PS4 versus Xbox One S is a fight that's lasted longer than it should have, especially as the answer to this question is dependent on who you are and what you value the most in your consoles. Do you like exclusive games? Hard-hitting technology? The ability to play your old games? The best specifications that money can buy? There are so many variables that looking into them all would take all day.
Thankfully, that's why we're here: to show you the best and worst sides of the PS4 and Xbox One by taking a deeper look at both Sony's and Microsoft's consoles, including the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, on their price, console exclusives, hardware, specs, and even their size.
PS4 vs Xbox One: The Price
The original Xbox One has been discontinued since 2017, but that hasn't stopped the Xbox One S from being pretty cheap all the same. Of course, the same can be said for the PS4. It isn't exactly difficult to find good, well-priced bundles of the two consoles that won't leave you breaking your bank account in the process.
For example, a PS4 Pro 1TB console bundle that comes with Red Dead Redemption 2, can be yours at only $399. Considering you can buy that console for the same price, with zero games involved, that's a pretty fine deal as far as we're concerned.
Of course, if you just want the PS4 slim without the need for the added features of the PS4 Pro, then the PS4 Slim bundle with Marvel's Spider-Man is also a catch for $320.
But the Xbox One X has more than a fair amount of great deals at a good price too. An Xbox One X 1TB console with Fallout 76 included, all for the price of $399? A bargain!
And if you'd rather play some sports than participate in the world of Fallout, the Xbox One X with NBA 2K19 for the same price is only a click away.
That said, there is a huge difference of price between the Xbox One S and the PS4 Slim, the more regular consoles of the bunch. While you're able to get a deal for $320 for the PS4 Slim 1TB, you're able to get a complete starter bundle of the Xbox One S for $250 — coming with over 3 months of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Passes. That's a $70 difference!
PS4 vs Xbox One: Subscription Price
The price of the console is one thing, but the subscription price can often be a deal breaker. If you're the kind of person that doesn't really like multiplayer games, nor free games, then there's no real need for you to subscribe to either Sony's or Microsoft's subscription services.
But if you're like me, and crave playing with my friends whenever I get the time, then signing up to PS Plus or Xbox Live is a must. Below, we've made a handy table that'll show you the price of each subscription service.
|Xbox Live Gold (1 Month)||$9.99|
|PS Plus (1 Month)||$9.99|
|Xbox Live Gold (3 Months)||$24.99|
|PS Plus (3 Months)||$24.99|
|Xbox Live Gold (12 Months)||$59.99|
|PS Plus (12 Months)||$59.99|
Fortunately, there's no difference when it comes to the subscription services of the Xbox One and the PS4. It once again, boils down to which console you regard with the most trust, or which console has the most exclusive games that you want to play. Which leads to our next category...
PS4 vs Xbox One: Console Exclusives
Sometimes the best language to speak in, particularly for newcomer buyers, is what games you'll be missing out on depending on which console you've decided to buy. These are the top 5 exclusive games for both consoles, where we've decided to include their price as well.
The Best PS4 Exclusives
God of War (2018): With God of War, you take the role of Kratos, a man who has a dark past that he struggles to come to terms with in a new land or Norse mythology and monsters. But it isn't just himself he has to look after, his son, Atreus, is also part of this enchanting, but violent, journey. $34 at Amazon
Infamous Second Son: In the city of Seattle, superhumans are hunted down and killed without mercy. Step in Delsin Rowe, a superhuman who has decided that enough is enough. But will you be the hero of the city, or something much darker? $19 at Amazon
The Last Guardian: Play as a young boy as he takes his first steps into a mystical land, accompanied by a large, fantastical beast named Trico and forge a friendship like no other. This game has to be one of Fumito Ueda's best works. $19 at Amazon
Bloodborne: GOTY Edition: Move over Dark Souls, there's another game that's a lot faster and bloodier. In Bloodborne, you play as a hunter in the city of Yharnam where you'll face your fears, as well as the monsters that inhabit the streets of the city. $30 at Amazon
The Last of Us: Remastered: The zombie apocalypse has never made you want to cry more. You'll take the role of Joel, a survivor who's fate becomes intertwined with Ellie as they search for a cure for the infected world they now live in. $18 at Amazon
The Best Xbox One Exclusives
