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Xbox One vs PS4: Which is the best console?

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Xbox One vs PS4: We take a look at Microsoft and Sony's flagship consoles and see how the price, specs, features, games, accessories and more compare to see which console is worth your money.

2017 is set to be a huge year for console gamers, with hardware taking a huge leap forward, particularly in the Xbox family. Last year we saw the launch of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S, two new hardware iterations that improved upon the 2013 originals with a range of cool new features.

The PS4 Pro is a solid upgrade over the PS4, capable of upscaling specific games to 4K using a sophisticated checkerboarding technique. It can also enhance performance using the newly implemented Boost Mode with increased frame rates across multiple titles.

Xbox One S, on the other hand, is a smaller, more refined machine complete with a 4K Blu-ray player and HDR support. These are impressive machines, yet both may pale in comparison to Xbox Project Scorpio when it launches later this year.

Watch: PS4 Pro vs Xbox One S

The arrival of the Xbox One S changes the game somewhat. It's essentially the machine the Xbox One should have been at launch. It's smaller, more attractive and comes with some serious benefits, such as 4K video playback, support for HDR TVs.

There are plenty of reasons to pick up either console depending on your personal preferences. PS4 tends to offer superior performance over Xbox One when it comes to third-party games. Xbox One owners have access to a library of IP not found anywhere else. Halo, Gears of War, Forza and more will forever be at home on Microsoft’s system.

Sony has its own set of exclusive games which won't be available on the Xbox One. Uncharted, Gran Turismo Sport, God of War, Death Stranding, Persona 5, Street Fighter V and The Last Guardian to name just a few.

Based on Windows 10, Xbox One's unique interface – which aims to bring together a multitude of media connections into a single channel – is also worth taking into account if you want a console which is the centre of your entertainment world.

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In this article we will explore the price differences, exclusive games, design and the all-important controllers.

PS4 vs Xbox One Price: How much do they cost?

These days, it’s easy to find both consoles at a bargain price bundled with a couple of games and a sizeable hard drive.

The Xbox One currently retails at £299.99, but you’ll rarely need to pay that much for the console. Since the release of the Xbox One S, the price of the original console has tumbled even further, with many bundles now available for £200 or so. Of course, those looking for a beefier hard drive and few games will have to fork out a little extra.

PS4 Slim, which is now the standard model going forward, retails for £249 with a 500GB hard drive as standard. As is the case with Xbox One, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding bundles that throw in a couple of games. Larger memory variants can also be found, or you could upgrade the PS4 hard drive yourself.

View now: PS4 Slim at Amazon

Related: PS4 Pro vs PS4

PS4 Pro is a little more pricey, currently sitting at £349 with a 1TB hard drive. The console itself is twice as powerful, so a £100 premium isn’t bad at all. Unfortunately, stock at most retailers has been intermittent at best since launch, so you might need to shop around.

Xbox One S is naturally more expensive than the original model, with the limited edition 2TB version (now entirely sold out, according to Microsoft) costing £349.99. The 500GB and 1TB models are noticeably cheaper, costing £249.99 and £299.99 respectively.

View now: Xbox One S at Amazon

PS4 vs Xbox One: Specs

When comparing all four consoles there are plenty of differences to take into account. To make things easier, we’ve compiled them into a single table:

PS4Xbox OnePS4 ProXbox One S
CPU1.6GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar1.75GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU2.1GHz 8-Core AMD Jaguar1.75 GHz 8-Core AMD Custom CPU
GPU1.84 TFLOP AMD RadeonIntegrated AMD graphics clocked at 853MHz4.2 TFLOP AMD RadeonIntegrated AMD Graphics clocked at 914MHz
Memory8GB GDDR58GB DDR38GB GDDR5 1GB8GB DDR3
HDRYesNo YesYes
4KNoNoYesStreaming content only, gaming upscaled
Storage500GB & 1TB (upgradeable)500GB & 1TB (supports external1TB Hard Drive500GB/1TB/2TB
USB2 x USB 3.13 x USB 3.03 x USB 3.13 x USB 3.0
Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz)Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi A/B/G/N 2.4GHz and 5GHz802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz)Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi A/B/G/N/AC 2.4GHz and 5GHz
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One: Dimensions

