Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: which one to buy this holiday season

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4

Xbox One vs. PS4: What gamers need to know

It’s the launch of an argument that will last for years: which is better for gaming, the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4? While many will argue about specs and features until they are blue in the face, the logical answer is that there really is no clear answer as to which is better — they’re both just different. And if you’re dead set on getting one this holiday season, those key differences should help you make that choice.

From a hardware perspective, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 both offer supreme graphics and power that are miles ahead of anything we’ve ever seen from a console, so it’s safe to say that jury is still out on which one actually performs better until a larger library of games exist. Instead, it’s more important to look at which features are prioritized.

The PS4 positions itself as the device of choice for hardcore gamers.

The PS4 positions itself as the device of choice for hardcore gamers.

For the PlayStation 4, the key will be the power-user features, which include Gaikai streaming cloud support, immediately accessible real-time game recording through Twitch.tv, and multiroom gaming with the PS Vita and the PS Vita TV (more details on these features here).

For the Xbox One, many of its benefits lie within the tight integration and controls of the Kinect, the grippy new controller system, and the exciting things that can be done with the user interface itself — snapping screens, moving to second screen with SmartGlass mobile apps, and others (more details on these features here).

Of course, it’s also worth looking at the games available on each platform, because all of those features won’t matter if there’s nothing exciting to play. Here are the must-own games for each console, plus the most exciting titles coming up in 2014:

Must-have games for both game consoles

Xbox One PlayStation 4
Games to pick up now Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Call of Duty: Ghosts, NBA 2K14, Killer Instinct Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Battlefield 4, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Resogun
Games to pick up in 2014 Titanfall, Still-untitled Halo game, Quantum Break WatchDogs, Infamous: Second Son, MLB 14: The Show
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