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PS4 vs Xbox One: 7 Things Buyers Need to Know

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The PS4 and Xbox One are just getting started in a battle to be the game console of choice for the next five to ten years, and many shoppers are considering buying a PS4 or an Xbox One for the first time.

While the Xbox 360 arguably won the last console competition, there are now Xbox Owners thinking of switching from Xbox to PS4 now that Sony is back with a cheaper console and competitive online play.

There are also gamers who may switch from PlayStation to the Xbox One for the ability to use multiple apps on the screen at once, for the ability to control your TV and Cable box or for the new Kinect 2 features.

Comparing PS4 vs Xbox One? Here are seven things  buyers need to know.

Comparing PS4 vs Xbox One? Here are seven things buyers need to know.

PS4 vs Xbox One

When buying a console, most gamers are buying a PS4 or an Xbox One for the better part of a decade. We are already seeing new system updates that bring bug fixes and soon enough we will see updates that add new features. We saw this with the PS3 and the Xbox 360, which gained many new features in the last five years.

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We’re looking at how the consoles compare today to help you figure out if you should buy the PS4 or the Xbox One, but the both consoles are just getting started.

Here are seven areas to compare the Xbox One and the PS4 to figure out which console you should buy.

PS4 vs Xbox One Performance

PS4 vs Xbox one performance is tough to pick a winner in real world use right now.

PS4 vs Xbox one performance is tough to pick a winner in real world use right now.

The PS4 and Xbox One are both powered by an AMD APU with a Radeon 7000 series GPU, but there are differences in specs that could impact performance at some point. According to Extreme Tech the Xbox One has an advantage with a higher processor speed, but the PS4 wins out in the GPU arena, even though Microsoft has a faster clock speed on the GPU.

In real world use, the PS4 and Xbox One deliver very similar looking games. The cross-platform games like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty:Ghosts, and others deliver very similar graphical performance. The video below shows a side-by-side Battlefield 4 comparison where the explosions, details and gameplay look very similar.

It is possible that long-term one of the consoles will gain an edge over the other, but in the short-term the biggest advantage is that the PS4 can run some games at a higher resolution compared to the Xbox One. The video above shows the PS4 running at a higher 1600×900 resolution than the 1280 x 720 resolution on the Xbox One.

Expect the next crop of games which come out in early 2014 to dismiss some of these differences. Consumers would be wise to avoid putting too much stock in the specs and resolutions of the PS4 and Xbox One during the first several months, and focus on whether or not the games look good on each platform. After spending a lot of time playing games on both systems, it’s too close to call a clear winner now.

PS4 vs Xbox One Games

When it comes to the question of PS4 games and Xbox One games, there are many games available on both platforms and there is one important warning that applies to both consoles.

The Xbox One and PS4 do not allow gamers to play old games, which means if the owner wants to play PS3 or Xbox 360 games they will need to keep an old console around. While this is annoying for many gamers, it does make jumping to another console easier because no matter what console they buy the old console will still need to be kept on hand to play old games.

There are many games available on both the PS4 and Xbox One.

There are many games available on both the PS4 and Xbox One.

Here is a list of games available or coming soon to both the PS4 and Xbox One. Some of these will not arrive until 2014, but when they do the only things that will be different are; access to DLC first, some graphical differences and perhaps bonus items.

  • Assassin’s Creed 4
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty:Ghosts
  • Destiny
  • Dying Light
  • FIFA 14
  • Madden 25
  • Need for Speed:Rivals
  • Mirrors Edge 2
  • NBA 2k14
  • NBA Live 14
  • Thief
  • Watchdogs
  • The Witcher
  • and more.

PS4 exclusive games include the following games, these are just some of the most popular games we expect to see.

  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Drive Club
  • Deep Down
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Tekken Revolution
  • Blacklight: Retribution
  • Resogun
  • and others

The PS4 and Xbox One each come with exclusive titles.

The PS4 and Xbox One each come with exclusive games.

Xbox One exclusive games include the following, with more to come in the following months and years.

