PS4 vs Xbox One: which is better?

Xbox One vs PS4 price difference

  • PS4 was initially much cheaper than Xbox One 
  • But price drops have since leveled the playing field

It's expensive to be an early adopter, and the initial PS4 and Xbox One prices prove just that in each of the countries the systems have launched.

Three years ago, the PS4 price was the more tempting deal: $399 (£349.99 / AU$549) for the console and DualShock 4 controller. Xbox One was expensive at $499 (£429 / AU$499) for the system, Xbox One controller and Kinect.

But now after several price drops from both consoles (not to mention now that the Xbox One has dropped its compulsory Kinect peripheral), the two consoles are much more evenly matched. 

In fact, recent sales have seen the consoles swapping places to be the cheaper of the two. 

In the US, the 500GB version of the Xbox One S is just about the cheaper of the two at $279 compared to $299.99, but the 1TB version is around $50 more expensive. 

Meanwhile in the UK, the 500GB version of the Xbox One S is a shade cheaper, while the 1TB versions of the consoles are identically priced. 

Finally, in Australia the Xbox One S is the cheaper of the two whether you want a 500GB or a 1TB model. 

With that said, frequent deals mean that the console's prices are always in flux. Keep an eye trained on our best Xbox One deals and best PS4 deals pages. 

In terms of the more powerful PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, the latter is currently set to be the more expensive of the two at $499.99 compared to $399.99, but we imagine frequent sales will considerably narrow this gap. 

If you want to pick up a bargain, Black Friday is normally a good place to start, although unfortunately the Xbox One X won't be out by the time this year's sales period rolls around. 

What s Included

What's included? Not a PS4 camera, that's for sure

What's in the box?

  • Both systems come with a controller, trial offers and an HDMI cable

There was more value in the original Xbox One Kinect bundle, accounting for some of the initial price difference, so it's important to dive deeper into what's included and, of course, what's not included in the box.

At launch, Xbox Ones came with the console, a controller. and the Kinect camera. These systems also had "Day One 2013" emblazoned on the cardboard box and at the center of the controller.

That's a nice perk for Xbox loyalists, though not worth the premium they paid. Subsequent Xbox One bundles have included Forza Horizon 3 or FIFA 17 for the same price, while newer, cheaper systems make Kinect optional.

All Xbox One boxes contains an HDMI cable and stingy 14-day free trial for Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold online service. There's no USB charging cable, as the Xbox One controller uses batteries out-of-the-box.

Inside both the PS4 and PS4 Pro boxes are the consoles and a single DualShock 4 controller. Wires include an HDMI cable (Sony learned its lesson after backlash for not including one with the PS3) and a micro-USB cable for the controller.

Don't throw out the box right away. Tucked inside is a 30-day subscription to PlayStation Plus and a wired mono earbud.

The price difference between the PS4 and Xbox One was a sticking point for gamers over the first several months. Microsoft reshaped the argument at E3 2014 with price-matched Kinect-free Xbox One, which has allowed it to be much more competitive on price since.