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Xbox One v PS4

It's been a long wait, but finally Sony and Microsoft have announced their next generation games consoles. Here we look at the obvious battle between the two, comparing specification, controllers, price and games.

Technical Specifications

With very similar hardware, it is going to be tough to separate the two consoles here. We look at the main technical specification area in turn.

Processor and graphics

AMD designs and manufacturers the CPU and GPU chips for both consoles. Each uses a system on a chip where the CPU and GPU are combined. The processor in both cases is an x86 64-bit chip with 8 cores based on the forthcoming Jaguar architecture. Whilst official detail haven't been issues by either Microsoft or Sony, both consoles have an estimated clock speed of 1.6GHz.

Although both the PS4 and Xbox One have the same basic AMD Radeon based GPU, the unit in the PlayStation is more powerful with 1152 cores compared to 768 in the Xbox One. This 50 percent leads to a higher peak shader throughput of 1.84 TFLOPS compared to 1.23 TFLOPS of the Xbox One. Whether such differences will be noticeable in the real world is another question, but on paper the PS4 is the most impressive of the two consoles.

RAM and storage
Whilst both consoles have 8GB of RAM on board, the Sony uses marginally faster and more expensive GDDR5 memory compared to the GDDR3 in the Xbox. To counter this the Xbox One has 32MB of eSRAM embedded memory that could be used by developers as cache storage. Only real world tests will show which is best, although Microsoft says that the combination of the CPU, GPU and eSRAM is like 'having a supercomputer in your living room'.

With regards to hard drive capacity, both have a 500GB mechanical hard drive, although the Sony's is user removable and therefore easily upgradeable.

Optical drive
It looks like another tie when it comes to the optical drive. Both the Xbox One and PS4 have the same specification 6x Blu-ray/DVD drive as standard.

Connectivity
Again there is very little between the PS4 and Xbox One, with both offering built-in Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI ports supporting 4K output, optical out and USB 3.0. The differences are that the PS4 has Bluetooth 2.1 whilst the Xbox One has an HDMI in port for throughput of external devices. Handy if your TV is low on HDMI connections.

Controllers

The Xbox controller remains largely the same as the two previous generations, which in no bad thing as it's great to hold and feels just right in the hand. The only apparent changes are the subtle redesign of the D-pad and thumb stick along with the only new feature which is the new Impulse Triggers for better feedback.

The PS4 DualShock 4 controller is quite a bit different to the PS3's DualShock 4. The biggest change is the addition of a trackpad in the upper middle of the device along with the integrated 'Move' motion control.

Games
Vital to a games console's success is the games you can actually play on it. It's no good having the best technical specifications of there are no games available to take advantage of it. It is difficult to say which console wins in this category, as different players want and like different games. Here we detail the games that are likely to be exclusive for each console. Please note that this is not a definitive list as new games will be confirmed over the coming weeks and months.

The games exclusive to the free PS4 are as follows:
Blacklight: Retribution, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, DC Universe Online, Deep Down, Daylight, Don't Starve, Gran Turismo, DriveClub, Infamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Mercenary Kings, Oddworld: New n' Tasty, Outlast, The Order: 1866, PlanetSide 2, Primal Carnage: Genesis, Ray's The Dead, Transistor, War Thunder and Warframe.

The games exclusive to the Xbox One are:
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Below, Crimson Dragon, D4, Dead Rising 3, Fantasia: Music Evolved, Forza Motorsport 5, Halo, Killer Instinct, Kinect Sports Rivals, LocoCycle, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, Quantum Break, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Project Spark, Rabbids Invasion, Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall, Untitled Black Tusk game, Zoo Tycoon and Zumba Party Fitness.

Titles that will be lauched on both the PS4 and Xbox One are as follows:
Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Crew, Destiny, The Division, Dragon Age Inquisition, Dying Light, EA Sports UFC, Elder Scrolls Online, FIFA 14, Final Fantasxy XV, Just Dance (2014 version), Kingdom Hearts 3, Mad Max, Madden 25, Metal Gear Solid 5, Mirror's Edge 2, NBA 2K14, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, Skylanders Swap Force, Sniper Elite 3, Star Wars Battlefront, The Evil Within, Trials Fusion, Thief, Watch Dogs, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Witness and Wolfenstein: The New Order.


Price
As always, price is an important factor is which console is best suited to the potential purchaser. Microsoft and Sony have announced different prices for their consoles, with the PS4 coming in cheaper at £349. The Xbox One costs £80 more at £429 although the the Xbox One price includes the new Kinect sensor where the basic PS4 package does not include the rival PlayStation Camera. If you include this in the basic PlayStation 4 price then the total becomes £393. Comparing the console like-for-like there is very little in it. It is not yet known what sort of discount or deals retailers may offer to entice customers.


PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4

Due for release late 2103, the PS4 will go head-to-head with the Xbox One for next generation console honours. Who will win?

PlayStation 3 Games Console
PlayStation 3

The main rival for the Xbox 360, the PS3 boasted an integrated Blu-ray drive, great online features and cutting edge graphics technology.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Console
Xbox 360

The original current, and still excellent, second generation console, now superseded by the Xbox One but still available.

Microsoft Xbox One Games Console
Xbox One

The main rival for the PS4. See our PS4 Vs Xbox One page to get the low-down on these new gaming machines.