The Console Wars. Image courtesy of www.chimerarevo.com

The Console Wars. Image courtesy of www.chimerarevo.com

There have been many rivalries in history, Ali, Vs Frazier, Hagler Vs Hearns, Germany Vs England, Batman and the Joker The United States v’s Russia, He-man v’s Skeletor, G.I. Joe Vs Cobra, The Smurfs v’s Gargamel, Star Wars fanboys Vs Star Trek die hard fans. For gaming consoles, Playstation and Xbox do not have the same ring to it as compared to the bitter rivalries mentioned earlier, but loyal fan boys of the two consoles have demonstrated similar levels of hype and aggression when it comes to defending their prized consoles.

Since the launch of Xbox One and Playstation 4 last November of 2013, the next generation of video game consoles have surpassed a combined sales number of 10 million without a solid winner. Sony and Microsoft have claimed that their new consoles have the advantage in powering gamers through the next decade. 6 months have passed, the numbers are in, games have been launched, but if you’re planning to buy a gaming console, whose side will you be?  The Xbox One is viewed as the console media hub that combines television, video streaming, movies, games and other computer features like Skype into a single device which is much set up as a gaming rig could be. The Sony Playstation 4 is for playing video games first, then video streaming and watching DVds and any other things that is capable of. As often happens the debate between right and wrong are subjective determinations, but in most cases, simpler is sometimes better. I have tried both consoles for a whole month and played with each of them for two weeks for each. I was lucky that I have two friends that own an Xbox and Playstation respectively, and they allowed me to go to their place every day to review and check out the console. The deal is that I have to bring food and beer while they let me use their console for 4 hours each day. Plus, I was able to get their views about their beloved consoles.  I’m not that much into gaming consoles, but I can tell that I enjoyed every minute of it. Let’s try to dissect the differences between the two consoles and then you decide which console will fit your gaming needs.

Design. The dimension of the Xbox measures 13.5 inches x 10.4 inch x3. 2 inches, making a bulky machine. It also

The Sony Playstation 4 with DualShock controller and Playstation camera. Image courtesy of us.playstation.com

The Sony Playstation 4 with DualShock controller and Playstation camera. Image courtesy of us.playstation.com

features many vents to prevent machine from overheating and getting a ring of death. Xbox weighs in at 3.56 kg.  The playstation has a more distinct angular shape with an overly stylish design. The console measures 10.8 inches x 12 inches x 2inches which makes it a slimmer with a half gloss and half matte finish. The slimmer dimension makes the playstation more space friendly. The PS4 weighs in at 2.75 kg.

Ports. The PS4 has cleverly hidden ports, although this can make it harder to plug cables into the back of the machine. Xboxon the other hand have good access to these ports, thus it makes it more functional. The PS4 has ports for a gigabit ethernet and 802.11 WiFi bands b/g/n, while the Xbox has all of these ports plus an 802.11a band. Both consoles have 500GB hard drives, but the PS4 is the one that offers replaceable internal drives. For the Xbox, it will void the warranty if the internal hard drive is replaced, but the users can add external  storage to their system. The two consoles do not have remarkable characteristics in the front face. There is a DVD/Blu-ray combo drive to the left either mated logos to the right. The Xbnox one has 2 USB ports at the back while the PS4 has a pair of USB ports between its halves where the disc drive is located. PS4 rear ports include HDMI out, Ethernet, S/PDIF and PS4 camera port. Xbox includes IR blaster Connections for TV connection or satellite box, HDMI.

Playstation 4 and Xbox One system comparison. image courtesy of www.electronicproducts.com

Playstation 4 and Xbox One system comparison. image courtesy of www.electronicproducts.com

Processor Power. AMD is the processor of choice for both systems. Xbox has a custom 8-core 1.75GHz CPU. The PS4 has a 1.6GHz, 8-core CPU with an x86 base architecture. The PS4 has a 1.84 teraflop GPU  that is based on the popular AMD Radeon technology. Xbox one graphic has a 1.31 teraflops also with an AMD Radeon GPU. With this PS4 has more room for faster graphics rendering as compared to Xbox one. I can honestly say that with the different architectures and operating systems, directly comparing and benchmarking the two consoles is quite impossible. They are almost similar that I can’t just say who is better based on specs. Different games will run  on different settings between different systems so I can say that it’s a draw on specs.