State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition: Just like The Last of Us, you'll be in a world where survival is paramount. Team up with friends or go it alone, the open world of State of Decay 2 is crawling with both zombies and humans that'll give you trouble — but it'll all be worth it if you manage to create a thriving community. $23 at Amazon
Sea of Thieves: Sail the high seas with your friends in this fantastical world of unspoiled islands and mystical beasts, all to find yourselves the owners of some new, hard-won booty. You'll also be able to raid other player's ships, and create a legend of your own. $32 at Amazon
Cuphead: Step back into the 1930s with Cuphead's original art and music, as you (and your friend, if you so choose to play co-op) play the character of Cuphead or Mugman. You'll make your way through strange, new worlds and encounter incredibly powerful enemies along the way. $20 at Amazon
Halo 5: Guardians: In this new, sci-fi adventure, you're tasked with finding the Master Chief that's gone missing, as well saving the entire galaxy from ruin. There is also extensive multiplayer, as well as events like the Arena where you'll be able to participate in competitive 4v4 combat. $23 at Amazon
Quantum Break: Time has managed to break in two, and it's up to you as Jack Joyce, to pick up the many pieces. With multiple choices, whether you'll manage to do just that or not, depends entirely on you. $15 at Amazon
PS4 vs Xbox One: The Specs
While you may not really care about the specs of your consoles, there are some big differences between the Xbox One and the PS4 that you'll need to know about. For example, unlike the PS4, the Xbox One does not support upgrading the internal memory inside the console — the external hard drive however is fair game. This might be a deal breaker to some, but not quite for others.
Again, to make things much more simpler to process, we've created a table for you to see the differences between all four consoles for yourself.
|PS4 Slim||PS4 Pro||Xbox One S||Xbox One X|
|CPU||1.6GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar||2.1GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar||8-core Jaguar CPU at 1.75GHz||8-core Jaguar "Evolved" CPU at 2.3GHz|
|GPU||1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon||4.2 TFLOP AMD Radeon||12 CUs (914MHz) 1.23 TF||40 CUs (1,172Mhz) 6 TF|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5 RAM||8GB GDDR5 & 1GB RAM||8GB DDR3 RAM||12GB of GDDR5 RAM|
|Storage||500GB & 1TB||1TB||500GB & 1TB||1TB|
|USB||2x USB 3.1||3x USB 3.1||3x USB 3.0 ports||3x USB 3.0 ports|
|Dimensions||11x10x1.5 inches||12.8x11.6x2.1 inches||11.6x8.9x2.5 inches||11.8x9.5x2.4 inches|
PS4 vs Xbox One: Outside of Gaming
So you've got the techs, the specs, and the games. But, what can these consoles offer you if you're not bothered about anything to do with that, and are just purchasing the console as a gift? Well, that's where it gets interesting.
Both the Xbox One and PS4 have a pretty solid foundation for those who want to use the console outside of gaming. However, the Xbox One does have more options. For example, while both are able to play Blu-ray DVDs with no trouble as long as they are from the correct region, though it is only the Xbox One that supports Dolby Atmos (perfect for home cinema) and 4K Blu-rays.
The Xbox One also makes it easier to switch over between watching TV and playing video games. The PS4 does 'okay', but with the Xbox One you're able to transmit your cable box's TV signal without having to go out of your way to plug out your HDMI cable, insert it into your cable box, etc.
That said, Xbox One and PS4 both have a number of different media apps, giving you more than enough options from big, major media giants like Netflix, NOW TV and Hulu, to stuff like Crunchyroll and Animax.
Furthermore, both consoles allow you to play your own media, including music, from your USB. Of course, it is advised that you label your files correctly and put them in folders, but apart from that, all media files can be played through the selected console's media app. And just like Spotify and apps like it, you're able to listen to your songs whilst doing something entirely different with your console.
PS4 vs Xbox One: The Conclusion
If we're being totally fair, the Xbox One and the PS4 are both thrilling consoles that deserves your time and energy. That said, it's hard to deny that the PS4 has a library that is simply unmatched by the Xbox One, including massive hits like God of War and The Last of Us Remastered, games that shook the gaming world to the point that they are still talked about today.
PlayStation VR, another feature from Sony, is also huge and is slowly, but surely, earning more than its fair share of audience at a rate that the Xbox One seems to be struggling behind in.
Th,is, of course, does not make the Xbox One a bad console. It's got cheaper deals, backwards compatibility and it has support from accessories like Alexa, but unfortunately the PS4 still manages to pull ahead.
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