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XBOX One vs PS4: Pros, Cons, Hardware, Games, Accessories

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This post will be a constantly updated unbiased comparison of the XBOX One (sometimes affectionately called the XBONE) vs the PS4. This will inlcude information such as the games that will be available for the PS4 vs the XBOX One, the hardware each will use (If the XBOX One or PS4 will have better graphics and speed), the pros and cons of each (size, always online DRM, expected price at launch vs one year from now, expected durability, etc.), and much more. I will include links to all of my sources so you can verify for yourself, and I will constantly update these sources so keep checking back for new information.

First, I will give a brief overview of the PS4 vs XBOX One, including their major differences, and then I will go more in depth for each, which will be in a different post I will link to. Sources for information in the vs comparison will be in the individual posts.

THe XBOX One with Kinect and controller


The PS4 controller

Console Playstation 4 Xbox One
Expected Price $399 (shown in the link to the PS4 on amazon above) $499 (Includes Microsoft Kinect) (shown in the link to the Xbox One on Amazon above)
Online Requires PS+ Requires XBOX Live
Disc Drive Blu Ray and DVD Blu Ray and DVD
Online DRM Supposedly None Supposedly must sync with XBOX servers every 24 hours, or games become unplayable
UPDATE: This has been proved false. Developers have the OPTION of adding a feature for always online or once a day sync, but is not required by the XBOX itself
Update 2: Microsoft has changed their policy due to pressure from consumers. There will no longer be any DRM, you need to connect the Xbox One to the internet initially to set it up, but after that internet is no longer required for single player. And used game policy for the Xbox One will be the same as for the Xbox 360, you can trade and sell any of your used games and buy them as well.
Processor AMD 32 bit 8 core 8 thread CPU at 1.6 GHz (should run quite cool) 8 core 8 thread at 1.6 GHz (should run quite cool)
GPU (very important) AMD Radeon D3D 11.1 chip
GPU Cores 1152 768
Memory (RAM) 8GB DDR5 8GB DDR3
Games available only on that console Halo
Size of console 275 x 53 x 305mm about 1.5 times the size of PS4
Weight of console 2.8 kg still looking, but most likely 3-4 kg
Generally accepted performance 1.5 times as powerful as XBONE about 66% as powerful as PS4
Hard Drive size of Playstation 4 and Xbox 1 500 GB in base model 500 GB in base model
Upgradeability 500 GB hard drive can be upgraded with any 2.5″ (laptop sized) consumer hard drive, including SSD’s (and SSD in the Playstation 4 could greatly improve and possibly eliminate load times, and decrease time needed for any features that have to be installed on the drive) 500 GB hard drive CANNOT be upgraded
Game Prices $60 as evidenced in the links tot he games on Amazon below $60 as evidenced in the links tot he games on Amazon below
Controller Prices $60 as evidenced in the links to the controllers on Amazon near the top $60 as evidenced in the links to the controllers on Amazon near the top

NOTE: The generally accepted performance ratings don’t neccesarily say how good the games will look, a lot of that still depends on the console’s programming, heat dissapation, and many other factors, so don’t base it solely on amount of Teraflops it can produce on the video card.

PS4 Price Source: Sony Presentation, image shown here: Imgur link to picture of Sony PS4 conference at E3
XBOX One Price Source: Forbes link to XBONE price (this includes XBOX Kinect)
Hardware chart for the PS4 and XBOX One:
Always online DRM for XBOX One:
Size of PS4 and XBOX One:
Another source for size: Lens of truth
Update from Xbox about always online DRM, saying it is no longer part of the Xbox One: Update
Article about Xbox One not allowing hard drive upgrades: Xbox One HDD upgrade

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