PS4 vs Xbox One – Hardware
|CPU||8 cores AMD "Jaguar" CPU||8 cores Microsoft custom CPU|
|Graphics Card||AMD GCN CPU 1152 Shaders||AMD Radeon 768 Shaders|
|RAM||8GB GDDR5||8GB DDR3|
|Storage||500GB 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive (built-in)||500GB external hard drive|
|Optical drive||Blu ray/DVD||Blu ray/DVD|
|USB Port||USB3.0 (2 ports)||USB3.0 (3 ports)|
|Wireless Connection||Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wireless||Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wireless|
|A/V Hookups||HDMI output (4K Support), Optical output||HDMI input and output (4K support), Optical output|
|Motion Control||PlayStation 4 Eye (not included), DualShock 4||Kinect 2|
PS4 hardware has better potential for gaming
The two consoles have similar hardware configurations, and PS4 has better performance overall based on its hardware configs. Considering some games may demand more power from the console, choosing a console with better hardware specifications will let the console stay longer in the market, and support more variety of games, hence hardware is an important consideration in this comparison.
PS4’s gpu is 50% better than xbox one.
The CPU for both PS4 and Xbox One are similar, both using 8 cores CPU , which is enough to powerful all of the games currently. For the GPU, the PS4 has 384 more shaders than the GPU for the Xbox One, it’s 50% more powerful technically, meaning that PS4 can handle more detail graphics than the Xbox One. After Microsoft realizing that they are fall behind, they have tweaked Xbox One GPU clock speed from 800MHz to 853MHz, it helps a bit but PS4 still has a better GPU than the Xbox one.
As PS4 has better GPU power, game manufacturers will optimize for its platform to produce game with better visual effects on the PS4. This does not mean that Xbox One couldn’t run those games, but the Xbox One may have some visual effects being removed.
PS4’s RAM is faster than Xbox one.
Both PS4 and Xbox One have 8GB RAM, yet PS4 RAM is GDDR5, and the Xbox One is DDR3. PS4’s GDDR5 is not the same as DDR5, but it has much higher bandwidth when compared to DDR3, usually used in graphics card to run intensive applications. While DDR3 are widely used in desktop computers. To solve the RAM bandwidth problem, te Xbox One has an 32MB eSRAM buffer that provides 100GB/sec bandwidth gap between the eSRAM and DDR3.
PS4 has better GPU and faster RAM, so it can run more intensive games than the Xbox One technically.
If you are comparing the consoles’ graphics power with the PCs, the PS4 is around a Radeon 7870, and the Xbox One is around a Radeon 7790. Radeon 7870 cost around USD$170, and the Radeon 7790 cost around USD$113.
PS4 and Xbox One are 8-10 times more powerful than its Predecessor
The PS4 and Xbox One are 8-10 times more powerful when compared to the previous generation PS3 and Xbox 360, so expect the graphics you played on a console to be a whole new level.
PS4 vs Xbox One – Graphics
So you know that the PS4 hardware is better than the Xbox One overall, but we still need to see how the difference in hardware will lead to actual graphic difference in-game experience.
We have gathered the graphic comparisons from different sources so to demonstrates that how the PS4 and the Xbox One performs.
The Xbox One has a brighter graphics output, where the PS4 can show a more detail graphics. For example, when you compare the sky of GTA5 in both consoles, PS4 got more clouds rendered in the sky, and the mountain is in higher contrast. In addition, the road below the helicopter seems to be more detail in PS4 than in Xbox One, it may due to the difference in brightness output through.
From the above screenshot, we can see that PS4 has a larger contrast than the Xbox One, which is consistent throughout the graphic comparison. Again, the Xbox One has a brighter output than the PS4, the PS4 seems to have the sky blur out due to the dust graphic effects, where Xbox One shows a brighter sky with less dust effects. Both of the consoles handle the game very well, so it comes to personal preferences when choosing which graphic seem to be more appealing to you.
Both consoles delivers stunning graphics in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, but the PS4 seems to have better “mist” effects when compared to Xbox One. The color is more vibrant in the Xbox One, where PS4 has a more natural color (may due to the “mist” effects in PS4)
Once again, the Xbox One has higher contrast overall, and the PS4 shows a more natural color. The main difference between the two consoles here is the renders of objects. For Xbox One, the objects look solid and vibrant. For PS4, the objects have a smooth texture, which make it look more natural overall.
