We know there are fan boys on each side of the fence waiting to buy a new console, so we will try and be brief and give you our overall opinion on each one to help you decide how to part with those hard earned bucks.
The PS4 is smaller than the Xbox One and is roughly the size of the PS3 Slim (10.8″ x 12″ x 2″). The power supply is tucked inside the system, leaving no external power brick to stash away or trip over. On the front is a slot loading Blu-ray drive with two powered USB 3.0 ports to the right, which can charge your DualShock 4 controllers even when the system is turned off. The console is designed for gamers it has a custom single-chip processor that combines an eight core x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" CPU with a 1.84 teraflop GPU based on AMD's Radeon tech. With 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a 500GB hard drive that can be replaced with a larger hard drive, or a solid state drive for better performance. Sony says these do it yourself upgrades will not void the system's warranty. In the rear you'll find HDMI, Ethernet, a digital optical audio out and a proprietary auxiliary connection for the PlayStation Camera. For wireless connections, the PS4 uses 802.11 b/g/n for WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 for its wireless DualShock 4 controllers.
PS4 also allows the Vita to be used as a second screen or it can stream gameplay to a it allowing for game play in another room or while someone else is watching the TV. The free mobile PlayStation App for iOS and Android will also let you use your phone or tablet as a second screen plus can purchase games from the store.
The Dualshock 4 controller is a big emprovement over the old lightweight ps3 controller, giving a much more solid feel like the xbox360 controller. The thumb sticks are now dimpled with a rubber texture, the L2 and R2 buttons have been extended for a more comfortable grip. The Share and Options have replaced the Start and Select buttons with both being recessed making it difficult to hit them by accident during gameplay. The options button of course allows you to get to your games options while the share button allows for live gameplay streaming for others to watch over Twitch and Ustream with the click of a button. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack too, so you can plug any old headphones or eabuds right into the controller.
The Xbox One
The Xbox One is larger in size then the PS4 measuring in at 13.5″ x 10.4″ x 3.2″. The console has lost its sleek 360 design and gone for more of a classic VCR black box approach. The power brick still exists but is smaller in size with the power cord roughly the length of the one for the 360. On the front is a slot loading Blu-ray drive with a little white Xbox logo next to it which also functions as a touch sensitive power on button if you get frustrated with the Xbox One not coming on after you scream "Xbox on" twenty times. On the backside of the console is a ethernet, HDMI out, power, S/PDIF (commonly used for optical audio), dual USB 3.0 ports and an IR out. Additionally, there are two proprietary ports, one for hooking in the Kinect, and an HDMI-in. There's also a third USB 3.0 port found on the system's right side. The console is powered by an AMD processor, backed by 8GB of DDR3 and 32MB of ultra fast ESRAM with a 500GB hard drive that can be replaced but it will void your warranty.
Smartglass lets you navigate menus and see system information on your tablet or smartphone. You can launch apps from your phone or tablet, and several games now have companion apps.
The new Kinect is a whole lot bigger than its predecessor measuring in at 9.8" x 2.6" x 2.63". It sees you and hears you, letting you navigate with your voice or hand gestures. Using hand gestures to go from the Home screen to your other screens and selecting apps with a wave of your hand is neat but also twitchy and slow to recognize. The voice commands make a lot of basic functions convenient like pausing a movie, returning to the home screen and switching between snapped apps. However, anything beyond simple commands can quickly get frustrating since you have to repeat yourself numerous times to have it recognize certain commands. The Xbox One has a record feature for gamers just say "Xbox record that" to the Kinect and a recording of your last thirty seconds in-game is saved to the hard drive. You can also get up to five minutes of footage but you have to plan ahead by snapping the Game DVR feature. The camera is in standby mode when the unit is off so you can power back on the Xbox One by saying "Xbox on" if you don't mind repeating yourself. If your paranoid you can get a 3rd party accessory monitor mounting bracket that has a camera cover for those worried that Microsoft is watching them.
The new controller design is a bit lighter then the previous 360 one and cheaper to the feel. Button configuration is relatively the same aside from the Xbox home button, which is now at the top rather than in the middle. The triggers have force feedback, letting you feel the kick of a gun or the rumble of off-road driving right in your finger tips.
Being a gamer at heart both systems are good but for overall performance we recommend the PS4 as the better buy for the buck. It has a faster and more powerful video card, better memory, faster game load times, remote gameplay if you own a Vita and is cheaper than the Xbox One. The PS4 also has extended gameplay of up to an hour on some of the same games that are available for the Xbox One.
|Actual Available Hardrive Capacity||408GB||362GB|
Streaming Video Gameplay
|Replacing Hard drive Voids Warranty||No||Yes|
|Remote Gameplay||Yes (Vita)||No|
|Resolution||1600 × 900||1280 x 720|
|GPU Compute|| 18
|Memory||5500 GDDR5||2133 DDR3|
Buy the Xbox One if…
• You’re tired of using a ton of different remotes
• You like screaming orders and doing hand gestures at a inanimate box and have it work 20% of the time
• You actually like the Windows 8 interface
Buy the PS4 if…
• Your a diehard gamer and believe a gaming console should be mainly for gaming
• You prefer not to be monitored by Microsoft all the time
• You want to increase the hard drive capacity