The Great Debate Between Xbox One vs PS4: Which Is Better?
Ever since the PS4 and Xbox One released a mere week apart from one another back in November of 2013, the new generation of console war has raged on.
Saying which is better is admittedly subjective, but each are unique in their own ways, which means there are feasible reasons to choose one over the other.
So if you’re here to find out which between them is the best, you’re in for a treat since we have every comparison possible covered below.
PS4 vs Xbox One: Versions and Resolutions
The PS4 has two versions: there is the standard PS4/PS4 Slim (the slim is basically just thinner), that’s only capable of displaying HDR or high-dynamic range (this improves the quality of dark, shaded areas in the games) and the PS4 Pro that’s capable of displaying 4K resolution.
On the other hand, there’s three Xbox One variations. The base Xbox One, which is comparable to the base PS4. Then there is the Xbox One S, which isn’t just HDR compatible but also 4K-ready; this is comparable to the PS4 Pro. But then there is the more powerful Xbox One X that displays 4K resolution and HDR natively at 60 frames per second. Sony has no comparable console on the market.
Xbox wins this category. But then again, we have to ask ourselves: do any of us win when there are 3 console iterations in less than 5 years?
PS4 vs Xbox One: Size and Dimensions
The PS4 Slim did live up to its name because it’s the smallest among all the major consoles to date. Its dimensions are 10.4 x 11.3 x 1.5 inches while the PS4 Pro is measured in at 12.8 x 11.6 x 2.1 inches.
The Xbox One S has a more compact design than the original Xbox One. The power brick was removed and was replaced by an internal power supply. The Xbox One S measures in at 11.6 x 8.9 x 2.5 inches while the Xbox One X measures in at 11.81 x 9.44 x 2.36 inches.
Playstation wins this category, the least important category, by being small.
PS4 vs Xbox One: Price
Though prices may change from time to time, the constant drop in price is inevitable, especially with the consoles getting older.
But as of September 5, 2019, here are the price range of these consoles, depending on the storage capacity:
According to our research, the Xbox is slightly cheaper on average, but prices can vary depending on season or location.
PS4 vs Xbox One: Storage Capacity
From the official PlayStation website, the Slim offers a 500GB and 1TB versions while the Pro offers only the 1TB versions. However, there are 2GB bundles you could find on Amazon Newegg, or Best Buy.
You can also upgrade the internal hard drive up to 8TB on the PS4. Alternatively, you can also add yet another 8TB of external storage for a whopping 16TB of total storage!
While it’s possible for you to download and install games on the external storage, the console will still save the game data as default on the internal hard drive.
Both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X only offers 1TB versions from the Xbox official website. While it’s true that you can find 2TB bundled versions over at Amazon Newegg, or Best Buy, the fact still remains that you can’t upgrade the internal storage.
You can, however, add 2x 8GB external storage hard drives for a total of 16TB since you can only plug 2 USB 3.0’s at once.
It’s a tie, really. Because all of the consoles can only support a maximum of 16TB– that’s it.
PS4 vs Xbox One: Specs (CPU)
Here’s where you’ll see one of the obvious differences between the two console platforms.
The original Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X are all powered by a custom x86 based architecture AMD 8-core processor. As far as clock speeds are concerned, the Xbox One X clocks in at a whopping 2.3GHz while both the Xbox One and Xbox One S is clocked in at 1.75GHz.
Looking at the PS4 side, the original PS4, the Slim, and the PS4 Pro are also powered by a custom x86 based architecture 8-core AMD CPU. The only difference is that the PS4 Slim is clocked at 1.6GHz while the Pro is clocked at 2.13GHz.
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Xbox wins by a hair. But remember, GPUs are more important…
To understand the measure of the console’s graphics card, we’ll be using the technical term teraflop, which means a trillion floating-point operations per second. It’s also based on AMD’s Radeon graphics technology.
Now, to visualize the difference in power, the original PS4 had 1.84 teraflops, which won out the comparison vs the original Xbox One’s 1.31 teraflops and even beat the Xbox One S’ 1.4 teraflops.
But although the PS4 Pro has an astonishing 4.2 teraflops, it still is far behind the Xbox One X’s 6.0 teraflops. No wonder Microsoft’s Xbox One X is dubbed as “the most powerful console”.
Sort of a tie? The fact of the matter is you are either looking for the console upgrades because you have a 4K TV, in which case Xbox One X wins. Or you are looking for the base console, in which case Playstation 4 wins.
PS4 vs Xbox One: Connectivity
Connectivity shouldn’t be an issue on consoles because all you need to do is plug everything to the right ports and you’re good to go.
However, if you’re going to run a very specific gaming setup, then it might become a concern.
The PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro have very similar inputs and outputs. Aside from the power input, these are the ports you would find on the PS4 consoles:
It’s worth noting that you’ll need to get an adapter if you wish to use the Kinect on either the S or X version of the Xbox One because Microsoft has largely dropped support for Kinect in recent years. But, we’ll talk more about the cameras in the next section.
We could give Playstation a win for an upgradeable internal hard drive, or Xbox for 2 HDMI ports, but neither are a big deal. Tie!
PS4 vs Xbox One: Camera and Controllers
When first released, the cameras were an essential part of both of these consoles. In fact, Microsoft went so far as forcing you to have the Kinect bundled with your original Xbox One. However, after the motion gaming craze whimpered away with the Wii, the market all but dried up until the recent popularity of the PlayStation VR.
To be fair, Microsoft’s Kinect 2.0 was promising. With the ability to track and display up to 6 skeletons at once; pick up 25 joints, thumbs, facial expressions, and heart rates with fair accuracy; and all with a 57° horizontal and 43° vertical field of view. But, even with all these great features, there just weren’t any games.
Sony didn’t push the PS4’s camera nearly as hard, but that is probably because it was inferior, although the PlayStation Eye camera does have two 1280×800 pixel cameras with an 85° field of view. Similarly, the camera saw little success.
However, with the release of Playstation VR, the Playstation Eye received a second lease on life. While there aren’t a ton of VR games, this is a worthwhile pursuit if you’re interested in the promise of VR technology. Oh, and you can play Just Dance on it.
Playstation wins here. Sure, their camera sucks, but at least you can play VR games with it.
As far as ergonomics and comfort are concerned, both the Xbox Elite Wireless controller and the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller fit snugly in your hands. Both received nice upgrades over their previous generation’s counterparts, but it is especially noteworthy that Sony finally gave their Dualshock an upgrade. Pair this with a comfortable console gaming chair and you can play games for hours on end.
The DualShock 4 is inspired by the flaws of its ancestors. The grips are textured, and now have a more natural fit in your hand. The top of the analog sticks are also now concave in the middle so that your fingers don’t slip off. Amongst other small changes, this makes the controller more… usable for lack of a better word.
Moreover, it also has a new wired connectivity mode that eliminates input lag commonly associated with wireless Bluetooth connections. It also has a mono speaker that will sometimes play in-game sound effects and a touchpad. However, both of these are under utilized gimmicks, except in rare instances, like Tearaway.
However, it is worth noting that a lot of people have complained about their DualShock 4’s falling apart. This seems to have been worse around release, so it is possible Sony started making better controllers, but it is worth noting, especially if you are rough on your controllers.
The default Xbox Wireless controller doesn’t really have features that make it stand out beside it being heavier and bigger than the DualShock 4. You have a, offset analog stick that may work for you but not for others, a matte black plastic that feels lightly textured but feels nice nonetheless.
Knowing that there are over 1 billion gamers with disabilities, Microsoft also took the initiative to design the Xbox Adaptive Controller. It’s primarily intended to aid people with limited mobility capabilities.
This controller has a very unique design that’s very similar to a double induction cooktop. But don’t let the looks fool you because it also comes with 19 3.5mm ports that you would find on a regular Xbox controller. This allows people with limited mobility to map keys according to their preferred setup. It also has 2 USB ports on either side and bluetooth functionalities. On top of that, this has a battery that’s chargeable up to 25 hours.
Looking at the Xbox Elite Wireless controller, this has features that are designed for pro competitive gamers such as the included four backpedals, the analog sticks that you can swap, the left and right shoulder buttons, as well as the improved D-pads.
One thing that sets them apart is their batteries.
The Xbox Elite Wireless controller still relies on AA batteries while the DualShock 4 has a rechargeable battery. Oh and Microsoft doesn’t recommend rechargeable batteries (although they work fine… most of the time). But since the DualShock 4 has vibration motors on top of having audio speakers and lights– which Sony stubbornly refuses to let players turn off even after 5 years of complaining– it can die relatively fast.
Consumers can also immerse deeper in the game just by wearing a quality gaming headset for Xbox and PS4, especially now that you can find reliable headsets under $50.
While it’s possible to add a third party battery, this would void the warranty. Another option is buying a long Micro USB cable.
This is a really hard one. Microsoft obviously supports more diverse options with their Elite and Adaptive controllers. But you can get better, custom controllers for less than the Elite’s $150 price tag. And opening up the 3rd party market puts Playstation on equal footing.
The Adaptive controller is a long-needed solution to a wide range of disabilities and if you or a loved one suffer from a disability, then it will be hard to beat this. This could make up your mind before you even start. But for everyone else, not needing to spend potentially hundreds of extra dollars on batteries per year is nice too.