Published on March 14th, 2018 | by voxx0
Xbox 1 vs PS4 – The Ongoing Debate
The console war always seems as though it’s never going to end, so here are some of the facts to consider about each…
Both base consoles are incredibly similar and to split them apart is simply splitting hairs. Between the two base consoles, the hardware is not what will drive you to buy one or the other, with neither console supporting 4k, both consoles having 500GB and 1TB variants, and both having WiFi and Ethernet cable internet connection capabilities. The subtle differences appear in the CPU, GPU, and RAM of the consoles, with the base PS4 having a 1.6GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU, 1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon GPU, and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. The base Xbox 1 however boasts 1.75GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU, Integrated AMD graphics clocked at 853 MHz GPU, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
This would suggest the PS4 as being the leader of the Base consoles, since the enhanced RAM and more powerful GPU allow the graphics to look crisper and cleaner than the Base Xbox’s graphics, and allow the console to run at a more consistent and higher rate. However, that is not the end, as both consoles have had mid-generation upgrades which should also be compared.
Both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox 1 X consoles come equipped with 1TB of storage, HDR, Blu-Ray and DVD Capabilities, and 3 USB 3.0 ports. Both still use WiFi and Ethernet internet connections. Where they differ, once again, is in the CPU, GPU, and RAM, however much has changed as the Xbox is more powerful this time around. Whilst the PS4 Pro offers up 2.1GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU, 4.2 TFLOP AMD Radeon GPU, and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, the Xbox 1 X outshines it in every area as it offers up an impressive 2.3GHz 8-core AMD CPU, Jaguar 6.0 TFLOP AMD Radeon GPU, and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. This impressive display from the updated Xbox means that it runs much smoother, has much better graphic capabilities, and can multitask really well too. It really is, technically speaking, a great console; definitely one that packs a lot of punch.
The main differences are with the price and exclusive features. The price of the Xbox 1 x is £449.99, whereas the PS4 Pro is £349.99. Exclusive features of the Xbox 1 include backwards compatibility with the Xbox and Xbox 360 games, and the PS4 offers up PSVR support should you own a PSVR Headset, which costs an additional £299.99. I’m giving the win in this category to the Xbox 1 X since it is the most powerful console available anywhere on the market, and has the best hardware.
Now, I’m just going to go ahead and say now, PS4 has won this category hands down. Xbox cannot compete in the slightest with the incredible exclusive gaming library that the PS4 holds, and also doesn’t have any answer for SHAREplay, which lets a player play the game of a friend even if they don’t own it, and they can even play at the same time with co-op and local multiplayer games.
The PS4 exclusives library includes some of the greatest games of this generation and only plans on strengthening it in 2018, with current mines of gaming gold like ‘Uncharted 4′ and ‘The Nathan Drake Collection’, ‘The Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy’, ‘Bloodborne’, ‘Shadow of the Colossus’, ‘Nioh’, ‘Until Dawn’, ‘The Last Guardian’, ‘Persona 5′, ‘Nier: Automata’, ‘The Last of Us’, and likely the best RPG since the ‘Witcher 3′ in ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’. Those are just the best of the current games that have been released. The planned exclusive releases for 2018 are stunning, with ‘The Last of Us Part 2′, ‘Death Stranding’, ‘God of War (2018)’, ‘Marvel’s Spider-man’, ‘Detroit: Become Human’, and ‘Days Gone’. These are a few of the games confirmed and all of them promise to be absolute blockbusters and set a new standard for gaming and storytelling in the industry.
On the Xbox side of things, they have no exclusives, since all of their games are available to play on PC too. Two of the biggest “exclusives” they have, ‘PUBG’ and ‘Cuphead’, aren’t even developed by Microsoft owned or affiliated companies, and weren’t developed with Xbox solely in mind. They were just really good PC games which were ported over to the console. The best they have to offer, thanks to backwards compatibility, is the ‘Forza’ franchise, ‘Gears of War’ franchise, and ‘Halo’ franchise. Even then, only four games total from those iconic gaming franchises were made for the Xbox one. The best Xbox has to look forward to is ‘Sea of thieves’, and that’s available on PC too. At least this very nice looking title is being made by Rare, who are owned by microsoft.
That’s why this point has to go to PS4. So many stellar titles already, and so many more to come and be announced.
The sales figures tell the true story behind this generation of gaming for Xbox and Microsoft. PS4 total sales as of November 2017 is 69,635,004, whereas the Xbox 1 stands at less than half, with only 34,156,108 units sold since November 2017. Very poor indeed. Consumers are flocking into Sony’s wide open arms since the prices of the consoles are cheaper, and because they have games that gamers want and have no other access too otherwise. Easy point for PS4 here.
Both consoles block off multiplayer behind a paywall, forcing players to purchase Xbox Live Gold on the Xbox, and Playstation Plus for the PS4. Xbox is cheapest, with PS Plus coming in at £6.99 per month, £19.99 per 3 months, and £49.99 per year, and XBL Gold costing £5.99 per month, £24.99 per 6 months, and £39.99 per year. Each subscription comes with bonuses too though. Whilst Xbox only offers two Xbox 1 games and 1 Xbox 360 game, PS Plus offers two PS4 games, one PSVR game, and two PS3/PS Vita games. Also, the quality of game that the players receive on each of the consoles is very different, and it seems that, generally, the PS players get more for their money. In February and March, PS Plus owners received ‘Knack’, ‘Rime’, ‘Bloodborne’, and ‘Ratchet & Clank (2017)’, whereas XBL Gold owners received ‘Shadow Warrior’, ‘AC Chronicles India’, ‘Trials of the Blood Dragon’, and ‘Superhot’. The PS Plus games are not only worth more, but also are much better games, with two being top tier releases and two being incredibly enjoyable little platformers. All 4four of the XBL Gold games are at best mid tier games, all of which are worth less than the PS Plus games.
Point to Sony and the PS Plus this time around, for offering more games per month, with each game being of a better standard and value to the XBL Gold games. Whilst it is more expensive, it is definitely worth the price, especially since you saved a good amount on the console itself.
Conclusion and the future of this generation
Sony and the PS4 have won this by 3 points to 1, only failing with hardware, even though the PS4 consoles are powerful in their own right. Now what do Xbox and Microsoft have to do to consider this generation a success? Well, this year is likely their last chance to set the tracks in motion before people start talking about the next generation of consoles, so this year at E3 and Gamescom they need to announce a plethora of Xbox “exclusives” and a whole library of good looking games. This is all they can do to save this generation for them as that is the main reason for many people are buying the PS4. Xbox need to announce a magnitude of titles this year, or else Sony are declared the victors by a landslide for this generation of gaming.
- By Ben Hanrahan