Xbox VS. Playstation 4 – Which Is The Best Choice For The Next 5 Years?

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The Playstation 4 and Xbox One have been out for a few years now, which means that with lowered prices and a good selection of games to choose from, now is a great time to consider buying one of the systems. However, despite their age, a clear winner has yet to be decided. The devil is in the details, and if you’re deciding on which console to choose that will last the next five years, there are a few things you’ll have to consider. Here’s a blow-by-blow analysis of which is better, the PS4 or the Xbox One.

Games: Xbox One

Before anything, the selection of games is the most important thing, isn’t it? After all, these are game consoles we’re talking about. Nowadays, most games are available for both systems. If you need a machine to play “Fallout” or “Call of Duty”, you’ll be fine with either console.

When it comes to console exclusives, it comes out pretty even between the PS4 and the Xbox One. While Sony has series such as “Uncharted” and “Ratchet and Clank”, Microsoft has dibs on “Halo” and “Gears of War”. It’s all a matter of personal preference, and with good-looking exclusives due to come out for both consoles, that’s not going to change. However, Xbox gets the slight advantage here for being more friendly with backwards compatibility. While neither system has all games available from previous consoles, the Xbox One allows gamers to pop many of their old discs in, while PS4 users have to buy their old games again through the Playstation Store.

Other Features: Tie

Man-and-Grandmother-Playing-Video-GamesIt’s not all about the games, though, is it? These days, most of us aren’t looking only for the ability to play games on our machines; we want to play music, watch Netflix, and chat with friends, too. Microsoft and Sony realize this, of course, and include these capabilities in their online-friendly machines. To be honest, when it comes to additional features, the two match each other pretty much down the board. As new third-party apps and services are introduced in the coming years, you can expect both companies to make them available through their consoles.

Performance: PS4

On a purely spec level, the PS4 takes the lead. While both have 500 GB and 1 TB hard drive storage options available, the Playstation’s graphic processor is larger than the Xbox’s, with greater memory as well. This means that the PS4 can pump out better visuals at a better rate than the Xbox. If you’re concerned about what your system will be able to offer you in the coming years, this will be a big sticking point. The visual quality on both systems may be similar now, but the PS4 is more future-proof, with a greater ability to handle games that have higher requirements.

Overall: Tie

To this day, gamers are arguing about which system is better, because there is no clear winner. Which console you decide to choose ultimately comes down to personal preference. Do you want to play older Xbox games, or do you want the ability to play more graphically-capable Playstation games in the future? With both machines being pretty similar, the biggest decision you’ll have to make, in the end, is which ecosystem you’ll want to buy into – Microsoft or Sony.

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