The next generation gaming consoles are about to be released in the market which is generating a lot of excitement among gamers everywhere. Two of the gaming industry’s big players have recently announced the release of their next consoles. Microsoft was the first to reveal their Xbox One followed by Sony’s announcement of the PS4. Which one are you getting? Let’s first take a close look at these two machines.
In terms of design, the Xbox one is slightly larger than the PS4 and is 10 percent larger than the Xbox 360. Both consoles look quite similar to each other. They have angular shapes, come in black and combine a matte and glossy finish.
As far as specifications go, both gaming consoles are using powerful components.
Xbox One specs
- 8-core AMD CPU with 8GB of DDR3 RAM
- 500GB hard drive
- Blu-ray disc player
- Wireless Networking Connectivity
- HDMI in/out
- 3 USB 3.0 ports
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Kinect 1080p, HD Camera, captures at 30 fps with all-new active-infrared capabilities.
- 8-core Jaguar AMD CPU
- next-gen AMD Radeon based graphics engine (same level as the Radeon 7870)
- 8GB of GDDR5 RAM
- 500GB hard drive
- BD/ DVD drive (read only)
- Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port × 2
- HDMI out port
There is just a small hardware difference between both consoles. In terms of gaming they will undoubtedly have the same performance characteristics. One noticeable difference though is in the connectivity department where the Xbox One has an HDMI In/Out port while the PS4 only has an
HDMI Out port. This means that you won’t be able to use this as a media center in a way similar to the Xbox One.
To most people it’s the price that will ultimately determine on their purchase of a device. Microsoft has pegged the Xbox One with a price of $499 in the US while the PS4 comes $100 cheaper at $399.
This is where the PS4 beats the Xbox One hands down. Microsoft has announced that when you purchase a title you only own the license to the game and not the actual game itself. This restricts your ownership of the game and will affect your ability to sell or loan a game.
Sony on the other hand announced that consumers will retain the traditional way they own the games. The company also said that they will not restrict the buying and selling of used games on the PS4.
Another concern for gamers is that the Xbox One needs to connect to the Internet at least once every 24 hours in order for game to be played. The console will also collect data on your media preferences and send it to Microsoft.
The PS4 will not mine the data of its user and will not require an Internet connection to play games.
One common feature of both consoles is that they will not be backwards compatible so the present titles that you have won’t be playable.
Which console to get?
Analysts say that the PS4 edges the Xbox One in terms of graphical power and costs $100 less. The Xbox One on the other hand comes with a few extras such as a bundled Kinect as well as other media exclusives. In the end, it will be up to the consumer to decide which one to get.