We could go into the ins and out of the differences between the designs of the PS4 and Xbox One, but if you're the type of person that loves a snazzy looking piece of kit on your shelf, here's what you need to know:

The original Xbox One is a lot larger than the PS4, measuring up at 7.9 x 27.4 x 33.3cm compared to the PS4’s 5.3 x 27.5 x 30.5cm dimensions.

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PS4 vs Xbox One – Controllers

Before we go into any major detail, check out the two controllers in all their splendour below:

Both bear the genetic material of their forebears, but the DualShock 4 feels like more of a change. Microsoft has stuck with what worked so well in the Xbox 360 controller, and as such the Xbox One pad is more of a tweak than a full redesign.

There are two main changes. The Xbox One pad has rumble motors built into the triggers to give greater feedback when, for example, shooting guns. But those rumble triggers easily make the Xbox One the better console to play racing games on – sorry, DriveClub and Gran Turismo Sport.

Microsoft has also made huge improvements to the D-pad. The mushy Xbox 360 D-pad has been switched for one more clicky and responsive, and already works wonders on the likes of Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat X.

Sadly, the Xbox One controller still requires a pair of AA batteries as standard, rather than being rechargeable like the PS4's DualShock 4. You'll probably want to buy the Play and Charge kit separately for each controller for £19 a go.

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However, if you do stick to AA batteries, you'll definitely see your Xbox One controller pack a longer play time than the PS4 controller, which requires regular charging via micro-usb.

The DualShock 4's changes are more marked. It's chunkier than the previous DualShock controllers and a lot heavier too, giving a firmer feel than the last-gen DualShock 3 pad.

After all that, have we really found a victor? Not as such. If you loved the Xbox 360 pad, you'll probably prefer the Xbox One controller. However, the DualShock 4 has a robust feel that previous PlayStation pads simply haven't had.

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There’s also the Xbox One Elite Controller to consider, which is available now – albeit in limited quantities. If you’re willing to pay the staggering £120 you can get yourself this customisable controller. It’s just perfect for those looking to get a more professional gaming experience from a pad.

Swappable D-pad and analogue sticks, Hair Trigger Locks, interchangeable rear paddles and a rubberised diamond grip and customisable inputs thanks to a companion app for Xbox One and PC; you pretty much couldn’t want any more from a controller.

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Xbox One and PS4 controllers

To make your purchasing choice even more difficult, it's worth mentioning that the revised Xbox One S controller brings improvements to the table, too. It boasts a new textured grip, swappable covers, an extended operational range and Bluetooth built-in, which means you can use it with your PC.

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PS4 vs Xbox One – Exclusive Games

Each console has amassed a hugely impressive library of games since November 2013, many of which you can’t play anywhere else. The best selection is down to your personal taste, with each company hosting a variety of essential first-party talent.

We’ve put together some of our favourites below, all of which are worth checking out.

Best PS4 Games | Best Xbox One Games

Best PS4 exclusives

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Nathan Drake’s swansong is an utterly captivating adventure that tells a heartfelt story while thrusting you through a series of explosive set-pieces.

The Last of Us Remastered - Yet another masterpiece by Naughty Dog, Joel and Ellie’s post-apocalyptic tale sets a new benchmark in gaming storytelling that isn’t to be missed.

The Last Guardian - After ten years of waiting The Last Guardian is finally here. Team Ico’s latest effort is a beautiful tale of companionship propelled by its mystifying world.

Bloodborne - This could be From Software’s finest work yet, transcending the masterful Dark Souls with a dark, gothic setting and truly brutal combat.

