Xbox One Versus PlayStation 4: Too Close to Call?

PlayStation 4 Hardware

Sony (NYSE:SNE) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are both releasing their next-generation gaming consoles this month, just in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season. Sony’s PlayStation 4 lands on U.S. store shelves first, on Friday, while Microsoft’s Xbox One arrives the following Friday, November 22.

The only question is which console will come out on top in the increasingly competitive console market? The $399.99 price tag of the PlayStation 4 gives Sony a slight cost edge over Microsoft’s Xbox One, which will retail for $499.99. However, Sony’s console does not include the PlayStation camera that sells separately for $59.99. The Xbox One comes with Microsoft’s Kinect 2.0 that also functions as an IR (infrared) blaster for your TV and cable box.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 will also have the benefit of a full week of sales ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One. One thing to note is that both releases come before Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season in the United States.