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PS4 vs Xbox One Comparison: Graphics, Specs, Differences

The Escapist Staff | 20 Nov 2013 04:00
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For many gamers and industry professionals, these near concurrent console releases are unprecedented. It's been more than 7 years since the last non-Nintendo console launch, and Microsoft and Sony have never gone head-to-head in competition in such a spectacular manner. Where before gamers could afford to purchase consoles as they come out, this year it's more necessary to be discerning in your choices. It's tough for anyone to drop $1,000 on two new consoles - so many of you will decide to purchase either the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4 this season and our job is to give you the information needed to make that decision.

Which console should you buy? Well, the answer to that question is in you, my pretties. The Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are focused on different things. Sony opted to deliver a gaming machine that allows you to easily share your experiences with your friends. Microsoft offers a total entertainment apparatus that fully integrates new features like SmartGlass and voice commands through Kinect. The PlayStation 4's best exclusive titles might be coming in 2014, while the Xbox One's launch library feels superior. Both have support from big third-party publishers like Ubisoft, EA and Activision so there's a plethora of game genres available no matter which one you choose.

If it comes down to pure value, the PlayStation 4 is a clear winner at only $400, but you don't get the full features of the PlayStation Camera or the remote play of the PS Vita at that price. The $500 Xbox One comes at a premium due to the bundled Kinect sensor, but it feels like you certainly get more bang for that extra 100 bucks.

In the review above, we broke down the aspects of each console so that you could decide based on what's important to you. But if you pinned The Escapist staff down and asked each of us which gaming console we would purchase if we could only buy one - well, the winner would eventually become clear:

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The PlayStation 4

Sony's console combines a sleek visual aesthetic with the greatest controller ever paired with a PlayStation. The DualShock 4's heft and feel is stellar, and it is a joy to play games with. There may not be a huge amount of games you only play on the PS4, but those you can play just feel wonderful. You can't do a lot of multitasking with the interface, yet the ease of sharing video clips or streaming from directly within the PS4's interface is surprisingly engaging, and the social features could make a maven out of even the most curmudgeonly of gamers.

The Xbox One is a fantastic piece of hardware, and many of us look forward to integrating its SmartGlass and voice snapping within our entertainment spheres, but The Escapist editors have discussed and deliberated and got drunk, then sober, and drunk again before finally deciding.

In the month of November, in the two thousandth and thirteenth year of this calendar, The Escapist chooses the Sony PlayStation 4.

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