Over the years, Microsoft and Sony have been battling head-to-head for the top spot in the gaming industry. Their best-sold products are their iconic gaming consoles, the Xbox One and PS4 (PlayStation 4), both loved by millions of people.  Design-wise, there used to be just two pieces of hardware to choose between; now, as Sony and Microsoft have updated and upgraded their console offerings over the past three and a half years, there are half a dozen.    The Xbox One platform has seen three versions so far: the original Xbox One, the slimmer Xbox One S of 2016, and this year’s Xbox One X.  Meanwhile, the PlayStation line totals three different hardware versions—two of which are currently on sale.   “I like the PlayStation 4 more than Xbox, because it has way better controllers, gameplay and  performance,” Oscar Martinez (9) said.   Now, if you want to play one of your favorite Xbox classics, like Call of Duty: World at War, you can just pop the disc inside your new generation console and start playing. However, you don’t necessarily need an Xbox One to play some of Microsoft’s biggest first-party games. As part of Microsoft’s “Play Anywhere” initiative, you can buy digital versions of games, such as ReCore and Forza Motorsport 7, once and play them anytime on Xbox One and Windows 10. Consequently, those who have a decent gaming PC arguably have no reason to buy an Xbox One.   “I love that I can play almost any game because of the backwards capability on the Xbox,” Israel Rivera (9) said.   On the other hand, you can also play older games on PS4, but not without a price. A small selection of digital PS2 classics are available on Sony’s new console for about $15 a pop, each scaled up to 1080p along with earnable trophies and support for features such as Shareplay and Remote Play. Additionally, the PS4 plays PS3 games via PlayStation Now, which allows you to stream hundreds of last-generation games (and a few PS4 games) from the Cloud for $10 a month. In contrast, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass grants access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games that you can download for $10 a month. Moreover, Xbox One is also the exclusive home of EA (Electronic Arts) Access, which lets you play an ever-growing library of EA games for $30 a year or $5 a month. Thus, Xbox appears to be more economical.   The graphics on both of these powerful machines are quite efficient, but the PS4 has the advantage. For example, according to IGN’s database, games such as Batman: Arkham Knight and Shadow of Mordor run at full 1080p on PS4, while Xbox One gamers have to settle for 900p on those titles. If getting the best possible crispness for gameplay is a priority, the PS4 comes out on top.   “Yup, the PS4 is way better than the Xbox One graphics-wise; compared with the Xbox one I previously owned, the PS4 looks way nicer,” Javier Moreno (9) said.   While the Xbox One’s rich entertainment features, better network stability and backward compatibility are all impressive, the PS4’s superior lineup of exclusives, sleeker design and overall user-friendliness give it a slight edge. However, the moment you think you’ve made your choice, Microsoft releases the $499 Xbox One X, a 4K-ready console whose official specs are even more powerful than Playstation’s new, $399 PS4 Pro. As a result, your decision may be as simple as which platform your friends are already playing on, because, let’s face it, nobody wants to play Destiny 2 alone. In the end, both the Xbox One and PS4 house a healthy lineup of stellar games, making anyone who buys either of these consoles the real winner.  


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