If you are a soccer fan and love playing FIFA15, then you must need to know this. The PS4 has a better graphic processing that allows it to run motion blur in the match, yet the graphics in Xbox One is sharper. Some people may actually hate motion blur effects in FIFA15, so it comes to personal preferences again. While it is no doubt that the higher graphic processing power in the PS4 let it to run more visual effects than the Xbox One, like the motion blur, dust effects, mist effects, etc. So if you consider more in the reality and natural graphics side, PS4 is your choice. If you prefer sharper graphics, brighter and vibrant objects, then Xbox One will be your choice.
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PS4 vs Xbox One – Design
Let’s talk about the size of the two consoles, Xbox One is 10% larger than Xbox 360, and it is larger and heavier when compared to PS4, although the size and the weight does not matter so much for game consoles.
The PS4 is approximately 275 mm wide, 53 mm high and 305 mm long, where the Xbox One is 263 mm wide, 80 mm high and 343 mm long. The dimension shows that the Xbox One is significantly bigger than the PS4.
The Xbox One looks like a black box with its typical Xbox logo on the front panel, while the PS4 has used a slanted design that makes it feels like more premium than the Xbox One. The Xbox One must be placed horizontally, where the PS4 can be stood vertically with a stand.
What about the noise of both consoles when playing games? Both PS4 and Xbox One run quietly in games, both consoles doesn’t have overheating issue that makes the fan over-spinning too much. If you wanna compare the noise between the two, I would say the Xbox One is slightly quieter than the PS4.
Both consoles come with a decent design, while the Sony looks more compact and it gives you the flexibility on how to place it at home (either vertically or horizontally). The Xbox One is larger in size, but there is nothing to complain as the design is fair enough for a console.
PS4 vs Xbox One – Software (User Interface)
PS4 – Software
The PlayStation Dynamic Menu
The PlayStation old XMB bar has been replaced with The PlayStation Dynamic Menu, using this feature you can see the content that is personalized to your usage, and showing friends update on the news feed for a tailor-made experience. The interface is responsive and faster than the old XMB bar, it is very intuitive and convenient to use.
The share feature allows you to share screenshots and game-play footage when gaming. Also, you can stream your game-play on game streaming services, like Twitch. This is a handy feature for the game streamers. The controller of PS4 has a share button, you can share individual game-play on Twitter and Facebook, or stream game-play on Twitch with a simple tap of the share button in the controller. You don’t need a PlayStation Plus membership to stream game-play video.
By browsing your friends profile, you can see your friends’ broadcast and instantly join them in multiplayer sessions. Online multiplayer requires you to have a PlayStation Plus Membership, and it costs USD$50 per year or USD$10 per month. With PlayStation Plus Membership, you can play a bunch of free games, buy discounted games, etc.
This is a feature missed in PS3, and it has included in the PS4.
Instant Resume Feature
The console will itself into low power state instead of being shut off if you turned off the console. So it is extremely fast to power it on again, and start playing right away. For system updates, it will try to run in the background to minimize the game loading time.
Basic Voice Commands
The PlayStation camera can recognize basic voice commands, such as shut down, power on, and opening games.
Xbox One – Software
The Xbox One UI is inspired by Windows 8 tiles, it is clean and coherent with the Windows experience. The UI experience in Xbox One is an upgrade version from Xbox 360 experience, it is Windows 8 tiles-based, which give it a new fresh look for the console.
The addition of voice command in the Xbox One definitely changes how things works. It is “always on”, which means that you can talk to the console anytime, while you are in-game, home-screen, listening to music, watching a video etc.
You can use your hand to swipe through the screen and choose objects on-screen without using your controller. However, it is still not sensitive and accurate enough yet. We hope this feature will get some updates in the future to make it handy to use.
