Both the PS4 and Xbox One have a lot going for them. They’re state-of-the-art gaming consoles that are capable of powering some of the best-looking games ever created. The only way to play games that look better than what you’ll find on these $350 boxes is to spend far more money on a high-end PC.
While the PS4 could be improved by borrowing some ideas from Xbox One, it has a few advantages of its own, making it arguable that the PS4 is better than Xbox One. We’ve already gone over a few of the reasons in an article on features Xbox One should steal from PS4, but here are a few more ways the PS4 is better than Xbox One.
1. Better graphics
There’s no way around it: The PS4 is more powerful than the Xbox One. It’s not a huge difference, but it is noticeable. For one thing, cross-platform PS4 games routinely run in higher resolution and/or with more frames per second than they do on Xbox One. Look at the figures highlighted in red on this chart for some examples.
But it’s not just numbers that tell the story. The exclusive games on PS4, like Uncharted 4 and Ratchet and Clank, have a graphical edge over Xbox One exclusives like Halo 5 and Quantum Break. It’s not a major difference, but it’s one you can see if you look at the games side-by-side.
2. Better optimized games
The Xbox One is an excellent gaming machine, but the PlayStation 4 is outselling it roughly two to one. There are a lot more PS4 owners than Xbox One owners in the world, which means many game developers will prioritize the PS4 version of their games over the Xbox One version.
That’s not to say the Xbox One versions are always inferior, but if more people are going to buy a game on PS4, developers are going to spend more time and money optimizing the PS4 version.
For the last console generation, the situation was reversed. The Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 for most of its life, so you’d see things like extra bugs pop up in PS3 games that didn’t occur in the 360 version. This generation you can expect a similar situation with Xbox One games getting a little less attention from developers.
3. Your friends probably have a PS4
Since the PS4 has a much bigger install base than Xbox One, it’s likely that your gamer friends probably have a PS4. This becomes an issue when you want to play games online with your buddies.
If they have a PS4 and you have an Xbox One, you won’t be able to team up unless one of you springs for the other console. This particular PS4 advantage isn’t really Microsoft’s fault, but it is another reason why, in the end, PS4 is better.
4. No Kinect baggage
One reason the Xbox One is lagging behind in sales is because it originally shipped with the pricy Kinect motion controller, causing Xbox One to cost $100 more than PS4. Microsoft ditched the Kinect after six months, pricing the two consoles the same, but the sales momentum Sony’s console got hasn’t let up one bit since.
The problem was that the whole Xbox One user interface was designed around players using the Kinect’s voice and motion controls to navigate it. Once Microsoft stopped packing in a Kinect with every system, it took a long time for Microsoft to optimize its operating system for controllers.
Even now, the Xbox One’s UI is less intuitive than the PS4’s, which is probably due in part to the legacy of the Kinect. Meanwhile, the PS4’s UI was designed from the ground up for controllers — and it shows.
5. Better exclusive games
This one’s a matter of opinion, but right now we’d say PS4 has better exclusive games. It wasn’t always like this. For the first couple of years, we think Xbox One had better exclusives, thanks to games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, Halo 5, and the Forza series. But in the past few months, the PS4 has come out with killer titles like The Witness, Ratchet & Clank, and Uncharted 4, to say nothing of older exclusives like Bloodborne and Until Dawn.
This is an ongoing battle between the two consoles, and which one has the upper hand changes over time. But for now, we’d say the winner is PS4. You can see the Xbox One’s standout exclusive games here and the PS4’s best exclusives here.
6. Better remote play
In the old days, when Neanderthals roamed the land, you had to sit in front of your console to play it. Those days are over in this console generation, thanks to remote play. On the Xbox One, you can stream games from your console to a computer running Windows 10.
Remote play on PS4 is better because it’s much more versatile. You can stream your PS4 games to a computer running Windows or Mac. You can stream them to a PS Vita for some good old portable PS4 action. You can even stream PS4 games to another TV as long as you have a PlayStation TV hooked up to it. When it comes to remote play, the more options you have, the better.
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