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

Four 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 $239 compared to $299, and the 1TB version of the Xbox One S comes in around $279. 

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 Xbox One bundles and PS4 bundle deals pages. 

In terms of the more powerful PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, the Xbox One X is more expensive, launching at $499 rather than the PS4 Pro’s $399.

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
  • However, only the PS4 comes with a headset

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, perhaps more important, what’s not included.

At launch, Xbox One 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 have made Kinect optional to the point of eliminating it completely.

All Xbox One boxes contains an HDMI cable and 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. You'll get much better sound out of a fullsize gaming headset, but it's nice to have a basic one included.