I am going to objectively analyze both platforms strengths to show you which console is the best at a particular thing to help you decide which one to pick. I myself am not entirely decided yet, despite my blogging about it twice or so, I still reserve my mind to a last-minute change.
Best hardware: PlayStation 4
What does this mean: This means that PS4 will deliver better-looking games than Xbox One. It might also mean it’ll deliver more stable games. This will mostly only been seen in exclusive Sony games because third-party developers will aim to make the games as equal as possible, going by the lowest derivation, which is the Xbox One. However, rumors point that due to X1’s complicated ESRAM it might affect third-party games already during the first two years. Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 are both rumored to look and run better on the PS4.
Best online service: Xbox One
What does this mean: Online on Xbox One is likely to be superior due to several reasons. Xbox One has 300,000 servers whilst PS4 has roughly 70,000. Microsoft have been the undisputed kings of online console play for a decade and will expand with that experience. Smart matchmaking, lower latency and revamped features such as deliver two-three times better audio quality thanks to the Skype codec when talking and playing online. If online gaming is your priority, there is no denying that the best online experience will be found on Xbox One in terms of raw performance.
Best multimedia features: Xbox One
What does this mean: If you are looking for more than just gaming, and who could blame you, it’s 2013, then Xbox One will be the better choice by miles. Skype, UFC, NFL, NHL, Xbox Live Video & TV Show marketplace, HBO GO, SkySports, TV-integration, and exclusive TV series produced for Xbox One by big producers such as Steven Spielberg. Xbox One is your choice if you are looking for that all-around experience with gaming and entertainment. Important notice in this area is that a lot of features such as TV integration is for United States only and some other features vary depending on country, but there’s no denying that the U.S accounts gets the superior Xbox Live experience.
Best social community: PlayStation 4
What does this mean: If social interactions and experiences are the most important factor in your choice, then PS4 is the way to go. It will undoubtedly be the best-selling console with most social features with heavy Facebook integration and focus on sharing videos and screens. It’ll pop up in all your friends feed both on PSN and Facebook. YouTube links are also said to be there. PS4 is out-selling the X1 by miles and it’s likely that 90% of your friends are picking the PS4 instead. It’s also the cheaper console which will assure the best third-party support in the long run as it’ll be the dominant platform. If you have fears of being alone, then do not pick the Xbox One. PS4 will guarantee a living and social environment with real-name support.
Best games: PS4 & Xbox One
What does this mean: Both consoles offer great exclusives. Xbox One has Halo and PS4 has The Order 1886. These games are entirely up to personal preferences and depending on what kind of genres you prefer. If you prefer shooters, then Xbox One is likely more suitable to you because of the controller and their heavy focus on exclusive shooter games. For an overall experience and more dramatic and cinematic experiences, PS4 will be the choice for you as it’s also more powerful. Like I said earlier, some third-party titles will be running better on the PS4 as well.
There you have it folks. An objective analysis. To sum it all up:
Buy PlayStation 4: if you want the most powerful gaming console and focus mainly on gaming. Social features such as sharing, streaming and community focus are also keys here. It’ll be the best-seller with superior third-party support as well. It’s also the most affordable console. It does have media features such as Amazon Video and Netflix, but not as broad and established app-support as the X1. If you want the best-looking games with a broad line of exclusive genres and cinematic experiences, then PS4 is for you, the ultimate gaming machine.
Buy Xbox One: if you want an all-in-one device that delivers greater shooter games, superior online features, great multimedia features such as Xbox Live Video and TV Shows marketplace, HBO Go, sports such as UFC, NFL, NBA and NHL. If you are looking for a console with new innovative features with Kinect voice controls. It’s the most expensive console and less powerful, but it’ll offer more overall entertainment with movies, sports and shows. Skype in 1080p with your friends while watching your favorite show or playing your favorite game. Xbox One is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment machine.
I didn’t discuss the controllers because I haven’t tried them yet. Next week I’ll post my hands-on impressions with the new controllers.