Xbox One vs. PS4: Which will reign as the streaming TV hub of the future?

Digital Trends - E3 2013 is done. We’ve seen the consoles. We’ve seen the games. We’ve seen Microsoft stumble. We’ve seen Sony gloat. We’ve seen Microsoft flip-flop on the majority of the arguably controversial policies that riled up legions of potential early adopters. Now it’s time to make a decision about which console we are going to purchase when November 2013 rolls around.

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Narutone661556d ago

If you are talking about TV, then MS probably. But if you want to talk about gaming console, then it's a different story.

zeal0us1556d ago (Edited 1556d ago )

Xbox One is the best console that let you watch TV on your TV. It's brilliant isn't it?

All jokes put aside MS has the luxury of persuading cable providers and channel owners like Viacom to let them stream their content on the Xbox One.

iamnsuperman1556d ago (Edited 1556d ago )

I do not understand this article's question. There is only one device that lets you watch television so the One wins by default anyway (being the only one that can do it)

Online services or multimedia shows is different but only one device can watch TV. I still do not understand Microsoft reasoning for going TV. To me its like the Wii U gamepad. Its great except it is a gimped tablet. I can't take it out of the house. Same with the TV features here. Great but I still need a cable box with it so what is this thing anyway. Just a way to store Tv recordings on? just a way to launch my TV. I can do both of those with a remote and my Sky (or your Virgin) box

nukeitall1555d ago


What is there to be confused about? Why would you want Xbox One for TV?

* easier to use interface (and hopefully considerably faster than your crappy cable box)
* interactive TV, with polls and whatever overlayed on. MS demonstrated this a few times on the Xbox 360, but there is a lot more they can do it with that
* multi-tasking while watching TV. Skype or browse the internet.
* get notifications on-screen i.e. you are watching a movie with the lady and a pop up informs you Cal Bears won over Stanford! Go Bears! :D
* watch two things at once
* watch TV while waiting for matchmaking

Those are just some of the things I thought of right now, but there could be so much more.

The bottom line is, my experience with cable box is atrociously slow and the interface looks like it was designed and never updated since the early 90s.

Xbox One is supposed to solve all that!

n4rc1555d ago


What if I want to flip back to the Simpsons while I wait for a lobby to fill up.. Lol

Or watching TV and instantly snap to a Skype call..

I think its a huge bonus and selling feature

aCasualGamer1555d ago

TV's been around for decades. We've been able to watch TV without a console without any problem. How anyone can be fooled by Microsoft with Xbox One being "the ultimate TV hub" is beyond my reasoning. It's cool to say "xbox watch tv"? For how long? You're gonna get sick of talking to Xbox after 10 minutes, you'll go back to just switching via remote.

All that console development costs from Microsoft and TV is the best they can do? What a wste of engineers.

MysticStrummer1555d ago

One's live TV functions will only be available in the US at launch, and will require another device. So much for "All In One", and sales outside the US will be impacted.

The bottom line for me is that I don't watch traditional live TV at all and haven't for years. I stream what I want to watch from my browser, and since I can do that with my PS3 I don't see a reason why I won't be able to do it with my PS4. Traditional live TV is slowly dying, so live TV features can't possibly be the future.

The bottom line for MS is that they're pushing features with their new (more expensive) console that are already doable without it, including voice commands to control the TV.

Cuzzo631555d ago

Multi tasking while watching Tv.... lol. I will pass( cell phone)
Skyping while watching Tv... lol I will pass
Getting notifications while watching Tv... lol I will pass( cellphone)
Watch 2 things at once while watching Tv... lol I will pass(PiP, cell phone)
Matchmaking while watching Tv... lmao really I will pass (input button if its that serious)

Xb1 is suppose to solve things that really needs no solving. Just dont get some things... Hey TitanFall looks cool ass hell tho. KI looks intriguing, hope DH dont fuck it up...

nukeitall1554d ago

I find it ironic that all these people complain about Xbox One's TV features, yet they all use consoles!

It's extremely ironic, because you can use a PC for gaming and a lot more, why need a dumbed down console that games cost more and has far more restrictions on the hardware?

Key phrase: ease of use and convenience!!!

That is exactly why you play on console, pay more for the games, deal with the crappy restrictions and the lower quality graphics.

Yet, many of you hear proclaim, I have a cable box for that, but it ain't convenient!

Anyhow, I think this discussion is pointless, because it isn't about the feature. It is about pushing an agenda and justifying your preference.


Live tv continues to be the standard, until people can support MS vision of always connected console!

On top of that, you don't get the newest content on Netflix and similar services.

There is not a single service in existence that is internet based, that acts like a TV channel, let alone replacing hundreds of them.

