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Microsoft Xbox One vs Sony PS 4: Gaming consoles smackdown – PC

The crush of die-hard gamer usually resides on consoles. Here we are comparing the two flagship gaming consoles – Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4, to see which is one is better and why. Both the consoles go head to head with each other and makes it complicated to pick one.

Design and Features

Gone are the days of boxy oval-shaped consoles, the new generation consoles are sleek and edgy. The Xbox One measures 13.5 x 10.4 x 3.2 inches, with several air vents to prevent overheating. It is a little boxy and towers over all other consoles, but it’s not something one would complain about. The Xbox One weighs approximately 3.56 kg.

While the PS4 is significantly slimmer, measuring 10.8 x 12 x 2 inches. It looks sleek and has angular edges strategically designed to improve overall appearance. It is lighter in weight as compared to the Xbox One, weighing only 2.75 kg.

The Xbox One offers WiFi connectivity through 802.11 WiFi bands b/g/n, along with the earlier 802.11 a band. It also provides the Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for wired connections. Xbox One users get the option to choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels offered by most of the routers and access points. The 5 GHz clears out the interference to a great extent.

PS4, on the other hand, provides the same 802.11 WiFi bands b/g/n but lacks the support for the old 802.11 a band. Ethernet connectivity is also available in this with excellent placement of ports. The WiFi channel in PS4 is limited to 2.4 GHz, which lets the users down, as the channel is more prone to interference.

Both the consoles have a 500 GB storage drive, but PS4 has the added advantage as it allows user-replaceable internal drives, while the Xbox drive if replaced, voids the warranty of the device. Xbox One users can extend their storage by external drives of 256 GB or more capacity, connecting through a USB 3.0 port.

A Blu-ray/DVD combo drive is standard on both the consoles, with Xbox One offering HDMI in, HDMI out, S/PDIF (digital audio), a proprietary Xbox One Kinect port, an IR blaster connection and an Ethernet port. Whereas Sony chooses to maintain simplicity with PS4’s port offerings, with the choices of only single HDMI out, S/PDIF, an Ethernet port and PS4 camera port around the back.

Sticking with gaming as its priority, PS4 has fewer offerings comparatively in the segment, while the Xbox One stands out with HDMI in and IR blaster connections that are used for satellite TV feature.

Price and Offers

The Xbox One has the following offerings:

Standalone Xbox One console – £265 (Approx. $407)
Xbox One with GTA 5 – £328 (Approx. $504)
Xbox One Console with Kinect – £339 (Approx. $521)
Xbox One Console bundled with Halo: The Master Chief Collection – £280 (Approx. $430)

On the other hand, the PS4 is available in the following offers:

Standalone PS4 Console – £289 (Approx. $444)
PS4 Console bundled with GTA 5 – £309 (Approx. $475)
PS4 Console bundled with GTA 5 and the Witcher 3 – £319 (Approx. $490)

Titles Available

The games available with PS4 and Xbox One has already crossed the mark of 100 titles. Here we will consider the exclusive offerings for each console.

The Xbox One has the titles like Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome, which fall in action category and provides extreme adrenaline rush to the player. The Call of Duty: Ghosts, which is an FPS game, not exclusive for the Xbox users, but has some extra downloadable content only available for Xbox One. Similar is the case with Call of Duty: Advance Warfighter, with some exclusive Xbox One content available online.

PS4 has its exclusive Infamous: Second Son, which goes head to head with Titanfall for Xbox One, but couldn’t achieve a similar publicity among the users. Killzone: Shadow and Knack are the two of Sony made games, launched along with the console.

Verdict

As we can see, in each of the sections, when one console failed to provide a functionality, the other took the advantage of it. For example, in Sony PS 4 you can easily upgrade to higher capacity HDDs, where Xbox One voids warranty. Other than that, Xbox One offers 5Ghz Wi-Fi, which is not present in the PlayStation 4.

Talk about the prices and game titles, both the consoles are almost similar here as well.

The only difference we can see is the presence of Kinect, allowing users to have a physical interaction in the game – mostly family games based on sports.

If we consider Kinect and Titanfall, then Microsoft Xbox One is a good choice, otherwise both the consoles are similar.

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