Xbox One VS Playstation 4, how to decide which to get

Xbox One (X1)

X1 Likes

      • You can control the xbox one with Xbox One Smartglass. (PS4 has a similar App)
      • (X1E) X1 SmartGlass App can adjust the volume of your TV
      • (X1E) X1 can turn automatically turn off your TV when you turn off the console
      • X1 provides higher quality headset with mute and volume buttons on controller
      • Just Dance + Kinnect = Loads of Fun for the family
      • Kinnect is the best sensor on the market

X1 Dislikes

      • X1 Controller requires 2x AA batteries
      • X1 Controllers batteries can be easily depleted within a week
      • X1 forces you to patch games, before being able to play them
      • If you remove the disc of the game your patching, the download will fail, and patch progress is halted
      • X1 uses propriety port to connect headsets to controller

Xbox Live (XBL)

XBL Likes

      • Free XBL games you install remain yours, even if your XBL subscription terminates, or lapses.
      • (PS4E) PSN+ is not required to stream or use online apps (Netflix, browser, twitch streaming, etc)
      • Power Supply Unit is internalised in the PS4 case (X1 has a huge external brick
      • PS4 controllers are rechargeable out of the box
      • XBL cloud could bring us some interesting features in the future

XBL Dislikes

      • XBL is required for online multiplayer
      • XBL is required for any/all online activities (Netflix, Skype, Browsing, etc)
      • USD 59.99 per year (USD 10 more expensive than PSN+)
      • Viewing Gamer Cards takes forever to load

X1 Exclusives

      • Forza 5 (Racing Game)
      • Titanfall (SciFi FPS Shooter)
      • Killer Instinct (Arcade Fighter)
      • Ryse Son of Rome (3rd Person Action)
      • Deadrising 3 (Horror Sandbox)

Playstation 4 (PS4)

PS4 Likes

      • You can control the xbox one with PlayStation®App. (X1 has a similar App)
      • PS4 HDD is removable & upgradable 2.5 SATA HDD upgradable up to 2TB
      • Power Supply Unit is internalised in the PS4 case (X1 has a huge external brick
      • PS4 controllers are rechargeable out of the box
      • PS4 controller has a dedicated share button, which instantly starts streaming your gameplay to twitch
      • PS4 will allow you to immediately play “unlatched” games of disc (X1 will force you to patch before you can play)
      • PS4 controller uses standard 3.5mm port for Headsets, this means you can use your headset with your PS4, PC, or anything else

PS4 Dislikes:

      • Setting PS4 controller on flat surface will activate the bottom triggers
      • X1 Controllers batteries can be easily depleted within a week
      • Viewing Gamer Cards takes forever to load
      • Honestly.. the PS4 Eye/Cam sucks in comparison to the Kinnect

Playstation Network Plus (PSN+)

PSN+ Likes

      • USD 49.99 per year (USD 10 cheaper than XBL)
      • (PS4E) PSN+ is not required to stream or use online apps (Netflix, browser, twitch streaming, etc)
      • Power Supply Unit is internalised in the PS4 case (X1 has a huge external brick
      • Driveclub free to PSN+ subscribers

PSN+ Dislikes

      • PSN+ is required to play online multiplayer
      • If your PSN+ membership fails to renew or expires, you lose access to your previously installed free games, and will have to purchase them to play them again.
      • Viewing Gamer Cards takes forever to load

PS4 Exclusives

      • Killzone Shadowfall
      • Driveclub
      • Infamous Second Son
      • Knack

PS4 F2P Games (Available on PC)

      • Warframe (3rd Person FPS)
      • Blacklight Retribution (FPS)
      • DC Universe Online (MMO)
      • PlanetSide 2 (MMO FPS)
      • War Thunder (MMO Flight Sim)

PS4 VS Xbox One Myths

      • XBL and PSN+ both offer comparable latency
      • While PS4 technically has better specs, graphically you will not notice the difference
      • Console games do not interact with other platforms. You can’t play a game on X1 vs PS4 players
      • Both PS4 and X1 are officially Region Free
      • Both PS4 and X1 do not require always on internet connection in order to play
      • Both PS4 & X1 allow you to share, trade, and sell used game discs

My Personal Verdict

Ultimately I believe that PS4 is the better console for the following reasons.

    • PSN+ is cheaper, only required for Multiplayer games
    • I like the PS4 controller better, because I can use both sticks, and still use the upper triggers
    • The PSN+ free games appeal to me more than the XBL free games
    • I can live w/o Titanfall, and the other X1 exclusives do not interest me
    • I can live w/o the Kinnect even though I love it, I guess I won’t buy Just Dance this time
    • Seems to me that developers favour the PS4 see list of F2P PC games available on PS4 above..

However, if your undecided, don’t forget something very important.

If your into community & online gaming with your RL (real life) friends, then you might want to find out what their going for.
If all your RL friends are on the X1, going for the PS4 is going to be very lonely, unless of course you need a that break =)

Please note that this is my opinion, and its based on my having purchased both the PS4 and the X1 primarily to see which one I liked more. I’ve since sold the PS4, and am now using the X1, because… *frowns* sadly my friends are all on the X1 and XBL.
But I am planning to buy the PS4 again very soon =)

If I missed anything, or you’d just like to chime in, feel free to add your comments =)

Sources & Links:

Why I Chose The PS4 Over The Xbox One – YouTubePlayStation®App

Legend

    • (X1E) = Xbox One Exclusive, meaning only available on Xbox One
    • (X1TLE) = Meaning exclusive to Xbox One for a limited time
    • (PS4E) = PS4 Exclusive


 

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