way more comfortable and much more natural to use than sonys, online gaming , yes you have to pay on microsoft but it does make the experience far superior to sonys free online community, the hub was much better to use than on the playstation.these comments above mainly come from the "i want to bend over for sony" gang, and will always say that sony is superior to microsoft, i have looked at the launch specs for both next gen consoles and they are completely evenly matched both have 8g ram(yes ps4 fans will say but we have 8g of gddr5) maybe but the difference between gddr5 and gddr3 is simply gddr5 is less power hungry than ddr3, they still both transfer 4 bits per clock cycle(just gddr5 does it over a little less bandwidth), they both have blueray, they both pretty much rely on amd. believe me the hardware will be the same it will again come down to content and gimicks.im not going to comment on the gimick side as someone already said either could fail or none could, but a comment to the tard who said that sony have all the best franchises, yes the games you mentioned are good but really, what about fable? gears of war? forza? halo? halo franchise outsold any sony specific franchise except gran turismo( and lets face it forza left that game in its rear view). i love both consoles but for different reasons, sony i love for the media side and a few select games i cant get on the xbox but for gaming its the xbox that wins everytime. but haters will always be haters, be it from both camps, they all just want to own the best console, well own both like me and see for yourselves. peace and bring on oct 29th

    Your a joke, Microsoft is

    Your a joke, Microsoft is bending you over, fool. 24 hour check-in online or no games, install the Kinect or no games, oh and someone is making money on used games and we are not seeing any of it? We will fix that. You need to pay US if you want sell your used game (doesn't matter you already shelled out 60 bones). Most of the xbot fanboys are seeing the error of theyre ways and how MS is a scummy company that wants nothing more than theyre hand in your pocket but there will always be some sheeple that don't care how bad they are being screwed or are too stupid to see it. Xbox 1, cheaper components, costs 100$ more and wants to be up in your business and your wallet, yep its definitely Microshaft. They are just thanking all that's holy that there are people stupid enough to pay 100$ more for a machine that's probably ALOT cheaper to produce, but hey atleast it will turn on by voice command....freaking retarded. Have a feeling in a year Xbox 1 is going to be in trouble (or let up on the screwing your customer base thing). Time will tell. Oh and anyone who is worried about changing tv stations with your console or ordering a pizza...your not a gamer. The people worried about graphic performance and other performance oriented data are the gamers...I can order a pizza on my phone.

    i still like putting my

    i still like putting my peanus inside my cats ass it plays xbox

    PlayStation 4

    PS4 seems pretty LEGIT. I would buy this over Xbox One 'cause of all the tight specs I heard about. PS4 all the way baby, all the waaaay. lol x)

    Entertainment

    Xbox one and the PS4 will be two expensive gaming consoles that will have graphics that will blow your mind. I prefer Xbox because it is an entertainment system. It does gaming and then some.ps3 is a gaming system hence the name PLAYSTATION. If you want to strictly game go playstation if you want everything you can think of in one box go Xbox. Both systems are great but Xbox sold me with voice command and kinect integrated gaming. military games are going to evolve on the Xbox and so will other gaming platforms.

    Really?

    So you can JUST play games on the PLAYstation3? Been living under a rock, have you? I got more than a few friends that only use it for BluRay-movies, Viaplay, Netflix, Youtube, Muvi and so on.. Also streaming pc movies through it.. Also, xBox Live costs money, PSN is free.. PlayStation ftw.. In my opinion, the "X" in xBox is there because they couldn't call it "crap"box...

    Overkill Cable Box

    im gettin the ps4 because i think that when making the x1, microsoft forgot they were making a console, not a cable box

    Integration=Simplicity

    Let's face it boys and girls, the XBOX ONE has nailed it! I've already talked to Microsoft about the multiple device experience. IE. Console/PC/Mobile/Tablet. It's what we've been waiting for, all linked by the cloud. One title playable across multiple devices. Microsoft didn't announce it but you know it's coming! Not to mention, we are all multi-taskers, the quick switching between inputs means fewer screens to divide our attention.

    yep

    they nailed it just like sony did. they both do the same things.

    Nope

    You only have to pay to play multiplayer. Netflix and all the other stuff is free

    ???

    Most of the features that the Xbox one provides are redundant in most house holds, and I doubt that people are going to pay 500 dollars just to combine media sources into one, sorry but the Xbox One did not nail it, they failed with it.

    Xbox 1 biggest game let down I expected better.

