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Xbox One vs PS4 - Which console is best for Christmas 2015?

With two Christmas seasons under their belts the latest consoles from Microsoft and Sony are now well bedded in and ready to slog it out for your cash this Christmas 2015. Prices are falling (and we expect them to drop further soon), there's a strong line-up of excellent third-party software and though many exclusive titles have failed to wow us to date, there's some real big hitters on the horizon. In short, there's never been a better time to buy.

In this article we'll be putting the two consoles head-to-head over a number of categories. We've tried to be fairly concise, without leaving out anything crucial. We don't believe that either console is simply better for every gamer, it all depends on what you want from it. Have a flick through the article and at least read the areas that interest you most, before heading to the conclusion.

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TheGreatGamer1009d ago

If you're yet to upgrade to current gen I'd say go with the console whose exclusive games you prefer because the performance difference in multiplats is miniscule compared to launch so the exclusive games should help you decide which one to go for but for those who already own and XB1 or a PS4 and are on the fence about picking up the other one this Christmas I'd definitely recommend that you do because both consoles have great games coming out in 2015 and 2016

Abash1009d ago

I think people who were interested in 2015's games have already gotten a system for them, so I'd say choose the console with the 2016 games you want most.

N4G3RZ1008d ago

Sony will always have the upper hand this generation just like Xbox 360 has the generation before.

But Microsoft are playing a good catch up game and I am very happy the new direction they are taking towards improving the system.

sinspirit1008d ago

Chose the console with the brightest future. I know some people who get a console for one or two games that year. Sell it. Get the other console for one or two games and then regret it because they want to go back to the old console. Think of the future releases

nucky641008d ago

N4G3RZ - finishing in last place gave the 360 and "upper hand"??......hmmmmmmmmm

nix1008d ago

Christmas 2015. Such a shortsighted question. What about 2016 and beyond? That comes 6 days after Christmas.

Think far. Buy smart.

never4get1008d ago

If PS4 fail to sell 4 million console in Japan before 2016, AAA JRPGs could be no more. SONY please produce more AAA JRPGs exclusive for PS4.

XBLSkull1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

Owning both at this point I could never recommend a PS4 to someone, Xbox has all the best games and a much better network.

xHeavYx1008d ago

I'd rather choose the console with games all year round instead of focusing on Christmas. I'd also choose the console with the most and more diverse games.
Luckily for me, my console wins in those 2 categories.

APexGamer451008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

Depends on type of game you want. Both consoles have great exclusives. But if exclusives don't pull you, PS4's technical advantage comes into play.

Gap hasnt reduced at all. That is from new COD coming out.

http://i.imgur.com/DwRdDRK....

Based on this Ubisoft actual testings, PS4 is also more future proof. Meaning gaps will grow.

http://www.worldsfactory.ne...

death_gun1008d ago

i think both consoles are great, but if you want the best go with PS4

OB1Biker1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

Wow 120+ comments for this. When I saw this pending post I thought 'another one of those for people who have no clue'.
Im baffled so many people try to promote their preferred console.
Its matter of preference, end of the story.

NewMonday1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

- PS4 plays 3rd party games significantly better, often 40% better (credit to Genuine-User), to have the best CoD, MGS5PP, Witcher3 experience you need a PS4.

- PS4 UI is faster and better organized

- PS4 has the most advanced looking games.

- PS4 has the best rated exclusives(fact)

- PS4 has the best selling exclusives (fact)

- PS4 has the most exclusives (fact)

- PS4 has the biggest gaming community (fact)

- PS4 has the most diverse range of genres.

- PS4 dosn't force PS+ to use F2P games.

- PS4 is supported by the largest 1st party games studios.

- PS4 has the better media sharing and editing features, and easy to use by anyone, literally a button away.

Major_Glitch1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

@Newmonday Lol at all the disagrees for stating facts. Alright people, I've said it once and I'll say it again, you can support your console of choice, but please stop making stuff up and stop denying reality.
To reiterate:
Sony has more games, FACT.
Sony has more REAL EXCLUSIVES, FACT.
Sony has more first party studios, FACT.
The PS4 is more powerful than the XboxOne, FACT.
Sony has more new IPs than MS, FACT.

81BX1008d ago

@xbskull
Having owned both before i can say i would recommend both. Its all dependent on the games u like really.

