Xbox One vs. PS4: What You'll Pay Extra For

It turns out that several key features on next-generation gaming consoles will cost extra — on top of the console's basic asking price.

A big story came today, when Microsoft announced that users would need an Xbox Live Gold subscription (which costs $60/year) to record and share gameplay footage. The feature is called Game DVR; it's been on Xbox 360 for a few years now, where you also need a Gold account to access the service.

The same day, Sony President Shuhei Yoshida confirmed via Twitter that you won't need a PlayStation Plus account (Sony's paid subscription network) to share gameplay footage.

In other words, Sony's turned next-generation gaming consoles into a game of one-upmanship, and so far they've won just about every match.  

But both consoles require users to pay more money on top of the console's original price to access certain features, even some that had been presented at earlier demonstrations as central to the consoles' offerings.

MORE:  Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Why You Should Wait to Buy.

For example, at its console reveal in May Microsoft touted the Xbox One's non-gaming features, including the console's voice-activated cable TV offerings. But to watch TV on your Xbox One, you'll have to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription in addition to the $499 you'll pay for the device itself.

Sony, too, tried to downplay the fact that the PlayStation 4 will require a Plus subscription ($50/year) to access online multiplayer, which the PlayStation 3 does not require. 

Both Sony and Microsoft will continue to reveal more about their upcoming consoles in the coming months and might even change certain features before the consoles' release dates.

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FeaturesXbox OnePlayStation 4
Controller1 Xbox One controller (additional controllers cost $59.99)1 DualShock 4 PlayStation controller (additional controllers cost $59 each)
HeadsetXbox One chat headsetEarbud headset
Motion sensorXbox One KinectNot included: the PlayStation Eye costs $59.
Cables1 HDMI cable, 1 power cord with transformer1 HDMI cable, 1 power cable, 1 USB cable
Online multiplayer capabilityNot included: $60/year Xbox Live Gold membership required.Not included: $50/year PlayStation Plus account required. (Had been included for free with PS3.)
Streaming and recording gameplay footageNot included: Xbox Live Gold account required (same for Xbox 360).Included.
Accessing cable and streaming TV servicesNot included: Xbox Gold account required for watching Netflix or Cable TV (on top of service subscriptions).Unclear.

As of now, we know that the PlayStation 4 will cost $399 at launch, and the Xbox One will cost $499. But what, exactly, are you getting for your money? Here's a breakdown of what we know so far. None of this has stopped people from getting excited about the Xbox One, judging by how often people have viewed Microsoft's unboxing video.

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Jill Scharr is a creative writer and narrative designer in the videogame industry. She's currently Project Lead Writer at the games studio Harebrained Schemes, and has also worked at Bungie. Prior to that she worked as a Staff Writer for Tom's Guide, covering video games, online security, 3D printing and tech innovation among many subjects.