PS4 vs Xbox One Comparison: Graphics, Specs, Differences

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PS4 vs Xbox One Comparison: Graphics, Specs, Differences

How do the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One match up?

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Huh, I was sure that XBone would win the controller battle. But then again, not very many people have got their hands on PS4's latest Dualshock and it could truly be the turning point. I really want to hold it and play with it now (dick joke in there somewhere), plug it into my PC and play some Dirt/Grid or SSFIV:AE :S

For those who are undecided, I reckon it's best to keep waiting and see how the game libraries and additional features open-up.

What I really want to know is how online multiplayer compares. Head to head on the same games. Is one or the other more reliable, less prone to lag?

Raziel:
What I really want to know is how online multiplayer compares. Head to head on the same games. Is one or the other more reliable, less prone to lag?

We haven't been able to test Xbox Live on the Xbone much, because of the pre-launch environment, but the PS4 works like a charm in multiplayer. No complaints of lag whatsoever from the console side. Now if your internet is spotty ...

I feel like the setup and hardware design are meaningless comparisons, since once you have either console, their jobs are to just sit there and play your games. Calling either console a winner on those is kind of "meh."

Having held both controllers, I feel like the Xbox should have won the controller/input category. The PS4's, while improved, still feels awkward with the joysticks in the position that they are - it's just not comfortable for my hand to hold something that way. The 360 controller didn't need to change much, and I don't think the Xbox One should necessarily be dinged for that. It was, after-all, the best controller there was of the last generation. Why fix what isn't broken? Also on the input category, comparing the PS camera to the Kinect's probably should have been a toss-up as well.

Some of the complaints (for both consoles) seemed very trivial. Oh well - we're all entitled to our opinions. Looking forward to Friday, myself.

Midniqht:
I feel like the setup and hardware design are meaningless comparisons, since once you have either console, their jobs are to just sit there and play your games. Calling either console a winner on those is kind of "meh."

Except, if you have been living under a rock the entire time, Microsoft has been on record saying and screaming out time and time again that they don't want the Xbox One to be "a game console". They want, as they've said before, an "all in one" system that covers everything beyond a gaming console. So the setup and hardware design MUST be factored in because of that.

Otherwise, blatantly ignoring the excessive restrictions both the power brick and the kinect impose upon the Xbox One in terms of placement would be completely disingenuous with the systems intention. Having two bulky components that you need to try to find space for in an entertainment stand, on top of the console itself, is a factor of its setup as well as a flaw of the hardware.

So Xbox has the better 2nd screen, launch exclusives and user interface, while PS4 has a better setup, better design, better controller and better sharing experience.

I'll be honest. Out of these, the only stuff that truly, really matters are launch exclusives (emphasis on launch, as in "at the moment") on the Xbox side and the better controller/sharing on the PS4 side.

I think PS4 wins the round.

I won't buy either console for a few months, I want the chance to see and play them both before I commit. My main concern with PS4 is the controller, I have always hated the analog stick position, and have gotten very comfortable with my 360 controller. I am also fine with a power brick, I would rather not have my console overheating. I am still not sold on either and this article certainly didn't help, seems like it was written by people who just realized video games exist

Hunter Wright:
I am still not sold on either and this article certainly didn't help, seems like it was written by people who just realized video games exist

How did you get that impression? The article seemed pretty thorough and well written to me. They analysed a lot of relevant areas, made comparisons between the two consoles and came to an overall conclusion.

You also just insulted the entirety of the website's staff as this was a jointly written article.

OT: Pretty much what I expected to be honest. The power brick from the Xbox was surprising, that thing looks like a monster.

Looks like I'm still getting a PS4 down the road.

Hmm, a fair review. I'm still not sure which to get though. I'll end up with both before the generation is out of course, but picking the right one the first time means a lot. That's a lot of money you can't get back. So I'm still going to wait and see who has better games. Infamous: Second Son looks pretty awesome so far, but I'm not sure I could go without Halo. I'll probably end up just watching on the sidelines for the next year or so.

Drummodino:

Hunter Wright:
I am still not sold on either and this article certainly didn't help, seems like it was written by people who just realized video games exist

How did you get that impression? The article seemed pretty thorough and well written to me. They analysed a lot of relevant areas, made comparisons between the two consoles and came to an overall conclusion.

You also just insulted the entirety of the website's staff as this was a jointly written article.

OT: Pretty much what I expected to be honest. The power brick from the Xbox was surprising, that thing looks like a monster.

Looks like I'm still getting a PS4 down the road.

