Purchasing a video game console is a tough decision, I get so many people asking me “which is better” or “what would I recommend“. Well, I am tired of repeating myself, so this guide will help you decide what you should go with.
Xbox One: The All-in-One Entertainment System
The Xbox One is a console for the gamer who loves the Xbox brand. With its exclusive first party line-up of games like Halo, Crackdown, Fable, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, you need to ask yourself if you want to experience these titles.
The Xbox One also boasts its Windows 10 integration, and right now you can not only play games on your PC by streaming them from your Xbox One, but you can DVR them to your PC as well. Future titles will see Microsoft’s brand new cross play feature, enabling users to play on their PC or Xbox One by purchasing one copy of the game, and even face off, or play with owners on the other platform that the one they are playing on.
- The Xbox One has a beautiful design. Built to be placed on your shelf and left there, the console resembles a home theatre device and given its built-in features, the design suits the console.
- Windows 10 integration will bring about a new way to play your Xbox One games, thanks to its cross play feature, and streaming capabilities.
- Features an HDMI in input, allowing you to plug another HDMI device to the console and play through it, or watch TV through the console. With limited features.
- Supports external hard drive storage for those extra games, as the built-in 500GB HDD is nowhere near sufficient.
- The home to Gears of War, Halo, Fable, Rise of the Tomb Raiser, Rare, and many more exclusive titles.
- Comes in a 1TB model.
- The Xbox Ones UI is terrible, but it is getting an improvement soon, making it faster and it will run similar to Windows 10.
- I know so many people complain that the Xbox One is not as powerful as the PS4, and it does not do what the PS4 can do, but it is not completely true. Sure some cross-platform titles on the Xbox One do not run at their full potential, especially when it comes to resolution. Many titles released across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One run at a higher resolution on the PS4. Saying that, it is barely noticeable, and it shouldn’t hinder your purchase decision.
- The Xbox One has no built-in TV support in SA. In the U.S and EU you can watch TV through your Xbox One and see channel guides, navigate through the channels and soon record content straight onto the Xbox One console. Up until now there has been no sign of any TV support in the works, which means so many of the TV and music features that the Xbox One has built-in, will not work.
- Xbox Games with Gold needs a reboot, the titles are terrible and they need to provide a better content package for our money.
Buy if you:
- Love Microsoft’s first party franchises – Fable, Halo, Gears of War.
- Have hope that DSTV will bring DVR support to the console.
- Want to experience the Windows 10 integration.
- Prefer the Xbox One controller.
- Not worried about a 900p resolution.
- Want to play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One, yes, the Xbox One will soon support Xbox 360 games.
- Are loyal to Xbox and have always been an Xbox console owner.
Do not buy if you:
- Have a monster PC and will not benefit from the cross-play feature releasing at the end of 2015.
- Are worried about the resolutions issues the console faces.
- Have never been a fan of the first-party titles that Xbox offers.
PlayStation 4: A Gaming Console at Heart
The PlayStation 4 is the best-selling console on the market right now. With over 23 million units sold in less than 24 months, it is clearly the world’s favourite console. Sony boasts the best exclusive line up, with games like Uncharted, Killzone, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Until Dawn, and others. But is it not only the games that make the console an attractive choice. The PS4 is a gaming console at heart and it’s not weighed down by any TV features, and DVR support, rather the PlayStation 4 gives a more social standing out of all the consoles. You can record gameplay, take screenshots stream instantly, and share everything with a press of the button, giving gamers their own platform to be their own YouTube and Twitch stars.
- PlayStation’s social abilities let you share your gaming experiences with the world.
- Home to Uncharted, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Killzone, inFAMOUS, No Man’s Sky, Ratchet and Clank, and more.
- Boasts a better graphics architecture than the Xbox One.
- PlayStation Plus offerings are much better than Xbox One’s.
- Sleek design with a few limited edition console designs released.
- Comes in a 1Tb model.
- Remote play lets you stream your PS4 games to your Ps Vita or Soy Xperia devices.
- The DualShock 4 is a great controller, its design is perfect for any game.
- The PlayStation 4 has no external hard drive support, meaning that you will either need to upgrade your console’s built-in 500Gb hard drive, or constantly fight for space by deleting games and content.
- Underwhelming UI. The PlayStation 4 UI still needs some work, it feels cluttered and need to be tweaked both visually and with a few new features.
- No Spotify, Netflix, or any other online media streaming support in SA.
Buy if you:
- Prefer knowing that the cross platform games you will play in the future will run at a possible full 1080p, or higher resolution than the Xbox One.
- Enjoy a sociable gaming console where screenshots, streams and video content can be edited and uploaded on the fly.
- Have always been a loyal PlayStation owner and will be till the end.
- Are not worried about losing out on your PS3 library as the PS4 does not have any backwards compatibility, nor is its PlayStation Now service supported in SA.
Do not buy if you:
- Have never been a fan of PlayStation’s first party line up.
- Prefer a more bulky controller.
- Are concerned about hard drive space, given the PS4’s limited storage.
- PlayStation 4 500GB + Mortal Kombat X – R6499.00
- Xbox One 500GB White + Sunset Overdrive – R6299.00
- Xbox One 500GB Kinect Bundle + Need for Speed Rivals + Fantasia + FIFA 15 – R7499.00
- Xbox One 500GB + Forza Horizon 2 – R5999.00
- PlayStation 4 500GB – R5999.00
- PlayStation 4 500GB Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Edition – R5999.00
- PlayStation 4 500GB White Console + God of War III Remastered – R5999.00
- Xbox One 1TB Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Edition + State of Decay year One Edition – R6999.00