When it comes to console gaming, there’s only a few well known names out there, but as far as hardcore gamers are concerned, there’s only two. Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation, both of these names are well known across the world and the rivalry between them has been ongoing for more than decade, yet there is no clear winner between the two.
Not having a clear winner doesn’t mean that they’re both identical in features, it’s a fact that most games are available on both the Xbox One as well as the PlayStation 4 but as far as features are concerned, there’s quite a long list of differences between the two.
So which one should you choose?
Well, the first question that you should be asking yourself is, what are you looking for? Are you going to be playing with your friends? Do you wish to play any exclusive titles? Are you interested in playing games released for the previous generation of your console?
All these questions might seem a little overwhelming and off-topic but at the end of the day, don’t all of us want to share that multiplayer experience with our friends? It would be really disappointing to purchase a brand new PlayStation 4 just to find out that your friends all own an Xbox One, so before you make that big purchase, keep in mind the consoles that the people in your circle own.
Many games are released on only one of these consoles and many others are released on one before the other, a common example would be of Halo, only released for Xbox so if you’re interested in playing Halo, don’t end up buying a PlayStation because Halo games aren’t available on any other platform.
These games are called “platform exclusive” games and you should definitely do a little research into the games you’re looking forward to playing before purchasing your first console.
Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have some sorts of backwards compatibility available, that is, the ability to play games that were released for a previous generation of consoles, namely the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
PlayStation offers you the ability to use PlayStation Now to access compatible titles that were available on previous console versions whereas the Xbox One is praised for its ability to simple use the discs for compatible Xbox 360 games.
As far as other features are concerned, both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are more than just gaming consoles, they’re fully featured entertainment centers with access to online streaming services, certain channels as well everyone’s favorite: Netflix.
On the other hand, both consoles are now charging for their online facilities, a fixed subscription fee without which you can’t access the online features of most games, whether it be online multiplayer or just online saved games. An Xbox Live subscription costs $60 per year. The PlayStation Plus subscription on the other hand costs much less, $50 a year.