Xbox One Vs PS4

December 1, 2013 in Gaming by bbadmin


With Christmas fast approaching and the shopping season in full swing we take a look at two competing gifts sure to be at the top of lots of Christmas wish lists – the new Xbox One and the Playstation 4. Each console will have its own supporters from the 360 and PS3, but if you’re sat on the fence, which console should you go for?

Playstation 4 Review

The new Playstation has been completely redesigned, both inside and out… including a new Dualshock controller with built in touchpad. One of the biggest changes has been the move to a more mainstream processor. Developers never quite accepted the PS3s processor, so in comes a powerful 8 core ship from AMD. So we are left with a very powerful gaming machine, with an improved controller. The PS4 is all about the gaming experience.

PS4 Remote Play

The new Playstation’s unique feature could be enough to sway those unconvinced by the Xbox – Remote Play. This feature enables you to play PS4 games on you handheld PS Vita. The idea is a stroke of genius, but it practice the streaming experience suffers badly from lag; and the problem gets worse the further away you move. It’s a nice idea, but definitely needs some work.

Dualshock 4 Controller

As mentioned earlier there have been improvements to the controller. It remains true to the old design, but with improved ergonomics and the addition of a couple of very interesting features. The touchpad gives a new element to control games. Developers should have some fun integrating this into gameplay. There’s also a built in speaker, which again adds another element to gameplay. For example in Killzone it plays audio logs.

To compete with the Xbox’s Kinnect, the PS4 has the Playstation Camera (bought separately). This brings facial recognition software and voice controls. The facial recognition works exceptionally well, but this device is no match for the Kinnect.

The Bear Bottom

The PS4 is designed for one purpose only – gaming. The design is simple, but effective. Unfortunately the games have so far been uninspiring. The home menu is also very disappointing, as is the Playstation Camera and Remote Play, but I would expect these features to be enhanced and updated in the coming months. One area the PS4 wins hands down is on price, coming in at over £100 cheaper than the Xbox.

Xbox One Review

Sony went for a pure gaming console, Microsoft, on the other hand, want their device to be the focal point of your entertainment systems.  They have also gone for an AMD 8 core processor, updated graphics card and updated controller. However they are aiming for a total entertainment machine, which allows you to use the impressive voice control features to control other devices.

Xbox One Connectivity

Microsoft has already released their SmartGlass app to link you Xbox to your tablet or smartphone. With Xbox One this feature has gone from strength to strength, including functions such as being able to control your apps remotely, pre-load movie purchases, participate in multiplayer games and reply to messages using your device’s touch keyboard are fantastic.

Controlling the Xbox One

Externally there is little change in the new controller, other than some very minor improvements to the button positioning. There have been some very minor improvements in other areas, including individual rumble motors for each trigger.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature has been the development of the Kinnect – which now comes included with the console and goes someway to making up for the price difference from the PS4. Voice commands work as it should and the motion sensor is very precise. Developers have also started to make more of an effort to incorporate these features into gameplay. For example in Dead Rising 3 you can call out to support commands to allies.

The Bear Bottom

Microsoft is positioning their console as a complete multimedia device. It is still very much a gaming console, and has a very strong line-up of titles. One of the biggest drawbacks though remains the price. There are also many reluctant to forgive Microsoft for attempting to restrict the sale of used games and requiring the device to be connected to the internet.

So Which One is Better?

When it comes to choosing between the systems it all comes down to personal choice. It all depends on what you are looking for.

If you just want a gaming console then save your money and go for the PS4. At the moment the Xbox has the better games, but the Playstation will soon catch up, and in the years to come it will offer more hours of gaming fun. On the other hand if you want a more wide ranging device for whole family entertainment, then the Xbox One does have some fantastic features.

Choosing just based on the games is always going to be tough, but will depend largely on whether you prefer the Playstation or the Xbox exclusives. It is very early in the lives of the consoles and you never know if one of them will pull out an exclusive title in the near future that is something special.

As for me I am going for the Playstation 4. The price is a factor, as are Microsoft’s misguided “always online” plan; or perhaps it’s just after years of Xbox ownership I need a change.