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

Second Screen Experience

Both next-gen consoles are making a big push into the companion app arena. Microsoft has the Xbox One SmartGlass app, while Sony has rolled out the PlayStation app.

Available on Android, Windows Phone and iOS, the SmartGlass app allows users to control the Xbox One dashboard and apps such as Xbox Music from a smartphone or tablet. The app also works in conjunction with certain titles. For instance, SmartGlass transforms into the Zombie Defense and Control Personal Digital Assistant when used with “Dead Rising 3.” In addition to adding extra parameters to some missions, we could also call on our non-playable characters for help when the zombie hordes were a little too much to manage.

PS4 owners also have the ability to navigate their console’s dashboard using the PlayStation app (iOS and Android). Similar to SmartGlass, this app lets users use the keyboard on their smartphone or tablet for easier data entry. The app also enables gamers to receive notifications and invitations as well as chat with friends. However, our favorite feature lets users purchase games from the PlayStation store and push them to the PS4 to install ,so they’ll be ready to play once you arrive home.

MORE: How to Set Up Remote Play on PS4

While the app does have some second screen capabilities, Sony is leaning on the Vita to handle the bulk of those responsibilities. Hoping to expand PlayStation Vita adoption, Sony has added the PS4 Link app to the handheld for Remote Play functionality. Unfortunately, Remote Play only works when both systems are on the same local network. Also, we’re not sure if shoppers are willing to fork out another $199 for the Vita.

Winner: PS4

While the Xbox One’s SmartGlass app offers a more fleshed out second screen experience, the PS4 won this round based on the PlayStation app’s ability to remotely purchase and download games to your console. The ability to chat with friends and receive notifications is just icing on the cake. The Remote Play feature of the Vita is a tempting proposition for streaming games.

  • 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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