  • Titanfall
  • Crimson Dragon
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Forza 5
  • Halo
  • Killer Instinct
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Fable Legends
  • and others

This time around, the PlayStation requires users buy PlayStation Plus to play online. Users don’t need the $50 a year paid subscription for using Netflix and other apps, on the PS4. The Xbox One requires an Xbox Live account to play games online and to use entertainment apps and the Xbox One Guide to control a TV.

Gamers will need Xbox Live Gold ($60 a year) or PlayStation Plus ($50 a year) for a full experience.

Gamers will need Xbox Live Gold ($60 a year) or PlayStation Plus ($50 a year) for a full experience.

Both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live include some free games for users, but as of yet there are no details on what games they will deliver to the Xbox One and PS4.

While playing games on the PS4 and on the Xbox One over the last month I have yet to find one game that is available on both which looks better on one of the consoles over the other. The early exclusives like Killzone and Ryse look nice on their respective consoles but are not enough to make me want to buy one console over the other.

PS4 vs Xbox One Controllers

The PS4 controller and Xbox One controller are new for the new consoles.

The PS4 controller and Xbox One controller are new for the new consoles.

The PS4 Controller and Xbox One Controller are both new versions for the new console. Both of these new controllers bring improvements over the previous generation, but neither is perfect.

The PS4 controller is a larger, easier to hold controller which is worth picking up and experiencing even if you hated the PS3 DualShock 3 controller. The DualShock 4 controller that ships with the PS4 includes a rechargeable battery, but it only lasts around eight hours on a single charge. Users can charge using the PS4 USB port and the included Micro USB cable. The PS4 controller now includes a touchpad that can activate special controls or pull up a map depending on the game and a share button that allows users to share the last 15 minutes of gameplay.

The PS4 and Xbox One controllers add new features.

The PS4 and Xbox One controllers add new features.

The PS4 controller also includes a 3.5mm port to plug any headphone in. This allows gamers to route all game audio to the headphones and if the headphone has a microphone it works for online play as well. This allows gamers to play without disturbing others in the house without buying expensive third-party headsets.

The Xbox One controller is redesigned with new rumble triggers and a thinner center area that makes it comfortable to hold for long periods, but means no built-in rechargeable battery which seems like an oversight in 2013. The battery lasts longer than the PS4 controller, but when it goes dead you will need to hunt for AA batteries. There is an Xbox One Plug and Play kit that will add a rechargeable battery, but it should be included out of the box.

Third party headset support comes to the Xbox One in 2014, but the PS4 supports any 3.5mm headset right now.

Third party headset support comes to the Xbox One in 2014, but the PS4 supports any 3.5mm headset right now.

The Xbox One controller comes with a headset which is the only way to use voice chat on Xbox Live through the controller. You can use Kinect as a microphone but it is not as good as plugging in the headset. Right now there are no third-party headsets to plug-in to use for chat, but we will see some in 2014. Microsoft blames the issue on the new voice chat which does deliver a better sound quality than the Xbox 360 did. Users can share Xbox One gameplay by using their voice to record a play, but it only keeps the last 30 seconds recorded at any given time.

You’re not going to buy the Xbox One or the PS4 for the controller alone, but the PS4 does come with a better more functional controller out of the box, so it is something to consider.

Kinect 2 vs PS4 Camera

While the PS4 wins the controller battle, The Xbox One is a clear winner when it comes to the Kinect 2 vs the PS Camera. When it comes to using the camera to make a Skype call, the quality is close enough that it won’t make a big difference to most users, but the real differences come in what you can do with the PS4 Camera and Kinect 2.

The Kinect 2 for Xbox One is more powerful than the previous Kinect and offers more use than the PS4 camera.

The Kinect 2 for Xbox One is more powerful than the previous Kinect and offers more use than the PS4 camera.

The new Kinect is capable of turning on the Xbox One with the voice command “Xbox On,” and it uses facial recognition to sign the user in. This is very handy for users who are sharing an Xbox One with multiple members of a family.

