Thought i would do a comparison between the two consoles after a discussion with a friend on Twitter, i had thought about doing it a few times, but i couldn’t be bothered
I know the Wii U is the same generation as both the PS4 and XB1 and it is an excellent console, it just isn’t quite in the same league as those two, below is my own opinion regarding the pro’s and cons between the PS4 and XB1, some people might agree, others won’t, so state your opinion below
- Changeable Internal HDD – The console comes with a 500GB or 1TB HDD, which can be changed easily should you want more room.
- Games – A ok line-up of exclusives, with games such as Killzone Shadow Fall, Driveclub, Infamous Second Son, Bloodborne and The Order: 1886.
- Game Capture – Capturing game play on the PS4 is easy and fast, you can take a screenshot by pressing one button, or record video by pressing that same button twice, you can upload image captures to Twitter and video recordings to YouTube, you can also live stream to Twitch, Ustream or YouTube.
- Game Sharing – The PS4 has this awesome weird feature, if you have a game on your PS4 that your friend several hundred miles away doesn’t, you can let him play the game on his PS4 via yours, the game is on your console, but your friend can control it from his, this is a great feature for trying games to see if you will like them or not.
- Remote Play – This feature is a huge improvement over what the PS3 had, you can access your PS4 from the toilet whilst using a PC Vita or Android device, with support coming to Windows and Mac OS.
- Control Pad – The PS4‘s control pad is a massive improvement over the PS3‘s, you can also map the buttons on the control pad.
- PlayStation VR – You will be able to play Virtual Reality games on your PS4 in 2016, which is great if that is what you are in to, the not so great aspect of this, is that it will cost between £300 and £400.
- Remasters – You can play some previous generation games, like the Last Of Us, with better graphics, which is great if you missed them the first time around.
- PS Plus Games – Some months the games line up sucks and others they have a decent line up, regardless you get a bunch of games to play on yourPS4, PS Vita and PS3, all for the cost of a PS+ subscription.
- Games – At the moment games are quite limited, yes there are a lot of games out for the PS4, but they mainly consist of remasters and indies.
- Game Capture – Whilst the game capture function is great, i often find video recordings to be of bad quality or compressed, they really do not look awesome.
- CD’s – The PS4 cannot play audio CD’s, i know that sounds like a trivial complaint, but people still use CD’s, on top of that some PS4 games come with a CD of the Soundtrack, which of course you can’t play.
- Backward Compatibility – There is none, you cannot play your PS3, PS2 or PS1 games on the PS4, instead Sony have a service called PlayStation Now, which lets you rent a game and play it on the cloud, even if you own that game, you cannot simply pop the game in and play it, you will still have to rent it. You can play a small selection of PS2 games, the PS4 now has a PS2 Emulator, but very little is known about it, we don’t know if we will be able to play the PS2 digital titles we already own without paying, nor do we know if we will be able to play PS2 games we own on disc.
- Remasters – Whilst i listed them as a pro, being done too much is also a con.
- Indies – Whilst i think some indies are great, they are way too much and many of them seem to be perfect for playing on a mobile phone.
- Forced PS Plus – Forcing PS4 owners to pay for PS+ in order to play online was a dick move in my opinion.
- Remote Play – This service is only available to Windows 10 users, but it is superior in my opinion is better than PS4 Remote Play.
- Games – The XB1 has some decent games, though most of the exclusives also ended up being released, not sure if this is a pro or con, but the games i have played on it, such as Dead Rising 3 have been a lot of fun.
- Remasters – Some remasters are very good, the Halo bundle is excellent, it has the Xbox Halo and Xbox 360 games remastered and the look and play quite well, Gears Of War has been remastered as well, but sometimes it feels dull and old.
- Backward Compatibility – This is a relatively new feature and is possibly the wisest move Microsoft has made since their E3 XB1 début disaster, the list of compatible titles is quite small at the moment, but will grow over time, at least it is something that Xbox fans can boast over PlayStation fans.
- Control Pad – The control pad just as the 360 control pad is a sturdy piece of equipment, but it also has a con.
- Screenshots – The screenshots taken in Game Capturing are far superior to those taken on the PS4, they are high quality PNG files.
- Internal Storage – The internal storage of the XB1 cannot be changed and this is a pain in the ass, considering you have to copy EVERY game you play to the HDD, it can be countered by plugging in an external HDD, but for some people that will be more hassle than its worth.
- Size – The console is HUGE, a lot bigger than the Xbox 360, now whilst that does not bother me, people with limited space or those who like smaller things will struggle with just how big it is.
- Control Pad – The original pad that was released with the XB1 can not accommodate a headphone jack, you need to buy an extra device, the control pad also runs on AA Batteries which need changing every so often, this is a pain in the ass considering that both the PS4 and Wii U have rechargeable control pads, you can fix this problem yourself by buying a rechargeable battery pack, but it costs more than it should.
- Game Capture – Whilst this feature is great on the PS4, it is somewhat tiresome on the XB1, you have to double press one button then press another button in order to take a screenshot, if you are fast enough, you can take a screenshot without interrupting game play, but if you aren’t, it will throw up a small menu, advising you which button to press for screenshots and which for recording, which personally annoys the crap out of me.
Both consoles have their own unique and great features, but they also lack something and that is an abundance of great games that aren’t remasters or indies, sure they have their own group of decent games, but they all seem lacking somehow and don’t get me started on the horror that are micro-transactions or the games that are put out in terrible condition, games such as Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5, which had a shit ton of bug and the nostalgia from the first three games just wasn’t there, it was a rushed and unfinished game and there have been other games like this.
If you can’t afford to go the gaming PC route or you just can’t be bothered with all the hassle of running a gaming PC, then a games console is the way to go, especially for the convenience, if it came down to it and i really had to choose which console to keep, it would be the PS4, but that is my personal opinion, i enjoy all my consoles, the PS4, XB1 and Wii U.
Currently i could not recommend buying a Wii U unless you get it for $100, this is not due to the fact that it does not have a massive library of games, but more because Nintendo will likely reveal a new console next year.
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