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Playstation 4 vs. Xbox One: An Age-Long Rivalry

For a good part of the 90’s, the Playstation dominated the video game platform market. The Playstation brand never saw an equal until the first Xbox was released in 2001. Since then, the two brands have been locked in a rivalry that would encompass two more generations of consoles up to their present day incarnations. Now, the battle between Playstation 4 and Xbox One is as tight as ever. However, we’ll try to settle the debate here.


  • Design

The PS4 features a box-type angular design that is just as stylish as ever. A good half part of the console is made of glossy material, while the other half is matte. It measures a good 10.8 x 12 x 2 and weighs at about 2.75 kg. A good feature in the design is that the PS4’s ports are hidden (unlike the PS3)

The Xbox One is a bigger machine at 13.5 x 10.4 x 3.2 and at about 3.5 kg. The best feature in design is the improvement in ventilation to avoid the heating problems that its predecessor, the 360, has faced.

In terms of design, the PS4 seems to take the cake. It’s a lot smaller and lighter than its rival. This means that finding room to fit the PS4 in is easier than the Xbox One. Moreover, it seems to be a more appealing machine to look at (especially since it might be part of your entertainment room decorative set).

Winner: PS4

  • Game Selection

Another main feature that gamers look at is the game selection. Both the PS4 and the One have their own unique and exclusive game titles.

PS4 boasts of games such as Bloodborne, Killzone, 1886, Uncharted 4, Infamous: Second Son, and Fallout 4. All of these games are unique and great in their own way.

On the other hand, the Xbox One has great games as well such as the Halo series, Titanfall, and the Call of Duty franchise. Their best exclusive seems to be Titanfall, which took a lot of attention the year it was released.

While we’re tempted to give this one to the PS4 due to a wider selection of entertaining exclusives, there is no question that Xbox One exclusives are just as good in their own right and have been receiving attention more than some of the PS4’s games.

Winner: Tie

  • Graphics

Multi-console games are the best tools to use for comparing these two console giants.

For GTA 5, the PS4 seems to be more powerful in handling more details in the environment. However, the differences between the two consoles in running GTA 5 are almost negligible.

However, Metal Gear Solid V shows that the PS4 is really able to handle more graphics power as it can run the game at a 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second compared to the 720p resolution of the Xbox One.

There are games that run on 720p to 900p resolutions and the PS4 can run them at the maximum possible while the Xbox One is still at 720p.

Winner: PS4


  • Controllers

The importance of controllers cannot be overlooked. As good as the games on a console are and as powerful as the machinery may be, gamers may prefer the weaker one if it has a better controller.

For the PS4, the Dualshock 4 is now larger than its PS3 counterpart. While it retains the button mechanics that have been around since the original Playstation, the improvements have been drastic as it is now a lot more comfortable and ergonomic. Moreover, it features a monospeaker and a touchpad that are functional in a lot of games.

The Xbox One controller, on the other hand, shows little improvements to the already good Xbox 360 gamepad. The directional pads have been improved and the vibration effects on the shoulder buttons were tweaked as well. The controller retains the same ergonomic comfort that has long been loved by gamers ever since the 360 came out.

While a lot of gamers are more used to the button mechanics of the PS4, there is no question the Xbox One gamepad is more comfortable and ergonomic than the Dualshock 4. Well, it actually boils down to preference.

Winner: Tie

  • Price

The Xbox One was once a hundred dollars more expensive than the PS4. But the package already included the Kinect while the PS4 camera was a separate purchase. People didn’t mind that the camera was a separate purchase as the PS4 got the early lead in sales (probably because of the cheaper price).

Now, the Xbox One, without the Kinect, is priced at $349. The PS4 is still priced at $399. This gives a lot of room for the Xbox One to catch-up in sales.

Winner: Tie

  • Verdict

While gamers have their own preferences, it would seem that the PS4 is the better console as of the moment because of its beautiful design and a better graphics performance. In all other aspects, there seems to be very little differences between the two to the point that a person will purchase one over the other solely based on preference and availability.

However, it is still early into the battle. The Microsoft-developed console still has a lot of room to grow as this war may last for another five years or more. Who knows? Maybe in a year or so, the Xbox might become the better console.


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