Throughout history, there have been many vicious battles fought — the Trojan War, the Crusades, and a couple of World Wars. This is not one of those battles, but it's definitely still a hot debate among people.
I'm talking, of course, about the PS4 vs Xbox One war.
PlayStation gamers swear that the PS4 is the best video game console to ever be invented. Xbox gamers refute that, citing the Xbox One to be the better of the two. Neither side will budge, and it's a major point of contention in the gaming community.
Both game machines definitely have their own perks and pitfalls. So, we decided to pit them against one another in multiple battles to see who's the victor...
PS4 vs Xbox One: Graphics of War
When it comes to graphics and lag-free gaming, you need to have a quality machine that can stream perfect graphics every time. In terms of graphics, PS4 definitely wins thanks to its 4K capability on its PS4 Pro line.
That being said, XBox One machines also have a possible upgrade that allows users to enjoy high definition graphics, too. However, those graphics aren't 4K. So, PS4 Pro definitely helped PlayStation win the battle on graphics, even if it's only by a hair.
It's also worth noting that the standard PS4 has more memory than a standard Xbox One. This, too, can help improve graphics and gameplay quality alike.
Either way, both have stellar graphics and most games will not show any major differences between both video game consoles. The only time a difference will be visible is if you buy one of the games that actually can be upgraded to 4K.
PS4 vs Xbox One: Sync-up 2, Electric Boogaloo
A lot of people are starting to view video game consoles as full entertainment centers — and why shouldn't they? Both the PS4 and Xbox One have internet connectivity, superb graphics, and each has private services that can make your gaming time better than ever before.
They also both have pretty good streaming and sharing capabilities, which makes them great gaming consoles for social people. (PS4s are better for this if you're curious.)
However, when it comes to really being a fully sync-able piece of entertainment equipment, one machine really stands above the others. PS4 simply can't compete with the kind of connectivity that Xbox One offers.
Xbox One is designed to sync up with computers, televisions, and more. So, if you're looking for a system that allows you to stream music videos, chat, and more, you might want to go with the Xbox One.
Winner: Xbox One
PS4 vs Xbox One: Third Party's A Charm
Let's actually talk about the legit games that these two systems have, and how each system tackles them. Both have third party games they can play, and both also have exclusive titles that are specifically for their systems.
Third party games are what we're focusing in on this round, primarily because they tend to be a lot more varied and therefore pose a greater challenge to system compatibility.
In terms of third party games, PS4 is known for being the better platform. So, if you enjoy off-label games, then you probably will want to stick to PS4.
PS4 vs Xbox One: We're Exclusive, Now
Now, let's talk about titles that are exclusive to each video game console. Most of the time, when people talk about PS4 vs Xbox One gaming, they don't take into account the private, exclusive games that are licensed with each system.
So, let's take a look at the exclusive game series of each.
Xbox One: Quantum Break, Gears of War 4, Halo 5: Guardians, Ori and the Blind Forest
PS4: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Yakuza 0, The Last of Us Remastered, Ratchet and Clank
So, you might have noticed that Xbox One really cornered the market when it came to exclusive big name games, especially those that involve shooting. PS4, on the other hand, involves a lot of JRPG names with in-depth storylines.
Winner: Tied, based on personal preference.
PS4 vs Xbox One: That's A Pricey Meatball
Let's talk about one of the biggest problems with the gaming hobby: MONEY. Dinero. Moolah. No matter what name you call it, the truth is that money is an issue. So, which is the more expensive video game console?
You can pick up a certified refurbished Xbox One for around $200 in most stores. A bare-bones PS4 will also cost around the same, if not a little less.
However, the devil is in the details. PS4 controllers tend to cost more. You get more entertainment functions with an Xbox One. Xbox One games are also marginally cheaper. So, long term, Xbox One may be a cheaper option — particularly for hardcore gamers.
Winner: Xbox One
PS4 vs XBox One: Controller, Featuring Drake
In terms of video gaming controllers, this is a battle that's pretty hard to define. It's mostly subjective. However, we're going to try to make this as objective as possible.
The Xbox controller has been ergonomically designed, which makes it easier on your hands and helps reduce gaming fatigue. We like that. It's a tried and true controller.
However, there's only so much it can do compared to the PS4. The PS4's controller has a track pad that allows you to click, offers more buttons, and also has a vibration mechanism in it for added gaming coolness.
In terms of functionality, PS4 definitely won out.
PS4 vs Xbox One: VR Troopers
Lastly, we're going to take a look at virtual reality and augmented reality. For this category, we're going to look at both video game consoles' VR and AR capabilities.
Xbox One has a very respectable Hololens project in the works and has been toying around with Oculus Rift in recent months. There's potential for widespread AR and VR, but they definitely haven't gone whole hog into it.
However, PS4 definitely dove into the worlds of VR and AR — and actually does have headsets that allow for VR experiences currently on the market. PS4 also has a bunch of games for VR headset users to enjoy, so...
Gamers, it appears that we have a winner in this epic war of video games. In the battle of PS4 vs Xbox One, it's clear that PS4 is the better game system.
However, that's not saying Xbox One isn't a good system. It's just that it's less gaming-related and more a general entertainment item than anything else. Either way, it still gets discussed by Hardcore Gamer and other groups, so don't hate.