This shift will take a long long time, probably past this generation.

Basically the internet as it is is unable to support that kind of viewership. It will go to a complete halt!

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miyamoto1555d ago

Clue: PS3 is the most used device to stream Netflix in the world. So there you go.

Blackdeath_6631555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

i thought i'd add a few links to support your claim just in reply to those disagrees. i think streaming services are far more popular especially with gamers and student who are not willing to pay for cable tv in their apartments when everything is available online and on demand. even tv companies (HBO go, sky go) are now providing on demand services and most modern tv's can stream youtube,netflix,hulu,amazon videos and browse the internet, truth is TV is quickly becoming irrelevant and is nothing more than an advertising platform. the Xboxone is jumping on a sinking ship i don't understand how MS have not only badly misjudged their gamer fanbase but also the TV&entertainment market aswell

kreate1555d ago

I wonder why?
Netflix was on xbox first combined w the larger xbox install base in america one would think xbox would be the platform for netflix.

dedicatedtogamers1555d ago

Ironically, I think PS4 will end up being used more, even if Xbox One "reigns" in terms of overall features. PS3 is the most-used Netflix device in the world (iirc). Part of that is because Netflix isn't behind the paywall like it is on Live.

The_KELRaTH1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

As Sky have said NO to MS already I'd say that doesn't really leave a lot to stream in Europe.
Why do I need a box to stream the rest as it's free and my TV already has it built in.

JohnJ1555d ago

What did they say NO to exactly?
The article I read stated that sky had rejected the idea of selling Xbox one consoles with sky subscriptions (for now), but had reaffirmed they're relationship with Microsoft in terms of a digital based Sky/Xbox one partnership.

Rockstar_51555d ago

Lmao man you don't what your talking about there both equally awesome

Marked1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

The Fact that you have to hook your cable box to your xbox one seems redundant. I think this is a ploy by Microsoft and the cable companies to regain lost ground to the streaming providers.

Cable needs to die. In most regions with renters, its a monopoly. I would rather pay for internet, subscribe to a streaming network and choice what to watch then pay an arm and a leg for being bombarded by commercials and price increases.

Just a little knowledge: the reason there is only one cable provider in a region is do to government regulating the providers. The high cable prices are a government made monopoly by removing ground cable competition. Now that the cable companies have streaming and dish to squash the monopoly, they are trying make themselves relevant by using microsft...instead of lower the price to compete. We know Microsoft can support that approach.

For my own little soap box...who else has children and has to pay for a premium package to get you kids networks through dish. I'm sorry but, if anyone deserves to have a smaller package, its the family with children and stressed finances. These big corporations are being ran by single sociopaths that have no understanding or emotional relating to the average consumer. Every choice seems to derive from the money needed to renovate their office and pad their bonus :p

sorry for the rant

n4rc1555d ago

Umm.. Not everyone uses Netflix

Here in Canada where bandwidth caps are still the norm, Netflix is damn near nonexistent

Cable is still king.. Ms is giving options for those users.. How is it possibly a bad thing?

Marked1555d ago

@ n4rc

They are not giving you an option :/ they are giving you an alternative way of viewing your cable box menu. You still need to pay your cable provider for the service and cable box.

Trust me, if MS cared about you internet caps, the console would not require an internet connection.

MysticStrummer1555d ago

"Here in Canada where bandwidth caps are still the norm, Netflix is damn near nonexistent"

I guess Canadians can't be too excited about a console that claims to use the Cloud then.

illtownNJONE1555d ago

xbox one have proven to be a gaming console showed more games at e3 then sony did for ps4

Marked1555d ago

LMAO...yes they showed more games....they were multiplats you dim wit. Sony had more exclusive content and spent the majority of their time showing off the technical chops of the PS4. Instead of MS approach watch us struggle to show you what the xbox one will actually do. How many reveals were actually being played on an xbox??

loulou1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )


i didnt realise the division, assassins creed, destiny, watchdogs and the other multis that sony showed were exclusive...!

ms e3 destroyed sonys imo dimwit

the 3 best looking reveals were played on xb1 hardware.. forzza, ryse and ki

Marked1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )


You missed the point entirely. Microsoft fumbled through the entire showing. They didn't even have their games running on an xbox one, it was a PC. Please name one xbox game that was played on an xbox that had a gentleman holding the controller and doing as he wanted.

Sony actually had games...not just videos of games. They also spent more time revealing their exclusives and didnt run away from them by cramming multiplat videos down our throats. If I wanted to watch reveal trailers I would have went to

Edit: as for your opinion. Gameinformer magazine, which has always favored the xbox, even gave the MS reveal a grade of C and that grade was after MS changed their policy towards gamers rights.

