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.

    Don't upset Francis:

    PS4 is second to none...
    Original Article by - Blaine Smith
    Article Updated by Bradley Ramsey 8/17/16

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    Missing a few things

    Yes, Xbox One can do all of those great things but none of them contribute to the actual reason why it's called a "video game" console. Sony actually contributed to the overall gameplay of their console by designing a controller that is far more interactive. Xbox One has done nothing to improve their gameplay and their controller still uses disposable batteries. That seems more important in a gaming console than having the ability to tell it when you want it to power down or skyping in the middle of an intense Call of duty match(Which I'm pretty sure no gamer actually wants to do). Ps4 is truly the better console, because they stuck to the original functions of a gaming console and found new ways to play games.

    Order Now

    Im preordering my PS4 today! I looked at both because I have a XBOX and a PS3 right now already. I do prefer the PS3 over Xbox currently but for whats to offer right now it will be PS4 for me.

    ps4 will be winner by game of new [god of war]

    playstation4 will be only game that win world record because playstion4 game made by sony computer entertainment company will make for her ps4 personally games like[god of war][unchated][heavy rain]end etc.that xbox company can't make that kind games {that is one afghan idea aboute games.

    Did you know..

    Nintendo worked with Sony to make a add on for the SNES (might not, can't remember), which happened to turn into the Playstation after the deal was canceled? Just wanted to throw that in there, anyways, if Sony and Microsoft were to work together, the results would probably turn out very... interesting. I would honestly just like to see them combine their controllers.


    I want both but i heard that the x1 is going to be backwards compatible. So x1 for now got lots of xbox 360 games


    I was planning to switch from the Xbox to the PS4, fearing privacy issues from the camera as well as the sharing issues. Now I see that PS4 also has a camera. How will Sony assure me that it is respecting and safeguarding my privacy?

    well . . .

    the ps4 doesn't come with the camera like the xbox one does. It's an accessory, not a requirement.

    Free Is Free?

    People say that free is always better, but that is not always true. When things are free they more often then not tend to have a reason for being free. The question is not if free is better, but the real question is weather or not the payed for version is good enough to actually be worth paying for. Does the cost match up with the benefit, or are you paying a lot more for a little bit of change.

    What will you choose

    PS4= 400$ x1= 600?? plus almost 250 dollars for online??

    PS4 Please..

    I've always been a Playstation person, therefore I maybe biased. However, every Xbox fan seems to be angry and overcompensating for the lack of ability of the Xbox 1. Everyone has admitted that PS4 whiped the floor at E3, and thus a lot of 'hardcore' Xbox fans are turning to the light of Sony. But both are great consoles none the less, but Playstation, for me will always be the way. Apparently a lot of old Xbox gamers agree!

    X-box vs. PS

    I own both the 360 and a ps3. My preference is the 360 based on the controller alone. Wich is why I pre ordered the XBOX. Any one who has done their home work has figured out that the ps3 and the 360 was to close to call as will the next gen will be. To those who argue wich is better is basing it on there preference.

    your right

    HI i understand you wish ps4 came out earrly

    this is true and i owned both

    this is true and i owned both consoles and liked them for different reasons-again i think the new consoles will be the same,each having strengths and weaknesses. but i played them for games such as halo, gears of war and uncharted. but i liked both consoles equally well

    PS4 is better

    ps4 is going to be better i have a pt3 but it broke but it has hd i know its going to win iM. Have a xbox 360 its ok it crach but who cares i will get the ps4 when it comes out.

    More of the same!

    PS3 on all accounts was mostly purchased for the blue-ray which at release you might as well have a game system too. Ps4-Xbox1 is a toss up some will come for the titles they love that only exist on a particular system. The price is different because Sony will not auto package the move which was a huge failure! Xbox 360 killed the active gaming originated by Nintendo taking away all controllers. That is the price difference. If I want to play Madden maybe the controller on the ps is better but other games not so sure. Actually Sony is switching processors because it was a pain to program for cell . Programmers have said they code for 360 then port back because it is so complicated. I would play either system but at the end if the day only the accountants for the respective companies will know who made more money. Microsoft has to do well with the huge failures of Win8 and Surface selling less than a million copies. If either company wants to survive then they better stop talking to the egg heads and start talking to real everyday users because Sony like Microsoft has laid some product eggs..

    yo mumma

    no dont get it go back to school kid

    yo mumma

    ps4 is bad at call of duty you all need to get some friends and 1V1 me kids

    Not sure what to think

    I am really confused about the market I own a PC, Xbox, WII and I have brought 3 PlayStations and all of them have been stolen. I liked using the PlayStation and WII because you turn them on and start playing with no problems. I never use the Xbox, because it makes me angry and I feel have been cheated. What made the Xbox unusable was the lag from the controllers and the Kinect often failed to work properly. Often when I start the Xbox it says there is an update available would you like to update, 1 hour later I am still not playing a game. I hate having to navigate the menus to find something. But what really bugged me is having to rent access to the Microsoft network to use many of the features of the Xbox. I decided to start the Xbox when I started writing this, I got the legendary update screen, then had to add additional security emails and phone numbers and 2 hours later the update is sorted and I can use the Xbox but the time I had to play a game was over 40 minutes ago. I wonder what the point of consoles is, any person can build a pc that will outperform the consoles on all fronts, the only reason consoles got a market share is that they were simple to use just plug a cartridge into them and start playing, later it was a cd. New consoles come with social media, word processing, email, cameras, voice recognition, movies and movement sensor and the difference between the console and the pc is a mouse and keyboard. It would seem the marketers know this so now they withhold releasing games on various platforms so the only way you can play some games is to purchase a certain console. To me the concept of developing a game and then restricting who can purchase it to a console is bad economics to the game developers and reduces sales. I went out to buy the PS4 today but was told I had to wait 4 months for it to be delivered but you have to pay us now. Not going to happen, but the Xbox 1 I can buy now and take it home but I won’t because I hate using it.

    PS4 has always been my choice

    The console wars help us all so I appreciate that but PS4 will always be my number one.