PS4 vs Xbox One: which is better?

The definitive showdown between Xbox One and PS4

The best PS4 and Xbox One games

  • Both consoles have some great exclusive games.
  • Sony's exclusives have tended to be third-person games, while Microsoft has seen a number of high-profile racing exclusives.

Both the PS4 and Xbox One now have substantial games libraries. The PS4 has just over 1200 games, of which over 100 are exclusives, while the Xbox One has only about 876 games, of which just 30 are exclusives.

The Halo and Gears of War series stand above all others on Xbox One if you're into shooter games, and Sunset Overdrive feature just as crazy-frantic gameplay. Halo: The Master Chief Collection lets us relive all the old classics, although the experience was somewhat spoiled by a number of technical problems that have never been fully solved. But its with its exclusive racing games that the Xbox One really excels, with Forza Motorsport 5 and Forza Horizon 3 being excellent entries in the series.

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One Xbox One game on the horizon that we're excited to play is Crackdown 3, which is sure to join the growing best Xbox One Games list.

The quality and quantity of Sony's exclusives have really impressed us this generation. Recently we awarded Uncharted 4 a 'Play it Now' rating, the highest on the techradar scoring system. Meanwhile, the hard-as-heck Bloodborne and The Witness also impressed.

Finally, remakes of The Last of Us and Ratchet and Clank round out what is a very impressive series of PS4 exclusives, but check out our guide to the best PS4 games for a full list. 

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Indie games on PS4 and Xbox One

  • Sony's console has the higher-profile indie games.
  • Microsoft's move to make every console a developer kit could be huge.

Our most-wanted PS4 games list doesn't end there because Sony got out in front of supporting independent game developers.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses and Transistor from Supergiant Games came to Sony's console in April and May two years ago. 

Meanwhile the Xbox One has also seen some excellent smaller games including Ori and the Blind Forest. 

The amount of indie games on the console could be about to explode really soon if indie developers make use of Microsoft's recent move to turn every console into a developer kit, which should substantially lower the barrier to entry of developing for the system.

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