Choosing a new gaming console is always a daunting task when you have a lot of options available in the market. Almost 90% of the time the battle is between Sony PlayStation and the Microsoft Xbox. There are people who like the Xbox ecosystem more than PlayStation and vice versa. However, everyone has different opinions and likings.
If you are stuck between choosing the Sony PlayStation 4 or the Microsoft Xbox One then you are at the right place. We have created a thorough list of positives and negatives of each console. Both of these consoles were released in 2013 and later on, their upgraded versions came out.
Sony PlayStation has more sales overall but the Microsoft Xbox is not far behind. It is almost on par with the Sony PlayStation. All in all, it all comes down to your personal choice.
So we will be talking about all the variants of these consoles.
So before talking about the technical details and other features let’s talk about the pricing first. The simple base variants of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One comes in the same price range of $250-$350.
The difference in price is because of the different bundle options and limited edition consoles. If you want the cheapest version among all then you can go for the simple base version which does not come with any extra gaming controller, game, subscriptions, etc.
On the other hand, if you want your console to be a little different than others you can choose a bundle version or the limited edition one. They come with a custom themed console, controller and also comes with free games depending upon the pricing of the bundle.
Talking about the high-end variants of the PlayStation and the Xbox, they are comparatively much powerful and expensive than the standard base versions. They are available in the price bracket of around $400-$500.
If you are looking to buy a future proof console and you want your console to provide very high quality and smooth high frame rate graphics then you can go for the high-end models i.e PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X. The only difference between the high-end variants and the standard variant is that the high-end variants provide much better quality and higher frame-rate.
But you also need to make sure that you have a 4K UHD TV, otherwise, you won’t be able to notice any difference.
Availability of Games
PS4 wins here if you are interested in playing richer titles. Sony PlayStation has comparatively more games than Xbox One including the Uncharted, The Last of Us and God of War, etc.
On the other hand, other popular games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, etc. are available on both the PS4 and Xbox One. Xbox One also has a few limited titles including the Halo and Forza.
The biggest benefit for Xbox One is that it is backward compatible you can play previous model games on Xbox One.
Gaming Service Experience
Moving onto the services Sony and Microsoft both have almost same online platforms to access and play games as long as you are a valid subscriber.
Sony offers PlayStation Network known as PSN and in Microsoft case, it’s Xbox Live. Both have the almost same price and experience.
Backward Games Compatibility
Xbox One surely takes this department, the biggest selling point of Xbox One is the backward compatibility you can play old Xbox 360 games on Xbox One very easily. Even if you have an old Xbox 360 disc you can pop in and play that which is lacking in the PlayStation. Even if you own the game on your Xbox Live account, you can play it from there.
Both the consoles come with great controllers. Both controllers are really comfortable to play with. In the end, it all comes down to the personal preference which one you prefer. Otherwise, both the controllers come with two joysticks, a directional pad, and multiple buttons.
Some people choose console on the basis of the controller because they were the part of the ecosystem. Like if a player is used to play on Sony PlayStation controller they will always prefer to buy a PlayStation because switching over to Xbox One will be a mess for them they won’t be able to play as good as before because they won’t have the grip on the new controller. So keep this in your mind as well
Cross Play Support
Things get a little complicated in this department. If you are a gamer and want to buy a gaming console only for you to play then you can choose the one you prefer but if you are looking to play games with your friends you need to make sure that you get the console that your friends have or the game you guys want to play is Cross Play compatible.
The popular game nowadays known as Fortnight is cross-platform. People playing from PlayStation, Xbox, PC or even mobile phone can join altogether. However, other games have limitations for Cross-Play. Xbox One players can’t play with PlayStation 4 players and vice versa. Hence keep this factor in mind if you only want to play with your friends.
Other Stuff You Need To Know
One thing that surely makes PlayStation 4 a little ahead is its VR compatibility. The PlayStation 4 supports the PlayStation VR which obviously doesn’t come with the PlayStation you need to pool in extra 200-300 bucks for that but if you are interested in VR stuff you can definitely buy a VR headset later on and use that. However, on the Microsoft Xbox One, there is no VR support.
The PlayStation VR does not provide a proper PC like VR experience but performs very well on its own.
The Sony PlayStation and the Microsoft Xbox One both have their positive and negative aspects, in the end it all is dependent on your personal preference and budget. You need to make your mind first, that what are the things that you are looking for in your future gaming console and then you can finally choose the one which fulfills your needs.
We hope that our effort will help you in choosing your new gaming console. Good Luck!