The PS4 and the Xbox One can both listen for voice commands to switch from the home screen, open games and perform other commands. The Xbox One is not perfect, but it is more accurate than the PS4 and offers wider control of the system. Also the Kinect 2 system allows users to use in-game voice control in games like Madden 25 to call audibles, time outs and more.

With the PS4 Camera users can stream games live on Twitch to let friends take a look at how they are playing and the PS4 Camera will zoom in on your face to show reactions to gameplay. The Xbox One Kinect Camera will allow a PIP narration of a game, but it does not zoom in and is not live streamed.

Also worth noting is that the Kinect 2 comes with the Xbox One, accounting for the higher price. With this in the box users will get access to these features by default and publishers can count on the Kinect system being connected and build in support for games. Kinect also supports gesture controls.

The PS4 camera is a $60 add on that doesn't match the Xbox One Kinect at this time.

The PS4 camera is a $60 add on that doesn’t match the Xbox One Kinect at this time.

The PS4 Camera is a $60 add-on that users must purchase. This means the PS4 doesn’t support voice commands out of the box and not all games will include voice control.

The Xbox One has a clear lead in the voice control and camera connectivity area.

PS4 vs Xbox One Entertainment

The Xbox One and the PS4 are more than just game consoles. Both of these consoles let users load apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and others to play video and more on the console. The Xbox One even lets users plug-in a cable box or satellite box to control it with the Xbox and with Kinect voice commands.

One major difference is that you need a $60 a year Xbox Live Gold membership to use the entertainment apps on the Xbox One, while the PS4 apps work even without the equivalent PlayStation Plus membership.

Users will not find CD or MP3 playback on the PS4, but the company is looking into how they can add support. The Xbox One plays CDs and supports MP3 playback as a PlayTo device.

You can check out the full selection of apps on PS4 and Xbox One, but the major names in streaming video are on both consoles. We should see more apps for music in the future.

Connect a cable box to the Xbox One.

Connect a cable box to the Xbox One.

The Xbox One wins out with the ability to take over a cable box and replace it with the Xbox One TV Guide which offers voice control and a nicer interface than the clunky cable box you have in place now. The Xbox One Kinect sensor blasts IR commands that bounce off your walls and back to the TV and receiver. The Xbox One also includes a NFL app that offers scores and updates to the right side of a live TV broadcast for a more complete football experience.

If you want access to more entertainment and one device plugged into the TV, the Xbox One is a winner here, but entertainment is only part of the console experience.

PS4 vs Xbox One Integration

Both of the consoles connect to apps and to existing devices to expand the experience. Sony allows gamers to play PS4 games on a PS Vita with Remote Play or to use the device as a second screen, as well as offering a PS4 app on iPhone and Android. Microsoft uses Smart Glass to let gamers control the Xbox as well as some games like Madden. The Xbox One also wins out in the connection to Windows 8 and Windows 7 devices.

Playing Assassin's Creed 4 from the PS4 on the PS Vita.

Playing Assassin’s Creed 4 from the PS4 on the PS Vita.

The PS4 wins with Remote Play, but the service is not perfect. You will need to buy a $200 PS Vita and because the device does not use the same buttons as the PS4 users will need to combine the touchpad on the back of the device and it can be a little tough to control games like Assassin’s Creed 4. The PS4 Remote Play works at home or on the road with a great connection on both ends. This works ok over the Internet when I am at another house or office, but playing over LTE in a moving vehicle proved too frustrating to use.

The PS4 app offers access to friends, alerts and acts as a keyboard to enter text on the PS4. When applicable you can use the app to turn your iPhone or Android into a second screen.

The Xbox One does not offer any remote play features, but you can take advantage of Windows Integration and Windows, iPhone and Android apps that extend the gameplay.

With Play To, the Xbox One can communicate with Windows to receive audio and video streams. Windows 8 can see the Xbox One on the Network and Windows 7 can stream things from Windows Media Player.

The SmartGlass app for the Xbox One allows users to control parts of the Xbox One and can integrate with games like Madden for CoachGlass, which allows users to control plays and more.

