four months ago

Who's winning the console wars; Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Which console, if any, are you getting and why?

I work for Consumer Reports and have had my hands on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. There is a lot to be said for both consoles. The Xbone is packed with features and really serves as a media center for the living room. The PS4 is more strictly focused on gaming and social elements. I bought a PlayStation 4 for my own personal use because I don't really need all the bells and whistles and there are a few PlayStation exclusive titles I'm really looking forward to. What do you guys think? Xbox One vs PlayStation 4, who wins?

To read my reviews for the PS4 and Xbox One, check out these links:

Xbox One - yabb.ly/ogLzAs

PS4 - yabb.ly/IDzaxD

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PS4 is an easy choice in this case. It's noticeably more powerful (50% faster GPU, unified GDDR5 memory), $100 cheaper, smaller/sleeker, and doesn't have a giant external power brick. Sony also has far better exclusives with Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch studios. The Uncharted series and The Last of Us were some of the best games of the last 5 years.

The media services are nice, but who buys a console for that? Pretty much everything serves as a media center these days (TV, bluray player, TiVo, etc etc). People buy game consoles to play games. The added TV integration of the XBOX is pretty worthless without even basic timeshifting/DVR capability.

  • NelFon45 four months ago

    I don't see much of a difference in online gaming graphics comparison between the 2 consoles but do agree with you regarding the price. Felt forced to buy the Kinect although it is much improved. As far as TV integration goes, you can still access the DVR with your cable box remote. However, PS4 seemed to transition to the market with a bit less teething than the Xbox One which in my opinion seemed rushed. Xbox One's long term potential is there if things go as planned. I hear some cable companies are even making apps, ie VerizonFIOS, that will allow you to bypass the cable box altogether. What get's under my skin with Xbox one is them making you buy a live package to be able to access apps like Netflix and HBO Go. Sounds greedy and money grubbing to me. Sony seems to have their finger on the pulse of the player allowing them free access to apps and in their simplicity, making an excellent gaming system as well. Picking my poison, I believe PS4 is the better system for gaming. Xbox One can be the better system next year if things go well and they can get the indie developers on board. Agree with you with the size issue and Xbox One's exterior power brick. They couldn't find space in that ginormous box to tuck that thing? Sheesh. Either way there are great games on both consoles.

  • cr-guest-321 four months ago

    It's always hard to tell much at console launch because none of the games are well optimized for the hardware. But even at this early stage there is evidence of the PS4's additional horsepower in the differing native resolutions. For example, Call of Duty Ghosts runs at native 1080p on PS4 but only 720p on the XBox (which then upscales to 1080p).

  • cr-guest-886 four months ago

    Will there be a difference between a "pure"1080p vs a scaled up 1080p?

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    Its difficult to say right now. Call of Duty is one of the few games available for both next gen consoles and current gen consoles. These games aren't pushing the limits of the next generation hardware yet. Its likely that games running in true 1080p will appear a little smoother but we'll need to wait for more games to compare.

  • cr-guest-670 four months ago

    Well I will say this. The first week, I was ready to send Xbox One back to amazon.Com. I am glad I didn't for I am getting over the learning curve where I know most of the commands. It responds to most commands and now that the apps are coming in, I am enjoying it all the more. Just need more quality games and indie games as well. I don't know what was going through my head that I thought downloadable games would be cheaper than cds. Thought the savings of cd, plastic cases and artwork would be passed on to the consumer. Boy was I wrong.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt three months ago

    I fully agree that the downloadable games should be cheaper than buying the physical games. If they made the downloads cheaper, it would give consumers more of an incentive to buy them and that would cut down on used game sales. This would be an organic way of controlling usage as opposed to Microsoft's originally planned anti-used game policies.

  • NelFon45 three months ago

    Absolutely. The download prices are ridiculous. Xbox download store prices are higher now, mind you a month later, than the physical cd games on Amazon.com. In stone cases, a full $10 cheaper. Some good will advice for Microsoft, make Netflix, HBO Go apps etc, free for anyone who's already paying for these services. Make Xbox Live exclusively for online gamers. Same line of thinking goes to that Microsoft Surface as an example. Lower the price, or just include the keyboard and I believe they will sell. But that's a topic for another forum. "Build it and they will come"

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Xbox; better games more for your money in terms of integration, apps, Kinect, and the future possibility of NFL Sunday Ticket. So looking forward to Titanfall! PS4 is behind the curve when it comes to actual online multiplayer. They do just enough to appear to be in the game but a harder look shows why they don't even compete IMO.

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I have not purchased either system this holiday season, and will likely hold off for a little while. The launch titles for the PS3 and XBONE are not amazing (as usual with new launches, anyone remember Kameo for the 360? blergh!) and all the disc drive and boot up errors being reported for both have me a little worried. I'm thinking it'll be a good idea to give MSFT and Sony some time to iron out the kinks.

