PS4 vs Xbox One: which gaming console is better?

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 1,800 titles, of which over 500 are exclusives or console exclusives, while the Xbox One has about 1,600 games – with under half the number of exclusives as the PS4.

The Halo and Gears of War series stand above all others on Xbox One if you're into shooter games, and Cuphead features some fantastic, colorful boss battle action. 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, it’s with its exclusive racing games that the Xbox One really excels, with the Forza Motorsport and Horizon titles being excellent entries in the series.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

One Xbox One game on the horizon that we're excited to play is Halo Infinite, which is sure to be one of the best games on the Xbox One.

Microsoft's number of exclusives pales compares to Sony, though the former is clearly making a concerted effort to amend this with the creation of five new gaming studios and numerous acquisitions.

Either way, the quality and quantity of Sony's exclusives have really impressed us this generation. We awarded Uncharted 4 a 'Play it Now' rating, the highest on the TechRadar scoring system. More recently, the thought provoking The Last Guardian and the gorgeous Horizon: Zero Dawn also impressed.

Finally, remakes of The Last of Us and Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy round out what is a very impressive series of PS4 exclusives – but, trust us, there are plenty more where those came from. 

Want to say up-to-date on the latest top titles on each platform? Don't miss our round-ups of the Best PS4 Games of 2019 and Best Xbox One Games of 2019

Fez (2012)

Fez (2012)

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 (Young Horses) and Transistor (Supergiant Games) came to Sony's console years ago. 

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

Indie games have exploded on each console over the last few years, thanks to both Sony and Microsoft enacting policies and releasing tools that all but eliminates the barrier to entry of developing for each system.