Sony and Microsoft have both officially announced their next-gen gaming consoles, and this means that the battle of the next-gen gaming consoles, PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One is about to start. On one hand we have the Sony PlayStation 4, the successor to the Sony PlayStation 3 and on the other hand we have the successor to the Xbox 360, Microsoft Xbox One.

So everything is almost clear, we know the official names of the next-gen consoles, we know how their controllers look like, and we also know how the Xbox One looks like. The only thing we are still waiting for on the hardware part is to check out the actual PS4 console which will be revealed at E3 this year.

Now that both the companies (Sony and Microsoft) are ready with their next-gen consoles, we come to the most important question – What will you choose in a battle of PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One?

Both these consoles are set for release during the holiday season this year and both look equally powerful and promising. So let us put PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One face to face in different fields which will give us an idea about what we should expect from them in the near future.

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One : Console Hardware

When it comes to hardware, the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One are quiet similar. Both these consoles use custom AMD processors with x86 architecture, both have 8GB of RAM and both of them have high capacity built-in hard drives for storing games and other media. As of now, we know that the Xbox One will have a 500GB hard drive but Sony has not given out any official figures, the only thing they said was that the hard drive would be ‘very large.’

Xbox One PlayStation 4
Availability 2013 Holiday 2013
Blu-ray Yes Yes
Hard drive Built-in (500GB) Built-in (“very large”)
Motion control New Kinect (bundled) Move controller
CPU 8-core x86 AMD 8-core x86 AMD
USB 3.0 Yes Yes
Wireless Yes (802.11n w/Wi-Fi Direct) Yes (802.11n)
Gigabit Ethernet Yes Yes
HDMI Yes (in and out) Yes
Suspend/resume game support Yes Yes
Background downloading Yes Yes
Native gameplay sharing (video) Yes Yes

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One : Console Design


We still do not know how the PS4 console looks like, how big it is and what kind of shape it will have. As far as the Xbox One is concerned, we feel that something went terribly wrong! There is no intention of criticizing the Xbox One design, but the fact is that it looks very old and classic, as if it was a next-gen console designed in the year 1980 or something. Even the Xbox 360 console looks way cooler than the Xbox One. We really hope that Sony has something much better installed for us.

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One : Controllers

When it comes to controllers, once again Sony and Microsoft have both made major improvements. Both controller looks similar to the previous generation, but have a lot of new features packed into them. The PS4 dualshock controller has a new touchpad, better designed analog sticks, triggers that are easy to use and a light bar for the PlayStation Eye.

As far the Xbox One controller is concerned, it has a fixed D-pad, redesigned analog sticks, more responsive triggers and a newly designed battery compartment that makes the controller easier to hold.

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One : Backwards Compatibility

Once again, a criteria where both, the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One are similar. The reason is because the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, both do not have ‘Backwards Compatibility’ and will not be able to run older games. The main reason for this incompatibility is the new system architecture used in these consoles.

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One : Games availability

This is one of the main criteria depending on which new consumers will choose which console they want to go for. As of now, Sony has a small list of games that has been announced and/or demoed for the PS4. The list includes Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son and Drive Club. The Xbox One on the other hand already has a lot of new games coming to the console. Microsoft said that the Xbox One would have 15 exclusive games in the first 12 months after launch. And as of now, the list includes Forza 5, Quantum Change and Ryse.