BattleAxe1008d ago

@ APexGamer45

"You need to do this.
0.53/1.31(power of X1) = 0.405. Meaning 40.5%"

Yeah, it's 40% of the Xbox One's total power output, but it's not a 40% difference between the Xbox One and PS4. You should take math lessons from DLConspiracy, because he's got this one right.

jetlian1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

Newmonday:xbo ui is faster given everything can be pinned

Most advanced looking is subjective. The order looks good up close then you get slammed by blur at 60 in game feet.

Highest rated ill give you though a few days ago l posted media bias.

MCC is best selling exclusive at 5+ million

Most exclusives counting indies and niche

Yea ps4 has biggest player base

Diverse genre seems even

Yea ps4 doesnt need ps+ for f2p also has no worth while f2p games. Ill take kI, smite, fable over any ps4 f2p

Ps4 isnt supported by the largest 1st party. MS has released more than sony this gen. Biggest game from sony is tlour. Kz if you counting sales

APexGamer451008d ago

@jetlian

We are not talking about that are we... LoL come on...

we are talking about sluggish OS of X1.

There are so many comments of damage controls here....

NukaCola1008d ago

I guess any opinion is moot and you should do the research yourself, but I really enjoy Playstation and have for 20 years. At this point, you have a solid library on both systems with tons to come. Depends on your preference.

Rockstar1008d ago

@ XBLSkull...

LOL...I have a sneaky suspicion you only own 1 current gen console and it ain't a PS4.

OT: All consoles have their strengths but my money is on the PS4.

NewMonday1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

@jetlian

"Most advanced looking is subjective"

no "best looking" is subjective, that is why I didn't use this term, it is vulnerable to denial, "most advanced" is fact based on resolution, texture size, AA level, post processing effects, all proven by Sony 1st party software like DriveClub, theOrder, Uncharted4.
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"Most exclusives counting indies and niche"

- PS4 has most exclusives even if you count retail only (fact)

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"xbo ui is faster given everything can be pinned"
why dose it take forever to simply invite some one to a party on X1, Xbox fans who got PS4s for CoD are the ones who brought up the PS4 faster and better UI because they tried both.
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"MCC is best selling exclusive at 5+ million"

http://www.vgchartz.com/gam...

sorry to give you the bad news but Halo MCC sold only about 2.5 million.

as further proof of the decline of Halo sales power look at the pre-order numbers, Halo 5 is half of Halo 4 at the same point in-time, means Halo franchise has lost millions of fans.

http://www.vgchartz.com/pre...

http://www.vgchartz.com/pre...

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"Yea ps4 doesnt need ps+ for f2p also has no worth while f2p games. Ill take kI, smite, fable over any ps4 f2p "

anecdotal comment, irreverent in the big picture, PS4 F2P games have the most users AND they can play with PC gamers in the same world. Phil Spencer was just apologizing X1 doesn't have Final Fantasy 14, so even he admits it.

trouble_bubble1008d ago

@jetlian
"..MCC is best selling exclusive at 5+ million"

ummm http://www.vgchartz.com/gam...
MCC is 2.5 million there. Titanfall did more than MCC, and TLOU:R did more still.

"..MS has released more than sony this gen."

MS didn't release anything for 9 months this year. What were you doing before last week?

.."Diverse genre seems even"

I'd give the edge to PS4. Where's the X1's MMOs like FF14 Online/DCUO, exclusive sports like MLB The Show, platformers like LBP3/Tearaway/Knack, action rpg like bloodborne, interactive drama like Until Dawn? Basically, anything without guns? Killer Instinct and Forza yes, but the other side had Driveclub already and will soon have StreetFighterV.

trouble_bubble1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

"..and a much better network."

Someone tell the Halo: MCC
http://kotaku.com/we-all-kn...

http://www.inquisitr.com/20...

Because they never got the memo. I guess the inbox broke too

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Genuine-User1009d ago (Edited 1009d ago )

"the performance difference in multiplats is minuscule compared to launch"

No it isn't. A 40%+ difference in resolution and extra graphical features in multi-plats is significant no matter how you put it.

However, there are a few examples where parity is evident.

sammarshall1021009d ago

It's very minor. The difference is huge on paper but not so much in real-world results

https://www.google.com/sear...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j...

Rookie_Monster1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

What are those "extra graphical features" are you referring to as I just don't see it in third party games like Witcher 3, MKX, Arkham Knight, and MGSV other than the usual 900p vs 1080p in which people already alluded to is not a huge different.

I get most of my third party games on PC so it doesn't concern me but just want you to clarify what those are for the general public.

d_g1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

tell me where are those "40%+ difference in resolution and extra graphical features" because i couldn’t find them in the most of 2015 game

and the last one was MGS V PP

http://images.eurogamer.net...
http://images.eurogamer.net...

