The Battle for the Top Spot - Xbox One vs PS4

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 19:12 -- Nanouk

The dates of both of the next generation consoles are now confirmed. We’ll be able to get our hands on the Xbox One on the 22nd of November, and the PlayStation 4 will be available on the 15th of November in the US, and on the 29th of November for the other launch countries that Sony is targeting. With the release dates so close together and drawing closer rapidly gamers around the globe are priming their bank accounts, ready to take the hit for their preferred console of choice.

The Race for First Place
Customer loyalty obviously plays a large role in determining the success of the top console. Some PlayStation fanboys (or girls) simply wouldn’t listen to reason even if the Xbox One was judged to be the better gaming platform, and the opposite is undoubtedly also true. For those individuals that might sit on the fence more than siding with either of the two companies (or of course Nintendo), one factor in determining which console they opt for is simply which one is ready first! We wondered for a time if the bestseller would be based on which option first appears in front of the gaming community, but with the releases so very close together in November, 2013 this is less likely to be the case. There is not much difference between the two next generation offerings when it comes to processing power, graphical prowess, RAM, storage space and the like; they’re both using different technologies but are packing a similar punch. And now that the release dates are also within just a week of each other it’s going to be even more difficult to distinguish between the two if you don’t already have loyalty to one particular brand.

The Battle for the Top Spot - Xbox One vs PS4A Specification War
The PlayStation 3 might technically have the edge on the Xbox 360 when it comes to graphics, processing power and high definition media in the form of its Blu-Ray drive, but the differences between the next generation consoles will be slighter. One doesn't simply walk up to the technical experts and insist on a new processor created in one month. The creation of the technology to back up these next generation consoles was in development for years before their official announcements. Both gaming platforms are filled to the brim with the latest and greatest technologies. Even the way that we play games on the two consoles is the same, with the Xbox One now featuring Blu-Ray technology like the PlayStation 4. Both consoles will support HD, and even 3D vision. Motion control is an obvious difference in the specifications of these two consoles with Microsoft’s Kinect now bundled together with every Xbox One. Both the Kinect and Move technologies have been undeniably successful, though it is obvious that Microsoft and the Xbox brand have been ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation. Microsoft’s enhancements to the Kinect for the Xbox One sound impressive, but Sony hasn’t revealed much in the way of anything to rival such a complete piece of augmented reality equipment?

Your Own Gaming Paradise
If you aren't too bothered by the particular specifications that each system will boast then there’s a good chance you will likely be swayed by your own preferences. If you live and breathe for the next Halo or Gears of War game, then you will certainly want to stick with Microsoft, but if Killzone or inFAMOUS is more your thing, then the PS4 is where it's at. The choice will be yours!

  Xbox One PlayStation 4
CPU Microsoft custom-built 8 core CPU x86 AMD "Jaguar" 8 cores
GPU D3D 11.1 chip with 32 MB embedded memory 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation "Radeon" based graphics engine
RAM 8 GB DDR3 8 GB DDR5
Game Format Blu-ray Blu-ray
Storage 500 GB Hard Drive 500 GB Hard Drive
Controllers Kinect, Xbox One Controller Dual Shock 4 Controller, PlayStation Move
Console Specific Games Forza 5, Quantum Break, Halo KillZone, inFamous

Xbox One vs PS4 vs Wii UA first glance at this comparison may leave you wondering which of the two consoles will pack the most powerful punch due to their relatively similar technical structures. Initial reports that the PlayStation 4 would outrun the Xbox One due to its improved RAM may still be true, but with Microsoft touting its Cloud processing power to allow some game processing to be carried out away from the console it’s unlikely that the differences will be obvious. The PS4's Jaguar processor is designed with the Radeon GPU in mind, providing a CPU/GPU combination that works powerfully to show off the greatest graphics. Microsoft’s inbuilt technology can’t be overlooked however, as its 8 core CPU also works in tandem with its GPU, being able to run even the largest open-world battles without a drop in frame-rate. Both systems can support 3D gaming, and both of the GPUs are compatible with DirectX 11 technology. The memory of the two consoles is also comparable, clocking in at 8 GB of RAM for each system, although Sony has opted for DDR5 whereas Microsoft is sticking with DDR3. Consider the impressive display created on the current consoles, featuring just 512 MB of RAM in the Xbox 360 and only 256 MB in the PlayStation 3, and you can begin to visualize how this increase in RAM will help to shape the future of gaming.