JokesOnYou1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

"They didn't even have their games running on an xbox one, it was a PC."

-Sorry marked, you were saying:

"Software running on genuine, visible Xbox One hardware falls in with a small first-party club, including titles like Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, Ryse and Dead Rising 3."

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greenlantern28141555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

Ok I have a tv with cable, which I use to watch tv. Odd idea I know, pressing the 1 button I have to, to switch from games to tv is not a big deal. I want my gaming console for playing games.
However both 360 and ps3 already do Netflix, Amazon prime, hulu plus. So the Xbox1 and ps4 will also do these things. I think that the tv features are largely over played because
A) most people watch tv using their dvr. Or will just watch the way they always have like it or not people are creatures of habit.
B) do you really want your game console running all the time I am sure we all know how hot these things can get playing for hours so I bet every one let's there system have a break. Probably while watching tv

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cl19831556d ago

Basing this statement purely off of the input and out puts on both consoles, and the use of the word tv in title, the only console that can be used is the xbox one because it has an hdmi input port. Now as an entertainment hub who knows.

DEATHxTHExKIDx1556d ago

well MS seems to be trying really hard to push for Tv so Id say MS.

JohnJ1555d ago

Sony have just registered playstationTV, maybe they have just downplayed their focus on TV services so far given the backlash on Microsoft for doing so

hollabox1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

Yeah I say MS as well, last time I checked I still couldn't get HBOGO on my PS3. The HDMI input might be something special, I will have to wait and see how it works with Uverse. Now what I'm interested in is the audio capabilities of both consoles, something not even the great Cerny the Grey as talked about.

Watching HBOGO on my Xbox 360 at 640KBPS sucks,I prefer lossless audio, and DTS my PS3 offers. I can easily tell the difference which console is on form my AVR based on available audio options.
This link here has some interesting information

Kingthrash3601556d ago (Edited 1556d ago )

one major factor to me will if I have to pay twice for apps like Netflix or hulu. sony currently doesn't charge for internet use while xbl does. I know sony is charging next gen for multiplayer access...but will they for apps? sony wins if not....just like it did this gen......all that tv mumbo jumbo xb1 sounds appealing to someone who feels like hooking their cable box to another box, but what if they charge for the service? means you have to pay your cable bill...on top of xbl just to watch cable youve already paid for.....smh is it me or is that stupid...not dumb.....but stupid.

sic_chops1555d ago

Sony has stated that apps like nexflix will not be behind a pay wall. The only thing you pay for is multilayer gaming with ps+ which is worth it just for the perks

sentury1111555d ago

This is always a dumb complaint to me. If you are a serious gamer you are going to be paying for gold or plus.
You then get the features that are behind the pay wall.
If you are going to complain about having to pay to use Netflix, wouldn't it be smarter to pay for $50 bluray player or streaming box that can do it for free if you don't already own it.

Regarding the TV stuff, if MS is serious about offering that to people to use exclusively for TV and other features without much gaming then if they are smart they will offer those core components for free. Without the use of gold. Just charge for the use of MP and a few other added benefits like cloud storage.

I'm not sure they have addressed what the silver will be offering this gen so we will see. But for most people on this site the pay wall is dumb because most people play online and want the added benefits of the new systems so why make it seem like you aren't forced to pay for it for the main reason which is online play. You aren't going to use just an xbox for Netflix and if you do then you are dumb and wasteful if you don't want MP but still pay for gold when you can get another device for the cost of gold for one year.

Kingthrash3601555d ago

ill say this..I will not disagree with right now as we speak in a situation where im out of a hardcore psplus went out last week and I can't afford to pay it right Netflix is still on mt internet is still on..therefore I can still(for the moment) enjoy Netflix. this is what I mean, not every hardcore gamer is as well of as others. some just cant afford gold or plus...lord know having internet connection is far more important than having plus/gold me no net no plus/ n4g...ect.! fffffffuuuuuu!! lol so yeah no paywall helps make life easier for the people who aren't as well off as others......

n4rc1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

Its the same as everyone crying about the always online stuff... When they are always online complaining about having to be online... Lol

But honestly dude.. If $5 a month is gonna make or break you.. Gaming should be waaay down your list of priorities

Run_bare1555d ago

I don't want tv I want gaming, playstation is the choice

clearelite1555d ago

I will be watching even less TV when there is a PS4 in my house.

shivvy241555d ago

i only watch max 1hr of tv so yea , no point of getting x1 if i wanted the tv features

JohnJ1555d ago

I don't ever want to catch you eating jelly AND ice cream at the same time.. Just pick one!