Xbox One Vs PlayStation 4


The idea of comparing the Xbox One with the PlayStation 4 may seem a bit odd at first glance. However, with the release of Xbox Series: X and the PlayStation 5, the prices associated with getting an Xbox 1 or PS4 will drop considerably. As such, right now may actually be the best time to get either of those consoles. So the question that remains is, which one is right for you?

PS4 Vs Xbox One: Game Library
Both the Xbox One and PS4 come with a vast selection of this generation’s title such as Apex Legends, PUBG, Fortune and Star Wars Jedi. However, when it comes to titles that can only be found on one specific console, known as exclusives, the PS4 wins this category. With big hits such as God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Uncharted 4, the PS4 lists of exclusives include some of the highest rated triple A titles of this generation. Alternatively, the Xbox One’s list of exclusive is less than stellar to say the least. Some of the major Xbox exclusives that stand out include: Gears 5, Halo 5 and Forza Horizon. It’s also worth noting that while both consoles give you access to a wide variety of sports games, Sony MLB: The Show, is an exclusive baseball franchise that cannot be found on the Xbox platform. As such, while both consoles provide a vast library of games, Sony’s PlayStation has the most high rated games for you to play.

PS4 Vs Xbox One: Game Library Backwards Compatibility
The PS4 does not support backwards compatibility. As such, it cannot play titles from the PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 era. Alternatively, the Xbox One is fully backwards compatible and can play titles from the Xbox and Xbox 360 era.

PS4 Vs Xbox One: Game Library Hardware
Both the design features of both consoles look visually appealing. The PS4 gains an edge for being significantly smaller. While the Xbox One is on the bulky side. But it also packs more power as well. Both consoles give users a starting storage of 500 GB. PlayStation users have the option of being able to insert a new 2.5 inch hard drive, while the Xbox requires an external hard drive.

PS4 Vs Xbox One: Game Library Controllers
The PlayStation controller supports charging via USB connection, while the Xbox controller runs on AA batteries. If users want to charge their Xbox controllers as opposed to using batteries, they have to buy a $20 charging kit.

PS4 Vs Xbox One: Game Library User Friendliness
Even though the interface of the Xbox’s operating system was sluggish, it has since gone on to be more snappy and customizable. Microsoft continues to release updates to add features such as the ability to give your friends games as well as instant access to tech support. However, many users have said that the PS4’s operating system is simpler and feels much more fluid than the Xbox’s operating system. As such, when it comes to user friendliness, while the PS4 lacks variety in its features compared to the Xbox, the PS4 is much more user friendly and navigable than the XBOX One. 

All in all, the Xbox offers better performance and slightly better graphics than the PS4. However, the PS4 is straight forward and simple to use, making it a better gift for younger children. But in the same breath, while the PS4 allows you to stream games from a later console, it does not offer backwards compatibility while the Xbox One allows you to play games from all of its previous consoles. 

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