Updated: PS4 vs Xbox One: which is better?

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Our incredibly in-depth Xbox One vs PS4 comparison is more meaningful than ever with the battle continuing to rage intensely in 2016. Our guide considers Microsoft’s backward compatibility news and previous price drops, and how it all contrasts with Sony’s powerful specs, exclusive games and graphics power.

Now almost two years since the consoles launched, Sony’s sales numbers prove that PS4 is more popular with early adopters of the next-generation of video games. Fact.

PlayStation 4 is outselling Xbox One 2-to-1 right now, surpassing 40.43 million systems sold worldwide, while Microsoft’s sales numbers are at 20.99 million. Back in January AMD hinted at price drops coming to both consoles, so it’s looking as though the PS4’s sales dominance is looking set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Who cares? Those are overall sales statistics – all meaningless, as multiple Xbox One price drops and surge in popularity are starting to make the debate a little more even. Better still, last November Microsoft began bringing Xbox 360 backwards compatibility to the Xbox One.

This is a lot more substantial than Sony’s existing backwards compatibility solution for the PS4, which is based around allowing users to stream games from Playstation Now. It’s a neat solution, but it can’t compare to playing a game locally on your console.

Microsoft’s come-from-behind campaign consists of adding exclusive games like Halo 5, full DVR capabilities, readying an Xbox Elite controller, gamepad remapping and, further out, experimenting with HoloLens.

In addition to Xbox One backward compatibility, Microsoft also enabled game streaming to Windows 10 presents exciting game streaming possibilities in its November update which came out last year. We’ve got a full guide on how to stream your Xbox One games to PC.

It’s also the only console with EA Access.

Not to be outdone, Sony has also enabled game streaming on its console, allowing users to use remote play to play their PS4 games on their Mac or PC. If this sounds interesting, we’ve got a full guide on how to stream your games from PS4 to your Mac or PC.

Sony also has a couple of large, interrelated hardware releases lined up for later this year. Playstation VR, Sony’s answer to the Oculus Rift, is set to launch this October, and a more powerful 4K console is due to launch alongside it.

This console, codenamed the Playstation NEO, will be capable of outputting at 4K resolution, and will be fully backwards compatible with existing PS4 games. This enhanced power will not just be used for resolution, it should also work much better with Playstation VR.

In terms of games, Sony’s console has just seen the release of the fourth part of its critically acclaimed Uncharted series, and apparently it’s pretty good. Meanwhile Doom’s hotly anticipated reboot has just launched on both consoles, and Blizzard’s Overwatch is set to land in just a couple of days.

“We have have the advantage in powering gamers through the next decade,” say both companies. To see if that’s true, our Xbox One vs PS4 comparison needs another update.