Xbox One vs Playstation 4 – To Buy or Not to Buy?
It’s a tough decision. Consumer Reports says take the less expensive Playstation 4 if you are strictly a gamer, and the Xbox One if you want multiple entertainment options and flexibility. USA Today likewise can not be pinned down to an answer, saying both game systems offer “future-proofing” technology and tons of outstanding games. If money is tight, go the Playstation 4 route with no regrets. Want a media center as well as a game console? The Xbox One is your baby. Both play Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, and both support the biggest and baddest titles in the gaming world.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is probably the most requested title on both the Xbox One games and PlayStation 4 games, and a recent Nielsen survey indicates that Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Battlefield 4 and Madden NFL 25 are also pretty much equally requested on both systems. So if those are your favorite titles, just decide if you want primarily a gaming dedicated system (PlayStation 4) or a multimedia center that also plays the most popular games (Xbox One).
But exclusive games are likely to sway your console manufacturer loyalty. The Microsoft exclusive Dead Rising 3 was created with Capcom, and is absolutely stunning. The Xbox One also claims the gorgeous Forza Motorsport 5 racing game. On the PS4 side there is the Sony-owned studio Guerrilla Games, which has delivered the retro first person shooter Resogun, the PlayStation 4 title Killzone Shadow Fall, as well as the family-friendly Knack. Those are all excellent single title reasons to purchase the Sony console.
On the technology side, you really cannot go wrong with either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. You can effectively own both units for years without having to upgrade, as the tech specs and early reviews are outstanding on both products. Better visuals, improved graphics and more realistic lighting effects are found on both systems as well. Netflix, Hulu Plus and all the expected apps are also on board each platform. Video clip and screen shot sharing and bragging are also supported by both the PS4 and Xbox One, as well as both consoles boasting a full 8GB of RAM.
The Playstation 4 gives you the power to live stream a gaming session, allowing your friends to view and even comment on the activity in real time. The Xbox One can not currently do this, but it recognizes your voice, so you can launch apps using voice commands. On the Xbox One, you can also play a game while watching a movie, or watch a TV show while simultaneously holding a Skype video call. Buying a gaming console is a highly personal decision, so focus on the features or technologies that mean the most to you. Just remember, choosing one or the other of these high-tech systems will leave you with no regrets and is a great problem to have, while you enjoy the latest in video game technology.