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

PS4: What the web is saying

Here are some notable Playstation 4 reviews from around the web:

Polygon clearly loved the PS4, but wondered what to do with it:

“The PlayStation 4’s focus on gaming β€” and only gaming β€” is undermined by a distinct lack of compelling software. (…) Right now, this is a game console without a game to recommend it.”

Reviewers love the PS4 -- but not the lack of games.
Reviewers love the PS4 — but not the lack of games.

Engadget, on the other hand, thought that the PS4 is worth your money, and made the case for it with a very thorough review, with a pretty geeky endorsement of the console:

“For $400, you’re getting a speedy, powerful little PC with an extremely friendly user interface — and it doesn’t look like a PC, which is a nice bonus. We may not review game consoles every day, but we know a good one when we see it.”

Ars Technica did a thorough review of the PS4 hardware, coming to this conclusion:

β€œThe PlayStation 4 has an excellent controller, decently powerful hardware, some intriguing, well-executed new features, and an interface that shows belated acknowledgement of some of Sony’s most user-unfriendly past designs. It also has a lot of features that are half-assed, missing, or downright bewildering at this point.”

And Kotaku thinks you do want a PS4 — just not now:

“The PS4 seems like it’ll be a hell of a console, but it’s mostly potential and a bunch of new tools in need of some awesome games for them to work on. I think you’ll want one eventually. But, cool as the PS4 is, a lack of a must-play game means you can afford to wait.”

15 Responses to “Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: which one to buy this holiday season”

  1. 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.

  2. Tristen Surfa

    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.

  3. 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. =)

  4. Valentine North

    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.

  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.

    • DarkDayz

      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. 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?