Friends App, Facebook and Twitter Integration
You can check what’s your friends are looking at in real-time, so you can instantly send a chat, talk to them, and game with them with the console. Microsoft knows that social is an important aspects for a console, so they have integrated the Facebook feed of their Xbox friends, this allows you to see what they are talking about right away. Apart from Facebook app, Microsoft has also integrated a Twitter app for inside Xbox One, so that you can also socialize with friends through Twitter. Twitter allows you to follow people, if both of you are following each other, you can see each other online status, activity, and achievements.
Many apps can be snapped to the side of the screen, and you are always able to access that application. The snapping experience is fast and seamless, you can snap applications like Music, Skype, or even Internet Explorer.
This Xbox feature is similar to the share feature that PS4 offers. The Xbox One can upload your game-play footage to game streaming platform, like Twitch. However, it requires you to subscribe to Xbox Gold Subscription Plan, which cost USD$60 a year. As you need the gold account to play multiplayer, so this is an additional feature for game streamers.
Great Multiplayer Experience
Microsoft has wonderful multiplayer experience because it has a “smart match” function that enable you to match with other player around you, and you can play with the people with similar skills to you.
All-in-One Home Platform UI Ready – You know, it’s Microsoft.
Microsoft want the Xbox One to be the entertainment system in your home. They have integrated some apps to make this entertainment platform more complete. For example, huluplus, Netflix, Youtube, Music, Video, and Internet Explorer. What is more, they have also let you to connect your cable or satellite box and watch TV through the console, even with personalized channel guide. They have also integrated a NFL app that gives football games, live stats, etc. One additional feature is that Microsoft enables you to play digital games as they are downloaded from the store. The software of Xbox One will update in the background and it is very convenient.
Kinect 2 is Smarter – Enabling Voice and Motion control
How the new Kinect 2 works? For example, when you want to record the screen of the game-play, you can just say “Xbox, record that”, then the Xbox One will do the job for you. The process is hands free, that’s why you can do something you want while not disturbing your game-play. However, sometimes the voice control may need a few trials for the system to get your message, so… “be patient”. We can expect that this feature will be further improved in the future, throughout the life-cycle of the Xbox One.
PS4 vs Xbox One – Software Comparison
snap feature in xbox one is unique and awesome.
Snap feature in Xbox One is unique and can’t be find anything similar to this feature in PS4. The PS4 allows you to stream video without a PlayStation Plus membership account, while Xbox One requires you to have their gold account in order to stream game-play on Twitch. The multiplayer in PS4 is slightly cheaper than the Xbox One as the PlayStation membership costs USD$50 per year, while the Xbox Gold account costs USD$60 a year.
Xbox One has a TV feature where you can plug a cable box into the system and watch TV shows on your Xbox. Xbox software is a better overall entertaining system for family, while the PS4 has great UI improvements when compared to the PS3.
Xbox One has received an update on November 2014, and the following video shows some of the new features that have added to the Xbox One.
PS4 vs Xbox One – Controllers
Xbox One Controllers
Xbox One controllers have refined a number of aspects from its previous 360’s controllers. When you purchase Xbox One, they will give you one controller, additional controller will cost you USD$60 for each. It has wireless capabilities, but also able to be connected through the micro-usb cable, and it takes 2 AA batteries. The battery component has been integrated into the controller, and makes the controller feels more comfortable in hand. The overall shape of the Xbox one controller is similar to the 360’s, the thumbsticks are little smaller but feel more precise, and there is a nice non-slippy texture design on the thumbsticks so your thumbs can stick around them when playing the games.
The buttons are similar to the 360’s. The D-Pad is definitely nicer than the 360’s, the D-Pad in Xbox One controller is clicky and super responsive. The “start” and “back” buttons have been updated to new circular “view” and “menu” buttons, the functionality of the buttons will depend on different titles. Pressing the Xbox logo on the top will bring you back to the dashboard. It also has an improved headset jack that will brings clearer audio, kindly remind that the mono headset will be shipped with the Xbox One, the old Xbox 360 headset will not work for the Xbox One controller.
Microsoft said that gamers can use the Xbox One controllers on PCs, but still need sometimes for the games to be made compatible for this controller. It probably will become fully compatible with PCs when Windows 10 is officially announced, and Xbox will be integrated with Windows 10.
