Yes, yes, we’re aware it’s a timeworn question that you might now be pretty sick of even hearing. But here at G14mes, with E3 looming next week, we felt it was a good time to ask once more, which of these two venerable gaming consoles represents the best in its field.

Certainly, if you haven’t owned both of these consoles in the past and are considering acquiring one, it can seem at first inspection that there’s little to separate them.

That’s not quite true, though – as is evident from the below factors.

Appearance

The Xbox One hasn’t always won many admirers for its aesthetics, with its boxy exterior putting some observers in mind of an old VHS player. Its design has greatly improved since then, but there’s something about the PlayStation 4’s casing that just seems so effortlessly cool by comparison.

Controller

One can trace an aesthetic line from the current PlayStation 4 controller, right back to the one that came with the original PlayStation in the 1990s. Its look is therefore iconic to a certain extent, and it feels quite comfortable and weighty. However, we reckon it isn’t quite on a par with the Xbox One’s gamepad, which always feels just right.

Online


The online services accompanying the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – PS Plus and Xbox Live respectively – both give you free games each month as part of the subscription. However, PS Plus will cost you £10 more over a year, so – given the relatively little to distinguish these services otherwise – we’ll give the Xbox One the nod in this category.

Games

This is the factor that may well make or break your decision to go for one of these consoles over the other – and we have to say that as far as we’re concerned, the PlayStation 4 wins out here.

Not only did such Xbox One releases as Forza Motorsport 7, Gears of War 4 and Sea of Thieves all suffer from indifferent perceptions, but Sony has given us such great titles as Uncharted 4, Bloodborne and God of War.

PlayStation 4 releases on the way in the next year or so, meanwhile, include Spider-Man, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima. Xbox One players do have Crackdown 3 to look forward to, but there’s uncertainty as to whether it will actually arrive.

Whichever you prefer of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, there’s no question that these remain among the best gaming consoles on the market in 2018. Furthermore, when you’re seeking the best prices for consoles, games and accessories alike, you can’t hope for a better starting point than G14mes.