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Xbox One Versus PlayStation 4

Updated on May 15, 2016

From November 2014, this has been one of the main technology questions around. Which should I buy, the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4? Of course, both of them are top of the range consoles, right at the top of the console market. But many people have questioned which is better, or which is the big deal.

Why the Xbox One?

External Storage Capability

While the PS4 allows you to upgrade the internal hard drive with a larger unit, it's a touchy process that involves many of the things which make computer users cringe when it comes to doing the same. Backing up data, manual drive replacement, installing OS software, etc.

With the Xbox One, you can pick up any off the shelf external USB 3.0 hard drive and plug it right in. That's it. The Xbox One handles the rest, and you get a massive increase in storage space for game saves, game installs, and all the other files that quickly consume internal HDDs on consoles.

This is great because you can take advantage of the benefits of massive storage space without fretting about bricking the console with a botched hard drive upgrade step. Microsoft was smart in bringing this capability to Xbox One so early in the console's life.

One of the Best Controllers Around

Also, the Xbox One controller follows in the same style and design choices as the 360 which provided so much joy on last generation's 360. After years of the PS2 controller, in Dual Shock land, I can comfortably say that for larger hands, the Xbox controller is a few notches more comfortable.

And it's not only comfort that does it. The offset nature of the thumb sticks opposing each other, with a D pad separating the two. Sony's controller isn't bad, but it's just too stubby in the wrong ways which creates for long gaming sessions that are just not as easy on the hands as the Xbox One controller.

Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft dropped a huge bombshell this year in that Xbox One will finally be able to play Xbox 360 games. While the list started small at about 100 titles by last Christmas, just like Xbox 360 did for original Xbox games, the list started to swell as time went on. And that's a great thing for gamers who are heavily invested in 360 titles.

Xbox Live

After PlayStations downtime with its online, many people doubted the control Sony had over their online. This is because they thought if it were free it wouldn’t need to be strong. This was a huge mistake, Sony has been hacked many times and people have been unable to access accounts frequently due to the uselessness of their online. However, Microsoft is no angel with Xbox Live. But given that Xbox Live got its start back in 2002 and PSN only entered the fray in 2006, Microsoft's overall track record has been quite better over a longer timeframe, with no major month-long outages to its name. Never say never, but Xbox Live is a solid, stable gaming service that is well worth the £60/year.

Why the PlayStation 4?

Games, Games, and more Games

There is no better reason to get a console other than its games library and since November 2013, we have seen the PS4 library grow. From triple-A bestsellers to indie gems, there are enough games to keep you busy and entertained for hours. There are some hot exclusives that you can’t find on the Xbox One either. We have already seen "Ratchet and Clank" and "Street Fighter V" get positive reviews this year. Now, the biggest exclusive of the year from Sony’s Naughty Dog is none other than "Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End." The game revolves around Nathan Drake’s final adventure — perhaps his greatest one yet.

Last year, we saw FromSoftware’s critically acclaimed "Bloodborne" release, which is a must-have on the PS4. Other than that, the best multiplatform triple-A games such as "Destiny," "Tom Clancy’s The Division," "Just Cause 3," "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt," and the latest "Dark Souls 3" are all available on the PS4. If you buy the PS4 for games, then you are covered.

SharePlay, Live streaming, Rest Mode, and Remote Play

You got the best games on the PS4 and you want to show off your accomplishments to your friends. It’s a lot easier on the PS4; all you need to do is press the share button and voila, 15 minutes of your last gameplay will be ready for sharing, whether it’s on Facebook, YouTube, or now Dailymotion.

Live streaming is also easy to set up and the latest “Play Together” feature allows you to join gameplay sessions without any hassle. That brings us to SharePlay. Provided you have a strong Internet connection, SharePlay allows you to literally get a virtual buddy in your game. Your virtual friend can also take control of your gameplay and help you win an annoying boss battle in Bloodborne, for example. Thanks to the PS4, you can take gaming interactivity to a whole new level.

Remote Play has expanded in 2016 from selected Xperia handsets, PS Vita to PC, and Mac after the latest 3.50 update. Now we can experience the PS4 on our PC!

The Future

The PS4 has a great future with some excellent titles on the way. Horizon Zero Dawn and No Man’s Sky are very promising indeed. At the same time, the PlayStation VR will bring 50 new games, which is something exciting to look forward to when it releases in October. We believe PS VR will change the face of Virtual Reality gaming and set the course for gaming’s future in this generation.

We don’t know if a new 4K-capable PS4 SKU is coming, but we do think the current edition is excellent as it is. Join the 36 million-plus army of PS4 gamers worldwide.

Graphics Comparison

Price

As these consoles are both a couple years old, the prices can fluctuate depending on which retailer you choose. The good news is both have dropped significantly since launch, so you can grab a bargain whether you're looking for just the hardware or a bundle.

The Xbox One originally retailed for £429 with the Kinect sensor and no games, but Microsoft released a Kinect-free console last year for £349 – matching the RRP of the PS4.

You've also got to consider that both consoles can now be bought with a larger 1TB hard drive, appealing to those of us who love to have our games library stored digitally – or just buy lots of games with chunky install sizes.

As these consoles are both a couple years old, the prices can fluctuate depending on which retailer you choose. The good news is both have dropped significantly since launch, so you can grab a bargain whether you're looking for just the hardware or a bundle.

The Xbox One originally retailed for £429 with the Kinect sensor and no games, but Microsoft released a Kinect-free console last year for £349 – matching the RRP of the PS4.

You've also got to consider that both consoles can now be bought with a larger 1TB hard drive, appealing to those of us who love to have our games library stored digitally – or just buy lots of games with chunky install sizes.

At the moment, you’re looking at the following prices for the two consoles, although you should pay attention to our weekly updated best PS4 deals and best Xbox One deals for the latest bargains.

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