Of course PS4 have sharper picture but i don't see that big 40% Difference

silver-ten1008d ago

@sammarshall102
@Rookie_Monster

The difference is real but you can't handle the truth

http://www.ign.com/wikis/xb...

343_Guilty_Spark1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

It's not a 40% visual difference and you know it. These on paper differences do not translate to a significant difference in visual quality. The graphics argument is moot. Batman, Witcher 3, MGS 5 are visually indistinguishable. I dare you to find a PS4 game that just blows the doors off of a Xbox One game. There aren't any. Even the best looking games on either platform look fairly comparable.

BattleAxe1008d ago

"No it isn't. A 40%+ difference in resolution and extra graphical features"

Seriously?..... I think you must have had too much to drink lastnight. Totally ridiculous statement.

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DLConspiracy1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

Let's do some math.

PS4 1.84 Tflops
Xb1 1.31 Tflops

1.84 - 1.31 tflops = .53 tflops difference.

.53 /(divided by) 1.84 tflops = 0.2880434782608696

so just under 29% more power. Simple math. That's not comparing cpu either. Everyone knows the PS4 is more powerful, but it's not 40% more.

APexGamer451008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

@DLConspiracy

I just had to step in... to say... that is not math.

You are dividing 0.53 by 1.83(power of PS4). So you are saying PS4 is 0.53 stronger compared to PS4?

LOL. Are you joking me?

You need to do this.
0.53/1.31(power of X1) = 0.405. Meaning 40.5%.

This means PS4 is stronger by 40 percent compared to X1. This figure do not take account into better ram, secondary processor, better ROP and better ACE.

XanderZane1008d ago

It's no where close to that anymore. Most games are now 1080p (30/60fps). The ones that aren't is due to the developers and not the hardware really. Why can several developers make games at 1080P 30/60fps and others can not? The games are all still hitting your HDTV at 1080P in the end because they are upscaled. The only really difference sometimes is in the FPS. Most gamers who won't spend their time analyzing the difference, won't ever notice them. Whatever gap that there was has been slowly closing for awhile now.

r2oB1008d ago

Xbox fanboy 7 years ago says "Its so obvious multiplats are better on the Xbox 360. I mean c'mon, it's 720p vs 700p. Xbox pwns."

Same Xbox fanboy says, in present time, "There is no obvious difference in multiplats. I mean c'mon, I just don't see a difference between 900p vs. 1080p. It's miniscule."

Whether you refuse to see the difference, or you just can't see it, there is still a difference. And the difference can be quantified.

Just because a colorblind person can't see a certain color, doesn't mean the color does not exist.

DLConspiracy1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

@APexGamer45

It's possible I could be off, but why would I divide .53 by xbox tflops? Wouldn't I be doing it from the top TFLOPS which is PS4?

.53 is the difference of 1.84 which is the top sum of the highest number of both.

1.84 represents 100% of the full spectrum since PS4 has the most. Why would you use the smallest as a 100% percent?

BattleAxe1008d ago

@ DLC

Don't waste your time on him, you're too smart for that. He's building little houses with play dough, while you're engineering modern high rise buildings.

sinspirit1008d ago

@sammarshall102

Let me be perfectly clear.

http://s2.dmcdn.net/LitHX/1...

This image you posted of a "comparison"? It's a low quality, compressed, and only 720p bullshot.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j...

This second picture you posted.. Same issue.

This site shows a better representation but we can still do better.

http://www.theverge.com/201...

Resolution is NOT a small difference. 900p does look pretty good. But, the reason you don't see a difference between 900p and 1080p is because you seem to find poor examples and probably watch comparisons on Youtube where compression and other factors result in poor quality videos to represent how it looks in person. It compresses videos to save space on the site and in doing so the clarity of the video has small artifacts, blockiness, and fuzziness despite how good it looks through the video but it still is nothing compared to in person. If you played PC you wouldn't even be arguing. You can adjust it all on the fly on a PC for whichever game and see the differences clear as day in mere seconds by adjusting it on a controlled platform.

APexGamer451008d ago

@DLC

Depends how it is phrased. You dont just take highest number as denominator.

When you are saying PS4's power is X percent of X1(or PS4 is x percent stronger than X1), you use X1 as base. Now, if you were to say X1's power is Y percent of PS4, you use your math.

In terms of our discussion here, the percent usage is meaning you need 0.4 Xbox One more too close the gap with PS4.

