PS4 vs Xbox One: which is better?


A definitive comparison between Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One is more important than ever three years into the current generation of consoles.

PS4 and Xbox One prices are at an all-time low, while both videogame systems have spawned mid-cycle upgrades by way of PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro and Xbox One S in 2016.

Yes, many of the games are the same, but but the exclusive games are what make each system a worthwhile investment. New features to the respective systems also make this straightforward showdown more complicated than ever.

The latest PS4 sales numbers continue to show Sony with a comfortable lead, crossing 50 million sold over the course of its lifetime. That’s compared to just 24 million Xbox One consoles sold as of October 15, 2016.

Sony’s comfortable lead is no accident. The company has made sure its system is packed full of excellent exclusive games (just check out our list of the best PS4 games if you’re in any doubt), and it’s recently received a new slimline model as well as an upgraded 4K machine

Oh, and it’s also the only console to feature a fully-fledged virtual reality headset, the PlayStation VR

Not to be outdone, Microsoft has come back strong, and in recent months has narrowed the sales gap with Sony. As well as bringing a number of excellent exclusives of its own (check out our guide to the best Xbox One games for more details), the company has also launched its own slimline console, the Xbox One S

Whereas Sony has played it safe with the PS4 Slim, Microsoft has been much more adventurous, and has equipped the One S with an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, and the ability to upscale games to 4K. There’s also Project Scorpio on the horizon, which promises native (rather than upscaled) 4K gaming. 

The company has also got big ambitions for Xbox One/Windows 10 compatibility with the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative. It’s gotten of to a bit of a rocky start, but it has the potential to really take off in the future. 

We’ve put together a short video to explain the major differences between the two consoles as we head towards the three year mark.