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Xbox One Vs PS4: Holiday Console Showdown

By Edited Aug 29, 2016 1 1

Xbox One or PS4, which will you choose?

The Xbox One vs. PS4 battle of the consoles has begun! This holiday season we get to witness a once in a decade event, the unveiling of a new generation of consoles. This Christmas, many families will have to choose one or the other to be waiting under the tree, and that's why I've reviewed both consoles, to give you the info you need to make to get the right console for you!

Xbox One Vs PS4: Hardware

When it comes down to video game time, many people will be quick to tell you that better graphics do matter. In order to bring gamers the next level of beautifully rendered 3D explosions and huge realistic environments, Sony and Microsoft have been working for years to each create their own ultimate gaming experience. Let’s compare some hardware specs from both the Xbox One and PS4 to see how they stack up.

The PS4 is utilizing 8 Gigabytes of GDDR5 RAM, providing a huge pool of resources that will take game developers years to fully utilize. The Xbox One is also coming stock with 8 Gigabytes of DDR3 RAM, which is also quite impressive.

Both Consoles are surprisingly similar with respect to their graphics processors. Both have chosen the company AMD for their graphical hardware needs, which is no surprise given AMD's reputation as one of the top graphics card manufacturers in the gaming industry. The difference between the Xbox One and PS4 when it comes to graphics quality will hard to notice for many gamers, so I don't recommend basing your purchase decisions on graphics alone.

Xbox One

Xbox One VS PS4: The Controller

Controller design is an important factor when choosing the right console. After all, you're going to spend a lot of time with that controller in your hand, so you might as well choose one you like. The latest generation of consoles has included some new features with their controllers while still keeping what works.

The PS4 is equipped standard with Sony's new DualShock 4 controller. This model is a little bit bigger than the Dualshock 3, with enhanced sensitivity and the classic double joystick combo. These new joysticks include a recessed center for easier finger gripping, and the controller includes a built-in speaker and touchpad as well. Fans of the DualShock 3 will feel immediately at home with the new controller in their hands.

The Xbox One controller looks surprisingly similar to the controller of the Xbox 360, and that is because it is. The Xbox One controller retains all of the comfort of the previous version, as well as 40 assorted improvements. Some of which are subtle design changes, and others that will be very noticeable for players like the enhanced rumble feature.

PS4 with camera and DualShock 4 Controller


Xbox One VS PS4: Launch Titles

A console is only as fun as the games you can play on it, so this category is a big one. The PS4 is debuting with several exclusive titles including Killzone, Shadow Fall, DC Universe Online, and Warframe. The Xbox One has several excellent exclusives as well, such as Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, and Killer Instinct.

Rest assured, however, that whether you choose the Xbox One or PS4, you will have many awesome games to choose from. Titles debuting for both consoles include Assassin's Creed 4, Battlefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

An important thing to remember when making your holiday purchases is considering which console your friends are planning to get. Since none of these games are yet cross-platform, if you enjoy playing online with friends, you should ask around to see which console your friends plan to get.

Final Decision

Deciding which console to buy this Christmas might seem like tall order, but at the end of the day it's all about what's more fun for you. You should choose the console that has the launch games you want, the controller that is most comfortable for your, and does the best job of connecting your with your friends. Whether you end up picking up an Xbox One or PS4 this holiday, you're sure lots of video game fun.



Jan 18, 2014 1:58am
Great article! I personally grew up with the playstation 1 and 2 when I was very young, then after a while I had taken a break from gaming. When I came back, I was using the Xbox 360.

I'm probably going to pick the Xbox One this time around. I have nothing against Sony, I just feel more comfortable using the Xbox styled controller that I have been using for over a year. And most of my friends use Xbox Live anyway so I would still be able to stay connected with them.
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