@BattleAxe

LoL. Wow you sound extremely salty....Does it hurt you every single time you see specs or see X1 games are subpar in multiplats?

slappy5081008d ago

People are probably correct in saying that the 40% power advantage does not translate to a 40% visual advantage for multiplatform games. No doubt the games do look visually better on ps4 though. But what it does do is allow first party developers to go further visually with the games with that extra hardware power. we've already seen that with games like infamous SS and the best looking racer driveclub, and in the future release of the superb looking open world Horizon

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captainexplosion1008d ago

The performance in multiplats between PS4 and XB1 may not be much anymore, but I still GREATLY prefer the PS4 versions. The main reason is remote play. I can stream PS4 games to my ofc which is amazing. I can also stream PS4 games from the living room to another room for my son. It is an amazing feature. I also like the PS4 controller more for multiplats.

BeefCurtains1008d ago

I'm streaming my X1 games to my PC right now... But go on about that being your main PS4 preference. Your reasons are your reasons and I don't care what they are, but to point out a feature that both consoles offer is funny to me.

boing11008d ago

^^
Why would anyone stream console game to a pc except for capturing video?

r2oB1008d ago

@ beef curtain

Remote play on PS4 isn't limited to ones own network. When you can stream XB1 games to a PC outside the confines of your home network, then you can claim the features are the same. Until then, that is a pretty distinguishing fact.

BeefCurtains1008d ago

@Boing,

If that's a serious question, I stream to my PC when someone else wants to use the big screen for something else. It's not that uncommon in households.

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Magicite1008d ago

PS4 hands down, much higher variety of games.

styferion1008d ago

Yeah, not sure why people desperately clinging to one console when each of them has bundles amazing enough to warrant extra console purchases.

I swear, with all these clowns commenting about, spewing ridiculous hypocrites propaganda for their console of choice, one would think all these accounts aren't from a real gamer but rather PR team of each consoles.

Seriously, just look at all these people listing even collections and indies from their console and trashtalk the other collections and indies. I mean, if you really have the money and time to actually buy and play every game you listed why not also buy the other console and be done with your imaginary internet war?

Haru1008d ago

I wouldn't say the perfomance difference is miniscule, I can clearly see the difference between 900p and 1080p unlike some people here who are apparently blind, and I can tell you that the difference it's pretty noticable 90% of the games look superior on PS4 and some not only look better but also run better on PS4 also next year's lineup for PS4 is crazy so I think if someone wants to upgrade to a current gen console then the obivous choice would be PS4

showtimefolks1008d ago

personal preferences, mine is ps4 but there is nothing wrong with someone lieking xbox one, pc or wiiu

DougLord1008d ago

100% agree. The x-platform games are IDENTICAL. Anyone that argues they are not and that the difference is significant needs to buy a gaming PC with a 980ti in it. Look at the exclusives that have launched and will launch Holiday 2015 & 16. Pick the one that has the most games YOU Want To Play. Don't listen to idiots here tell you why one company's games suck. I would say to listen to people's recommendations on what games are good. But if you are on this forum, you already probably have made up your mind.

rainslacker1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

I actually have a better idea.

Don't buy any console. At least not yet.

I say, everyone should wait until the end of this console generation...lets say when all three next gen consoles are released...maybe add in 3 months for that spill over...and at that time we can decide what console is better for people to buy.

At this point, we will gather all quantifiable evidence and statistics that help to determine which is better. Subjectivity is the truth killer, and it has no place in the console market, and should be ignored as it breed toxicity among the community.

Here's what I suggest measuring.

Use data from review aggregate sites such as meta critic to rate the overall quality of exclusives.

Count and quantify what was a pure/mixed with PC/ or timed exclusive.

Take Sales numbers from MediaCreate or NPD and find out which sole better, and which sold more software.

Compare the overall sales of the top 1st party exclusives on each console, highest to lowest for even comparison.

Count the number of remasters/collections, and then list those in descending order based on how many games/extras were in each one.

Quantify different tiers of games. AAA, A, Mid Tier, low budget, indie(which should itself be subdivided into different categories), etc. Count how many are in each group and compare which had more..then of course average out the ratings.

We'll compare the frame rate and resolution of every single multi-plat and take an average on which one was better overall.

We'll take an average FR/Res number for all the 1st party exclusives.

We'll count the number of new 1st/2nd party IP's for each system, count the total number of games for each system, then do an analysis year over year about which had more growth in software sales.

We'll count every feature released on the system throughout the generation for each console, as well as demand that the numbers for those features utilization be given over so we can make a list of what was most important in descending order, and then use data analysis sites to determine which was better by common consensus.

