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

Design

The Xbox One and PS4 follow a lot of the tenets of American and Japanese car design. Like a Lincoln Navigator, the 7-pound, 13.1 x 10.5 x 3.25-inch Xbox One is big and imposing. Besides the alternating panels of black glossy and matte plastic with plenty of ventilation slots, there isn’t much to the One’s design. For all intents and purposes, it’s a big heavy box.

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Microsoft makes up for the bulkiness by adding a prodigious amount of ports including three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-in, HDMI-out, S/PDIF, an Auxiliary port, Ethernet, IR Out, and a secure lock slot.

The PS4 is more like a Mazda Miata. The 6.1-pound, 10.8 x 12 x 2.08-inch console is nice and compact, and its angular design makes it look more modern. Similar to the One, the PS4 has both glossy and matte black plastic panels, but adds a horizontal color-changing LED strip to break up the landscape. Our only complaint about the PS4’s design is the somewhat hidden power and eject buttons, which blend in too well with the LED strip.

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The PS4 doesn’t have as many ports as the Xbox One, but it still has two USB 3.0 ports in the front of the device and HDMI-out, Ethernet, an Optical port, and an Auxiliary port for the PlayStation Camera.

Winner: PS4

Where the Xbox One is big and bulky, the PS4 is sleek and slim. We love the modernist look of the PS4, which makes it look more like a next-gen console, and something that will be just as attractive five years from now.

  • 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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