PS4 vs Xbox One: which is better?

The definitive showdown between Xbox One and PS4

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. 

The Xbox One S available for the same as the PS4 at $299 in the US, while in the UK the Xbox One S is £249 compared to the PS4's £225. In Australia you can get the Xbox One S for AU$399, and the PS4 for AU$329. 

The early PS4 vs Xbox One price difference gave Sony an lead at face value, and gamers didn't seem to mind that the PS4 camera was a separate purchase. Also, for almost a year, it was the only console of the two being sold in countries like India, Japan and Turkey.

Price and availability made for Xbox One's assured shortfall in the beginning. Now, the price point is moot. Can it catch up?

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 Titanfall or Sunset Overdrive 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 the PS4 box is the console and one 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. 

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