PS4 vs Xbox One Price

Finally, the last thing buyers need to know when comparing the Xbox One and the PS4 is the price of the system. While the Xbox One is $100 more expensive it does come with a Kinect sensor that does add value for the price difference. The PS4 is cheaper than the Xbox One, but if you want voice controls you will need to spend $60, bringing the difference to just $40.

Should I buy an Xbox One or a PS4? The answer is complex, but price shouldn't be the only factor.

Should I buy an Xbox One or a PS4? The answer is complex, but price shouldn’t be the only factor.

When you buy an Xbox One or a PS4, keep in mind that it is an investment in gaming over the next five to eight years.  Over that time a $100 difference isn’t that much, so it should not be a major factor in which console you buy.

Which console did you buy or plan to buy?

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18 Comments

  1. Lolatyou332

    12/12/2013 at 11:59 am

    Ya i thought remote play would be cool but it doesnt even work properly from like 2 rooms over.. If your buying a vita just for remote play your better off just buying another ps4 for the amount your spending

  2. jaijasty2

    12/12/2013 at 1:03 pm

    Playstation plus isn’t required for mutiplayer, it just gives dicounts, free games, online store, and some other extra features. All you need for multiplayer is a free PS account

    • t0md0

      12/12/2013 at 1:31 pm

      You actually do need PS+ to play multiplayer on the new PS4. PS3 on the other hand, its free on PSN to play multiplayer.. n00b.

  3. Joshua

    12/12/2013 at 1:36 pm

    @jaijasty2 The playstation plus membership is now required for the PS4 for multiplayer. It is not required for the other apps such as netflix, etc.

    @lolatyou332 Remote play works well if you have a strong network to run it on.

  4. Josh

    12/12/2013 at 5:01 pm

    PS4 camera is not required as your Bluetooth, USB or 3.5mm mic can be used for voice features of which the kinect never understands anyway. You also didn’t mention the psShare button which is a million times better than Xbox ones take screenshot command which usually misseswhat im trying to get. Also remote play out ranks s the hdmi in feature because id rather play anygame anywhere than no game at all whereas the hdmi in lowers my cable box resolution, pointlessly keeps my Xbox running for no reason which also had the crqppiest TV guide ever it is so slow. smart glass isn’t a huge deal since ps4 has second screen and there was no me tion of the fact that the kinect is required to use the Xbox which is bulky ugly and takes 15 minutes just to setup with tour speaker system where as ps4 cam is not required but worth the pip streaming of gameplay which you don’t need a camera for anyway and will likely support any USB can in the future as the ps3 did. Also none of the pictures are correct. The ps4 is the size of a netbook where as the Xbox is the size of my audio receiver and twice as thick taking up an entire shelf by its self while looking ugly with a huge half of it covered in vents. 100$ is not a huge difference but correct you’ll have the console for 8 years meaning 80$ extra paying 60$ for xboxLive over 50$ to play ps4 online which also gives discounts and freebies. Like the free to play games launched day one where as Xbox required 10$ more for…. None. None of the new extra features to this game console seem to be for using it as what it is… A game console it gives you the option to tell it you want to….watch tv or…. Turn off which I suggest doing. Also. Don’t mention bd3d support to ps4 coming soon or the fact that there is no backwards comparability to Xbox where as ps4 will have it along with the ability to use old peripherals such as move.

    • Dan

      12/12/2013 at 8:55 pm

      Wow. I’m a PS4 & XBO fan myself, but your writeup (although pro-PS4) would scare away those on the fence. And much of what you said is just plain wrong.

      First, the Kinect 2, while not perfect by any stretch, understands a LOT of commands very well. I use mine with my voice daily and about 85-90% of the time, it perfectly recognizes what I say the first time. It will only get better over time. The PS4 camera, while a great piece of equipment, is an extra expense that few will purchase, and therefore not see the benefits of owning it.

