PlayStation 4, Xbox One review score comparisons

Now that the first reviews of Microsoft's Xbox One are rolling out, many outlets have had the chance to play and review both it and Sony's PlayStation 4, marking the true start of the next-generation console war (Nintendo's Wii U had no competition at its launch with the exception of the current-generation PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). So how do the consoles stack up next to one another? Pretty well, actually.

The following review outlets assigned scores to both consoles:

Outlet PlayStation 4 Score Xbox One Score
CNET 3.5 out of 5
(7.5 out of 10 Expanded)
3.5 out of 5
(7 out of 10 Expanded)
Gizmodo Should you buy it?
Not Yet
Should you buy it?
Not Yet
Kotaku Should you buy it?
Not Yet
Should you buy it?
Not Yet
Mirror 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
PCWorld 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5
Pocket-lint 4 out of 5 5 out of 5
Polygon 7.5 out of 10 8 out of 10
Tom's Guide 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5
USA Today 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5
The Verge 7.7 out of 10 7.8 out of 10

As seen above, most outlets are giving the two consoles roughly the same score, with some giving the Xbox One a slight advantage. Despite the enthusiasm for both consoles, almost all the outlets have said it's too early to say which console will prove a better buy in the long haul, however.

Even with the above scores, some of reviewers have chosen to decline assigning a hard number to the console. Joystiq, for instance, praised the Xbox One for its home theater features while noting some issues – such as inconsistent Snap multitasking functionality – could easily be ironed out in future updates.

While some of the scores seem to give a slight nod to the Xbox One, it's not a consensus. ArsTechnica's Xbox One review, for instance, says consumers should only buy it if they want Microsoft's exclusives, "not for the bells and whistles. Otherwise, save $100 and get a PS4." Other outlets have similarly noted the price advantage Sony has, though many also note the added functionality Microsoft's console features in terms of television and apps.

In terms of launch games, most reviews have been in agreement that the Xbox One has an advantage with titles such as "Dead Rising 3," "Ryse: Son of Rome" and "Zoo Tycoon." Sony's big-name exclusives such as "Killzone: Shadow Fall" has received lackluster reviews, but many outlets have noted the PlayStation 4 has a performance advantage, which could bolster its benefits down the line.

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Hello,

Its the same thing as all generations. The first console that can run homebrew and backup games is the one that will win the generation.

Look at the Wii.

So let me see. PS4 and XBox one have been given pretty good ratings. Let me say this. I want both consoles. Problem is my damn paycheck nor my parents won't allow for that. Therefore I decided on one console. You're probably thinking Oh he went with PS4 it's cheaper. Funny. If you've ever seen me post on this site before you know that while I try to be logical and objective, I do have an extreme bias toward Microsoft. So yes I'm getting a Day One XBox One at midnight tomorrow. With Ryse Son of Rome. I was going to get Forza five, but alas it looks like we have money issues again. Let me just say: part time @ $8.19 USD/hr is annoying when one is a gadget nerd like myself. It's near impossible to by any of the electronics I want.

Some of those reviews were pretty stupid and were a bit to harsh on the PS4 for small things for example Toms Guide took off points for it because you have to pay for online when you already have to for X-Box One and without paying for online your even more limited and Polygon saying that there aren't very good games like (Knack,Killzone) on it when the reviewer was probably the only person who disliked it because the people who have played the games have said that there pretty good according to Metacritic and there are other good games in the PS Store or other reviewers saying that there's not enough software when most of the apps on the X-Box One are like others (except for the TV apps).Now don't get me wrong i'm not saying that it's better the the X-Box One i'm saying that these reviews weren't the best in my opinion.

actually extremely surprised with the scores.
i've played both systems extensively since i know someone who works for ign & of the 2 think the ps4 is the better system right now.

