Playstation 4 vs Xbox One

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Did you know the war for global supremacy is actually taking place in your living room? No, we are not talking about the struggle between the US and ISIS, or North Korea, we are talking about the war that 1.2 billion people are a part of every day; we are talking about gaming. The war between Xbox One and Playstation 4 (PS4) has been going on for a long time, and to be honest, it is a close knit race. Neither one has won and it is unlikely there will be a clear winner in the near future because they both have been coming out with the same stuff — the same tech features — as each the other, so neither are getting ahead. I can’t say who will win, but i can give you the facts of what the pros and cons of each system are.

Money matters.  One of the first considerations when getting a gaming system is the price.  You will need to buy the console first, but that is not the only expense. The console should come with a controller, but you will probably need to buy another one.  Of course, then you need to buy games to play, and you might want headphones, etc. The price of the Xbox One console is $400, while the PS4 console stands at $300. So it would appear that the PS4 is a better deal. However, you have to consider all the accessories, which can be very pricey, to get an accurate picture of the total price. The cost of a name brand controller, meaning made by the same company that makes the console (and so you know it will work well), is pretty close.  An Xbox one controller is $60 and a PS4 is $50, nearly the same price. Having the console and the accessories is a must, but you can’t have any fun without the games. The game prices, while some premier ones cost more, are pretty much the same for each system. So, the only real price difference is in the console itself. Since the XBox One costs $100 more, it makes sense that the PS4 sells at a more constant rate then Xbox One, having sold 30 million more units then Xbox. However, money is not the only consideration.

Another aspect people look at when figuring out what to buy is the performance of the hardware. Hardware is the physical items like a headset or controllers or the pieces and parts of the consol or the cords.  You want your game to perform at a certain level, so your hardware has to perform well. You want your experience to be fast, no pixelation, the sound to be great, etc. The comparison in hardware is quite close, but there is still a clear winner. Every aspect of the hardware for both of them is, for the most part, the same, including their processors. People may have their preferences, the PS4 is more commonly liked then the Xbox One because of its smaller size, but in terms of performance, it is pretty much a tie, until it comes to RAM.  The PS4 does have better RAM (Random Access Memory) than the Xbox One, which is better because RAM makes the games move faster and cleaner. The PS4 has GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One has DDR3 RAM. So, the PS4 runs faster and cleaner, which, in my opinion, means you should definitely go with the PS4. (Note: if you upgraded to the PS4 and the Xbox One X, then the Xbox has the same RAM, and more of it; 12GB compared to 8GB. However, the processor on the PS4 Pro is much better than the Xbox One X, so again, the overall winner is the PS4.)

Once you have your system, it is time to play, which brings us to another factor when choosing; the exclusive games.  An exclusive game, for all of you that dont know, is a game that is only offered on that specific platform. For example, there are the widely played games only available on the PS4:  Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Bloodborne to name a few. Xbox One has Halo, Gears of War, and Forza Motorsport. PS4 has to take the trophy in this one because, in my opinion, the PS4 exclusives are just way better because I prefer the free world/shooting games. Free world games normally have more side quests and stuff like that so that it takes forever to fully beat game, therefore giving you more entertainment for your money. A shooting game is exactly what it sounds like it is; a game that consists of you using a gun or some kind of weapon to kill other players, or AI. AI is short for artificial intelligence and AI is the term for people and animals inside the game that players don’t control. An example is like in GTA (Grand Theft Auto) all the pedestrians and cops are AI. It’s worth noting that the PS4 offers many more independent games compared with the Xbox One’s library, so if that’s a sticking point PS4 will have you covered. Xbox One isn’t totally devoid of indie titles, it’s just not as fleshed out.  So, unless you are addicted to only playing Xbox One exclusives, and you may be buying your system just so you can play Halo, PS4 is the way to go.

Choosing between these gaming systems is like picking a car, they both have things you like but one isn’t necessarily better than the other.  When you are buying a console you should consider: do you like the controller, or who is going to play it more, you or your kids, possibly, or a sibling. Make sure you look up all the games available and accessories for your console before you buy one.   It really doesn’t matter which you buy, but I personally prefer Playstation over Xbox. I mean Xbox is still good but in my opinion it is not on par with Playstation overall. The PS4 is cheaper, faster, and has the games I like most. Winner: PS4, although the war still rages on.


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