PS4 vs Xbox One: which is the better media player?

With the arrival of Xbox 360 and PS3, console manufacturers realised that games consoles could be so much more - they could be the media player that takes centre-stage in your living room, able to deliver movies and TV shows streamed from the internet as well as traditional disc-based entertainment. With the arrival of next-gen console, the potential is there to bring media integration to a whole new level

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BelkingOfSony1628d ago

xbox one - because microsoft revealed it as a entertainment console and the ps4 is a gaming console

NewMonday1628d ago

but in the end PS4 even wins this category..

"it's clear that of the two next-gen machines, the PS4 offers the preferable experience right now"

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truefan11626d ago (Edited 1626d ago )

How about we wait for the update coming in March. MSFT is a software company and to be honest we wouldn't even be having this debate if not for the 360. I'm sure this upcoming software update will be huge for the XB1.

alexkoepp1626d ago (Edited 1626d ago )

X1 supports both TV as well as streaming videos from a PC, X1 easily takes this award at this point.

georgeenoob1626d ago (Edited 1626d ago )

Everyone, even playstation fans say that Xbox is the #1 multimedia console (In Sony's defense).

But now that we know X1 has a HUGE amount of AAA exclusives under way, it is now the #1 multimedia console and the #1 gaming platform. Sorry, but with exclusives of this amount there is no argument to be had.

Conzul1626d ago

Sorry, PS4 is not a better media player than the X1. It lacks local media streaming; local mp4 or mp3 playback; FLAC or mkv support; or even media playback off of a usb stick.

Until these are patched in, X1 wins the media player category. I mean, come on, it's all they have at this point,

hellzsupernova1626d ago

Lol allot of good TVs can be turned on with your voice that is not a great feature

Master-H1626d ago (Edited 1626d ago )

@edonus a glorified TV remote is nothing to brag about lol
On top of that a lot of smart TVs already does voice recognition so yea...

UltraNova1626d ago

@above (1.1.1-1.1.5)

Jesus talking about defense forces! You guys make the US Army look like shit compared to your immediate counteractions!


On topic though, nice to see the PS3 is still king!

Baccra171626d ago

PS3. It can play blu-rays, mp4,avi and mp3's while streaming video from services not locked behind a pay wall. Not to mention the interface for playing mp4's and avi's is awesome and easy to use unlike 360. When the PS4 gets the firmware, if it ever gets it, to be an awesome player like PS3 I'll pick that. But till then, PS3 is the ultimate media player compared to PS4 and Xbone.

UnholyLight1625d ago

I guess this is related but not on the disc subject of media...

When you watch Netflix on PS4 quite often it randomly thinks you're trying to use the few voice commands that are available to it if you have the Playstation Camera like I do.

THAT IS SO ANNOYING, Im trying to watch a show with a friend and when we are talking or sometimes even characters voices in the shows trips the voice command prompts on the PS4.

That is insanely pathetic I have to say. Otherwise I love my PS4, but for Media playback, the X1 is where it's at for the best experience

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Sammy7771627d ago

did you even read the article?
"it's clear that of the two next-gen machines, the PS4 offers the preferable experience right now" and this is from eurogamer

BelkingOfSony1627d ago

I admit it, I did the n4g rookie mistake which was that I commented before reading the article

scott1821626d ago

lol, at least you admit it.


how your comment sounds =

"the xbox one because microsoft said it was"

Insomnia_841626d ago

That's XBoners "logic".

Nowadays some people just can't think for themselves.

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iamtehpwn1626d ago

Neither tbh. Ps3 is still the best place to view all your media. The One and the Ps4 both have a while to go in my opinion before they can get up to where PS3 currently is for media.

N4OGs1626d ago

ps4 wins because the blueray in ps4 is best and sony is bluray, also netflix on ps4 is free as well as other services like that. not to mention you can put your own hardrives into the ps4 and such and its just to awesome for the price as well. ps4 is cheaper and better with no cmera always watching you.

mediate-this1626d ago

Sorry bub, netflix is not free on any system.

Bathyj1626d ago (Edited 1626d ago )

Well this is kind of amazing. If you want a console for media functions the choice is very clear. Get a Playstation 3.

Wouldnt use either Next Gen console for a media player while I still have my PS3.

Conzul1626d ago

Or hammer Sony until they put in the Ps3's media features that are inexcusably absent.

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nltsaved1626d ago

complete none sense you are obviously on drugs

N4OGs1626d ago

No! you are if you spent more for less and got the xbox one lol.

quaneylfc1626d ago (Edited 1626d ago )

There is uproar on the article entitles: Quantum break vs the order, which is better? An article that had to be updated to say: Stop comparing consoles and choose the game, with every sole xbox one comment being blacked out for trolling or off topic and the sole sony comments being some of the highest rated. there is an inside argument on a site like that. This site is biased because of the amount of users with ps4s. if that gets mentioned people brush it off and name this site and xbox only sited stating that "Xbox fans start arguments over the consoles all the time" a quote that doesn't factor in the sheer amount of playstation owners making the argument starting ratio point in their favour. but as far as to go to say that the playstation is a better all round entertainment machine is absolute drivel, when the xbox one actually had a better score regarding the quality of the blu ray player (from,) has more apps, voice commands and the hdmi in/out ports alone make the xbox more of an entertainment oriented machine and the thousands and THOUSANDS of past comments stating that the xbox is "an entertainment machine that cares about entertainment and TV doesn't care about gamers." that overstated quote alone says that the xbox is the better and more affiliated entertainment machine but the hypocrisy on this website churns out more biased shit each day, making even statistical numbering impossible to go by.

