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Now that we’re approaching the launches of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it’s nearly time to find out which device will do better upon release. Whatever your hardware manufacturer allegiances, you have to admit that both consoles look great in their own right. They’ll both likely lead exceptionally long console life cycles, and I expect we won’t be covering the Xbox Two (yeah, that’s a terrible name) or PlayStation 5’s launch for another eight years.

I can’t shake this feeling that Microsoft might have a rough hardware launch on its hands. Regardless of the hardware comparisons and software exclusives, there’s a big point that separates the Xbox One from the PlayStation 4. One hundred points, in fact.

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Now that Microsoft has slowly backpedalled away from the PR fiasco that was its pre-E3 and E3 announcement train, the Xbox One actually sits as a desirable system. The company ditched its online requirements and used game plans, making it more like the PlayStation 4 and Wii U than was initially planned.

I recognize that for a lot of tech and gaming blog readers, the negative shadow still looms over the Xbox One. But, for the average consumer, I imagine there’s not much of a black eye left on Microsoft. Heck, I bet most consumers didn’t even pay any attention to the PR problems that surrounded Microsoft this summer.

For holiday consumers, there’s a clear and distinct difference between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s $100.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are both fantastic systems. There’s no universal negative vibe surrounding either device at this point in time. Microsoft is well past its initial hardware failures, and Sony has shown that they can keep their consoles priced reasonably.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will both play Blu-ray discs, a major concern for mainstream consumers. Both systems feature a camera input. Both systems serve as media centers. Both systems play high end games. Both systems pack third party support necessary to engage the masses. For your everyday shopper, these consoles appear almost identical…brand and looks aside.

The difference is the price. The world still sits in a tough recession, and $100 is huge. I’d suggest that those hundred dollars could be enough to damage Microsoft’s launch.

Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Forget the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita and PC platforms for just a minute. Even if you’re currently undecided or completely disinterested in these two machines, I have a question for you.

Given Microsoft and Sony’s respective positions leading up to this holiday season, which console would you be more likely to purchase? The Xbox One or the PlayStation 4? Hit our poll below.

Xbox One

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