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Xbox One vs PS4 head to head review

We pit zombies against space soldiers in this clash of the console titans
Wed Dec 11 2013, 12:52

EVER SINCE MICROSOFT AND SONY unveiled the Xbox One and Playstation 4 (PS4) games consoles respectively earlier this year, the question of which to buy has been plaguing avid gamers' minds. At the start of the year many gamers took it as a given to go for the PS4. This was because Microsoft had originally chosen to add several controversial features to the Xbox One, like always on cloud connectivity and a prohibitive game licensing policy that would have all but killed the pre-owned games market.

However, Microsoft has since rescinded most, if not all these controversial policies. This combined with the fact that neither the PS4 nor the Xbox One are backwards compatible and won't play PS3 or Xbox 360 games makes knowing which console is best a tricky task. Luckily, kind people that we are, we at The INQUIRER have pitted these two console giants against each other to see which is worth a place on your Xmas wish list.

Design and build
Picking which of the Xbox One and PS4 looks best is a pretty easy task - it's the PS4. While both consoles have a jet black plastic chassis the PS4 looks far sleeker than the box-like Xbox One.

The PS4 has a diagonally slanted front, back and sides and a cool looking LED light racing through its left side that makes it look more like a prop in a sci-fi movie than a games console. By comparison the Xbox One has a minimalist look, where the only obvious design feature its split matte and glossy black sides.

PlayStation 4 review standing

As an added bonus the PS4 is also smaller than the Xbox One, measuring 30x27x5.3cm. By comparison the Xbox One measures around 33x27x7.8cm. This combined with the fact the PS4 can be set up as a tower or laid flat, while the Xbox One can only run when laid flat, makes the Sony console easier to find a place for in even the most cluttered living room.

Both the PS4 and Xbox One are fairly generously stocked with ports. The PS4 features Ethernet, HDMI and Optical Audio ports as well as a dedicated auxiliary port for the optional Playstation Camera on its back and two discretely placed USB 3.0 ports on its front. The Xbox One has a similar selection of ports, housing USB 3.0, HDMI input and outputs, Ethernet, power and custom Kinect ports on its back and sides.

Xbox One review

Before handing the round to the PS4 though, we have to note the Xbox One wins in one key area, noise. Running the two consoles we found that the PS4's cooling fan is louder than the Xbox One's fan. This was especially noticeable when installing new games onto the PS4, when the console could at points create a cacophony capable of rivaling the washer dryer we were running in the background. By comparison the Xbox One was as quiet as a mouse.

Winner: PS4

Next: Controllers.


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