Sony PlayStation 4 Tops Microsoft XBox One

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It has been six months since the release of Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s Xbox One and so far Sony is on top. The console debate among gamers still continues and leaves consumers wondering, “Which console is better?” Well that question still is up in the air. Granted it all can change in almost an instant, and it is clear Microsoft is racing to be back as the top contender.

Upon the release of both gaming systems, the Xbox One from Microsoft was selling at a whopping $499 compared to the PS4 by Sony which sold at $100 cheaper. The big gap in price was largely due to having Microsoft’s Kinect included with the sale of the console as opposed to paying separately as with the Xbox 360. Sony on the other hand, gave their customers the option of purchasing the camera separately, at the cost of around $59.99. Both systems had similar internal hardware, making the real choice for users to look at the different external hardware and overall functionality. Sony’s ability of their Remote Play for the PS4 and PS3 to allow remote access on the PlayStation Vita as one of its most attractive features. While the Xbox One uses the Snap feature to navigate through multiple apps without having to stop gameplay.

In order for Microsoft to help try and close the gap and get back the number one spot, the price of the Xbox One has gone down to match that of its rival. Even with Microsoft’s success of the much anticipated game title Titanfall in March, it did not give them the edge they needed to surpass Sony. So far Sony has sold over 7 million consoles since its launch against Microsoft’s 5 million. Given those numbers, Microsoft is also getting rid of the need to have the Xbox Gold Membership for apps that users are already paying for. Yusuf Medhi, head of Xbox Business Strategy and Marketing admitted that some people did not want to pay $499 for a gaming system. Another downfall for the Xbox One is that is geared more toward entertainment rather than hardcore gamers, a feature which Sony tries to hold onto with the PlayStation 4.

Later this year Sony could strike a blow to Microsoft with the release of PlayStation Now. A streaming service that would allow you to play older games without inserting a disc. It would initially only have PS3 games available but eventually would add games from the PS2 and PS One. With the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) approaching, Microsoft needs to come up with a “strong lineup against PlayStation4 and get back to focusing on gamers” said Brian Blau of Gartner’s. This could be the factor that keeps Sony on top.

Sony may be putting a damper on Microsoft at the moment, but it is still early in the game. Both consoles have great features to cater from the casual gamer to the hardcore. Regardless of sales, both companies have a loyal fan base that keep users going back for more. As long as developers keep pushing out games people are willing to play, gaming industries will have a constant struggle. Which one  is best, the Sony PlayStation 4 or the XBox One? The great console war will continue, but the winner is clearly the consumer.

Commentary by Melissa Monk

Sources:
NY Daily News
Bloomberg Businessweek
Huffington Post

4 Responses to "Sony PlayStation 4 Tops Microsoft XBox One"

  1. inFluX (@inFluXd)   May 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    @Forza4ever, I see you posting everywhere lol. Although PS4 has launched in more countries, the countries that Xbox ONE has launched in, PS4 outsells it in those countries. So there’s no contest in the sales department.

    @Trutechhero games are subjective, and Xbox Live has been an established online service since 2002, far longer than PSN. Regarding XBL being better than PSN, towards the start of last gen I would have agreed with you, but Sony have come a long way. There’s nothing that XBL offers that PSN doesn’t, except the ability to rate players. But PSN has deeper social integration and all the benefits of PS+ membership (which value eclipses games for gold). You also have tons of f2p games on PSN, and cross platform purchasing. I do hope that Microsoft release the Halo collection for Xbone though, that’d be cool. But PS4 has Killzone, Driveclub, Infamous, The Order 1886, The Last of Us, Uncharted etc and far more than are yet to be announced I.e. Gran Turismo, GoD of War and even completely new IP’s. Not to mention that PS4 has the superior third party titles (running at higher resolution and framerate).

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  2. Trutechhero   May 26, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Xbox One has better games since Launch and a better online service Xbox live has distributed more than 2 billion in digital content acoording to NPD thats more than Sony and Nintendo combined. HALO series is being remasterd , Gears of War and Halo next gen coming Sports integration is awesome team stats and live broadcasts alongside game gameplay plus multichat parties and movies and music now free acess on live Ps4 has only 2 exclusives that dont even touch Xbox One Exclusives..so far the better exclusive gaming is on Xbox One not to mention better online experience

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  3. Lawrence Tian   May 26, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Playstation 4 is a better machine in my opinion.

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  4. forza4ever   May 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Xbox one has only been released in 13 markets while ps4 in 48…so it could be argued that xbox one is topping ps4. I own both…the xbox one is a better machine in my opinion.

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