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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Comparison Guide: The Ultimate Xbox One versus PlayStation 4

It's the comparison nobody wants, but everyone needs. The marketing behind the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was (and still is) so overwhelmingly aggressive, trying to decide between the two is like not knowing which candidate to vote for as president in the next election.

But the truth is, we're biased. Gamers have stricter loyalties to consoles than young moms have to Twilight characters; 360 owners will buy the One and PS3 owners with buy the PS4. Maybe gaming and politics aren't so different after all. Before you tow the party line, though, take a look at some of these head-to-head comparisons and you might find yourself reaching across the gaming aisle.

The Box

Slimmer is better, right? The PS4 is hands down the sleeker design next to the, well, "boxy" Xbox One. Its sharp edges and angled face make it a good looking machine. But remember, this is the next generation and not just an upgrade. When you spend $400 or $500 on a machine, you want to know you're getting full value. The One is a hoss, but it's a hoss that feels like the future. Advantage: Xbox One

The Interface

Microsoft is a software company. Sony is a hardware company. These specialties shine through when you boot up each console for the first time. From the very beginning, Microsoft made sure to let everyone know the Xbox One was as much of a media center as it was a gaming console. They want the One to be the centerpiece of every living room in America. And because of this, its UI has the same next-generation feel as the overly sized box. Granted, there's nothing wrong with PS4's UI; it's simple and easy to navigate just like the PS3, but the Xbox gives just a little extra to integrate everything from television to social media. Advantage: Xbox One

The Controller

The controller for the Xbox 360 was perfect, and for some reason Microsoft felt like it had to change perfection. In its pursuit, the controller actually takes a slight step backwards. It's still a great controller, but while Microsoft was off changing a great thing Sony took the Dualshock 4 controller and made it incredible. Everything from adding more tension in the analog sticks to improving the triggers in the back, the PS4 takes the new crown as the best controller in consoles. Sorry Wii U, you're not even in the running. Advantage: PS4

The Games

There are two ways to look at this: Right now and the long term. Right now, the launch list for PS4 is a little slim. The newest exclusive titles like "Killzone" are getting mixed reviews and popular franchise releases like Battlefield 4 are available for just about every platform out there. However, Sony exclusives like "Uncharted" and "God of War" are what make the PlayStation the PlayStation. In fact, your wants and needs in a console could come down to this very category: Do you want an all-in-one, do-it-all powerhouse? The Xbox One is fantastic. Do you want a purist's machine that focuses on games and not much else? Meet the PS4. Advantage: PS4

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