At E3 2013, we once again saw just how similar both consoles would be in terms of the features offered. The Xbox One will offer streaming services via Twitch, similar to the PlayStation 4's Share functionality. Both systems will share many of the same games, as was expected, however the Xbox One does have a larger share of third party exclusives, such as Dead Rising 3. Now that Microsoft has completely reversed its policies on DRM, both systems will approach used games the same way. Sony has announced that PlayStation Plus will now be required for online multiplayer, similar to Xbox Live Gold for the Xbox One, again diminishing the differences between the two systems. Microsoft is now giving away free games each month for those with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, similar to what Sony is already doing with PlayStation Plus.

Xbox One ControllersIt seems that the greatest differences between the Xbox One and the PS4 will be in terms of the look, feel and operation of the consoles. The Xbox One will come with built in and improved Kinect technology, something sure to play more of a part in future games. PlayStation’s Move technology may have fallen off the radar in comparison to Kinect, however with motion detection playing a large part of gaming today we could expect to see improved functionality in this area by Sony. Classic controllers for both systems will still be around for some time, though we did see some modifications such as the touch-screen technology found within the PS4's controller. However, the Xbox One controller looks to play it safe as it's simply a revamped Xbox 360 controller: why fix what isn't broken, right? With similar technical specifications featured in both consoles it seems that the deciding factor for many users will be price. The Xbox One will retail for $499, while the PlayStation 4 will retail for $399, a pretty steep $100 difference between the two. If price is not an issue, the choice for your favorite may still come down to loyalty, preferred gaming choices or simply the way in which the consoles operate.

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Comments

The truth I'd acroding to gaming stats is that the wii sold better than the Xbox 360 or the ps3. The gaming company's would probely much rather have a best seller instead of a good console.

the xbox 720 looks soo cooool, when she comes out ?

I only have an Xbox at the moment and to be honest that was mainly down to the fact that more of my friends already had that console and played through Live. They'll be staying with MS and so will I. Yeah you have to pay for Xbox Live but at least they can afford security for the details of their users! Haven't heard of Live going down for weeks to try and stop more details being stolen like on PSN whenever that massive security error was. I'm sure both consoles will have their pros and cons but I'll be staying loyal to the Xbox.

well if this xbox will not surprise me well the ps4 well be better but i own the xbox 360 slim

Im sorry ps3 fans but the ps3 has failed to impress me. I have a ps3 and let me say, I hate the online. Xbox live is so much better than psn. Xbox Also has better exclusive games like halo. With ps3 you just have games like little big planet. I just got a ps3 and I wish I hadn't. If a new console is released by sony and microsoft, I won't hesitate to buy the Xbox

first off why is everyone hatin it is quite odvious that each system is geared towards different people who also have different video game personalities and different economic situations. As many have refrenced back to ps3 and xbox360 i will do the same. Ps3 is more for a older or more hardcore gamer that doesnt want to be bothered by squeking 10 year olds online and who really feels. Ps3 gamers would like a more imersive campain like that of god of war, uncharted, or infamous. Xbox on the other hand has a much bigger fan base because many expecially (americans) feel the want to play with their friends in a more first person shooter enviroment. Xbox does cost many a bit more though due to having to pay to play online, were for playstation online is free. When it comes to graphics both look quite bad on older tvs, xbox maybe is alittle better. However if you have alittle more money like myself and have a tv that puts out a clearer image 1080p or better + 120refresh rate and better than you would realize that ps3 is much better. Finally I have been through about 3xboxes and only 2ps3s (the reason for the second ps3 is because i loved it so much i bought the slim too. -------- truely if the build quality is anything like the last gen then the ps4 will be better than the xbox720 --------

Well I think that Sony should just stick to trying to fix there shît tv's. And then they can try to make a half way decent console. Just face it Sony! Xbox has always kicked your aśś and it will keep doing it. All the stupid aśś lickers that think ps3 is better can like my aśś
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to be honest, I had both consoles, and I enjoyed xbox better. Uncharted was boring, halo was so fun and funny to play, Ps3 is just to serious.

Sony never fails! PS4 is definitely going to be better than XBOX 720.. Going back to current consoles; PS3 = BLUE RAY // XBOX 360 = HD DVD... I don't have to tell you that Blue ray graphics are way better than HD DVD.. the details in the PS3 games are more complete.. Blue Ray = bigger games with better sound and video... PS4 will ROCK!! Can't wait..

