PS4 vs. Xbox One: Next-gen is here

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Shadow Fall
PS4 exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall is a strong launch title, and is available far ahead of Xbox One’s major first-person shooter exclusives like Titanfall and Halo.

If you don’t have mega cash to shell out for both Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, which next-gen system should you snag?

Well, while everyone has their own personal preference, here’s the main breakdown: PS4 has stronger technological specs and is $100 cheaper (at a price of $399), but Xbox One seems to have stronger exclusive launch titles, comes with the Kinect camera and motion sensors, and has stronger television/internet offerings.

On a superficial level, both systems are just black boxes, and their controllers don’t improve too much on the previous systems. Sure, PS4’s DualShock 4 is a little bigger, has rubbery analog sticks, and a fancy touchpad in the center, but it’s not groundbreaking. The Xbox One controller has a tweaked D-Pad and extra rumble features, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Jump inside the boxes, though, and PS4’s GPU has 50 percent more power than the Xbox One, with many of the cross-platform games (like Call of Duty: Ghosts) running at 1080p on the PS4, and only 720p on the Xbox One. Now, while that does mean sharper pixels on the PS4, the difference isn’t super noticeable unless you glue your eyes to the TV, and some say that the 60 frames-per-second are less choppy on the Xbox One. However, Sony enthusiasts believe that in the long run, once game developers master the PS4’s technology, this’ll translate into far more powerful abilities.

The mech-style combat of the Xbox One exclusive, Titanfall, is a major system seller.

Launch exclusives for the PS4 are underwhelming, especially because the free-for-PS+ subscribers Sony exclusive, DriveClub, was delayed. Knack has been getting mediocre reviews all around, for being too linear and simplistic, while Killzone is getting above average 7s and 8s (but not the 9s and 10s a launch superstar should). Still, Killzone: Shadow Fall’s graphics are undeniably incredible, showing off the PS4’s potential, and the multiplayer is a blast.

Xbox One has some impressive launch exclusives, including Forza, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, and Ryse: Son of Rome. How these stack up in the reviews remains to be seen, though.

Titanfall won’t be coming out until March 2014 and Halo’s next version won’t release until December, so we won’t use them for launch comparisons – especially, since we’d have to bring in Sony’s upcoming exclusives like The Order: 1886, inFamous: Second Son, DriveClub, and whatever developer Naughty Dog has up its sleeve in the world of Uncharted.

So, the final verdict? Honestly, it’s a toss up. My advice is to check out which games strike your fancy the most, both at launch and the launch window that goes from Day 1 to the end of March 2014, and make your decision based on that.

Featured image courtesy of Guerilla GamesImages of PS4 vs. Xbox One courtesy of Sony and Microsoft. Image of Titanfall courtesy of Respawn Entertainment