    Does ps4 console let you simply game? I seen xb1 s presentation and they barely showing the IMPORTANT GAMING ASPECTS. Didnt care for the 95% of what they were showing. The only thing important they shown is the suberb graphics detail on COD. Cant trust Forza they lied before with saying thats the true graphics on their presentation for xb360. Worst of all is the fees on preown games/xb1. Registering a game before you can use it offline/xb1. I hope the PS4 does not these glaring issues. Ive been pro Xbox until they showed the terrible restrictions. Xb1 will as useful as a leg rest when the system is no longer supported and games as well? Sony please use common sense and give the hard core audience what they deserve. Microsoft has failed to impress with xb1. PS4 if it does gaming without horrible restrictions. Collecting games for xb1 feels pointless. Future coaster for my drinks cause I cant play anymore after system support dies when they release Xbox 1 and a half. I really thought microsoft had common sense. Sigh... Sony your are the one show microsoft the GIANT ERROR that is failbox 1.

    Xbox 1

    Agreed!!!

    Srsly dnt rite lyke dis

    The Xbox One reveal stomped the PS4 reveal. It's a CONSOLE reveal, not a controller/games reveal. Microsoft did what they set out to do, and what Sony should have. Sony is a crowd-pleaser, and they snag simple minds easily. Microsoft is professional, and reveals a console when they say they're going to. Also, it isn't about rewarding the hardcore audience. Consoles are becoming a living room experience, not just a game box. If we all set out to please the hardcore, RPGs would have Arabic instructions written on them, and that would be awful. It's about advancing the experience, and advancing as a company, not pleasing the public and simple-minded.

    Why so snotty?

    Sorry to undermine your idealistic rant, but every company selling things is a crowd pleaser - Microsoft included. They want to shift as many units as possible - the way you do that is by appealing to the broadest audience possible. I don't understand your condescension to those supposedly 'Simply Minds'. There are many people that prefer the emphasis to remain on games. There are others that find the 'living room' experience more appealing. Whichever camp you are in, you must concede that people are entitled to their preferences. Different preferences result in people giving different weight to different features, and ultimately result in them favouring one console over the other. There is nothing 'Simple' about someone that has a different subjective preference to your own.

    YEP

    WELL SAID!

    ur dumb

    wow seriously? umm I don't think so considering all the damage control Microsoft is now doing. become educated before u shoot your troll mouth off

    it depends on what you want

    the xbox one is a console based around family use, while the ps4 is for gamers. personally I choose the ps4 for its quality based on games, rather than being family friendly.

    xbox1

    TV's can do what the xbox 1 can do basicly without waving your hands around. Gaming consoles are for games not junk. Xbox is giving away game downloads now in hopes of retaining customer base. They know they've screwed up. That's the reason Apple is so strong people have their money tied up in it otherwise they'd be exploring other options more. Expert's can't see the writing on the wall. Why else would xbox be giving away two free games a month starting now? So you have stock in the console and the Paid Service, that's why. Now so called expert take what I said and run. Microsoft even let Bungie give exclusive content to PS4....Stupid! It's a GAMING CONSOLE.....ESPN really? People watch ESPN on ESPN! You can't watch ESPN on xbox unless you have it already from provider, so what's the point. Kinect is a nice piece of technology, for GAMING.

    Connection!!!!

    I have all systems. My 360 rrod and they screwed me on my extended warrentee. Just recently one of my two PS3's wont eject or read discs anymore. I have a huge problem with the SH1TTY connection from ps3(no its not my Kmart connection, I have at least a 1mb connection most times). Yes I understand its free but when you are skipping around and glitching its hard to want to play. If Playstaion was to have a connection like Xbox then it would be a hell of a lot better!! I would be willing to pay for a dedicated server to have great game play, I am sure I'm not the only one.

    All of you are idiots.

    All of you are idiots. Just buy the damn console you want and shut up about it.

    shut up

    shut your ass up plz

    x1 all day haterz

    u get what u pay for period u get free service so u think ur the stuff but please b real w/ urself lmao x1 has all same feats. blu ray voice recognition and cloud storage is free aside all rumors and even gamers watch tv listen to music etc. x1 covers all that even fat azz couch potatoes who sit all in the tv playin games are ready 2 buy it so they dont even need look 4 a remote x1 nipped all previous issues w/xbox and 360 so hate on haterz mad cuz u dont even have 10 bucks a month lmao yall scavengers crack me up this debate is utterly hilarious

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Young one, thats what they want you to think but it dont be like it do

    Clap on! Clap off!