Playstation has always been better! Theres way better games that xbox doesnt have like God of War, Resistance, Killzone, Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, and many more that I cant think of right now. And PS3 doesn't need to make a new console yet its still good. Xbox sucks the only thing they got is halo and gears of war. And I heard Xbox 720 will be Kinect-only! if it is, i feel bad for ya'll.

dont forget fable i mean the reason people buy xbox hello i mean xbox has games wit more than 2 endings sumtimes wanna keep bragin about ps give sum of dat stuff u smokin and thats the reason i want to buy the720 better games pretty obvious

Ps4 is the way to go. I've grown up with playstation. Won't change my mind now :)

And you are a loser cause none of y'all even know what is gonna be in the console! Everyone is saying what all it's gonna be but no one knows shît!!!

xbox rules cuz ps3 internet is really hard to get! but i was wondering how much do u pay 4 xbox live.

A single month of xbl gold is 10 bucks, 3 months, 25 bucks, and 1 year, 60 bucks. but there is also the family packs, 4 years (1 for 4 profiles) for i belive 200 bucks. And even though you have to pay for xbl gold, half of the good games online play (on ps3) require you to pay monthly. Or purchase a code. Besides, i have a J tag ghost profile on my xbox, so I dont need to pay :)

i have both system. there is a reason why there are more people with xbox and paying for live. at first i thought it was stupid, but the experience exceed the extra cost.

Wow this article is so biased lol all they could think of for a PS4 was little big planet....what about Uncharted and infamous the PS4 will be better by miles and the PS3 is better than the Xbox now

the online,doest'n matter...if you wanna play online just on PC....for hardcore gamer,they just play the game that they buy...

for real....they not release yet numnuts!!how do you know that ps4 is better graphic....just wait and see which one wins..

Kso ps4 will win because better graphics no doubt, free online, and just better design. It only does everything

Wouldnt it be a good idea if sony and microsoft worked together to make one console. incorporate best bits of previous consoles?

Xbox 720 will beat the pooping out of the PS4. Just look of all the things Microsoft is doing while Sony is just working on their 3D TV's

yeah MS had to fix vista till they figured out it was just easier to burn it... then lets see they made windows 7 yea MS only focuses on the xbox... yer smart

Hey X marks the box, I got one word for you NITWIT !!!

The 360 blows ps3 away xbox is more user friendly and you can hook it up to old tvs and still see what's going on I don't know if you ever tried that with ps3 but the color is off and the picture looks like poop and hello you ever try linking a bluetooth headset what a pain xbox you just plug in the mic or push the button the ps3 just threw all this good hardware together not realizing they are just wasting technology the xbox has less hardware even predated hardware yet you still get 1080p graphics and unless you ps3 fans are smoking crack and don't notice how glitchy the game play is your crazy and ignorant cause your mad you spent all your money on the loser of the 2 save your money get the xbox or turn out like these idiots

Really dude if you have a PS3 you would see the true power of Playstation. I have a 360 and PS3 so i played both console and keep up with updates abou the 2 consoles PS3 was the best console of 2011. Try playing both consoles and then see if you change yo mind about PS3, oh and FYI playstation does hook up to older tvs

i ve have played both and xbox is alot better

Lol u fail. *ps3 but the color is off and the picture looks like poop* - lol not true. i play my ps3 on a 10 yr old tv in my room and i get good picture and the color isnt off, unless your tv sucks and it doesnt hav a color tint option or w/e. *hello you ever try linking a bluetooth headset what a pain xbox you just plug in the mic or push the button* - Same with ps3. push the ON button on the headset, or just connect a regular microphone to the usb... *the xbox has less hardware even predated hardware yet you still get 1080p graphic* - Ps3 still has better graphics. *you ps3 fans are smoking crack and don't notice how glitchy the game play is your crazy and ignorant* - I don't get any glitches. *your mad you spent all your money on the loser of the 2 save your money get the xbox or turn out like these idiots* -- Ps3 is cheaper in the long run. unless of course you like the system so much that u buy games all the time. Lol@PayToPlayOnline for xbox. GG

go down the list, look at my post Xbl gold, then gtfo our forum scrub

I own both. Both are great. PS3 has a blu-ray. PS3 has PSN which is free. . . PS3 always came with wireless. PS3 Always came with a hard drive, unlike XBOX360.

Graphics and games aside (because those debates are all speculation and opinion) PS3 was always the smarter choice.

I don't pay for XBOX live anymore because it's stupid to pay to play with your friends. I won't be buying the 720, give me my PS4.

Little big planet is minimal compared the the return of the Twisted Metal Franchise.