Controls.  You need to have a good controller to get the feel of gaming. It should also possess good ergonomics to make it easier to play longer. I can say that both consoles have excellent game controllers. The Xbox one controller is an updated version of the Xbox 360 with a rounder feel with the trigger buttons offering individual force feedback. It has a nice tactile feel to it. The PS4s DualShock is a complete overhaul of the DualShock 3. The analog controllers  feel much better, the triggers are more responsive and the overall feel of its controller is like it is made for the human hand naturally. It  also features built in speakers and touchpad  in the middle. The only minor gripe that I see with the controller is the light bar which cannot be denied. It sometimes reflects on the screen and will give an irritating glare. Both controllers, Xbox One and the DualShock 4 are comfortable and plays very well, but PS4s controller will get a point for me.

The Microsoft One Xbox One, controller and Kinect. Image courtesy of www.trustedreviews.com

The Microsoft One Xbox One, controller and Kinect. Image courtesy of www.trustedreviews.com

Price. The PS4 is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One which can tip your favor into Sony. But this will depend on your gaming preferences, but you can see the actual saving by getting a Playstation 4 over Xbox One. Both consoles offer a premium subscription to  their own online services. For Xbox, you can get a year of Xbox Live Gold for $60 and from Plastation users, you can get a one year subscription of of PS Plus for $50. The premium services are required for online multiplayer gaming. Xbox One needs to have Live Gold to access the online media services while PS4 can run Netflix, Hulu Plus and other apps without the required PS plus membership. So again less expense  for PS4 with more

online features.

Games Since both consoles are less than a year old, it means that both will be dealt with launch lineup. Each system offers a handful of excellent games, but the best titles will surely come out with a year or two years and we can expect the best titles to be cross-platforms.

Camera.  The Xbox One includes the Kinect that provides facial recognition and voice control to the system in addition to motion control. PS4 does not include a camera upon purchase but an optional Playstation camera has similar functions as Kinect. The PS4s voice control are not that flexible as proven by my friend and me as compared to Kinect. Xbox One is also the console that can use Skype thus I think you may need to think about spending an extra $60 on the PS4 camera.

Call Of Duty: Ghost graphics comparison between the Xbox One and Playstation 4. image courtesy of www.gamespot.com

Call Of Duty: Ghost graphics comparison between the Xbox One and Playstation 4. image courtesy of www.gamespot.com

Graphics.  The comparison of graphics playing multi console games like the Metal Gear Solid 5 gave me and my friends best comparison between the two. We have agreed that PS4 have clearer graphics specifically on the distant textures and the moving objects appear more more softer and fluid as compared to the identical Xbox visuals. We agreed that the 1080 resolution at 30-60 fps for PS$ definitely is ahead with the Xboxs 720 to 900 resolution at 30-60 fps. The Sony Playstation 4 has an edge when it comes to price and the best controller  between the two.

The Xbox One is ahead when it comes to media features if you don’t mind paying  $100 more for the console and $60/year for the Xbox Live gold subscription. I can say that the PS4 is a pure gaming system and the Xbox is a media hub that ups the ante on gaming consoles. I am more of a PC gamer, but if I were to purchase my first gaming console II would go to the Playstation 4 because of the price, better controller and the games that will come out in the coming months. Plus the graphics are more clear. Then again the biggest determining factor will be the games that you ant to play and which platform will release it. Lucky for me, two of my friends own an  Xbox One and Playstation 4, so no hard decisions for me. Game on player!

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Jon specialises in research and content creation for content marketing campaigns. He’s worked on campaigns for some of Australia's largest brands including across Technology, Cloud Computing, Renewable energy and Corporate event management. He’s an avid scooterist and musician.