Microsoft and Sony are both vying get your hard-earned money this holiday season. But which game console should you buy: the Xbox One of the PS4?

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4

Xbox One: What the web is saying

Here are some notable Xbox One reviews from around the web:

Polygon’s Xbox One review isn’t just thorough, it’s also really pretty, and kind of makes you forget that you’re shopping for a game console and not high-end designer furniture. Here’s Polygon’s take in a nutshell:

“The Xbox One is an impressive marriage of software and hardware that raises the bar in terms of what we expect from a living-room machine. Looking forward more than it looks back, the Xbox One feels like it’s from the future.”

The Xbox One's Kinect sensor: Feels like it is from the future?

The Xbox One’s Kinect sensor: Feels like it is from the future?

Don’t feel like buying a time machine? Then you might want to stick with some more practical advice, courtesy of the folks over at Engadget, who took a detailed look at the controller as well as the Kinect and also noted some missing features:

“The Xbox One may not be exactly what Microsoft thinks it is, but it’s still a strong start for a powerful game console (…) What’s there so far is a very competent game box with an expensive camera and only a few exclusive games differentiating it from the competition.”

Ars Technica, on the other hand, isn’t too impressed with all the bells and whistles Microsoft has added to the Xbox One:

“At this point, the voice control and multitasking functions that are meant to really set the Xbox One apart are just shy of being good enough to really push the system over the top. (…)Even if those problems are smoothed out with future updates, I’m not sure if these features are worth $100…”

But there are also people who really love the Xbox One, like the folks over at Tom’s Guide:

“The $499 price tag on the Xbox One is justifiable, considering its one-box-to rule-them-all approach. When combined with a cable or satellite TV connection, the One feels like the more exciting and innovative console you’ll be using well into the next decade.”

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  1. Janko, a couple of things don’t add up in your article: on the gaming page you mention the PS4 can record games using Twitch.tv, but then on the apps table you don’t list twitch.tv on the PS4 side. Also, you list Internet Explorer web browser on the Xbox side, but don’t list the PS4 web browser on the PS4 side. What gives?

  2. Ps4 is better than Xbox one in my opinion

  3. Don’t know what to get! I think i’ll go for PlayStation4

  4. Ahhh, the great conclusion: which one should you buy? Uhhh, it depends actually. Pussies.

  5. Make sure to consider price. The XBOX Gold membership is much pricier. Over ten years, this could REALLY add up. You can watch Netflix on a PS4 without membership. Not so with the Xbox.

    1. so buy the ps4 and enjoy.. I have the Xbox One have been Xbox live member for over 10 yrs. I didn’t buy the Xbox for Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, etc.. They are extras. I’ll pay the price for a great online experience. To play multi- player on the ps4 you need PlayStation premium membership. that cost cash also.. they are both good systems. I may buy the ps4 down the road. (Own; Ps3, 360, original Xbox, Laptop, Desktop etc..) Both systems came out too early. PS3, 360. still have lots of leg left…

  6. Valentine North Sunday, December 1, 2013

    This an article for people who have absolutely no idea what xbox one or ps4 really are and want to add them to xmas gift list.

    Gamers, the ones that actually want these products will buy the console that has the games they want. Meaning, that in a lot of cases, people will buy both.
    Sad, but there you have it, the power of proprietary software.

    Reminds of some times long ago, when a friend had one TV for local channels, and another for foreign ones, because of the PAL/NTSC/SECAM things. Ancient stuff.

  7. Well I have two xbox 360’s and love them, but for my new console I’m buying a PS4 this X-Mas, I don’t like the way xbox one is more expensive with inferior hardware, I mean I know people are loyal but I would like to think they’re not stupid, why on earth wouldn’t I get a gaming console that is just that, A GAMING CONSOLE, so therefore my choice of PS4, better hardware, $100 dlls. cheaper, also, MS would have stick it to us with their bs DRM if it wasn’t for most gamers ranting about it. So MS tried to fuck me first, guess what, fuck you back, I’ll simply buy a PS4. Good luck to the rest of you on your choice. =)

  8. PS4 end of story!

  9. thanks for the head up ps4 love ps all so far…player 4 life….

  10. Im not sure which is “better” per say. I think that is for everyone to decide for themselves since there are 2 different selling points – A) Gaming and B) Entertainment.
    If your a gamer I think the PS4 next year would b the best option, if they expand their payment methods – I dont think the paysafecard, GW, etc are yet accepted methods.
    If your into entertainment then prob the xbox… unless ur a huge Microsoft fan and just like to support their games.

  11. I have all three systems and have only turned on the PS3 a few times in the past year. XBOX live is way better, not even close. PS3 should have been a better machine but just wasn’t. I think the same is true here.


  13. Wii U has better games

  14. buy the one that you FIND !

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