The power brick is really odd to me as well. The PS4 fits everythin nice and neatly inside its own case and its more powerful in pretty much every way while bein smaller. Unless some ridiculous overheatin issues crop up soon (not outside the realm of possibility) then it makes no sense why the bigger, bulkier, and weaker Xbox One couldn't do the same.

Midniqht:
I feel like the setup and hardware design are meaningless comparisons, since once you have either console, their jobs are to just sit there and play your games. Calling either console a winner on those is kind of "meh."

Having held both controllers, I feel like the Xbox should have won the controller/input category. The PS4's, while improved, still feels awkward with the joysticks in the position that they are - it's just not comfortable for my hand to hold something that way. The 360 controller didn't need to change much, and I don't think the Xbox One should necessarily be dinged for that. It was, after-all, the best controller there was of the last generation. Why fix what isn't broken? Also on the input category, comparing the PS camera to the Kinect's probably should have been a toss-up as well.

Some of the complaints (for both consoles) seemed very trivial. Oh well - we're all entitled to our opinions. Looking forward to Friday, myself.

The xbox has the worst controller I've ever used, dualshock is far more comfortable and look forward to feeling the DS4 improvements. Ofcourse this is just opinion as yours is, remember that next time you argue personal preference as fact.

As for the article, some nice info in there, although the whole which is best part was annoying. Just say what each system is like and let the reader decide, then you get less of the comments like the one above and more actual discussion of the systems and what they offer.

Phew... Took me a while to finish reading through this but I find it partially silly how the Setup Experience is made to be such a relevant factor in the scoring. Whether it takes 10 or 15 minutes to finish setting up either console simply seems like a trivial nitpick.

At any rate, I intent to be a late adopter anyways, so if the Xbox ends up making a slim version by that time I guess I'll be able to reevaluate the Hardware design score, regarding whether or not I'll side with Microsoft.

Not that my girlfriend would like the idea of that. The Kinect creeps the frak out of her.

One has to wonder how a speaker, touchpad (the only thing worthwhile, could play RTSs with this) and a light bar makes a controller future-proof. They are nice additions but they're hardly necessary neither high tech for that matter, they won't be needed in da future. Even so, where were the points about battery life? Surely a longer/shorter battery life would also make a good/bad point?

Another point would be durability, would you be afraid to drop it?

While I already knew I was going to buy PS4 over Xbone, this is a nice breakdown and comparison of both consoles. Thank you.

I guess the only significant category Xbone has over PS4 to me is the launch library but I'm not going to get PS4 for a while so it doesn't matter for me.

So... Forza 5 isn't going to be at launch? There goes that huge advantage I thought Xbone had..

I don't understand how you are giving the launch library win to the XB1 based of games like Crimson Dragon (an ugly port of a canceled 360 game that looks like it has some nasty "freemium" like micro transactions), LocoCycle (a game that I have heard gets slammed)and listing Ryse (as what looks like a positive yet stating that it could be good or bad is very, very strange.

Also giving the UI win to the XB1 seems very odd, because the XB1 UI looks really random and cluttered to me.

Edit: And unless I missed something, you do not talk about the specs or graphics, unlike what the title of the article claims.

For me, the controller is a no-brainer. The question I ask is "Does it give me hand cramps after prolonged play?" And the PS4 as with every other PS system does not fail to disappoint. 4 hours into Killzone: Shadowfall and I get the old familiar tingle followed by increasing pain in my index finger on my right hand and my ring and pinky on the left. While it must be said, I have carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome in my hands respectively, the PS controllers have never felt comfortable to me. It may be they their target market has smaller hands, but those things feel like a child's controller in my hands. The bumper and trigger buttons are still too close together and the trigger still doesn't extend down far enough. Did Sony just not listen the complaints made about the Dual Shock 3 controllers? I end up with a gaming claw after a few hours. Not as bad as the Gamecube mind you (oh God, the pain), but the XBOX has consistently beat the PS as far as making an ergonomic controller, at least in my opinion. It got so bad on the PS3 that I ended up buying a Power A controller because it mimicked the size and shape of the 360 controller. Loos like I'll have to do it again.

As an aside, I did *not* find the setup on PS4 to be a breeze. I had some issues with my router and the PS4 that took me about a half an hour to fix. That said, the new UI is waaaay more intuitive than the PS3. If I'm being honest, it reminds me of the 360 though, which I much preferred to the PS3, but full marks to Sony for making that improvement.