on the xbox one kinect doesn't work right as both voice commends & the facial recognition are inconsistent & buggy.
the win8 style dashboard is horrendously awkward to navigate with a pad because of its unintuitive nature. this forces you down the voice command route yet the voice commands don't work well.
there's no way to check hard disc space or controller battery life.
also if the tv was already on the 'xbox on' command would turn the xbox on & the Tv off.
i was playing Forza & someone else walked in the room, kinect detected them & logged me out & them in which closed forza (Had that happen with other games where saved progress was lost).
there are issues with the hdmi pass-through with the audio not allowing 5.1 surround.
the snap features were sluggish at times, there was no way to control the audio of either side of the screen was you had a tv or audio app snapped to the side while playing a game.
game install speeds are exceptionally slow, 2 hours for ryse to install fully & unable to play it for about 20mins while it installed enough data (although you can start the game & goto the main menu after 5mins).

On teh games Forza 5 was ok. Ryse was repetitive, boring & very short. Dead rising 3 wasn't too good. Killer instinct was a sub-par fighting game & many of the smaller budget games like lococycle were terrible.

the impulse triggers on the pad were irritating at times with no way to turn them off.

im not buying either system just yet but if i was i'd go for the ps4 right now, the ui is better, the games i thought were better, the pad is better than the ps3's & you don't have to pay extra (via xbox gold) to use features like the web browser as you do on the xbox.

Peter-Lewis said,
......

Did Microsoft tell your IGN friend that you were using Day ONE firmware?

Did your IGN friend calibrate the Kinect?

Expect a different system at launch than what you played with previously.

here is thing. no doubt ps4 has more beautiful box. but noone is going to sit and stare at the box, the actual dashboard, mutitasking, controller, voice command and game collection (for now) is better on XB1

PC wins overall but the Xbox is close to a PC with all the apps and stuff.

The PS4 yeah its good, yes it has better RAM but you will never notice it in a game. The only advantage the PS4 has in reality would be the price.

Personally i would pay the extra $100 or whatever for the xbox it's basically a games console, PC, smart TV, home cinema with advanced motion detection all rolled into one.

It's a no brainer if you ask me, You get what you pay for and for the $100 extra you would be getting a crap load more.

Give it a few years xbox will be pwning the market.

They both suck and useless. People will realize soon that investment in Consoles will cost them more on the long run than buying $1500 gaming PC which can play games better and they won't have need to upgrade it that often.

$500 for Console
$60 for each game
$100 for accessories
$xx monthly subscription to play games online -> gotta be ****ting me. It would be like paying monthly subscription for Steam so i can play games online i buy there.

After 3-5 years period XBOX one or PS4 will cost you hell of more than getting gaming PC.

Sony -> you fail
Microsoft -> you fail even more

I hope people get smarter and ditch both consoles for sake of future gaming.

there is no doubt that PC gaming is better, hardcore gamers are PC gamers. period. in other words no controller is better than mouse + keyboard for most games. but consoles have their own space, convenience and deep integration with living room multimedia, voice commands ... these are the price you pay for more convenience right?

zoharzenica said,
.....

Sorry there are still too many variables in PC gaming for the masses to enjoy.

The console is: Plug in, update, insert disc, play.

When your $1500 PC becomes that easy to use, then maybe I'll buy in.

Every PC game I've ever played involved far too much effort to have fun.
updating drivers, tweaking quality settings, hitting the forums and message boards to find out what configuration works best for me only to find out the game was developed for the competitors graphics card first.

The PC is a great gaming machine if you want to take time away from the gaming experience to configure on a game by game basis, optimal settings for your configuration.

Consoles just work. sure they may require software updates and patches but at the end of the day, you launch the game and it works. Consistently, across all iterations of the hardware. Not true for PC.

A small gripe, but it would have been ideal to match the reviews for each console underneath their respective controllers. Just for future reference!

many reviews will have given the xbone a higher score for including a camera, you could buy a camera for the ps4 and it would be cheaper than xbone, that would give a fairer review.

I wouldn't buy either console within the next 3 months due to bugs, delayed features and buggy games. The games will probably be 40% cheaper in 3 months too.

