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PS4 vs. Xbox One – Games, Apps, Hardware and Features Comparison

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Some of you might be faced with the decision of choosing between the Xbox One console and the PS4 console. Both have amazing interfaces which are easy to handle and both are packed with a vast range of games to please every game fanatic out there; but they are also very distinctive in other ways. Read on to find out which is the best console for your needs.

The Selection of Games for PS4 and Xbox One

Between the two consoles you can enjoy playing games like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Destiny, Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as Alien: Isolation. Those of you who enjoy sport games can play Madden NFL, NBA 2K and NHL games, again on both PS4 and Xbox One.

However, there are some swank games which can only be enjoyed on a PS4. They are:

  • Infamous: Second Son
  • The Order: 1886
  • Bloodborne (RPG)
  • The Last of Us

Note: Interactive spookfest Until Dawn is on the verge of being released on the PS4 as well as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. So keep an eye out for them!

With the Xbox One you can play:

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as well as Titanfall
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Killer Instinct
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Gears of War
  • Crackdown
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Hardware Specs

The PS4 takes the lead here because it weighs a mere 6.1 pounds and has a pretty sleek design. Plus it can fit in a rucksack due to its angular overall design.

The Xbox One at first sight is just an unattractive black box. It weighs 7 pounds and measures 13 inches, it is also not as easy to transport. It has 3 USB 3.0 ports while the PS4 only has 2; however the PS4 USB ports are easier to access because they are situated at the front. As far as controllers go, the Xbox One controller is a little more lightweight and its buttons are pretty fly as well.

As for the PS4, its DualShock 4 comes complete with a touchpad which is again located on the front face, users also get a speaker and the light bar shows you the remaining battery level. You can also use a micro-USB to charge the DualShock 4, but this will cost you an extra $25 if you want the full kit. With the PS4 you also get a neat headset, but again, if you want the headset adapter you will have to pay the price: $25.

Apps & More

The idea behind the creation of the Xbox One was to entertain users while they are enjoying a casual afternoon. The thing that might end up being a selling point for you is the fact that the Xbox One also receives a TV signal. This means that you can pause your game and turn on your favorite movie. Those of you who are lucky enough to own a Kinect can switch to their favorite movie or TV show with a simple voice command. Also, both the Xbox One and PS4 run the following streaming services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video and so on. Xbox One can also access the following: HBO Go, Fox Now, the CW and Comedy Central; unfortunately the PS4 cannot access the latter networks.

For only $20 per month those of you who have an Xbox One at home can watch Sling TV and enjoy AMC or even ESPN. The PS4 is ideal for all you music enthusiasts out there. With PS4 you can let Spotify play your favorite tunes in the background while you carry on shooting zombies. What could be more relaxing, right? So, all in all with Xbox One you can enjoy a bunch of TV networks while PS4 puts good music apps at your disposal.

Announcing New Features

At the E3 2015 convention, Microsoft spilled the beans on 2 new key features that will be arriving on the Xbox One. The first and most important is the fact that it will be compatible with a bunch of Xbox 360 games and the second good news is related to a brand new controller. The new controller will be dubbed the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and will be priced at $150.

On the other side, Sony is planning to unveil the Morpheus VR Headset peripheral. This of course is scheduled to happen in 2016. It will surely be added to the PS4 since the games that were unveiled at the E3 were created especially for the Morpheus.

Final thoughts

PS4 and Xbox One are definite must haves for all you passionate gamers out there. However, the PS4 might just be the console to satisfy your adrenaline rush. You get to enjoy games at 1080p with top-notch peripherals and useful features. Needless to say, both of them have the peripherals included in the package. The extra bits and pieces, like an adapter for instance, will cost extra.

Of the two, Xbox One is the more affordable choice. It will cost you $50 less than the PS4, minus the Kinect state-of-the-art sensor. But for some of you, PS4’s neat Spotify app along with the Remote Play element might be worth every penny. Both come packed with stellar games, so in the end just pick the one that you think will best suit your needs.