I own and have played on both consoles so believe me and before you black me out for trolling/off topic consider this: if being the entertainment machine is the worst option for a games console (which it is based on the comments given for the last year and a half) why do people who are proud of their console seem to think that theirs can do this, can insult the games industry and steer away from the things that matter: games.

The ps4 has some great entertainment apps, but it isn't designed for that so it will never be up to speed in that category .

BallsEye1625d ago

according to sad n4g community ps4 is also a best lover. You guys are just incredible. Everyday writing articles how much xbox one sux and doing some kind of polls among each other with obvious results. It really starts to look like you guys have some kind of insecurity. I'm glad I'm not living in your tiny world.

quaneylfc1625d ago

They play games on them but from time to time, they put IT in its bum

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xJumpManx1628d ago

Neither right now. once they both get DLNA is has to be the X1 since it has tv output.

n4rc1626d ago

Agree... Neither can really do much as it stands..

Remy_S1627d ago

That's pretty sad when the media focused console still loses on that front, the bone is an absolute joke.

YodaCracker1626d ago (Edited 1626d ago )

And meanwhile, the PS4 was largely focused on games yet the Xbox One is sporting the better game lineup. Ah, the irony!

cyguration1626d ago

What "better" game lineup?

Ryse? I have PC for "OMG grafix!"
Dead Rising 3? It's okay but kind of insipid.
Forza 5? With less content than Forza 4 and tons of microtransactions? Not by a long shot.

Boody-Bandit1626d ago (Edited 1626d ago )


I have both consoles and I couldn't disagree with you more.

KI regardless of price isn't a full game. It's barely an XBLA game. Ryse is a pretty game but so simplistic mechanics and has some serious performance issues. Forza 5 is nothing like Turn 10 and MS showed at E3 2013 ( )and is literally half the game Forza 4 was / is. Let us not forget how Turn 10 made the game harder to earn money to unlock cars just so they can try and micro transaction gamers to death.

Plus nearly every multiplat title looks and runs better on the PS4.

So how exactly is the XBOX ONE sporting the better game line up?

Oh and let us not forget how MS left the past 2 generations, especially the 360. The past few years the only exclusive games on the 360 were either Kinect titles or their tried and true not so fab 4 (Halo, Gears, Forza and Fable).

So what's make MS only consumers think MS wont do it a 3rd time after the way they tried to enter this new generation?

Hicken1626d ago

Better on what front?

PS4 actually has more games.

PS4 has a larger variety of games.

PS4 has a higher rated library.

The only "better" the XB1 might have right now is in software sales, and I'm very certain that'd change if we could track digital sales.

NeoTribe1626d ago

Where exactly is this better lineup? Ps plus alone is pumping out more awesome games while your still stuck on forza, ryse and dead rising... im pretty sure the ps4 actually has more playable games at the moment, some of which are very good. Are you guys really gonna try the "sony has no games thing again?" Remember what happened last time right?

Bathyj1626d ago

You know, just cos you guys keep saying that, doesnt make it true.

memots1626d ago

Oh the irony ?

Check this list out

Now tell me what console has the better line-up ??

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BallsEye1625d ago

It only loses in tiny n4g sony fan community. Go in a group of women and ask if men are smarter or women. Then go in a group of men and ask the same. But hey ! Whatever makes you feel better about your purchase.

WitWolfy1627d ago (Edited 1627d ago )

PS4 cant play any media what so ever ATM. So this article is just plain pointless

Kryptix1626d ago

Not sure if you know this but Blu-ray, DVD, and CD playback are also in the media category. You also have Netflix which the PS4 does better in according to tests mentioned in the article.

GameSpawn1626d ago

I would also point out the fact that any new feature Netflix adds to their streaming app shows up on the PS3/PS4 first. The PC app, Android, and iOS follow shortly after they get feedback/metadata from the PlayStation users. This is to be expected as Netflix has said themselves that a majority of their streaming viewers are streaming through their PlayStations.

A couple features that stand out are Max, multilingual audio (important if you watch anime or foreign films) and 5.1 audio - from what I can remember my PS3 had access to these before they showed up in the web browser app and on other platforms.

WitWolfy1626d ago

By media I meant any compressed media.. should of been more specific :P

LAWSON721626d ago

All I need is DLNA which ever one has that wins. If neither still dont the PS3 wins

n4rc1626d ago

Personally I find 360 to be a bit more capable.. Seems to play more common codecs and doesn't have the cinevia protection..

The codec issue may be hit and miss.. Guess all I can say is the 360 played more of my media

LAWSON721626d ago

PMS and PS3 = best thing since sliced bread

n4rc1626d ago

What's PMS? Other then the obvious.. Lol

I run a media server and both my ps3 and 360 worked.. But the ps3 couldn't play a bunch of stuff the 360 did.. Or the cinevia Protection or whatever its called kicks in after a minute

But the ps3 has bluray so that's a big one..

CrowbaitBob1625d ago

I've been using PLEX with both PS3 and 360 and there have been several instances of the PS3 blocking audio half way through a movie while the 360 plays the files just fine. Aside from that everything's been the same for me on both.