      Second, Remote Play and routing HDMI through the XBO are two completely different things, yet your run-on sentence compares them equally. Remote Play is awesome, plain and simple. On a good home network with the PS4 hard wired to my router, it works perfectly 95% of the time. And I also have my DVR routed through my XBO, which also works well. I still use the channel guide through my DVR, but the voice commands for volume and mute control are just plain awesome. And yes, right now running it through my XBO does adversely affect the video quality (very slightly), that’s another thing that can change through an update.

      Third, Kinect 2 does NOT take 15 minutes to setup and the XBO console is not “twice as thick” as you mentioned. My Kinect 2 took all of 1.5-2 minutes tops to setup, which is a very small time investment for the benefits offered. And while the console is larger than the PS4, it’s not a big deal in the real world. It’ll be a rare space where a PS4 will fit and the XBO will not. From a design standpoint, sure, PS4 wins. It’s pretty cool looking. But the XBO was designed to blend into an entertainment center, not stick out like an angular space ship. And once you’re playing the awesome games on both systems, how to console looks is completely irrelevant.

      Now I will agree about PSN vs XBL. PSN is a slightly better deal from a money standpoint, which gets even better with the bonuses like several free game choices (especially for PS3). But XBL has been around MUCH longer and is time and play tested. There’s nothing wrong with PSN, but XBL is just plain more mature. Both are fantastic though.

      Regarding BR3D support, both are capable of it, and getting that feature is as simple as an update for both systems. No advantage either way there.

      It all boils down to games, pure and simple. If the PS4 has more games you like both now and in the future, get it. And vise-versa. They are both very capable machines and will only get better over time. So quit spewing false information about one system over the other and just chill out. Life is too short already :)

      • Josh

        12/12/2013 at 9:39 pm

        So you either didn’t read my comment or were to focused on my grammar which does not have anything to do with the topic at hand; sorry also as I am typing this entirely on a phone, but you clearly did not understand a few things I said. I said the xBone was the size of my audio receiver and twice the size… I am pretty sure you have never seen how thick my audio receiver is but it is exactly half the thickness of the xBone. Secondly you are correct that a lot of people won’t see a need for the PS4 camera. I stated my support for that as I said, xBone is 100$ more for a camera that you must use where as the PS4 cam costs 60$ and is not even required. I will not be getting one and will use a regular USB cam when supported for PIP streaming. The Kinect 2 does however take 15+ to set up for a 7.1 surround sound system as each of the 7 speakers and the subwoofer make 3 different pitches of noise individually until it has “calibrated” the position of the kinect 2 microphone. This process may take longer depending on room size and speaker/kinect arrangement. This isn’t including the time to find space for the kinect. It won’t comfortably sit ontop 90% HDTVs such as my samsung smart tv and cant sit below as the center speaker to my surround sound would either block its view or be blocked and on top of the limited space available (a windowsill above my tv where the camera just barely sees past the tv top) the kinect needs a ton of space behind it not only for the fact that it is the thickest webcam ever; thicker than kinect1, or for te fact that a thick fan is then sticking out from the back center of that, but then there is the cable which comes stright out the back at a 40 degree angle downward and barely flexes before slowing unbending anyway. I have it in my basement where the windowsills are thick and it still can barely fit since it pushes the shade halfway back and then the huge ugly black cord protrudes from my windowsill out and down the wall as it is too thick to bend and hang comfortably down the wall. HDMI through and remote play are not the same but the only two major differing features each is sporting in the opinion of most and I was simply stating one is very flawed the other works for me over crowded University wifi well enough to play COD:ghosts in between lecture. On the note of “I use mine with my voice daily and about 85-90% of the time, it perfectly recognizes what I say the first time.” this varies for person to person and kinect setup and room setup and speaker setup. But as a comparison trying both systems, the PS4 gets it right each time for me the xBone takes a few tries. xBone is also over cluttered with features; depending onif you want to use system controls or controls in your current app you must say xBox or xBox Select and it would take a lot of use for most users to get the hang of. Whereas PS4 offers simple commands, simply Playstation>Start Netflix. And for the volume control it is not perfect. Perfect would be saying how many levels to go up and it does so, xBox volume up chooses the magic number of 3 to go up and the same goes for down. If I just want to turn t up one for a better listen I still need my remote. However on PS4 I can just plug in my skullcandies and listen to everything I want in crystal clear earbud quality anytime while still using the skullcandies in-line mic for game chat. By far best feature implementation of a console headset I have ever had available. xBone does not even support most previous-gen turtleBeaches. I believe the number is around 2-3 last checked a few weeks ago. PS4 does not “Stick out like an angular spaceship,” it lays beautifully down with enough space for two on top of my STB. I have been called creud names by 12 year old children 300x more often on XBL than on PSN thanks to the fact that the 360 was oversold since parents bought the cheaper consoles for their children thinking they were both the same thing. And while PSN has been around longer it only means they have learned a lot more about the console business in that time. And xBone is expected to never gain 3DBD support as Microsoft still won’t admit sony beat them in the format game years ago while they were still pushing overpriced HDDVD on the sheeple of the world.