I am personally leaning toward the PS4 first sometime next year. It has more usable hardware power for graphics and the kinect and voice controls on the XBONE, while novel, are not important to me and kind of creep me out a little. I may eventually pickup the Xbox though like I did with the 360 and PS3 when the price goes down and some more interesting system-exclusives come out like Titanfall next year.

I'm also a little bit miffed that my 360 and PS3 controllers don't work with the new systems. I inherited a full suite of Xbox controllers and have a arcade fighting stick that will need to be repurchased but I guess it comes with the territory.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    That's why I went the PS4 also. While, I think Xbox added a lot of great features, I just couldn't see myself sitting down at night and telling it what channel to put on. I guess it would be incredibly useful when you can't find the remote though. And yes, there is always a limited game selection at launch so I don't blame you for waiting to jump onto a next gen console.

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Do you mainly use your game console for playing games, or as a streaming media player? How do you feel about needing an Xbox Live Gold membership to use most of the apps on both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One? If PlayStation offered more entertainment options, would that sway your console buying decision or do you mainly care about the games?

  • Damaged four months ago

    Paying for a membership is fine by me. I heard that PS4 is moving that direction too. Xbox is a lot easier to use when it comes to anything. My friend bought a ps4 and he uses his Xbox for everything with the exception of some games ps only has.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    The difference is that PlayStation 4 only charges you to play online and for a few other features. Xbox charges you to use the majority of its features. For example, you need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership along with a subscription to Netflix to use the Netflix app on Xbox.

  • cr-guest-307 four months ago

    As an Xbox One owner, apps like HBO Go and Netflix should not require and Xbox Gold membership. Especially since I am not that big an online gamer/multiplayer. Microsoft has strong armed me to buy an Gold membership.

  • cr-guest-970 four months ago

    I used my old Wii and then PS3 for streaming Netflix and media back when the functionality was new. Then I bought a blu-ray player that had the same functionality which I tended to use more often. Now I own a smart TV with a very convenient "Netflix button" on the remote and all the apps I could possibly need. I haven't used my PS3 for media since, and at this point the last thing I need in a gaming console is media support. It seems nice to have as a bonus feature, but its hard to compete with the convenience of a smart TV that doesn't require a 2nd device to browse Netflix.

  • mudman63 two months ago

    I use my PS3 for games, blu-ray movies and streaming. I purchased my 50" TV before SmartTV/wireless were common in them so the PS3 is what drives access to everything. I don't own an Xbox so can't comment on how easy or hard it is to get at the media features compared to PS3 but my wife and kids have no problem getting access to Netflix, Amazon, DVD/Blu-ray or games with our PS3. I will say that needing to purchase an Xbox Live membership was one of the big negatives for me. I am sticking with Sony and have purchased a PS4.

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I've been playing games for 25 years, and went from consoles to pc gaming in the late 90s. I like the flexibility of PC gaming, and prefer the keyboard and mouse for controls. By late 2009 there were enough exclusive games I wanted to play for the Wii and PS3 that I finally broke down and purchased both, and was happy with both purchases. This was nothing against Xbox (many friends own one), but there were not enough exclusives for that console that appealed to me. I play all 3rd party games on the PC, especially shooters (keyboard/mouse preference).

I recently upgraded my PC and will be able to handle any new 3rd party games for quite awhile (I currently play everything at max settings/1080p), so I am not in any hurry. I could see myself waiting years for them to build up a good game library before strongly considering a purchase (PS4/WiiU…maybe Xbox one), depending on the number of exclusives on the console I want to play. I doubt I will buy all three through. There's also the benefit of buying the console redesign at a cheaper price after they fix the bugs of the launch versions.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt three months ago

    Just out of curiosity, since you're a PC gamer, do you use Steam? If so does the announcement of the Steam Machine's at CES appeal to you? And how do you think gaming rigs optimized for living room use will compete with traditional consoles?

  • cr-guest-970 two months ago

    Sorry for the late reply. I completely lost track of this thread. I do use Steam, but the steam machines really don't appeal to me. It looks like they are on par with a range of gaming PC's (I already own a higher end box), but they remove the basic PC functionality and require you to hook it up to a TV (not something I want to do). A benefit to PC gaming for me is using a huge range of keyboard and mouse options, not a controller, and the steam controller doesn't bridge the gap for me. At the price of the Steam boxes you could build or buy a very nice gaming PC, so I don't really see what the market is. SteamOS is also Linux based which mean it uses OpenGL. DirectX is currently the standard for PC gaming and the reason why Windows has such a strong lead over Apple and Linux with PC gamers. I'm rooting for SteamOS (might install it on my PC if OpenGL finally becomes competitive with DirectX), but for now running Steam on Windows 7 seems to be a better option than buying a Steam box (get my cake and eat it too). Maybe the lower end boxes would appeal to console gamers looking to bridge the gap between console and PC.

