The console wars are coming to a close, and with the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launching in 1 day we are coming to a close on or comparisons and it is time for the final showdown between these two consoles. We will have to look at the specs, games, and features of the console to crown a winner.
|Xbox One||PlayStation 4
|Processor||8-Core AMD Custom Microsoft CPU||8-core x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” CPU
|Memory||8GB DDR3||8GB GDDR5
|Storage||500GB Hard Drive||500GB Hard Drive
|Camera||Kinect 2 (1080p)||Not Included
|Online Service||Xbox Live||PlayStation Network
|Media Format||Blu-ray (Blu-ray and DVD movies)||Blu-ray (Blu-ray and DVD movies)
|Motion Control||Kinect 2||DualShock 4, PlayStation 4 Camera (Optional)
Dead Rising 3
Forza Motorsport 5
Ryse: Son of Rome
|InFamous: Second Son
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Shadow of the Beast
The Order: 1886
|Games at Launch||21||23
|Launch Date||21 November||Released
As we can see each console has a definitive advantage over the other from the outside, but we need to look at the hardware and see who wins were.
PlayStation 4 Hardware
The PlayStation 4 has the advantage in the raw power of the console because of its superior 8-core x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” CPU processor. These cores simply mean that if I am running a game instead of running it on the processor, it will split the job across these cores. This does not necessarily mean that it is faster, but it lightens the load on the processor because it is easier to do a lot of small jobs instead of one large job. This is almost necessary for gaming because it graphics are very resource intensive and therefore they need to split that job.
The PlayStation 4 falls short though because it lacks a camera like the Kinect. The Xbox One wins when it comes to the motion sensor war however the PlayStation 4 has the cheaper camera which is about $40 cheaper than the Kinect.
Xbox One Hardware
The Xbox one did not get any huge bonuses for hardware outside of the Kinect. The Xbox loses in raw power but makes up for it with 32mb of onboard storage which can be used for a cache system. A cache system gives it a competitive advantage to gamers who play the same game a lot for instance. Let’s say I play COD Ghosts, and I finish a map and we all vote to replay that same map. It would load faster than the PlayStation 4 because it was basically stored on the console. However in performance testing the PlayStation 4 wins because it has the better specs but to the gamer you should not be able to tell the difference because the games are optimized for the console that they are on.
Launch Titles Xbox One
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
- Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision) stock issues…
- Crimson Dragon (Microsoft Studios)
- Dead Rising 3 (Capcom)
- FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
- Fighter Within (Ubisoft)
- Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft Studios)
- Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
- Killer Instinct (Microsoft Studios)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Lococycle (Microsoft Studios)
- Madden NFL 25 (Electronic Arts)
- NBA 2K14 (2K Sports)
- NBA LIVE 14 (Electronic Arts)
- Need for Speed: Rivals (Electronic Arts)
- Peggle 2 (Electronic Arts)
- Ryse: Son of Rome (Microsoft Studios)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Activision)
- Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
- Zoo Tycoon (Microsoft Studios)
PlayStation 4 Launch Games
Angry Birds Star Wars
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Call of Duty: Ghosts
DC Universe Online
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
Just Dance 2014
Killzone: Shadow Fall
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Madden NFL 25
Need for Speed: Rivals
Skylanders: Swap Force
Trine 2: The Complete Story
The games above are personal preference, but the Xbox One has better exclusive titles in my mind and has the better selection for launch titles.
The operating system in the Xbox is a variation Windows 8, and it is the clear winner when it comes to features and looks. Developers are also likely to choose the Xbox One because they are making it easier for the indie developers to make games which is an issue that has plagued the gaming industry for a long time.
PlayStation 4 Blue Light Of Death
The PlayStation 4 has a hardware issue that is known as the “Blue Light of Death” which is still a mystery to SONY. The issue makes the console useless, and it could be an issue with the TV or a more serious hardware issue. SONY is working on the issue, and they will let us know if the issue is resolved.
Online Game Play
You will have to pay $60 for Xbox live (yearly cost) and $50 (yearly cost) for the PlayStation Network. The winner her is Xbox because the connection has been faster, and proven to be safer than that of SONY’s which is in general threat of being hacked.
There is no clear winner while the PlayStation 4 has better hardware the Xbox comes with better software and games are not written the same for both consoles. Games have to be written for the particular console that is using them to prevent software and hardware issues. The Xbox has a better camera and motion controls, but whatever the choice is you need to pick the one that you will be happy with.