Xbox One vs PS4 - Which next-gen console will rule 2015?
Xbox One or PS4? It's been a close fight but will 2015 prove decisive?
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. Sony has taken an early lead with the PS4 outselling the Xbox One by around 50%. However, there's a good argument that a lot of that had to do with the Xbox One's high launch price, because it shipped with Kinect. Now Kinect is optional, and both consoles cost a similar amount, 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 as low £295 online. Our favourite deal at present is the Assassin's Creed bundle (with two games) which you can now pick up from Amazon for just £300. For all the latest prices and deals, see our Xbox One deals page.
PS4 Prices on the PS4 have also fallen dramatically, and you can now get a standalone console online for as little as £280 inc delivery from www.simplygames.com. There are plenty fo bundles about too, with mosty offering a game and a console for around £349, but you're better off with the Simply Games deal and simply buying a game. For all the latest deals and prices check our PS4 deals page.
WILL THERE BE FURTHER PRICE CUTS SOON? It doesn't look likely, prices fell in the run-up to Christmas and look to be fairly stable for the time being. With no big games coming for a few months we imagine that the price of both consoles will continue to hover around £300. Any further price cuts are likely to come either around Easter, or as big announcments to tie in with E3 in June.
WHICH ONE IS BEST? – Deals chop and change regularly but at present the two consoles are fairly level pegging when it comes to price.