The two most recognizable brands in the gaming industry continue to battle it out with the upcoming release of new consoles from Microsoft and Sony. This means gamers will continue to debate whether to invest in an Xbox One or a PS4.
Based on Sales
If it’s just based on how well the devices have been selling, the Xbox One won in July. This could be due to the huge slash in introductory price and to the trickle down marketing principle. However, if it’s based on overall sales, Playstation still remains on top as it is outselling Xbox’s offshoot at 2-to-1, with the former shooting past 40 million units across the globe and the latter selling more than 20 million worldwide.
But we all know that it goes beyond sales numbers when it comes to choosing the better console. It all boils down to what a gaming device can offer to keep up with the evolving demands of gamers.
Winning Qualities of the Xbox One
- It supports USB drives. This means you get more external options and you don’t have to tinker with the internal hard drive if you want to expand your storage.
- It gives you all-round entertainment. You can feed your cable TV signal through the Xbox One and the OneGuide offers you live TV coverage that can be paused. Plus, the console can also turn on your television.
- It’s going to have Windows 10. It will have universal apps and a revamped UI. Plus, you can plug in your Windows 10 PC or tablet to the Xbox One controller to stream console games directly to your device.
- It has Electronic Arts access. You get unlimited playtime of exclusive EA games for a monthly fee.
- It has backwards compatibility with Xbox 360. You can insert any supported Xbox 360 disc into the console and play it natively on the Xbox One.
Winning Qualities of the PS4
- It has Virtual Reality. As if PlayStation VR wasn’t exciting enough, Sony also sells the cheapest virtual reality headsets currently available in the market.
- It has better resolution and framerates. Cross-platform games just look better on PS4, running at 1080p Full HD and 60fps compared to 900p HD and 60fps on Xbox One. However, most people won’t really see that much of a difference.
- It has Share Play. You can play with your friends, let them play your games, or allow them to watch the game you’re playing without having to own it—and all of this is done remotely.
- It has PS Plus. The Instant Game Collection gives you great deals, such as getting at least three PS4 specific offerings for exclusive indie games each month.
- It has backwards compatibility with PlayStation Now. You can stream older PS3 games from the cloud so you can play them. But take note that you have to pay for this service.
It can’t be denied that both gaming companies are making their products even better. And with even more next generation consoles in the works the battle between Xbox and PlayStation continues. In the end, it all boils down to your needs and preferences as a gamer.
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