There were some issues in the previous DualShock 3, shooters probably get annoyed with the old DualShock 3. Luckily, the DualShock 4 has been redesigned and is much better than the DualShock 3. The new shape of the DualShock 4 is more comfortable to hold, the sticks remain parallel to one another. The buttons are the same as the DualShock 3, it has a 4 face buttons, a D-Pad, and 4 triggers. The “Options” button is replaced with a “Select” button, and a “share” button is put on the controller for sharing game-play footage in social media or game streaming platform. Pressing the PlayStation logo will bring you to the SMB. The thumbsticks are clickable as button as well for anything that requires a L3 or R3 buttons. Above the thumbsticks, there are a 2-point touch-pad, which is also clickable as a button.
The controller has improved motion sensing technology, and there is a new light bar on the top of the controller. The light bar can be used for identifying players, interact with the PlayStation camera, or react to the game you are playing. The controller comes with a mono speaker, and a stereo headset jack. The PS4 package comes with a mono earbud microphone that can plug-in to the PS4.
The PS4 package comes with one controller, and additional controller will cost you for USD$60. Like the DualShock 3, the DS4 also comes with internal rechargeable battery that can’t be removed. Unlike the DS3, it charges with a micro-usb cable instead of a mini-b cable. The controller is wireless and connects to the system via bluetooth.
Sony confirmed that this controller can also be used in PCs. If the DS4 is used in PlayStation 3, some of the functions may not work depending on different titles.
PS4 vs Xbox One – Exclusive Games Available
|Role-Playing Games (RPG)||DayLight||D4|
|Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn||Ryse: Son of Rome|
|Infamous: Second Son|
|Action Games (ACT)||Mercenary Kings||Dead Rising 3|
|Oddworld: New n’ Tasty|
|The Last of Us|
|Shooting Games (STG)||Blacklight: Retribution||Crimson Dragon|
|Killzone: Shadow Fall||Halo|
|The Order: 1866||Sunset Overdrive|
|Primal Carnage: Genesis||Untitled Black Tusk game|
|Ratchet and Clank|
|Racing Games (RCG)||DriveClub||Forza Motorsport 5|
|Fighting Games (FTG)||DC Universe Online||Killer Instinct|
|Sports Games (SPG)||Zumba Party Fitness|
|Kinect Sports Rivals|
|Real-Time Strategy (RTS)||Transistor|
|Puzzle Games (PZG)||Ray’s The Dead||Rabbids Invasion|
|Simulation Games (SLG)||Zoo Tycoon|
PS4 vs Xbox One – Cross-Platform Games Available
|PS4 & Xbox One|
|Role-Playing Games (RPG)||Dragon Age Inquisition|
|Final Fantasxy XV|
|Kingdom Hearts 3|
|Action Games (ACT)||Metal Gear Solid V|
|Shooting Games (STG)||Call of Duty: Ghosts|
|Star Wars Battlefront|
|Racing Games (RCG)||Need for Speed: Rivals|
|Fighting Games (FTG)||EA Sports UFC|
|Sports Games (SPG)||FIFA Soccer 15|
|FIFA Soccer 14|
|NBA Live 14|
|Puzzle Games (PZG)||Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare|
PS4 vs Xbox One – Pricing
|Pricing||Shop Now at Amazon|
|PS4 + 2 DualStock 4 Controllers||USD$459.95|
|PlayStation 4 Black Friday Bundle - Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us Remastered||USD$479.00|
|DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Jet Black||USD$50.93|
|DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Glacier White||USD$49.73|
|DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Wave Blue||USD$48.83|
|1-Year PlayStation Plus Membership - PS3/ PS4/ PS Vita [Digital Code]||USD$49.99|
|Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle||USD$349.00|
|Xbox One + Kinect||USD$482.95|
|Xbox One + Kinect|
|Xbox One with Kinect: Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle||USD$498.00|
|Xbox One Wireless Controller||USD$46.34|
|Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership||USD$48.39|
The price of the PS4 and Xbox One will differ from packages to packages. In general, the package price of PS4 will range between $399 (only console) to $550 (with some games bundled), while the package price of Xbox One will range between $367.44 (only console no kinect) (discounted deal) to $550 (day one special edition). If you are interested to buy a PS4 or Xbox One, check out the pricing table above. There are some discounted deals that you may want to check it out.
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