Yakuza 0 - This hugely underrated series features varied combat, hysterical minigames and a genuinely compelling narrative based on the Japanese Mafia.

Ratchet and Clank - Acting as a complete remake of the original platformer, this is easily one of the best-looking titles on PS4. It’s also a lot of fun!

Best Xbox One exclusives

Gears of War 4 - Marcus Fenix is back with all new characters and enemies in Gears 4. The gruesome mixture of cover-based movement and melodic shooting is arguably better than ever.

Halo 5: Guardians - 343 Industries has done an excellent job with The Reclaimer Trilogy thus far, with Guardians acting as solid middle chapter in Master Chief’s journey.

Ori and the Blind Forest - This gorgeous platformer will make you cry like a baby and scream in frustration with its touching story and challenging gameplay.

Rare Replay - Compiling over 30 games from the legendary developer, Rare Replay is a nostalgic trip well worth taking. I mean, who can say no to Viva Pinata?

Forza Horizon 3 - One of the finest racers of this generation, Horizon 3 is absolutely packed with hundreds of cars, events and a blistering open world to explore.

Quantum Break - This time travelling shooter boasts some commendable star power alongside its range of time-bending abilities.

Upcoming PS4 Games | Upcoming Xbox One Games

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One - Conclusion

PS4 is a multi-faceted console with plenty of unique features and a bustling library of worthwhile exclusives. Players looking for expansive JRPGs and niche experiences will find so much to love PS4, as well as gaining the upper hand in performance with the majority of third-party titles. PS4 Pro has come into its own since its release, offering benefits beyond its 4K upscaling with its newly introduced Boost Mode. PlayStation VR is the cherry-on-top for PS4 owners, so long as you’re willing to invest in the fancy new peripheral.

Xbox One is also a brilliant option to consider, boasting the likes of Halo, Forza and Gears of War under its blockbuster umbrella. Ever since Phil Spencer took charge of the brand we’ve seen the focus shift towards games, despite the cancellation of high-profile exclusives like Scalebound. You also have Xbox Play Anywhere, a service that gives you 2 digital games for the price of one across Xbox One and Windows 10. The recent release of Xbox One S will more than certainly keep us entertained until the arrival of Project Scorpio later this year.

Which console is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

bubgub

May 21, 2013, 6:31 pm

I think the PS4 is my console this generation, it seems much more focused on gaming as opposed to a multi purpose device...however, I'm looking forward to see what the Xbox one exclusive games will be

Troy Oliver

May 21, 2013, 6:46 pm

Same. There are supposed to be 15 within the first year of it's release. I like sony, but microsoft is monopolizing all that is entertainment. They have an entertainment console not a game console, but it seems like that's where technology is headed, and what people want

sean

May 21, 2013, 6:54 pm

xbox one win it for me focused on gaming and entertainment

justd80010

May 21, 2013, 6:54 pm

Looks like games are a wash and Xbox does more - like allowing you to game and order a pizza online, or play a game and watch a game... Not sure, at the same price, that's a good position for Sony. They would have to be clearly superior at games to pull gamers away from Xbox. As it is Xbox looks to maintain gamer interest and appeal to non-gamers and casual gamers as well.

Still

May 21, 2013, 6:58 pm

"Xbox One – Comparable to Radeon HD 7000-series, 8GB GDDR5 RAM
PS4 - Comparable to Radeon HD 7000-series, 8GB DDR3 RAM

However, we do know that they use different types of RAM. The Xbox One uses DDR3 RAM, the Sony PS4 GDDR5 RAM. "
Uhhh, wrote it opposite?

Troy Oliver

May 21, 2013, 6:59 pm

Couldn't have said it better myself. This new Xbox is more of an "everybody console' than the Wii and the ps3 combined in my opinion.