How would that be fair? It would really show how limited the Eye is compared to the Kinect2 and probably skew the rewiews even more favorably to the X1 in some of the results. Sony decided this was the way to go, to not include the Eye in there base model. How many have bought the Eye as an option anyways? Listen I love my new PS4 but, I am more excited about the X1 for a variety of reasons and many of the reviews so far have amplified why I am excited about the X1.

As for 3 months from now 40% cheaper, good luck. Maybe 6 months from now. I do hope both Microsoft and Sony do take on the Steam digital model and offer great digital sales for games and not keep prices artificially high

lol theres a surprise eh, everyone giving them approx. the same scores.

Could it be to do with they are pretty much the same hardware inside, albeit with a couple of vendor specific choices, or is it none of the "reviewers" wanted to have a backbone and be counted on the platform they thought was superior....pfft

the fanbois will be fuming I bet, "but but but <insert next gen console here> is superior because I think so!"

AMD have made the GPU and CPU, is anybody REALLY that naïve to think AMD would make either the Sony assigned GPU/CPU combo or the MS assigned combo perform better than e the other customers offering?
LOL no its called business and ensuring you don't alienate any OEM customers with a 2nd rate solution against the others solution you have supplied.

there is one winner with this round of consoles, and that's AMD.

Ok, illogical pet peeve...

This stuff drives me crazy: "Should you buy it - Not Yet"

If there are games on either console that you want to play, freaking buy it.

The only 'changes' that are going to happen to either console are going to be software updates, there are not going to be massive hardware revisions in the next couple of years.

These are not 'appliance' systems anymore, consoles are living breathing computing devices where all software can be changed and updated so they will be identical to a system you go out and buy in six months.

The chances there is a severe hardware limitation on the 'release' version of either console is rather slim and would be recalled/warrantied if it was not fixable via software.

Think about it like this...
Every CPU and GPU released in the past 20 years have errors, in fact major errors are rather common; however, they are hardly noticed because of OS/Driver compensation. With NT(XB1) and FreeBSD(PS4) even severe bugs in hardware can be seamlessly fixed and applied at a very low translation level.

Console reviews tend to be really subjective and it's really unacceptable how they put a score on it.

Are we reviewing them as game machines? entertainment machines? Are we taking into consideration the content available for them or not? And this last one gets tricky because hardware and OS can be perfect, but if there's no actual good content and services then the machine is a brick, but on the other side it's really hard to do a Console review if you are going to also evaluate each and every content available and sum it up.

I really respect the publication that use the "should you buy it" criteria, since a definitive review of the console can't be done in such an early stage anyways. Still is this based on the perspective of the box beign an etertainment machine or a videogame machine?.

And yes, there are other products that receive reviews like this, e.g. phones, computers, etc. but some of them have exactly the same content and even OS available, or a very focused on one task, like TVs which mainly display video, hence the better it does it the better it is.

Truth is that videogames can be good on a NES, iPhone or a PS4, and not all games are bounded by the concept of "this machine is better because runs X game better and you will feel more fun/joy/emotions" but by the experience as a whole. One fair comparison could be running the games that are in other consoles and measure where is better to play it, not only because of graphics but the controller and the experience of playing while having meta tasks augment the entertainment like skyping with your friend while playing Battlefield 4 or streaming live on Twitch.

So my definitive take on this is that reviews for consoles should focus on highlighting the unique characteristics, leveraging the exclusives games and if is better to play multiplatform ones, or maybe certain genres. Plus, how the console helps to create games that were not possible before, then finishing by saying if you should buy it now, wait or never buy it.

Example on how a Console review is pointless? take the PS2, one of the best consoles ever and check the launch lineup. The only awesome feature was playing DVD, and initially a lot of people did prefer to buy a DVD player that also played some games, but there was a big promise that it will get better (Metal Gear Solid 2 for example). If I reviewed the PS2 back then it would be like 2/5 as a game console and 4/5 as a entertainment machine. Today, easily a 5/5, the game catalog there it's simply amazing.

