PS4 vs Xbox One: 6 Point Comparison To Determine Playstation 4 or Xbox One Is Better For You?
OK, so this is kind of the most basic category but - let's be fair - for well over half of us, this is the criteria we're going to use to eventually pick what system to buy. After all, if money were no object, we'd just buy all the systems. Including the Nintendo Switch. Which just got YouTube, by the way, which is cute.
So, I'm just going to lay out the prices for each system and let you decide. Also, these are in US dollars, because that's where they lunched first, comparatively, the systems could cost differently here in Egypt because of multiple factors like customs, Tax and logistics.
These is the official prices in USA not in Egypt to be clear
The Xbox One
Xbox One S (1TB) - $299.99
Xbox One X (1TB) - $499.99
The PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 (1TB) - $299.99
PlayStation 4 Pro (1TB) - $399.99
2- Exclusive games
When it comes to comparing systems, people who do that sort of thing like to say "it's all about the games". Which is fair enough, but how do you use that to compare systems when the systems all seem to have the same games? If all you want to play is Madden or Call of Duty, does it really matter what system you get? Well, yes, but we'll get to that later.
However, if a system is going to be successful in the marketplace, it needs to have a number of games you simply can't play on any other system. This current generation is no exception. And when it comes to those exclusives, Sony simply has Microsoft beat.
Not only does the PS4 simply have more exclusives, but they also arguably have ones that are better. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the fact that a good number of the Xbox One exclusives were designed with the Kinect in mind, but it's still true.
And while Halo, Gears of War, and the Forza games are great in their own right, Sony's got Uncharted, Marvel's Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn, God of War, Persona 5, Yakuza... have we made our point yet?
3- Overall games library
So, while the size of a system's game library doesn't necessarily coincide with its quality (you go ahead and insert a "that's what she said" joke, because I ain't gonna do it), the law of averages clearly states that the odds are your chances of having good games increases the more games you have. I think. I was never really very good at math.
With Microsoft making Xbox One backwards compatibility a priority since 2015, the simple fact is that the Xbox One just has more games to choose from. Sure, you can play Red Dead Redemption 2 on either system, but if you want to play the previous game (without having to stream it), you can only play it on an Xbox One.
And just as a personal note, Red Dead Redemption looks and plays sick as hell on the One S and even sicker than hell on the One X.
Not every 360 and original Xbox game plays on the Xbox One but that number is rising every month and, let's face it, it's still way more than the number of PS3 games you can play on PS4.
4- "Gold"/"Plus" services
Ever since the mere concept of online multiplayer on consoles, gamers all over the world could agree one simple fact "we're eventually going to have to pay money for this s#*@ someday". And they were right. These days, if you want to get online with Grand Theft Auto V, Madden, or any of the Call of Duty games, you better have a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Over the years, however, both Microsoft and Sony have gone to various lengths to make these services appealing to other users who may not be interested in playing online. Which is why both services offer discounts on items on each system's online stores and even offer a handful of free games a month to subscribers.
While there are slight differences between the two, considering they both cost exactly the same, there's no real winner between the two.
5- Enhanced" Console Versions
When the PS3 and Xbox 360 launched, HDTV wasn't commonplace, but it was on the way - and on the way quickly. Which is why both systems were designed with HD in mind (just consider how hard it was to read the text in Dead Rising, for example). With the current crop of systems, it's almost like 4K TV snuck up on them, because all of a sudden, we have a handful of different versions of each system.
A lot of this - and, again, I'm just psyched my TV is a rectangle and hangs on my wall, so I'm hardly an expert here - depends on if the game you're playing is in native 4K or not. If you have a 4K TV, both the Xbox One S and X will upscale your 1080p games to 4K. If the games are natively 4K, you'll need a One X to play it in 4K. The PS4 Pro will do both of these - the basic PS4 will not.
I don't even know what to tell you about 4K video.
When it comes to overall power, the Xbox One X is, without a doubt, the most powerful home console on the market right now. That doesn't mean it's going to suit your particular needs, but there you have it.
6- User Interface
Oh, man. This isn't even close. The UI for the Xbox One is absolute garbage.
I mean, it's not unusable, and you can get around it easily enough, I suppose. But, it's ugly and it's unorganized and it's just... ugh. Seriously, Microsoft. Did you let some intern's nephew design this so you could save some money? Windows 3.1 was easy to navigate than this thing.
The UI for the PS4, however, builds upon the UI introduced on the PSX (not the original PlayStation, but a Japan-only version of the PS2 that also included a DVR). It's easy to navigate, it's slick, and it lends itself to the various different themes available for the main menu. It's not perfect, but it seems to get better with every update.
Or, more to the point, I don't dread a PS4 UI update like I do an Xbox One UI update.
Sorry, MS. I think I've been pretty fair to you so far, but your UI sucks.
Happy Gaming everyone
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