Jeffrey McLaurin

May 21, 2013, 7:06 pm

You effed up your sub-title on the RAM. You have them flipped. Xbox has 3GB PS4 has 8GB

Graham F

May 21, 2013, 7:14 pm

You got the specs totally wrong lol... ps4 is the one with gddr5. And you just made up the xbox stuff.

andyvan

May 21, 2013, 7:15 pm

Yup apologies. We're fixing this now.

Richard MacTough

May 21, 2013, 7:30 pm

$15 dollars a month for xbox live for the cheaper system? microsoft you are assholes. How much will a year membership cost?

TheDeathStarsKeyFob

May 21, 2013, 7:34 pm

Sony seem more geared to gamers with their new console and the Xbox seems to do lots of things besides gaming. But for me a console is for gaming, i'm sick of these add on's of smart glass, watching movies, using the internet, watching tv....I do all that already and want to just game!!
PS4 gets my money, plus that XBox looks like a freeky video recorder from the 80's

oandroido

May 21, 2013, 7:41 pm

Gamestop FTW.

Gavin

May 21, 2013, 7:45 pm

Has Microsoft had it's head in the sand the past few years, technical attributes aside it's the worst designed piece of tech since the Betamax Video Recorder, everything, phones, tablets, netbooks, laptops, TV's, are all getting slimmer, carbon fibre, aluminium, I simply cannot believe they expect us to be proud to have a black brick on our entertainment stand, I'm gutted, here's hoping that Sony have spent more than a dollar / pound / euro / yen, on the design aspect of their console.

Guest

May 21, 2013, 7:49 pm

PS4 is my console second son is my game, but i think XBOX looks to ugly for my living room and i need a console for just social and gaming not some stupid entertainment i already have a sky box microsoft are just trying to make money off it, i mean no one is lazy enough to use voice control PS4 for me is the winner of this generation because of their focus on gameplay, gaming and social

jimmy

May 21, 2013, 7:50 pm

I agree PS4 is focused on Gameplay

redraider2011

May 21, 2013, 7:59 pm

Xbox uses a custom designed CPU from IBM not AMD like PS4.

josh

May 21, 2013, 7:59 pm

I think the xbox one love xbox live :)

SenseMaker

May 21, 2013, 8:05 pm

PS4 is better and will dominate global sales.

But, due to the American peoples protectionism, PS4 will come second to the American company's system in America, which, and let's be honest, is simply childish and goes totally against progression (developers will yet again be restrained by the Xbox's shortcomings).

If you can, then please buy both. However, if you cannot afford both then PS4 should be your first choice even if you are American.

So, Americans, prove you are not ignorant bullies who are stifling the development of the worlds' gaming community by flocking like sheep to the American company's system, and buy a PS4 first!

inkub69

May 21, 2013, 8:22 pm

i'm interested only which one have got free online gaming. i suppose it is ps4, so the ps4 is a winer. i was pay for xbox live 4 years to play online and this is enough, never again. now i play using ps3 and i'm happy. xbox 360 is more powerfull but ps3 have free online gaming.

Erick Usher

May 21, 2013, 8:32 pm

nahh yall xbox won this one to me...for the first time they focused on gaming and entertainment..they are coming out with 15 new exclusives, 8 of them are gonna be new franchises exclusive on the xbox..cmon

Omer

May 21, 2013, 8:36 pm

actually it's correct, the ps4 has 8 gb gddr5

Elliott

May 21, 2013, 8:45 pm

I think the PS4 looks like the better console, hands-down! I know what I'll be buying... Playstation 4 100%

Wesley Valdyke

May 21, 2013, 9:04 pm

False http://www.xbox.com/en-US/x...

Wesley Valdyke

May 21, 2013, 9:06 pm

Agreed, they haven't released any absolutely specific details yet...
This is basically it: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/x...

Car Audio-Outlet

May 21, 2013, 9:10 pm

Xbox also has 32MB of EDRAM - much faster than GDDR5. And the OBAN Blitter chipset.

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