The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been out for a couple years now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve made the next-gen jump yet. If you’re still on the fence, we’re willing to bet you probably have a few questions. Perhaps you’ve caught some of the ongoing debate between Xbox and PlayStation diehards, or are merely new to gaming and aren’t sure what distinguishes Microsoft’s flagship console from Sony’s offering. While there are certainly pros and cons to each, they’re also remarkably similar in some important ways — and drastically different in others.
The holidays are mere weeks away, and the decision of whether to pick a PS4 or an Xbox One is likely a pressing one for many people. We want to make sure you’ve got all the facts when it comes to what both consoles offer — and what they don’t — to ensure you’ve got all the info you need when making your holiday purchase. That said, below is a detailed analysis of each console’s game selection, performance, design, user interface, controllers, and more. Making the jump doesn’t get much easier.