To finish, just let me clarify, I do think console reviews need to exists, its a good compilation of good and bad things that the hardware, the OS and the current lineup offers, but putting score on them is completely senseless.

100$ more is not that much for a console that I will use for maybe 8 years and so the price doesn't really matter.

still_rookie said,
It matters if it breaks down within a year. So far nobody knows how durable or efficient either console is.

warranties, Microsoft is superb about them regarding their Xbox line. (Up to 3 yrs in the past, Xbox 360 was shipped fixed and returned within 4 days in my only experience with an rrod).

I'm not going to wait a year to pay less.Everything costs less after a year but that doesn't mean you have to wait for price cut.

Alladaskill17 said,

warranties, Microsoft is superb about them regarding their Xbox line. (Up to 3 yrs in the past, Xbox 360 was shipped fixed and returned within 4 days in my only experience with an rrod).

In your experience maybe. Granted MS handled the RRoD issues very well but I wouldn't call it superb by a long shot. My launch X360 was gone for well over a month being repaired by MS (I even had to supply the box to send it back) for its RRoD and when I finally got it back, it only lasted about another year before RRoDing again (the X360S I replaced it with is still going strong). So yeah warranties are great and all but it's luck of the draw with them in my experience.

I don't know how you can score a console which will be around for the next 10 years.

Choose which one you by
The controller you prefer
The launch games you prefer

The rest isn't worth worrying about.

Choose the one wich suits you better. You love a sleek interface ? Choose the one wich has it. You like one of the gamepads ? Same thing again.
Buyers are mostly influenced by reviews and comments however you should test it with your own hands !

Ace said,
Why not just buy both consoles?

Not everybody can afford/Justify doing that. But yeah, can't beat having the best of both worlds. Plus a decent PC and lets not forget the WiiU, which I'm sure will be worth getting one day. *crosses fingers*

Ace said,
Why not just buy both consoles?

Exactly!!! One cannot claim to like a console over the other by owning just one console. I have had all these last generation consoles; but this time I am inclined towards the PS4 currently. Might consider the XBOne later when the potential of Kinect, TV Integration and Voice Commands is actually tweaked enough to be useful.

hold off buying new console for at least a year. I got my xbox 360 2 years ago and couldn't been more happy. not a single issue with the hardware. All kinds of hardware errors plague the systems for a couple of years and those will be no exception.

The only system I would buy on release date are ones from Nintendo. They have superb quality control that no one appreciates.

For a second I thought 'the PS4 is destroying the X1' but then I realized I had the columns mixed up. I'm rather suprised by this as I would have thought much reviewers would b*tch about the X1 being for more then games.

The only ones b*tching about that are N4G and GAF. We all know very well that the Xbox One speaks to a much larger audience than gamers alone.

Thief000 said,
The only ones b*tching about that are N4G and GAF. We all know very well that the Xbox One speaks to a much larger audience than gamers alone.

Do we? I very much doubt if non-gamers are willing to spend 500 dollars for the film and other features of the X1. I do think there is market for a 'living room PC'. But for that Microsoft should create a cheaper version of the X1 that doesnt play nextgen games. One that focusses on xbox music and xbox video.

With regards to all the b*tchers. I dont know who N4G and GAF are but I've seen plenty of other critics (both proffesional and amateur).

But that's the thing. Once all the channels are in place, people won't pay €500 for the Xbox One because it will be subsidized by television companies. So the intial cost could easily be only half of that or even less.
But even then, Paul Thurrott already mentioned a cheaper Xbox One coming soon enough too, but I don't think they should cut out games on that version. They should just ditch the optical drive IMHO and make it a digital only box at the same time they release a slim version of the current Xbox One as cutting functionality while releasing under the same brand will cause more confusion than necessary. Thus making a version with and without an optical drive already being enough for the common consumer to understand.