    If Microsoft ever closed off Windows to Steam/UPlay/Origin, then running a SteamOS would become very attractive to PC gaming. Doesn't sound like Microsoft is going that way now they are giving up Windows Live Games.

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i havent played a PS4 as much except when i visit one of my friends. But the Xbox one is ok right now. but not great due to microsoft being slow with updates and add ons to the one. plus some internal issues like mine likes to over heat if it doesnt have a fan on it. and given microsofts history im sure other issues will arise. But just game wise i prefer the xbox over the ps4 the game just seems to play and look better. But both systems seem to still have a lot of products so if you can wait until next year i would. until both companys put out more updates for the systems. and in the long run i can see xbox being the better system if microsoft puts some effort into it (i dont know if they will but the potential is there).

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My husband got the XBox One. His comment on why he bought it "For the games. Well, actually, not really, they are pretty similar." Apparently something about liking the XBox games better.

"It's really hard to find a playstation 4"

"Or just buy both"

"Are you Yabbly-ing?"

(Sorry for the poor transcribing and lack of a thorough answer).

  • Tom four months ago

    And by "games" he means Halo :-)

  • Dog four months ago

    Ha! Yes… I know there is a lot of "me time" on the horizon with that one.

  • Damaged four months ago

    Tell him to get dark souls and then get dark souls 2 in march. It's very entertaining game to watch my husband play. Look up some of the player comments on YouTube its hilarious. I've heard plenty of ppl throw their controlling cuz the game is so challenging.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    Dog, if your husband is a big Halo fan, make sure he knows that Steven Spielberg is working on a live action Halo series. Its exclusively for Xbox One so it looks like he made the right choice!

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Since you included the choice of "if any" I'll answer. My answer is: none. I don't use game consoles at all, never got interested in them. Had an Atari 2600 way way back when, and never bothered to try that again. I spend a lot of time with "real" computers so something as locked-down as a game console is pointless to me.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    I was just curious if you use your "real" computers for gaming at all? If so are you interested in Steam's new OS?

  • tedb four months ago

    Steam is interesting to me in that it's moving serious gaming to Linux, thus it will be a factor in mainstreaming Linux. In general I don't do gaming much, if I do (and it's quite rare), it's on a Windows VM on my iMac usually.

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I'm not a big fan of PS consoles. I find the ease of use to be a bit difficult whereas the Xbox is easier to navigate. However, I won't buy any of them because I bought the Kinect a few yrs ago and I'm still waiting for the games to be worth getting a new console. So for now I'm content with my Kinect and won't be upgrading until they figure out more of the bugs or get more games.

Oh and I saw a article before they were released that Xbox one will out sell PS4 1.5 to 1

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    PS4 actually outsold Xbox One in November, of course they also had a one week head start. As far as Kinect is concerned, since it comes with the Xbox One console, you will probably see more games that take advantage of those features. Personally, I think one of the best uses for the Kinect is fitness.

  • 1Baybreeze four months ago

    It would be great if Kinect technology was integrated into PCs/laptops, such as what Leap Motion is doing with their gesture control technology.

  • Damaged four months ago

    The Kinect is awesome for fitness but its not really meant for the true gamer unfortunately. It would be neat to see COD or battlefield somehow integrated into it. For now the original Kinect Xbox is good for me but we will see in the coming year what games become Kinect useable.

  • cr-guest-321 four months ago

    All predictions were that PS4 would outsell the XBox and that has certainly been the case.

  • Damaged four months ago

    I beg to differ I think its still to close to call and Forbes thinks so too. yabb.ly/Fh0WOn

  • cr-guest-886 four months ago

    The Xbox one can outsell it in the long run if it can get the bugs out of the system. But that $100 difference may be the anchor that prevents it from outselling PS4.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    The problem with making more hardcore games for the Kinect is that "true" gamers don't really seem to care about using those types of controls. They work well for casual and party games but you still can't get the tight controls that a traditional controller provides.

  • cr-guest-321 four months ago

    Matt is exactly right. The Kinect targets grandmothers, 4 year girls, and stay at home moms, not real gamers. Might as well call the XBox One the Wii 2.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    I wouldn't go as far as that. I think that the Kinect does have some practical purposes. Like the fitness games we discussed earlier. The motion and voice control for launching apps is also a time saver. Though, it does lack appeal for traditional gamers. I think it's a great add-on for the Xbox One. Since its bundled with the console, we may see more interesting applications for in game use.

  • Damaged four months ago

    Well I think it will always be the age ol battle because my husband and I like Xbox but his friend likes ps. So in the end its always going to come down to a matter of opinion, marketing and sales.

