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

Verdict

Overall, the Xbox One wins a very close contest, with Microsoft’s console taking six rounds, the PS4 taking four and the systems tying in two rounds.

With Sony’s almost laser-like focus on gamers, the company has created a system that cuts down load times, shares your best moments with your friends and lets you catch a movie or TV show in your downtime. And, the PS4 $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.

The PS4’s revamped interface is more intuitive than the previous incarnation, as is the PlayStation Camera. The DualShock 4 controller is one of the major draws to the system. We can’t wait to see how developers will utilize the touchpad, lightbar and motion controls. The PlayStation Plus service is worth the investment as it adds some useful incentives. 

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However, the $499 Xbox One seeks to be more things to more people, and it succeeds on most fronts. The One’s redesigned controllers improve on an already great product, ratcheting up the accuracy and comfort. This console also benefits from a better launch lineup of games. The second-generation Kinect delivers a 1-2 punch of motion and voice commands that add a compelling layer of multitasking and interactivity to gaming and our entertainment lives.

Add in live TV integration, and it’s clear that the Xbox One is the most versatile new console. Overall, the PS4 is a great choice, but the One feels like the more exciting and innovative platform for the long haul.