I don't have an XB1 yet so I have nothing to compare it to, but what I've seen doesn't strike me as all that different from the 360. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing... but hopefully the controller is big enough for my "manglers".

I've never understood why controllers aren't released in different sizes.
I always preferred the 360 controller because the 6 Axis would give me cramp during long sessions

In so much as I am a Sony Supporter, what the fuck has the light bar got to do with future proofing? And why are you marking down the Playstation for using the common 3.5' jack on the Controller?

I fully support the strike against not enabling the older Bluetooth gear, fuckin' dick move.

Something something favoritism paid off Escapist something something.

Lovely balanced review.
I can't imagine the discussions between all the staff over this one and the poor person who typed it all up in the end. But each point was laid out concisely and clearly.

People will no doubt disagree with things in the review but differing opinions pretty much sum up the internet.

I liked the comparisons you weighed in upon ; Top shelf Escapist!

Jimothy Sterling:
Something something favoritism paid off Escapist something something.

Well *obviously!*

It is sad that in today's media to get attention you need to move to some extreme of the spectrum or do something 'radical'.

Jimothy Sterling:
Something something favoritism paid off Escapist something something.

Well, DUH! You got them PS4s as freebies *ramble ramble*

OT: not buying either of them for now because if the first year of being a 3DS owner taught me ANYTHING it's that early adopter get shafted big time. And while I'm glad I kept my 3DS around because it's a beast right now (and I can taunt others with my delicious, delicious ambassador games), I'll never get a console, handheld or stationary, that early again.

I agree with the conclusion though. If pinned down, I'd go for the PS4 because it aligns more with my wishes of a gaming console, namely playing games. That "OMG everything entertainment system" is basically defunct outside the US anyways.

Well done Escapist, you pulled a Solomon. There will be accusations of favoritism from Sony and MS camp, but this article managed to be right down the middle. Promoting and criticizing both units while evaluating their merits. In the end you can say both were successful. PS4 a solid game console with it's streaming and sharing. Xbox One in it's multipurpose unit and interactive controls. Not a complete success on either front by any means. There's always room for improvement. The question is will either of them noticed their mistakes and/or try make their system more efficient. Time will tell. Although you have given all the facts in the end it will come down to opinions; that of the purchaser. The games, the interface, all of it will be experienced and judged in the coming days. Perhaps they will agree with your assessment. Maybe they'll completely disregard it. The point is you gave them a nice starting point.

Jimothy Sterling:
Something something favoritism paid off Escapist something something.

Obviously Microsoft paid off the Escapist to even get the Xbone featured warkwarkBillGateswarkwarkNSAwarkwarkTitanfall on PC. I am forced to question the wisdom of picking a "Winner" in things like this though; it really only leads to trouble down the road.

I'm really tempted to just say fuck it and get a PC. Then I remember all of my friends are fanboys. Most likely scenario is that I'm going to buy both and a gaming PC. I'm going to need some Astroglide for my wallet...

The Escapist Staff:
PS4 vs Xbox One Comparison: Graphics, Specs, Differences

I can't help noticing there's no mention of either graphics or specs here. Considering that the hardware specs are one of the most fundamentally important parts of a hardware review and graphics are obviously a very important consideration for many people, that seems a rather odd omission.

Its strange that you marked Xbox launch library as the winner as there is aboslutely no games of interest in there to begin with. Then again all interesting ones were delayed for PS4 as well so fair enough.
What really made this look bad is the whole smart glass pondering. Didnt WiiU taught you already that having small screen in your lap does not work?

A mostly fair comparison, but mentions of the PS4's hardware failures, laggy interface and lackluster exclusives seems conspicuously absent in the conclusion.

It seems like these are the kind of things that should definitely factor in when you objectively portray the two consoles' value proposition from a consumer standpoint.

I'm all for subjective opinions in comparisons like this, and the Escapist makes it clear that's really about what you want as a customer, but leaving things like the above mentioned issues out from a comparison that strives to be objective like this feels weird.

Truthfully, these sort of comparisons are kinda useless. Consoles are long-term investments and will continue to develop and evolve over time as their game libraries grow and new features added; this is more true than ever with this upcoming (and maybe final?) console generation.

So, yeah. While it's important for people to pick up these consoles for there to be incentive to develop games for them, the average joe (e.g. Me) should really wait it out a few months at least, or even maybe 1-2 years. Me, personally? I'll serious consider getting a next-gen console once Fallout 4 has been released. That's my timeline I've set for myself :P so maybe late 2014/early 2015?

