Xbox One vs. PS4: Which console is king in 2017?

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been out for a few years now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve made the next-gen jump yet. 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. They’re remarkably similar in some important ways — and drastically different in others.

Though the original versions of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are technically outdated at this point, thanks to the arrival of the Xbox One S and the PS4 Slim. You can buy both of these new and improved consoles for the standard $300 price, but the original models are still out there as well. At this point, you should only buy a first-generation Xbox One or PS4 used or on sale. We’ve put together a detailed analysis of each console’s game selection, performance, design, user interface, controllers, and more.

Spec Comparison

Xbox One

Xbox One

PlayStation 4

Playstation 4


13.1 × 10.8 × 3.1 (WHD, in inches)

12 × 2.09 (HW, in inches)
Weight 8 lbs 6.1 lbs
Processor CPU: 1.75GHz eight-core, x86 processor CPU: Eight-core X86 AMD Jaguar
GPU:1.84 T-FLOPS, AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next Engine
Hard Drive Built-in, 500GB HDD/1TB HDD Built-in, 500GB HDD/1TB HDD (can be swapped for larger drive)
AV Output HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p support; Optical output HDMI, Analog-AV out, Digital Output (Optical)
I/O Output USB 3.0 × 3, AUX Super Speed USB (USB 3.0) × 3, AUX
Communication IEEE 802.11n wireless with Wi-Fi connect Ethernet (10BASE-T,100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR), IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
Controller Unnamed Xbox One controller (similar to Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, but with dynamic impulse triggers and a redesigned D-pad) 1,000amAh DualShock 4 (210g, six-axis motion sensing, 2 Point Touch Pad)
Camera 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera 1,280×800 @ 60Hz, 640×400 @ 120Hz, 320×192 @ 240Hz
Optical Drive Blue-ray/DVD BD 6xCAV, DVD 8xCAV
Price Starting at $200 Starting at $250
Availability AmazonBest Buy, GameStop AmazonBest Buy, GameStop
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