Friday, July 5, 2013

Xbox One Vs The PlayStation 4

Newest releases of the gaming industry’s biggest players, Microsoft and Sony, are two consoles which have more in common than just similar release dates. Here we put these two major consoles on one plate and compare their features and specifications.

Firstly, the most obvious similarity is in the look. Both are black, with matte and glossy finishing and shapes like video recorders of the past. This makes both of them identical to PS2, the second release in the PS series. However, the size of the two vary by a mile. While the Xbox One is a large, masculine console which is likely to dominate the space under your TV, the PS4 is rather sleek and slim, with elegant edges but not as imposing as the Xbox One.

Under The Hood

If we go to consider what is inside the dark, elegant outer look, we would see eight-core processors with a frequency of 1.6GHz, custom AMD graphics processors, Blu-ray drives, and other specifications which both the consoles share with each other. However, there are some essential dissimilarities. The GPUs of these devices employ AMD's cutting-edge Graphics Core Next design, which is divided into working blocks known as Compute Units. The PS4 has 18 CUs generating 1.84 teraflops of processing power, while the Xbox has only 12 CUs; which, gives PS4 the edge as it means that Sony's machine has a 50% advantage in terms graphics.

It is considered one of the points where the PS4 takes the battle away. However, there are other design and technical elements at play which also determine a whole lot. Furthermore, where PS4 uses 8GB of GDDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 176GB/sec, the Xbox One comes with its 8GB of DDR3 RAM. GDDR5 memory is adjusted for high bandwidth, making it perfect for graphics intentions. It also has greater latency than DDR3 RAM but since PS4’s design seats the GPU and CPU on the same die, this difference between the two may be curtailed.

Camera Features

The Xbox One comes with the Kinect device upon purchase, which can tracks up to six people at once and handles smaller, darker rooms very effectively. Its 3D scanner can detect much subtler actions, and it can identify voices and faces. It also has a 1080p camera and can measure heart rate of the users. Meanwhile, the PlayStation Eye (PlayStation Camera) will come as an add-one, and works with the DualShock controller to track the player's movement in 3D space. It, too, allows motion-controlled play and contends with Kinect pretty strongly.


Moving on to the controllers, with its newly introduced DualShock 4, Sony offers a great change in terms of shape and features in its controller.  Sony has also added a speaker and an audio jack in their controller, along with the new Share button which will allow the users to be able to record their real time gameplay and upload it online for their friends to see. In contrast, the Xbox One controller has better-quality triggers that claim greater equivalent sensitivity. The d-pad is now cross-shaped and the sticks are more comfortable to use. There's a headset socket, too. Both controllers are a delight to use, and while the DualShock has more tricks, the Xbox One’s controller features smart ergonomics and an amazing gaming ease.

External Devices

Next we consider the external screens that these devices offer. This feature allows for portable devices like smartphones and tablets to be connected to the consoles and act as a second screen. This feature is essentially exactly the same, however, PS4’s compatibility extends as far as PS Vita, which is Sony’s latest portable gaming device.


After this, we approach the launch games. There are some games that both of these consoles offer upon launch. These include Assassin's Creed IV, Call of Duty Ghosts, Watch Dogs, Fifa 14, Madden 14 and Lego Marvel Super Heroes. However, both these devices also offer some exclusive games. Most notably, PS4 offers “DriveClub” and “Knack and Kill”, while Xbox offers Forza Motorsports 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, and others.

Backward Compatibility
Another important aspect for all the gamers out there is that of backward compatibility and other details regarding titles. Firstly, none of the two offer basic backward compatibility. However, it can be deemed possible that in the future, we can see old titles being offered to be downloaded via emulation and digital download. Microsoft has abandoned plans to control the sale of pre-owned titles, something it previously planned on adopting. Sony does no such thing, not before and not now, and allows for free exchange to happen.

Also, the devices have diverse video-on-demand support, containing numerous content partners. Xbox seems to be the one with the more ambitious offerings, permitting owners to store in their cable or satellite channels and control them via voice and gesture controls. Here, it acts as the game changer by offering this interesting service that its rival does not. Xbox One also makes way for instant movement between TV, video content and games, while premium TV content is amplified with exclusive social and gaming features. Also, both consoles have the ability and capacity to accommodate Blu-ray and support 4K output when that does not work out as planned.


XBox One retails at $499, PS4 at $399. The price difference may seem significant at once, however, it changes when we consider the fact that the PlayStation Eye won't be bundled with the console, unlike the Kinect with Xbox One. Both the next-generation consoles will charge an annual subscription for multiplayer gaming access, with PS4 also demanding a paid 'PS Plus' membership.

Making The Choice

This article explorers the similarities and differences that the two have with each other. What this article does is give you an insight into what these consoles are about and by no means, give you the ultimate winner. The choice depends on the user’s preferences. If you want pure gaming experience, with the best graphics humans can get their hands on, without much concern for other supplementary features and motion control play, you are better off with the Sony PS4. However, if you also want to experience the vast features that can come along the gaming experience and also care for the motion play, then you ought to go for Microsoft’s latest masterpiece. Henceforth, the right choice depends on what you want from your device and what you are prepared to pay for it.

Thinking About Overall Entertainment

These are not just gaming consoles. The increasingly demanding requirements of today has evolved these consoles from being able to only run games to being able to function as a fully-fledged computer. They can now run internet, windows’ features, and what not. They have, overtime, transformed into power-packed devices, which is something that has become an essential part of our daily lives. Now we do not even have to pick up the controller or manually turn on the console. All of that is available through voice and gesture controls. As astounding achievement for a specie which strives to be better every single day. What the future holds in this industry is unknown but we can certainly expect to be surprised every single time. 

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