Xbox One vs PS4 - Microsoft takes lead in exclusives
Big price drops mean that the Xbox One and PS4 now cost £329. Find out which is best for you
It was always going to be a hard-fought battle for supremacy in the next-gen console war, but with the Xbox One and PS4, Microsoft and Sony have gone all-out to make sure that their console dominates. Since they launched last year, Sony has taken an early lead with the PS4 outselling the Xbox One by around 50 per cent. However, there's a good argument that a lot of that has to do with the Xbox One's high launch price, because it shipped with Kinect. Now you don't need Kinect and both consoles cost just £329 it's not so easy to pick which one you should buy.
We've got our full up-to-date reviews of both if you want all the nitty-gritty, head over to our Xbox One review and PS4 review for complete breakdowns. However, if you want a rundown of the differences between the two consoles then you're in the right place, our Xbox One vs PS4 showdown. Here we're going to put the two consoles head-to-head over the most important issues, so you can work out which next-gen console is best for you, and which will be the best device to own come Christmas. We've updated the article to include the latest official console bundles to tempt you this winter.
Now, it can be a lot to take in if you're fresh to the 'which is best' debate, so we've split the decision into several main categories – have a browse through to find the ones most pertinent to you, using the navigation at the top and bottom of the page or just skip to the end for a summary.
XBOX ONE VS PS4 - PRICE
XBOX ONE The Xbox One console's 'real world' price has dropping steadily since launch, partly due to actual price drops, but also thanks to a series of 'free' bundled games and more recently the option to buy the console without the Kinect sensor. Most recently the standalone console has dropped in price to just £330, and you can get it for a bit less if you shop around. Retailers are even offering the White Xbox One with Sunset Overdrive bundled for this low price - though that's not available until the end of October. The big seller is likely to be the Xbox One FIFA 15 bundle, which is now £329 for the console and the game. For all the latest prices and details, see our Xbox One deals page.
PS4 With the release of FIFA 15 and having come under pressure from Microsoft's aggressive pricing, the PS4 is finally falling in price. It was £329 from Amazon with a copy of FIFA 15 - though that deal was shortlived, thankfully you can get the same bundle at present from GameStop. At present this deal leaves practically every other PS4 bundle looking overpriced. There are some other bundled games about from retailers though, check our PS4 deals page for the latest information.
WILL THERE BE FURTHER PRICE CUTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS? With yet another £20 sliced off the price of an Xbox One, we're pretty sure that's it for price cuts from Microsoft (though we've said that before admittedly). And with PS4 prices finally coming down (though not officially) to £329, and with Sony still having the market lead, we can't see it going any lower either. So we'd be confident to buy a console today.
Beyond official price drops, retailers bundle deals are bound to get sweeter on both consoles as we approach Christmas. Just how sweet will depend on the amount of consoles the two companies can manufacture this year. If demand is high and stock low, retailers won’t care to cut prices, but if there’s an excess of hardware to shift, then expect better deals. Don't leave it too late though, as a sell-out is still a possibility this year, especially of the more-popular PS4.
WHICH ONE IS BEST? – Sony has responded to Microsoft's price cutting and both are on an even footing for now