PS4 VS XBox One (Console Reviews)

PS4 Review

This is going to be a particularly exciting Christmas for gaming fans with the release of both the Sony PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. The following is a review of the PS4 to help you decide whether or not this is the console for you.


The PS4 will cost $399 in the US, and £349 in the UK. This is significantly cheaper than the Xbox One which will cost $499 when released. PS4 will go on sale in the US on 15th November but Europe will have to wait a little longer until 29th November.


Similar to the Xbox, the PS4 has an 8-core AMD 1.6GHz CPU. Although the power is comparable, the PS4 has the edge when it comes to graphics with around 50% more graphics power than its competitor. The Xbox did get a small bump up in GPU frequency boost (about 6%) but there is still a major deficit which might be significant when it comes to gaming.


The design is slim and elegant compared to the larger, boxier Xbox. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and most people won’t give the ‘look’ much thought. It can be positioned on its side, or can stand like a mini-tower.


The controller has had a moderate redesign, and although it feels and looks quite similar to earlier Playstation controllers, there are some differences. The latest controller is a little heavier and studier, but not so much that will be any less comfortable. The Dualshock 4 gamepad does not have a select or start button but instead has an ‘options’ button. The analogue sticks are also more precise.

Free Features

To access live streaming services such as Lovefilm and Netflix Xbox users will need a paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold. PS4 however allow free access to video streaming services, party chat, free to play games etc. without a subscription to Playstation Plus.


There are 33 games launching for the PS4 on the same date as the console. Some of these include the following exclusives: Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, DriveClub, Contrast, Basement Crawl, N++ and Resogun. NBA Live 14 is the only game available to both Xbox and PS4 on launch. Gamers will be able to enjoy unrestricted access to 2nd hand games so you can lend your games, sell them, or trade them in. Microsoft were initially going to restrict access but have since backtracked and decided to match the PS4.


The lower price point is a major plus point for the PS4 this Christmas and there is a chance that it will outsell its Microsoft competitor. The fact that it has 50% more powerful GPU will also be a bonus for hard core gamers. Although Microsoft have tried to claw back some ground with GPU and CPU bumps since the original specs were announced, there is still a significant deficit. It does lack a bundled camera peripheral, however this won’t be a big deal for most buyers as it can be bought as an optional extra. Is the PS4 the future of gaming? Try it for yourself and see!

Xbox One Review

The Xbox One is proving to be one of the most popular Christmas gifts on gamer’s wish lists this year. We are now in the final run up to the launch date of November 22nd, a week before its main competitor, Sony’s PS4. The following is some of the information you should know if you are thinking of investing in the Xbox One this year.


This console will cost £429 in the UK and $499 in the US. This is $100 more than the PS4 which might be a consideration for those on a tight budget.


The Xbox One has 8GB of RAM and an 8-core AMD x86 processor. Microsoft recently announced that it was bumping the CPU performance speed from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz and GPU performance by 6%. The GPU still has 50% less horsepower than the PS4 however, and this has caused it some controversy. It remains to be seen however if this will create any major difference in game quality between the two consoles.

It comes with 500GB of hard drive, Blu-ray and HDMI Pass-thru which means you can run your current digibox through the Xbox One. You won’t be able to stand your Xbox One up as it is designed to be positioned horizontally. Size wise it is slightly larger than its predecessor and with its ‘boxy’ look is not as sleek as the slimmer PS4.


A Kinect camera will be included with your console and is 1080p and featuring an IR sensor for poorly lit settings. There will be voice and facial recognition which means you will be able to control Xbox One easily just using your voice. It will be able to track up to 6 people at a time and will be able to follow individual controllers when passed around. Technically, Kinect seems to be a big step up from the Xbox 360.


The Xbox One controller hasn’t had a major overhaul as it is already one of the best gamepad controllers out there. However Microsoft have announced that they have made over 40 improvements. Design and button placement is pretty much the same as before but the D-pad has improved in accuracy and the thumb sticks are more precise.


For now it seems that the Xbox One are arguably offering a more interesting selection of games than the PS4. Some of the exclusive games that will be available include Halo 5, Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse, Killer Instinct, Sunset Overdrive, Below and Project Spark (among others).


This console is definitely an entertainment powerhouse and if you have the money, will be well worth investing in this Christmas. All pre orders are sold out, so if you want to get your hands on a console on day one, you will probably need to queue at a shop and hope that they have sufficient stock. This isn’t just for the gamers in the family but will have something for everyone – TV, music, movies and more.

Xbox One Vs PS4 Comparison - Which Should You Buy For Christmas?

Excitement is running high as the release dates for the Xbox One and PS4 is only just around the corner. Pre-order allocations for both are already sold out so if you’re not already in, it’s going to be difficult to get your chosen console on day one without queuing at a shop and hoping they have enough stock.

Release Dates And Price

The global release date for the PS4 is 15th November although it won’t be in the UK until 29th, and global release date for the Xbox One is 22 November. The Xbox One will cost $499.99, €499 in Europe, and £429 in the UK. PS4 is cheaper at $399 in the US, €399 in Europe and £349 in the UK.


The Xbox One is 10% bigger than the 360 and weighs in at 3.18kg with a ‘big box’ design. The PS4 weighs slightly less at 2.8kg and is slimmer with a slanted design.


This is always a key question when it comes to gaming, and to be honest there isn’t really a major difference between the consoles. Graphics will vary from game to game so PS4 will have better graphics for one game and Xbox for another.

TV and Multimedia

Both consoles have a number of streaming services including LoveFilm, Netflix, iPlayer, Sky Now TV etc.

Generally Sony seems to be quicker at taking on any new service however it is likely that all the usual big names will be available from day one.

Xbox One uses HDMI pass-thru which enables you to control some digiboxes using your controller and Kinect, which will be a plus for some people. Using voice recognition (Kinect) you will be able to ask your console to do TV program searches etc. Microsoft intend us to do the majority of our TV watching through their console, however we have yet to see how this pans out.

For Xbox One it will be necessary to get an Xbox Live Gold subscription at £40 a year, even to watch Netflix and Lovefilm. You won’t need a Playstation Plus subscription for video streaming.


The CPUs for both consoles are similar using an APU setup and made by AMD. There won’t be a major difference in core processor power. The Xbox One has been increased from 1.6GHz to run at 1.75 GHz and Sony hasn’t yet confirmed their clock speed.

Optical Drive And Storage

Both consoles come with Blu Ray drive and a 500GB hard drive.

The Controller

The PS4 has a moderate redesign with a lot more control and a track pad located between the buttons and the D-pad. There is also a move light and a share button. Otherwise it won’t feel that different as the shape is similar to the current model. The Xbox One only has a minimal redesign although Microsoft does tell us that there are over 40 improvements in ergonomics etc.

Which Should I Buy?

Some say that the Sony PS4 is the true gamer’s console. It’s cheaper and has a more powerful graphics processor. Also you don’t need to sign up to any extra paid services. However it has been said that right now Xbox One has a better choice of exclusive games.

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