Ronnet said,

Do we? I very much doubt if non-gamers are willing to spend 500 dollars for the film and other features of the X1. I do think there is market for a 'living room PC'. But for that Microsoft should create a cheaper version of the X1 that doesnt play nextgen games. One that focusses on xbox music and xbox video.

With regards to all the b*tchers. I dont know who N4G and GAF are but I've seen plenty of other critics (both proffesional and amateur).

They are not willing to shell out that kind cash for a "Gaming Only" system maybe. You would be suprised how many parents will buy xbox for the kinect games for some family fun. Just look at the wii.

visu9211 said,
I don't think non-gamers will pay 500 for the xbox & then 60 each year to use any of the advertised features...
You would not think it but it happens. MY boss is 68 and preordered one so the grandkids can play when they are over and he like the kinect sports games. My brother is not a gamer by any means and he is buying one as a media center and his young kids can play games on it and hes more than willing to shell out the 60 a year. Though I have never payed that much I just payed 40 for a year. If you look around its real easy to find it discounted

Exactly, the console for many non gamers (those that don't sit around all day Saturday playing GTA5 by themselves) is great deal more about social interaction. Being, able to play with more then one person in the same, easy quick games, family time, friends and girlfriends. Adding this extra media features and Kinect that allow additional interaction is real plus for these type of console buyers. I never owned the Kinect but my brother (who owns every device under sun) does and the best times have been when we all over at his house playing with a Kinect game. Every family member gets involved from grandparents to grandchildren.

60 a year for Live. List price, who pays that! I routinely pay a little more than half that and I have seen deals for 29 for year.

Its early in the game. What we have to look forward to are new IP games, original exclusive content, and new features and functionality. As of now, I think the Xbox One has better games, media management, integrated services, and potential for the future. The PS4 as of now has better resolution and potential for some exclusive titles to come. In the end I'll probably have both, but spend more time with the Xbox One simply because it will be my hub for TV as well as the gaming.

The real kicker for the Xbox one will be when the cable and satellite companies offer subsidized packages of the Xbox One for $99 - $199 down or potentially free with a 2 year subscription contract. Supposedly MS wants to push the TV and all of its services into every Xbox Live market. If they do this, It may be a very interesting generation.

Exactly. Content is king and Gizmodo also made that very clear in their review that once the Xbox One takes off with its additonal functionality in that department, it will have something the competition will not be able to match.

Thief000 said,
Exactly. Content is king and Gizmodo also made that very clear in their review that once the Xbox One takes off with its additonal functionality in that department, it will have something the competition will not be able to match.

If you live in America. The EU as with the 360's content, get shafted.

Uhuh, that's why we have over a dozen apps on the Xbox 360 here in the Netherlands and even more in the surrounding countries and we already have several TV and video on demand apps (like Netflix) as well. The only ones getting shaftes are the naysayers, nice try.

Lucky for you then. In the UK the only "cable" providers are Sky and Virgin Media. Neither has announced anything for the XBone. The feature is pretty pointless due to this imo.

Merson316 said,
Lucky for you then. In the UK the only "cable" providers are Sky and Virgin Media. Neither has announced anything for the XBone. The feature is pretty pointless due to this imo.

Who cares cares about cable stuff, It's not the 90's. Broadcast TV is dying a slow death. It's all about on-demand and the 360 has some of the best TV apps in the UK. The XB1's capabilities and app gap will only continue to grow over PS4. Sony cant compete with the largest software company and MS knows this.

Once again that is not Microsoft's fault. The EU has too many different cable/sat guides with no standards. Even more important most of the data owners have been resistant to releasing any of that data to a third party (e.g. Microsoft) Microsoft has been trying continuously over the years to break that issue but, to no avail. Go yell at your providers not Microsoft.

NoClipMode said,
Who cares cares about cable stuff

Someone who is trying to justify spending $100 more on console than the PS4. If you buy something with an advertised feature you expect it to work in your region.

Merson316 said,

If you live in America. The EU as with the 360's content, get shafted.

