During the early 2000s, when children actually played outside and were not glued to technology by the popularity of social media and advancements in video games, there was the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. Young people then did not compare the two systems, but seemed to simply know that the Xbox was for teens and the PlayStation was for everyone. Since those days, a war has developed between the two in order to determine which system is truly better overall.
Until recently, many thought that the Xbox One had met its match with the PlayStation 4, because sales for the PlayStation 4 were beating the Xbox One at a ratio of 2 to 1. The problem with that assumption is that gamers do not look at business and financial statistics, but rather, they look at technological specifications. To gamers, sales became even less important when the Xbox One was upgraded to allow for backward gaming. Every gamer knows the frustration of wanting to buy the latest gaming console, but not having enough games to play on their new system because not enough have been released yet. Now though, the Xbox One has made it possible to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One.
Speaking of games, the Xbox has added exclusive games, such as Halo 5, to convince gamers to confine their activity to its console only. Not only that, but they have also enabled full-DVR capabilities, and are even looking into HoloLens, which is the latest technology and gives a holographic view to gamers who wear the special glasses. With HoloLens, 3D gaming is not a reality.
PlayStation, however, is not one to be left behind in the gaming war with Xbox. The company is rumored to soon be getting an Ultra HD Blu-ray update for its consoles, which would mean that gamers can watch ultra HD Blu-ray using their consoles. Unfortunately, when compared to the HoloLens technology, this particular advance seems a little underwhelming. On a more exciting note, though, PlayStation is also looking into the future of virtual-reality gaming with PlayStation TV and Project Morpheus.
Regardless of whatever future advances may be made, when it comes to graphics and gaming experience, the Xbox has historically always been better than the PlayStation 4. However, the PlayStation has always had the advantage of being more user-friendly and less threatening for non-gamers. The appearance of the console itself has always been more inviting than the Xbox, which plays a part in the ultimate decision (usually made by mom and dad) as to which console will be purchased for the household. The current PlayStation dimensions are 10.8 x 12 x 2 inches, and in general, it has a classy look about it and a neat gloss; furthermore, it weighs 2.75 kg, making it much more portable. On the other hand, the Xbox One weighs a bumbling 3.56 kg and its dimensions are 13.5 x 10.4 x 3.2 inches. It is much bigger and less portable than the PlayStation, and is not as aesthetically appealing.
For dedicated gamers who are dedicated to the graphics and the experience within the game, the Xbox is a better console. However, when it comes to user-friendliness and simplicity, the PlayStation delivers every time. At this point, it appears as though the gaming war has ended with a draw.
Opinion by Tanatswa Taruvinga
techradar.com: Xbox One review
digitaltrends.com: Xbox One outsells PlayStation 4 on Black Friday despite bigger interest in PS4
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