I was on the fence about which console to get, but now I know the PS4 has the superior cardboard packaging and not the lame, last-gen, slightly difficult to remove, bulky two-tiered packaging the Xbox uses, it looks like Sony will be getting my hard earned 1000s over this upcoming generation.

It's kind of sad (to me anyway) that I skimmed most of the pages because what interested me most was the games, but that got pushed back all the way towards the end. I'm not saying other features aren't appreciated. But I buy a gaming system to play games on primarily and will (more than likely) ignore just about everything else that isn't relevant to that. But that was always my issue with these new consoles is broadening the focus to be more than game machines while also seeming like lesser gaming machines in the process.

Also, kinda of want to see this with WiiU in the comparison table. My personal console of choice and I'd love to see how it compares.

EDIT:

TomWiley:
A mostly fair comparison, but mentions of the PS4's hardware failures, laggy interface and lackluster exclusives seems conspicuously absent in the conclusion.

It seems like these are the kind of things that should definitely factor in when you objectively portray the two consoles' value proposition from a consumer standpoint.

I'm all for subjective opinions in comparisons like this, and the Escapist makes it clear that's really about what you want as a customer, but leaving things like the above mentioned issues out from a comparison that strives to be objective like this feels weird.

I'm sure they would have mentioned it IF it was as widespread a problem as you are implying. The PS4 sold 1 million units on day one. And of that million, we only have maybe 10,000 or less reported as breaking or failing. That's less than 1% of the total number of consoles that they sold. While I agree it is an issue to consider, it isn't THAT big an issue in the whole picture. Plus, if the reviewers didn't experience any of those hardware issues, then why bother reporting it? It's like playing Skyrim when it launched and not experiencing any of the weird glitches you see on youtube. It sucks you don't get to see the weird shit, but you get the experience you paid for. Just saying.

I have to disagree about the controler. I've never touched DS4, but I have many doubts about it being better than Xbox controler, simply because of the analog position. It sucks, and I'm a owner of PS2 and PS3 and never owned a 360.

Strazdas:
Its strange that you marked Xbox launch library as the winner as there is aboslutely no games of interest in there to begin with. Then again all interesting ones were delayed for PS4 as well so fair enough.
What really made this look bad is the whole smart glass pondering. Didnt WiiU taught you already that having small screen in your lap does not work?

It does work.

Playing on the screen only is a wonderful experience. I can set up the Wii U on my room that does not have a TV and play lying down on by bed.

TomWiley:
A mostly fair comparison, but mentions of the PS4's hardware failures, laggy interface and lackluster exclusives seems conspicuously absent in the conclusion.

Judging by reports of overall PS4 failure rates, and the conspicuous lack of uproar about them, it looks like the PS4 hardware failure issue might really be as minor as Sony claims it to be. They gave the edge to the X1 as far as UI's concerned, though watching various live streams and uncut demonstrations haven't given a very good impression of the X1's performance there either. And the launch lineup page was pretty solidly given to the X1, even though its launch exclusives look about as uninspiring as the PS4's, with the one notable exception of Dead Rising 3.

Frankly, a lot of review sites (many of which are non-gaming, oddly enough) are giving the Xbox One extra leniency out of perceived potential and promised features down the line rather that what it can actually do out of the gate, and it's sort of refreshing to see someone actually hold back on up-rating the X1 based on functionality it doesn't quite yet have.

Greg Tito:

We haven't been able to test Xbox Live on the Xbone much, because of the pre-launch environment, but the PS4 works like a charm in multiplayer. No complaints of lag whatsoever from the console side. Now if your internet is spotty ...

Have you guys been able to test out the party chat feature on the PS4? That was one of the things that kept me away from the PS3 and I would love to know more about how Sony implemented it.

Hunter Wright:
I won't buy either console for a few months, I want the chance to see and play them both before I commit.

I'm waiting until Destiny comes out. By then all of the software bugs should already be ironed out and most of the promised features should be rolled out. Plus there will be more games that I truly care about.

You forgot to mention several key details. While Sony does indeed have a more seamless experience in terms of uploading videos, you cannot upload any of them to Youtube unless I'm mistaken. The Xbox can. Furthermore, you also missed Forza as a launch title. So the Xbox has Forza, Dead Rising, Ryse, and Killer Instinct.

Also, the battery compartment, believe it or not, has advantages. If you have no spare battery packs, you can just pop in some cheap AA's and be off. Furthermore, you can also use rechargeable AA batteries so I REALLY don't see the problem here with a battery compartment being the default.

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