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

Xbox One vs. PS4: what you should buy

So what should you spend your money on this holiday season? It really depends on what you want from a game console. In short, if you feel like you could be classified as a “core,” “classic,” or “hardcore” gamer, then there’s more immediate satisfaction in what the PlayStation 4 offers as a console.

However, if gaming isn’t the absolute top priority — rather, a piece in a desire for a larger entertainment system — then the Xbox One may be a much more gratifying choice for its variety of controls and slick menus. Granted, the Xbox One’s TV integration and its voice control aren’t perfect yet. But Microsoft clearly has bigger ambitions for a wider variety of entertainment options than Sony, and it will add more to the console over the months and years to come.

Speaking of which: Game consoles only get major updates like this about every seven years, which means there is lots more to come for both devices. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are likely to receive 4K video support at some point, and next year, both will also get a whole lot more games.

Which brings is to our recommendation: If you’re an early adopter and want to get a feel for tomorrow’s video gaming today, by all means get the PS4, or the Xbox One, depending on where your priorities lie. But if you want to spend your money wisely, you might want to wait and see how both platforms evolve.

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?