With the release of both the PS4 and the Xbox One just around the corner, we thought it would be worth rounding up all the facts for those who haven’t yet decided where their console loyalties lie. If you’re ready and waiting with your tent and thermals, camping out outside your local game store, let us help you decide which console is for you.
Microsoft have got the jump on Sony here in the UK, releasing the Xbox One worldwide on the 22nd November. PS4 fans will have to wait till the 29th November to get their hands on one, although their US cousins will have theirs on the 15th.
According to Amazon, the Xbox One will retail at £429.99. but the PS4 will only be £349. Gamers looking for a deal will likely plump for the cheaper PS4, but the price difference has been mainly put down to the fact that the Xbox One comes with integrated Kinect technology. The PS4’s equivalent, the Playstation Camera, does not come included.
According to Anandtech, the PS4 is slightly more powerful on paper. Both machines appear to have the same AMD Radeon GPU, but the PS4’s has 1152 cores compared to the Xbox One’s 768.
It’s a tie when it comes to storage, as both machines boast 500MB hard drives, although the PS4 allows for the hard drive to be replaced (as long as the replacement is thinner than 9.5mm), whereas the Xbox One doesn’t. Both also tie with their optical drives, which use Blu ray technology.
Both controllers haven’t strayed far from current designs (after the PS3 ‘batarang’ debacle who can blame them), but there have been some new features added. The PS4 controller comes with a ‘share’ button to allow players to announce their latest achievements over social media. Whether this is a good or not is very much up to the customer! It also offers a touchpad and a light bar that can track the player, for example when playing split screen it can track the players and shift their screens to the correct position.
Little has been changed with the Xbox One design. It’s apparently slightly smaller than it’s predecessor, and the Start and Select buttons have been replaced with View and Menu buttons, but those are the only major changes.
Both consoles will be boasting exclusives in their launch day line ups. Xbox One will be hosting Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Zoo Tycoon and Dead Rising 3. It will also be the exclusive home of the next title in the mega popular Halo franchise. PS4, on the other hand, will have Flower, Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun, and Sound Shapes. Both consoles will have huge names such as Skylanders, Battlefield, and Call of Duty in their line ups too. The full launch list can be found here.
It has to be said, it’s a close run between both consoles this time around. Preference will really come down to what games the customer wants to play, and what features they really want from their consoles. It will be interesting to see how many people buy into the Xbox One for the Kinect 2, or use the technology now it is built into the machine rather than sold as an add on. It will also be interesting to see how developers use the light bar and touchpad on the PS4 in their games, and whether they’ll become essential tools or just another gimmick. Come launch day, the numbers will speak for themselves!