        But for the purpose of this article they left out many details like size, backwards compatibility, the share button, social networking integrated into the PSN including ability to see PSN friends actual photo and name, integrated BD movie support without the need of a Blu-Ray player app like xBone (which is odd as they mentioned PS4 OOB disability to play mp3s) and several other tide shifting features.

        All in all and for the short say to those thinking TL;DR:

        The biggest complaint I have about the xBone is actually owning one. Should have spent the money on an extra PS4, saved the 100$, bought the PS4 cam just to have it since I’d still save 40$ and then sold the PS4 at 3 times the price since they were going for about 1500$ day one around my way. Then with my extra money I might have considered buying the xBone after knowing what I know now.

        • Josh

          12/12/2013 at 9:43 pm

          Also, don’t get me started on how much the controller was not even brought into focus. Touch pad, speaker, simulated weight distribution, comfort, grip, rechargeablilty as expected in modern day and light bar all together make the DS4 way more amazing than the overly clicky, flat xBox 360 updated controller.

          • James

            12/15/2013 at 12:31 am

            You must have a wimpy audio receiver. Probably one of those home theater in a box deals, that’s not a *REAL* AV receiver ;) Anyway, I understand that you’re a Sony fan but a lot of what you’re saying is wrong, I would know because I actually have an xbone. Yea it’s pretty big, but it has some pretty cool features that will be really exciting once microsoft irons out the bugs and rolls out the updates. Also, kinect is NOT required, just highly recommended. It’s cool that you like Sony guy, just don’t be a fanboy that belligerently hates on everything else without even knowing what you’re talking about. Oh, my receiver is maybe 3 times as big as my xbone and could blast the clothes off of your mom. That’s a *REAL* AV receiver ;)

        • Mike Everett

          12/15/2013 at 12:36 am

          if its as bad as you proclaim why even buy one. you go on and on complaining about xbox one and xbox live, why not just sell it?

          by the way the new kinect is not mandatory to use the xbox one. its there to add voice and gesture functionality which works very well and took me 10mins to setup. saying ‘xbox on’ and then ‘xbox watch tv’ or ‘xbox play CoD ghost’ and it just doing it is very awesome.

          i for one love my xbox one and look forward to playing titanfall and quantum break next year.

  5. pete1427

    12/12/2013 at 11:39 pm

    My choice—-Neither of them.
    My PC has an 8 core CPU, 32 GB of DDR3 ram, 2-2GB SLI video cards and an
    8.1 audio card. It has 2-2TB hard drives and a partitioned 4TB hard drive for
    data back up. It also has 2 Blu-Ray drives that can also use DVD/CD disks.
    It is the centerpiece for my home entertainment system and as an addition is
    also is also a extremely high performance gaming system. It also still functions
    as a very fast computer.
    It outperformed both the X-box 360, and the PS3 by a wide margin and I have
    no doubt that the same results will be true when I compare it to these two new
    consoles.
    I had built the computer as a computer to use for Auto-Cad and as my home
    entertainment center control. My daughter had several gaming consoles and
    some of her friends brought over a PC version of one of her console games by
    mistake. She ask if she could use my computer to play the game. She
    and her friends were amazed by the differences and excellent system
    performance.
    At her request, last Christmas I built her her own gaming computer and
    now her consoles, for the most part, just sit and collect dust.
    I am now over 68 years old and was repairing and using computers
    long before there was such a thing as a desktop computer, or for that
    fact a company called Microsoft.
    I have built my family’s desktop computers for a couple of decades now.

