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PS4 vs. Xbox One (2013): Which Console Wins?

Entertainment Apps

For those occasions when you’re not fragging away, each system offers a suite of compelling entertainment apps when you need a break from gaming. Both systems offer Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, VUDU and Redbox Instant by Verizon.

The PS4 also features CrunchyRoll, which delivers popular shows such “Naruto Shippuden” and “Bleach” and other titles straight out of Japan. YuppTV hosts more than 150 Indian television channels with over 600 movies. Sony hasn’t forgotten sports fans, adding NBA GameTime and NHL GameCenter Live.

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Further positioning itself as an entertainment hub, the Xbox One offers FOX and FX NOW, Machinima, Twitch and TED. In terms of sports, the One has ESPN on Xbox One, which includes WatchESPN for live access to games, ESPN studio programming and clips and highlights on ESPN.com.

One awesome Microsoft exclusive is the NFL on Xbox One package that delivers the latest news, video highlights, live stats and scores from around the league. Users can personalize their experience to follow their favorite team. There’s even a built-in Fantasy Football feature that gives real-time updates.

Both consoles feature proprietary music and video services: Xbox Music and Xbox Video for the One and Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited for the PS4.

However, only the Xbox One integrates with your cable box, allowing you to watch live TV through the console. The One comes with its own program guide, and you can change channels using just your voice. However, you can’t use the One to record your favorite shows or watch programs stored on your DVR. You’ll need your regular remote.

Winner: Xbox One

When it comes to entertainment, Xbox One has the clear advantage with built-in TV and a more compelling app package. Football fans will get a kick out of the having the latest scores and stats for their team as they watch the game or create their own Super Bowl moments in Madden.

  • Lin Zhao
    This article doesn't mention the specs difference on GPU at all, and it's one of the most important factors to rate a gaming console. PS4's GPU is about 50% more powerful. As a result Xbox One needs to run COD Ghost and bf4 at a lower resolution than PS4.
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  • xxsk8er101xx
    And the reason why the PS4 is faster is because it uses GDDR5 vRAM verses xbox one's DDR3 RAM. The extra bandwidth in the GDDR5 for PS4 makes the overall system faster. The controller is better on the PS4 - I have it and I like it better. I could care less about the camera/kinect thing. I completely disagree on entertainment as I have a TV for that. The only thing I agree with is the games. There aren't that many games out as promised for the PS4.

    Other than that the PS4 is better. Games will come out for it especially now that they are off the cell architecture and on a standard x86 architecture that everyone knows. You'll see games flooding in.
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  • xxsk8er101xx
    And the reason why the PS4 is faster is because it uses GDDR5 vRAM verses xbox one's DDR3 RAM. The extra bandwidth in the GDDR5 for PS4 makes the overall system faster. The controller is better on the PS4 - I have it and I like it better. I could care less about the camera/kinect thing. I completely disagree on entertainment as I have a TV for that. The only thing I agree with is the games. There aren't that many games out as promised for the PS4.

    Other than that the PS4 is better. Games will come out for it especially now that they are off the cell architecture and on a standard x86 architecture that everyone knows. You'll see games flooding in.
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  • jryder
    I agree. The two systems are very close in terms of power, but the Xbox One offers minority report like Kinnect 2.0 with voice commands and Cable integration. The small difference in GPU power is basically irrelevant to me. No console can compete with a modern PC in terms of graphics power. Arguing about which console is slightly more powerful is like arguing about who is the smallest dwarf.
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  • scottinks
    This is one of the worst comparison article I've seen in a long time.
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  • Brian Ghattas
    How much is Microsoft paying you for this example of propaganda, Sherri?
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  • kiniku
    Two great new consoles that cater to different folks. For those that don't already have smarter TV's the One is a great choice. For those that have all that elsewhere, TV or receiver and want more of a gaming focused product the PS4 is a great option.

    I find it interesting the change of direction of both Microsoft and Sony. The 360 a more x86 design and also a low cost to entry device that sold add ons where the PS4 was a more the complete definitive home media device with its introduction of Blue Ray media and its streaming capabilities. Now they go off in opposite directions. Was there possibly collaboration between the two? Who knows.

    But as it stands now they both designed distinctively different consoles that will cater to the different needs of consumers. A win for everyone.
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  • Matt Vandermolen
    something something butthurt PS fanboys.
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  • honsonic
    toms hardware as a regular reader to your webpage I am greatly disappointed in this article, you have inaccurate information to favor the xbox one. performance wise on paper ps4 beats the xbox one and by far the plus account is way better than live (the benefits are clear, compile the list of benefits and see for yourself). as a gamer i don't a crap with the kinect. i will buy a console primary for my gaming. guys just go to reddit, tomshardware have being bought by MS
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