As also, you know, the rest of the world that's not America and also not the EU (yes, it does exist!)

I'm waiting till Spring, maybe longer, and seeing how both Consoles play out in the real world. I hate all the hype that is caused before launch (either good or bad hype), and a lot of it never materializes in reality. Anyone remember J Allard talking about how you could make your own in-game content and sell it on the 360?

DARKFiB3R said,
Imagine if EVERYBODY took Gizmodos/Kotakus advice.
The systems would tank and no one would fix anything because no one would be telling them what to fix and them and game devs would lose tons of money and you have nothing to buy later and nothing to be waiting for.

Sraf said,
I know I am!

/The plan right now it to wait for Spring

Why, the systems will be no different then... same hardware, and any software update you will just get along the way. You gain nothing from waiting if you have the money now.

Houtei said,
The systems would tank and no one would fix anything because no one would be telling them what to fix and them and game devs would lose tons of money and you have nothing to buy later and nothing to be waiting for.

You'd be watching the end. lol

Stupid. If there are issues, they will remedy them, but there is absolutely NO reasonable argument for everyone to hold off at this point. lol

M_Lyons10 said,

You'd be watching the end. lol

Stupid. If there are issues, they will remedy them, but there is absolutely NO reasonable argument for everyone to hold off at this point. lol

If there's no game you really want to play ?

Honestly the only game i really want to play is Forza 5. But i don't want to play it badly enough to spend over 600$ CAD on it. I'm interested in AC 4 but i need to finish 3 on my 360 before. I'll clear my 360 backlog and see next year what i'm buying next gen.

I plan on waiting as well, partly because no money (being broke is such a buzz kill ) but also because want to see how the consoles perform in the real world. Considering I had a rocky start with the current gen (X360 died twice and had to buy a new one, PS3 died and had to buy a new one as well) want to wait and see how well built the system really are. Granted consoles break, it happens, but I'd rather wait and have a little more confidence the machines will stay together and not spontaneously break. That is my thoughts anyway.

xendrome said,

Why, the systems will be no different then... same hardware, and any software update you will just get along the way. You gain nothing from waiting if you have the money now.

I get to see how well tehy are supported, which one gets its missing features first, which one has more issues with the hardware/software, which of the units my friends get so we can have diversity as a group, and finally, I get to earn interest

greensabath said,
I'm waiting till Spring, maybe longer, and seeing how both Consoles play out in the real world. I hate all the hype that is caused before launch (either good or bad hype), and a lot of it never materializes in reality. Anyone remember J Allard talking about how you could make your own in-game content and sell it on the 360?

I sort of wish I had waited. I am underwhelmed by the PS4. The game library is smaller than I expected. I love Resogun, and the graphical bump in Flower made it fun to experience again, and Knack is pretty ho-hum. I hope there are some more releases on Tuesday.

Yes, because review scores are the be all and end all. You buy the one you believe you will get the most use and enjoyment out of.

Merson316 said,
Yes, because review scores are the be all and end all. You buy the one you believe you will get the most use and enjoyment out of.
Thats true unless the ps4 was winning apparently.

Merson316 said,
Yes, because review scores are the be all and end all. You buy the one you believe you will get the most use and enjoyment out of.

Your point is valid but at the same time you have to give credit where its due. Some of the sites that gave the ONE a slight edge in the overall scoring are biased against MS in general, ie the verge heck even cnet gave it a score similar to the pS4. In the end its a matter choice.

duk3togo said,

Your point is valid but at the same time you have to give credit where its due. Some of the sites that gave the ONE a slight edge in the overall scoring are biased against MS in general, ie the verge heck even cnet gave it a score similar to the pS4. In the end its a matter choice.

Absolutely. And I think that adds a lot of credence to this. I was surprised at how well the XBox One fared in some of those reviews...

68k said,
Yes, but Wii U has Mario, and nothing beats that.

(Xbox One FTW)


Holy crap and do I get to save the princess again while fighting Bowser. Lol, she must have the worst guards ever.