    • cj

      12/14/2013 at 7:15 am

      cool story bro…

      • Jason

        12/14/2013 at 6:13 pm

        Lol. For sure.

        • James

          12/15/2013 at 12:35 am

          Hashtag masterrace

          • PCElitistKiller

            12/17/2013 at 6:54 pm

            Something tells me you’re here because you’re bored… we are here about the console war. Not the PC vs. console war. You came here to make yourself feel better by ratting on us peasants about our inferior console devices. So although I have my own opinion on Xbox One and PS4, I think EVERYONE here hates anyone who thinks they are better than us because they spent three grand on a rig that is barely better with video games than either next-gen console. We get 1080p 60fps games, and you get 1440p and 100+ FPS. The difference is barely noticeable past 720p anyways. I mean c’mon. We don’t wanna spend over $1000 on a gaming device. Each next-gen console is equivalent to a $2000 rig. Oh, you spent less than $2000? I guess we’re the master race now. Please, go take your unwanted opinions ANYWHERE else. Reddit, a forum, anywhere. We’re here about two consoles that we want instead of a PC.

            BTW-it’s supposed to be “#masterrace” not “hashtag masterrace”

          • PCElitistKiller

            12/17/2013 at 6:58 pm

            And I’m not against PC gamers either. Just the mildly stupid elitists. So unless you consider yourself to be “master race,” I don’t hold anything against the rest of you.

  6. Devin

    12/15/2013 at 5:09 am

    No doubt pc components blow consoles out the water but the price tag is the issue… How much did that cpu, motherboard, graphics cards, audio card, hard drive,4 sticks of DDR3 ram, and both Blue Ray disk drives cost you? Not to mention the case, the upgraded fans or intercooler to keep your high powered system at a safe operating temperature, power supply, and operating system. I can promise you its well over 1000 dollars.. My pc outperforms the xbox and ps3 graphic wise now, but it also cost me around 900 to build.. not including the monitor. Again like I love PC games they are awesome but I also love console gaming. So I can say if you like the ability to upgrade your system at any time or tweak it to you see fit (and keep warranty), then PC gaming is your style.. PC welcomes modders and creators of DLC and user based content, as consoles don’t approve of it.. but I don’t do either one.. I like them all, but the price tag comes with the better visuals… Just saying

    • Kaihaku

      12/17/2013 at 1:24 am

      It’s true that the upfront expense of a gaming PC is higher but the bottom line isn’t as clearcut as that. While newly released games are always top dollar, STEAM sales on recent titles blow any comparable deals on consoles out of the water – while supporting the “feature” of backwards compatibility to a degree that no console can touch. Then there’s the monthly online gaming tax that Sony has decided to join Microsoft in charging gamers this generation, a needless charge that doesn’t exist for the bulk of PC titles. Let’s say you play your XBone for five years, that’s another $300 that you wouldn’t have had to pay on the PC. There’s also that most families are already going to have a PC in their home, buying a better model to allow for gaming still meets that basic need. And let’s not forget peripherals.

      With entry level gaming rigs are down to about $600, consoles don’t quite provide the value that they did in generations past. The couple of hundred of dollars that you can save from not playing an online gaming tax and by picking up cheaper copies of games on STEAM bridges that gap relatively quickly.

      I’m not writing off consoles altogether but I think that their strengths are in the areas where they differ from PCs. Local multiplayer for one especially for families, innovative user interfaces like motion controls, and compelling exclusive software…of which there isn’t much so far this generation. Basically, I think that Sony and Microsoft need to do a lot more to differentiate themselves or the resurgence of PC gaming/advent of the STEAM box are going to be very unsettling for them.

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