    How could anyone not want the xBox One? With it's new top of the line features not only can you turn it on with your voice, but you can turn it off too! With just an ease of a clap you surely won't even have to strain to get up to turn it on! No more exercise means more time for food! Hungry? No problem! xBox One will guarantee you Pizza at a grunt of the mouth! "uhhhgh" your way to a pizza delivery service where your xBox will not only call, order, and pay for your favorite pizza, but it will feed it to you! What's more? Have a heart attack? No Problem! With Kinect motion sensors if you have been still for an elongated period of 56 hours without a command for pizza, or clapping to turn your system on or off, your xBox One console will immediately dispatch clean up crews to clean your body and the disastrous basement you left behind for your mother! Still need more? xBox One guarantees safety of purchase! Unrecognized grunts will activate xBox 720, xBox One's "guard box". Complete with your favorite Call of Duty weapons you will most certainly "confirm your kill". Not only this but with convenient anti-game stealing devices, your nasty, thieving friends will have to pay before they "borrow" your games. Concludingly, the xBox One has the clear edge when compared to PS4, with it's top of the line clap recognition, pizza delivery service, and guard box with unmentioned features to come. Who knows? Maybe Microsoft will even equip an all exclusive "Neck beard trimmer" to keep that neck beard neat, shiny, and undesirable!

    re

    omg lol thank you for the good laugh :) but im still buying a PS4

    hey i want them both

    but i checked pricing and the ps4 is easier on my wallet.

    You suck

    You suck

    HaHa

    good luck to people that are going buy xbox one becuase you wont have any privacy

    re HaHa

    xbox1 will be the winner

    As far as my money goes. PS3 was a failure and if not for other sony products would be history. xbox has better online servers and a better connection via dedicated servers. PS fanboys are not real HC gamers. If they were i would not need to describe the importance of a better connection. Also dumb PS fans do not understand how much money developers lose when they sell one unit to go toward the next game yet game stop sells that same unit 60 times and makes 40 times the profit. you guys are cheap and settle for crap as long as its free. PS4 will do worse than PS3 and sony will pull back and drop prices like always bcause they know their fan base consists of cheap bastards. You guys suk eachother off on this blog anylonger someones likely to get pregnant.then dump the kid somewhere because it cost money to care for. dumb 4ss3s.

    If being hard-core means

    If being hard-core means typing, talking, and thinking like you - consider me a casual gamer then.If you favor the Xbox then have it, as you have every right to make that choice, but you just make yourself sound childish and ignorant with a post like the one you made. You cry about people on this forum "sucking each other off" yet you come in and do the exact same thing -

    PS4 is gonna do better

    The PS4 already is doing a better job than the ps3, sony did not make the same mistake this time around. Plus even with having to pay to play online, it is still cheaper than greedy microsoft who loved raising prices on xbox users.

    Dear Xbox one Fan boy.

    By the looks of it, your telling us that the Microsoft made their Xbox one $800 in price because they're in debt? You show no defensive argument in your statement so I must go ahead and rush in. What you said is a lie. Apparently you hadn't done any further research on your "Favorite" console producer, but I have. The Xbox one is not losing money but making more with the other products that they have. Microsoft seems to get more and more greedy with their money. It's also a shame how their windows 8 sucks donkey balls. Sony had done smart and well with their money which is WHY they're console is so cheap. A lot people don't have the money to even afford the $800 but if so, then i'm pretty sure spending another $240 (Yearly cost) online will be called "BIG TIME BOOTY" Sony is although doing great with their money which is again, why their console is so cheap. They don't just sell laptops and phones, but they sell a variety of products such as Cameras, TVs, and also movies for family entertainment. Now that I've dealt with a little brat like you, please play your Xbox 360 while it lasts because in Four months, the Next Gen. consoles will be out and you will be left with the selfish rich kids on Xbox one. Good day, Bradly Upper crust the III

    saa

    yeah sony did something good with their money but was in debt last year and SOLD their u.s.a HQ makes sense look it up it happened you dumb ass

    your an idiot

    your an idiot

    Really?

    If you're calling someone an idiot, but then use bad grammar in the process, maybe you should just sit on it. Your as in it belongs to him, you're is a contraction for you are. Get it strait.

    lol

    You mean get it straight. It's funny you correct him and then can't even spell straight right.

    SlimMerc: To Mr. No Brains

    Yeah you should just delete your comment, you sound like a complete retard that doesn't have any real knowledge of what you speak lol. The PS4 is murdering the X1 in sales, in hardware, in price, in policies and in LIFE! No Sony fanboy has left for a X1, but Xbox fans are leaving for a PS4. Every inch of X1 news is bad news. & as for Sony's pricing, there smart to have the lower price....more people can afford it! Go drown yourself kid.

    You are right about the

    You are right about the stats, but telling him to drown is too much.

    PS4. X box1

    Agree that guy is a F...ken retard...

    Well...

    Well that escalated quickly.

    Xbox one vs ps4 who really wins

    okay we all can agree ps3 destroyed xbox 360 butcome to grips that xbox one may be better it has the oculus rift it fixed the minor bugs and xbox good for you its voice activated it can take skype calls you can basically have conversations with it your system can get to know you they fixed the online thing they had going on but ps4 has a new controller thats pretty much it

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