Eight generation console showdown for superiority

Audrey Serrano, Features Editor

The popularity of video games have slowly been increasing with the integration of new technology. With the evolution in technology, gaming has changed our perspectives on home entertainment.

The comparisons between two of the most common and popular gaming consoles, the Playstation and the Xbox, have sparked up debate on which one is better when it comes to gaming experience in terms of the games’ compatibility on what console and individual features.

The most recent edition of the Playstation was released in 2016, nearly two years ago, with Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro and the most recent edition of the Xbox, the Xbox One X, was released Nov 2017.

Many have a hard time choosing between the two because of price differences. The PS4 Pro is a bit pricier at nearly $400 while the Xbox One S is give or take $300, a $100 difference between each console, but the One X goes up to at least nearly $700. Those prices, though, does not include the yearly premium subscription that allows gamers to play multiplayer games online.

The subscription payment for the PS4 used to be free then switched to being slightly less expensive compared to the Xbox One but as of late, both premium services are available at $60 per year which also includes extra media services without an extra subscription.

When it comes to games, both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses. Most games are accessible on both services but there are a number of them that can only be used with one or the other.

Sony leans towards more indie games than Microsoft, with classic remakes of games such as The Last of Us and the Uncharted series. The PS4 has just over 1,600 available titles for the console with nearly over 500 as Sony exclusives while Xbox has about 1,300 of which 150 are console exclusives.

Microsoft, on the other hand, has more classic racing games under their name such as Forza Motorsport and even shooter-type game classics like Halo.

There is also the hardware to think about when comparing the two. Both the Sony and Microsoft consoles have about 8GB of memory and 500GB to 1TB of internal hard drives but in terms of higher resolution and smoother graphic frame rates, the One X’s most recent update accounts for more RAM with its hardware, promising solid 4K gameplay at 60 fps compare to the PS4’s 30 fps.

Both systems carry the option of being able to add an external hard drive and you can upgrade the PS4’s internal hard drive but you can’t on the Xbox One.

With controls, tested, the PS4’s DualShock 4 feels more comfortable in the hand. It’s also easily more four-dimensional than the Xbox One gamepad, albeit the Elite Wireless Controller being better than the DualShock but with a staggering near $200 dollar price tag.

The DualShock 4 feels more responsive as it allows for 4D gameplay such as vibrating and requiring the player not to move as not to trigger consequences in the game, like in Sony’s exclusive horror game Until Dawn.

The Xbox one gamepad is simply the more updated Xbox 360 controller but with more individual force feedback and a sleeker look.

In terms of additional features, Sony is in the lead. The PS4, in additional packages, comes with its own virtual reality headset and a camera motion sensor, similar to the Xbox 360 Kinect.

Xbox, as mentioned earlier, also has a camera motion sensor compatible with its console but, sadly, does not yet have the software for virtual reality. Both consoles, though, have slowly backed away from motion sensor availability functions so it’s safe to say that both are at a stalemate when it comes to uselessness, with Xbox even going as far as shutting the 360 Kinect completely.

As of currently, though, Microsoft’s recent Xbox One X, titled the “Project Scorpio” edition, is the most sought out after console on the market with its higher resolution and better processors but the games available for the system are still limited.

But overall, when it comes to comfortability and gameplay, Sony’s PS4 has more advantages than the Xbox One, with it’s more viable options for new and fascinating games and more responsive functions for the players. Xbox One dominates more in its extra media options, with its Ultra HD Blu-Ray playback, and but when it comes to consoles, the deciding factors are really the games.

There are, of course, other gaming platforms available such as Nintendo and gaming PC’s, but their gameplay abilities are very limited so if you want to splurge on a console with wider ranges, the Xbox One X and the PS4 are the top choices. If storytelling-type indie games are more your suit, then the PS4 is the best option but if you lean towards more shooter-type campaign or racing games, then the Xbox One is a great decision.