Xbox One Compare And Contrast Essay

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Every child dreads this moment. As kids and teenagers, most people beg their parents for a gaming console. When you are allowed to get one, though, a problem arises. Which console is the best to get? In the eighth generation of home video game consoles, there are three main “players” out in the market: Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. However, there are only two truly “successful” consoles here in the U.S., the Xbox One (Microsoft) and the PlayStation 4 (Sony). Although these systems are very similar in some aspects, there are enough differences in other areas to allow for competition between these two systems.
In terms of specifications, or internal hardware, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One are nearly identical. They both sport similar
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While the Xbox One is the shape of a large black box, the PS4, significantly smaller, attempts to appear futuristic with a “slanted sandwich” look. As for ports, the PS4 has an HDMI out, S/PDIF (audio), two USB (v. 3.0), Ethernet, and an AUX (for camera) line (Swider). The Xbox One includes all of these along with an HDMI in and IR blaster port, making it the more feature packed of the two consoles when it comes to connectivity (For example, cable can be viewed through the Xbox One). It is important to note though, that the Xbox One does require a separate power brick, while the PS4 does not (Swider). In terms of power consumption, the PS4 uses about 10 watts in standby mode and 135 watts in gameplay. The Xbox One, although using less power during gaming (about 115 watts), uses near double the power consumption in standby …show more content…
These consoles, however, are not the same “box”. The Xbox One is truly a home entertainment system. With more ports, better suited software (streaming, spilt screen, etc.), and the ability to run cable T.V., the Xbox One is designed to be the crown of the living room. The PS4, however, is a gamer’s console. With better performance, a simpler OS, and a smaller frame, it fits the needs of a gamer a lot better than the Xbox One. It also cost less to play on the PS4, with online play costing about $50 a year vs. Xbox One costing $60 a year. It is because of these reasons that the better gaming console between these two eighth generation consoles is the PlayStation

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