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The need for a gold membership to play online is a low point for Xbox. I could see gold being viable if it was rolled in with free netflix, free DLC for the life of certain games, some benefit to justify it… Playing online is the backbone of consoles these days, taxing the consumer for it seems wrong. Nonetheless I have enjoyed the more professional environment where people don't create multiple free accounts to spam leaderboards. Maybe a one time fee for Gold would make more sense.

  • cr-guest-807 four months ago

    I agree. You already pay for internet service and pay extra to use it? Kind of bogus

  • cr-guest-886 four months ago

    Totally agree. It's ridiculous.

  • cr-guest-3628 two months ago

    um so you know you have to do that now with the PS4 as well now.

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The launch titles so far like Call of Duty Ghosts can also be snagged on PS3 or 360. Some upcoming games like Watch Dogs, Destiny are also available for them and Ultra Street Fighter 4 is PS3 and 360 exclusive

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    I agree. That's one of the major reasons that people may wait to pick up a new console. There aren't many exclusives available yet and the most popular games out there are available for PS3 and Xbox 360 as well. That being said, there was a noticeable improvements in the graphics on Assassin's Creed IV on the next gen consoles as compared to the current ones.

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When I was discussing with a friend who had purchased both, he said that the communities differ for Xbox One and PS4. He found that Xbox people were more likely to talk, while PS4 were more loners. Is there any truth to that?

  • Damaged four months ago

    I don't have a answer but I just have to say that kind of made me laugh

  • cr-guest-321 four months ago

    PS4 users prefer to have social interactions in person. XBox users game online from their parents basement and never leave the house.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    It's still a little early to tell at this point. That did seem to be the case for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in my experience though.

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I really wanted to be compelled to buy the XBox1, but aside from ineffective sales staff in the Msoft store it seemed geared towards men or atleast kids 10/15+. I like that you can talk to you and it sees you but in a noisy room it didn't hear the large man yelling at it. They also didn't seem to have any of the games we like (read blood free games) Lego, Disney infinity, or an I wrong (again lame sales guy). And why is no one talking about wiiU a year later? Is it not good?

  • cr-guest-886 four months ago

    Don't know. Remember back in the day when Wii blew both PS4 and Xbox out of the water? They just couldn't maintain that momentum. Xbox quickly caught up with their Kinect and they faded away a bit. Plus I was never impressed with their graphics or their games and apparently the market agreed.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    The problem with the Wii U is that it already feels outdated. The graphics are on the level of PS3 and Xbox 360. The tablet like controller was a good idea but you can use tablets and phones as a second screen for the other consoles as well. The other issue is that they don't have much third support for games. Most of their titles are their own franchises like Mario and Zelda.

  • Tom four months ago

    Yikes. Thx for keeping it real.

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt four months ago

    Maybe that was a little harsher than I intended. Wii U has its merits as well. While, Nintendo has a lack if third party support, they also have the most classic and immediately recognizable games. They also have the Nintendo TVii service which has similar functions to Xbox's One Guide.

  • Damaged four months ago

    There are a lot of kids games on Xbox especially ones with Kinect availability. If you go on games tops website you can see a listing. Also like mentioned before they have a lot of fitness games. I personally like dance central because its entertaining watching your friends and yourself act a fool. Lol. However, I won't buy the Xbox one until the price gets lowered or I need to buy a new Xbox. I have 1 Xbox Kinect and one regular snow 360 and love them.

  • Damaged four months ago

    GameStops* website

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I purchase consoles purely for gaming – I'm not necessarily against them operating also as a media center, but the primary purpose is to get something that can play the latest games.

What's important for me in a console is performance, availability of games, and the online community. I initially owned an Xbox 360, but after a few hardware failures (and replacements) I purchased a PS3. After the switch I missed things like Halo and Gears of War. I also have to say that the PS3's online community wasn't nearly as active as the Xbox Live community. That said, I still own that PS3 and play it regularly.

With the release of the PS4 and the Xbox One I'm tempted to go back to the Xbox both for several exclusive titles and the online community – it sounds like it's the less powerful gaming rig though, which is definitely a deterrent.

I think I'm going to wait until the new year to make a move – I'll let things play out a bit and make my decision once things have settled down a bit. I'll definitely be tuned into this thread as to make sure I make the right decision!

  • Consumer-Reports-Matt three months ago

    How does the announcement of PlayStation Now impact your decision on a console? I think that being able to stream games from previous generations is a big move on Sony's part and can help to reduce some of the complaints about lack of backward compatibility on the new consoles.

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Xbox one has incredible games and features so I think xbox is winning!

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XBOX One, has its issues but by and large has much more to offer in terms of all around. Provides gaming just as Microsoft always has. Maybe NFL Sunday ticket next year?

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