Playstation 4 and Xbox One have been each other’s arch rivals ever since their last games consoles were released six years ago. This year both companies released their new video game consoles on similar dates to even out competition and entice potential buyers with their unique features. While PS4 and XBox One are very similar pieces of hardware, the video games consoles excel at various features which entice different types of gamers. To settle the age-old question of which video game console is better, here is a deeper look into the various features of the video game consoles.
In terms of graphics, PS4 excels in this field as there is a noticeable difference when playing specific video games on the two consoles. For example, Call of Duty Ghosts only runs at a 720p resolution on Xbox One, but it runs at a full 1080p on PS4. The same goes for games such as Assassin’s Creed IV, Black Flag and Battlefield 4, but the resolution difference is not as prominent compared to Call of Duty. If graphics are a top priority for a gamer, experts recommend buying the PS4 over Xbox One.
The deciding factor also depends on the type of video games. Certain video games are only available on Xbox and will never be available on PS4, such as Halo and and Titanfall. If the gamer prefers first-person shooter games, Xbox One would be an ideal choice for them. On the other hand, if the gamer prefers Japanese games, PS4 would be a better choice for them, since PS4 is a Japanese company and the system will be compatible with the most exclusive games from Japan.
In terms of price, Xbox One costs $499.99 and PS4 only costs $399.99. Other than the $100 dollar price difference, Xbox One also has another hidden cost, as most of its features are locked behind a $60 per year Xbox Live Gold paywall. These features include the TV guide, the Game DVR feature and even online multiplayer gameplay. While PS4 offers free games the moment you turn on the device, Xbox does not offer any free games and requires an additional paid subscription.