We'll then separate out those features, and see which one has more unique features, and see which console had the higher percentage of those features utilized(actual, not just because there was no way to get around it features I mean).

When all this is done, then, and only then, can we truly answer which console is best for a person to buy.

Once we determine all that, we can be proud of the fact that while all these people who didn't care what we think they should buy were off playing their games because not once did we bother to ask them what they want from a console or games, we were truly informed consumers who spent half a decade or so gathering useless information and arguing amongst ourselves.

The fact that every thing I suggest measuring has been what people try to qualify or justify their console purchase, or used to move a goalpost more times than 10 seasons of a college team win, or used to determine which is the best this generation is just sad. And yes, I left more out than I put in.

alabtrosMyster1008d ago

I would rephrase the thing about performance like this:

Go for the cheaper console if you don't care about performance/resolution at all, otherwise go with the PS4 since it has more games available and since it is the market leader there are no seasonal drought ever (I mean, in the summer they get more than firmware updates and kind words from the CEO to play with).

Obviously, if you like the whole Forza/Gears/Halo chances are you will not be satisfied with a non MS console, so go ahead and pick it up, MS has a great relationship with their clients and a lot of them seem really happy with the console, in spite of its weaknesses.

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sammarshall1021009d ago (Edited 1009d ago )

Whichever has Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War Ultimat edition, and Forza 6 :)

djplonker1009d ago

First person shooter

Thrid person shooter

Thrid person shooter

Driving game

I would go for the console with the most diversity and DOUBLE the catalogue of games over the competition.

yarbie10001009d ago

My android phone has a ton more games than steam or consoles. So if you're just wanting quantity then go Android!

I prefer quality myself

sammarshall1021009d ago (Edited 1009d ago )

Rare Replay: Platform/side scroller/racing nostalgia collection :)

Fable Legends: RPG

Hundreds of backwards compatibility games with the 1st hundred coming November

And IMO Xbox One has quality over quantity

djplonker1009d ago (Edited 1009d ago )

@yarbie

Yeah comparing mobile games to console games is fair....

I prefer quality AND quantity

raggy-rocket1008d ago

So do I and I think Xbox has that too, just not a huge number of games.

bleedsoe9mm1008d ago

you say that like its not what most people play , especially people that haven't bought a console yet

mark_parch1008d ago

i don't know what point your trying to make but 3 out of them 4 games are differant so i would say thats pretty diverse

Septic1008d ago

I love how people deride those genres but shed so many tears when people wonder why the heck games like tales of Zestiria and MLB the show are so wanted. Genre snobs or moving goal posts? I think it's a bit of both.

BeefCurtains1008d ago

Some people don't need JRPG's, I don't like them. Everything else is on X1. I don't see why my preference in the X1's types of games gets "disagreed" with.

MysticStrummer1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

"I prefer quality myself"

I guess you prefer PS4 then. I would never have guessed that based on some of your other comments. Cheers!

OT - PS4 has more games to play in general, more exclusives, and more high rated games, and none of those things will be changed after the holidays, but if you're a fan of the big XBox 3 (Halo, Forza, Gears) then that won't matter much to you.

Bottom line… the title screams "Click me!", so I will not.

andibandit1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

@DJPlonker

Totally shooting yourself in the foot, If PS4 actually had some proper exclusive First/Third person shooters, I might agree.

Diversity is not:
Dropping First/Third person, for more JRPG/Horror games, thats just shifting focus.

Mrveryodd1008d ago (Edited 1008d ago )

You are going to see a flood of games hitting the xbox when win 10 hits .....if you like playing online , xbox all the way ... sony ping 250 ... xbox ping 15 and thats from the same conection ...mate bought his ps4 over ....single player ps4 is the winner , his ver pcars was alot smoother than my xbox ver ....imo oh !!! and the ping thing is fact....fan boys bring those disagrees ...

81BX1008d ago

@dj
I don't think u own a xb1,but if u do go to the games menu then click new releases and look at the variety of games.

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MysticStrummer1008d ago

"Whichever has Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War Ultimat edition, and Forza 6"

Three games that don't interest me, and the fourth will be on my console eventually if I want to pick it up. Not sure I will though, since the last TR didn't impress me much.

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BeefCurtains1008d ago

@Mystic, here's a funny observation for you. Your comment states that X1 games aren't for you. You get numerous agrees.

My comment directly above is identical to yours, except that PS4 games aren't for me. And I was blessed with numerous disagrees.

Sony fanboy logic.