Microsoft Xbox One vs Sony PS4: in depth


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Not a great deal of change here, but as they say, if it ain't broke... The PS4's DualShock 4 controller resembles the existing DualShock, adding a touchpad and re-branded Select and Start buttons. Sony has taken a leaf out of Microsoft's book with the thumbsticks and triggers, though – the thumbsticks now sport more grippy tops, and the L2 and R2 triggers are concave, so your fingers are less likely to slip off. About damn time.

The DualShock 4 features a light bar that can be used to identify players – the console will also be able to tell who's using what controller, so if you swap seats on the sofa during a multiplayer gaming session, the PS4 will helpfully reorganise the split-screen layout. 

The Xbox One can also do the same thanks to the wonders of Kinect and as it'll be bundled with each unit, everyone can take advantage of it out of the box. The DualShock 4 also sports a headphone jack and built-in speaker, plus enhanced rumble tech.

The Xbox One controller closely resembles its predecessor – though it now has more subtly coloured buttons. Vibration feedback through each of the triggers opens up the possibility for deeper in-game immersion and we were thoroughly spooked and impressed by the subtle vibrations during our E3 demo. You also get a more sensitive D-pad, grippier (but smaller) joysticks, a better integrated removable slot and more efficient Wi-Fi syncing.

Overall, bar a few individual minor gripes, they're both excellent and we'd happily take either.

For a thorough look at both controllers, check out our Xbox One vs PS4 controller showdown.

More after the break...

Blu-ray and optical drive

Although there was talk of the PS4 ditching physical media to rely on the cloud all together, Sony has packed in a Blu-ray drive that's three times faster than that found in the PS3. Microsoft has similarly added a Blu-ray drive to its console – no format wars in this console generation.


If you want an upgradable media centre then buy a media centre pc. They're designed to do everything you mentioned, are software AND hardware upgradable, have the multi-codec capability that a console can only dream of, and can be bought and set up for half the price of an xbox one. You'll have no restrictions on what you can install and because individual components can be upgraded a media centre pc is pretty much future proof.

A console is a games machine first and a media centre second. You're just wasting money if you buy an xbox one and then don't play games on it.  

"The only people who buy consoles are gamers." - really?

When it came time for me to buy my first Blu-Ray player, the PS3 was a no brainer.

Upgradeable to 3D just with software updates; streaming music, photos and videos from my PC, internet access and other Smart-TV features are just some of the reasons for buying a console.

As for playing games - I don't.

The X-Box One simply offers the next logical step in the evolution of media centric appliances.

I think Microsoft have dropped the ball with the xbox one. The only people who buy consoles are gamers. There's no other reason for having one. To then say to your target audience, you have to have a broadband connection preferably always on, we will restrict your ability to play second hand games and we're going to charge you £80 more than our nearest rival, well that's just dumb.

More than 70 million xbox 360's have been sold worldwide, but there's only around 30 million xbox live accounts worldwide. So more than half of the world's xbox 360 users do not use their machine online. 

Also Microsoft seem to have forgotten that there is a worldwide economic crisis right now. Current gen games cost £30 - £40 new. I bet the next gen titles will cost more. How many people have the spare cash to buy all the games they want to play? Second hand gaming and rental subcriptions like Lovefilm give people on a limited budget the chance to play the games they want. Ok so there's less money going to the publishers, but less money is better than no money at all.

As to the price, let's be completely honest here. The tv functionality, the ability to go online, chat via skype, watch movies, listen to music, all these features are mere frippery. The ability to play games is the raison d'etre of a console. To then offer up a machine that is substandard to it's nearest rival (DDR3 vs GDDR5?, no contest) and then to charge an extra £80, that's just plain insulting.

I used to be a loyal xbox supporter. I bought the original xbox over the PS2 and loved the 360 and laughed at PS3 owners. Time to eat humble pie.


Are you serious, who cares about a few hundred bucks these days. I spend that much on a round of drinks for my mates, so I am more than happy to spend a bit more on a console that clearly has more to offer... Get a real job.

Even if one buys the PS4 with the Playstation eye, it would still be cheaper than the Xbox One

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