In my opinion, i dont think ps3 is better, i KNOW its better, ps systems come out every 6-7years giving sony to come up wit better ideas to add while ms came out wit xbox then 360 all way too fast n it still got graphic issues! Its what? 2012 n people still gota buy batteries for their remote? Y dont they jus do da same thing ps3 does with the controllers to save customers money n yeah they can buy a conector wit charger but then they have to spend more money

It is true that PS3's charging system is simpler, and cheaper, but of a sing PS3 controler charge, you get a measily 10 house of play, while on a fully charged xbox recharger pack, is 27 hours.

if playstaion3 had halo i might consider it and only thing you got to do is use the conntrolers that charge

Has anyone notice the freakin graphics of the ps3 games.. its way better than xbox 360's graphics.. since the ps4 gives better technology than xbox 720 it will destroy the xbox...ive compared the same games from both consoles and i say tht the ps3's technology is better...since the ps3 has gud quality on its graphics then imagine the ps4's graphics in the future..its gunna increase by a BUNCH!!!!!

You must not be a true gamer,.. another fanboy but thats cool! This is the age of information and even the biggest software companies say that XB360's colors and textures are slightly smoother than Ps3. Ive compared Uncharted 3 to GOW 3 and Gears textures are smoother, although different gaming experience.

I AGREE PS3 IS BETTER Resistance,InFamous,GOD OF WAR,and KillZone are badas games

Best part about ps3 is that it's not just a gaming console and there is a lot less 10 year olds playing game's that exceed their age. Plus it has better processing power and no offence to MS but they haven't got another Halo right since the original.

forget all of ya.. its all about the xbox 720 ..... ps4 sucks

You are ignorant, you belive that PS3 has better graphics just cause you want it to. X box specs graphics and everything else are vastly supirior to Sony's inferior hardware. I have a PS3 and 360, and granted, my X box has broken once and my PS3 not once, but that is probably because of the fact that i spend much more time on my xbox... pwning Noobs IN HALO!!! SO WHY DO YOU PS LOVING INGRATES STAY OF THE Xbox FORUM. You dont see diehard xbox fans trollin on play station forums, so please, with all due respect... GTFO

the reason xbox is better is because the games for xbox are gettin to the party quick i mean have u played rise of night mares it rocks have u playedhalo HELLO theres stuff that blows stuff up like crazy i mean its true ps4 and 3 have better graphics but in any other way xbox is better and its always been better

agreed!

i say yes to that

yes it is cool and better

XBOX HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BEST! PLAYSTATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE ONE THAT COPIES OFF OF XBOX LIKE THAT ONE TIME WHEN KINECT CAME OUT AND PS3 SAW IT AND MADE THE PSMOVE ALOT OF OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW TO ALL YOU HATERS OUT THERE XBOX HAS BETTER GRAPHICS GO TO COLLEGE IF YOU HAVE WINDOWS 7 AND YOU LOVE IT GUESS WHAT MICROSOFT MADE IT WHICH IS ALSO THE CREATOR OF XBOX MICROSOFT IS SO GOOD THEY MADE A WINDOWS 7 PHONE IF PLAYSTATION IS THAT GREAT WHY WONT IT MAKE A PHONE OR SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN'T COPY OFF OF THIS IS ALSO FOR THE PEOPLE THAT SAY XBOX IS FOR LITTLE KIDS OVER WII XBOX IS THE HIGHEST GAMER LEVEL ANOTHER THING XBOX HAS THE HIT GAME HALO THEY'RE MAKING ANOTHER ONE HALO 4 AND WHAT HIT GAME DOES PLAYSTATION HAVE 0 XBOX IS BEYOND OF PLAYSTAION I SAID IT SONY ITS BEYOND PLAYSTATION PLAYSTATION IS SO BAD THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO MOVE ON FROM IT ON TO XBOX SO YEAH XBOX IS SO GOOD THEY HAVE TO STOP MAKING IT AND HAD TO REALSE THE 720 PLAYSTATION IS THE WORST THEY HAVE IT SO BAD RIGHT NOW THAT THEY HAD TO MAKE A NEW ONE IN ORDER TO GET MORE VEIWS SO PLAYSTATION4 VS XBOX 720 XBOX720 WOULD K.O. PLAYSTATION WITH ONE PUNCH BECAUSE XBOX IS THE BEST THANK YOU!!!

Yeahh.... you believe that mann.... PS3 graphics are better blu-ray you dont have to pay to play online with your own friends and have you ever heard of eyetoy......seems similar to kinect eh thats was invented for the ps2 also playstation eye came out before kinetc thus making microsoft copy, also playstation has Uncharted 1 2 and 3 and unlike halo it isn't all BANG BANG YAAAY its got action and a decent storyline and tbh everyone is thinking halo is being beaten with a stick..you've just failed the pal much love goodnight.

halo has an awsome story line and plus uncharted is all slow the story sucks

I find funny how people still believe that the ps3's graphics are better than the 360........ Look at comparisons of games like skyrim and battlefield 3.... Xbox outdoes ps3 with both of those. I believe that technically the ps3 has more potential power, but nobody likes it, and so they produce stupid games. So if you truly think an Xbox is outmatched by the ps3 then feel free to stay off the Xbox forum. Haha

Your argument makes no sense and the PS3 has way better graphics than an Xbox 360. Btw, if someone makes a game why the hell would they make the graphics suck for the PS3? "nobody likes it" is just not true. You sound like a twat.

Actually, the ps3 does have a superior chip than the xbox 360 when it comes to graphics. The reason xbox
seems to out-do the ps3 in graphics is because microsoft used better planning for hardware specs. The ps3 decided to go balls out with a better chip, but forgot about the RAM. Whilst, the xbox 360 used a better integration of its hardare, using it to its full potential.

Face it If your playing PS3 your a LOSER..........XBOX's Running the Show, That's all that's it.

See I have had both the ps3 and the 360 from day one and they are both great systems, however my ps3 has never broke down on me but the 360 has gotten the red ring of death 4 times. The only reason graphics are better on 360 than ps3 are because game makers are only making the games in 720 for ps3 to give a better chance for the 360. I admit wii is for kids ps3 is for both kids and adults and the 360 is basically just for adults. And up a few Sony has made phones cause Sony makes play station you retard, just like Microsoft makes Xbox and makes a phone. And there is no need to argu which system is better because everyone likes different things. For some reason some people even think that the wii is better than both of the others. Anyway you all have a good day I'm gonna continue to get all the systems so I can get the experience of all types of games.

i agreed with the person who says PS4 will be better
yes the PS4 it will be ways better!!

playstaion is a bully making them self better than the xbox in any way to destroy there markets. the ps1 followed in the foot steps of the first xbow and now there are trying over come it. the xbox was here first and is staying at the top

if ps4 comes out like they say it will xbox is not gonna have anything on ps4 the graphixs will blow it away

The PS was released in 1994, and the first XBox was released in 2001... you are ignorant. If anything, XBox stole their original designs and ideas from PS. Get you facts straight before you type something which you don't know the facts.

agree

i also agree with u that PS4 will be better than Xbox 720 or any console.

last Ive seen graphically XB has shown to be better and more consistant than Ps3. Inspite of the Uncharted series although a great game for Ps3!

i agreed with the person who says PS4 will be better

ps2 better then xbox and ps3 better then xbox 360 and ps4 well be better then xbox 720

^_^

i agreed with the person who says PS4 will be better

ps2 better then xbox and ps3 better then xbox 360 and ps4 well be better then xbox 720

^_^

i diss agree u have to pay for the games monthly on ps3 i mean i seen the ps 4 looks fancy but i'll always agree xbox is better the only cool game for ps3 is god of war but xbox was always better to me.

Hmmm XBOX 720 Vs PS4.......... PS4, just for the fact that Sony will find some fantastic way of integrading unimaginable things into the PS4, to me MS is just a money grabbing machine> The 720 will probably release first but the PS4 will be better

nope the PlayStation 4 is actually releasing first in early 2013 or late 2012 x-box 720 may be later but never better :)
and besides the Wii u is coming out in the April of 2010 so it actually going to be the best system for months...

oops mistake i mean 2012 lol xD

yes i completely agree with you

and don't forget second part was suffering ties that bind may be ps4 and xbox720 will come with new part of suffering The suffering 3rd part

dont forget GOD OF WAR , Kill Zone & Resistaince

Cool site. I hope the new xbox comes out soon. I've been waiting!

im not saying the 720 will suck. i am just saying that microft has no innovation at all. all innovation comes from nintendo. u might say that nintendo sucks at that. but, if they suck, then why were they copied twice? nintendo had motion control, then move and kinect came out. when the wii u was announced, smartglass came out next year. let me know when microsoft comes out with something original.

( just to let you no im 13 ) ok i agree and i disagree the Play station will always be better and im a xbox fan. but at the same point i would not call the kinect coping i would have to say it is takeing it to the next level and that what they all do to make more money like how they make diffent phones like how is went from 1g to 2g and from 3g to 4g ( 4g IS FAST AS UCKFAY DOEEE )

Don't 4get gears of war ,halo and fable

And Minecraft!

why not those are really good games

i think is awesome is PS4

don't fore get that i don't give a sh!t, I just want to play some AWESOME GAMES

i agree with you and those are some good games but mw3 and black obs or better

they woukd have to continue the games from the 360 to the 720 because game developers wouldnt have enough time to transfer so they will probably just slap a 720 stick on the 360 games to selll faster

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