Both systems are evenly matched in many respects and should be able to usher in the next generation of gaming that Nintendo’s Wii U hasn’t been able to deliver. A couple of specifications should make a good enough comparison.
Xbox One & PlayStation 4 head for box-like look
Design-wise The Xbox One literally put the box in Xbox, with a large black rectangular shape that has been compared to an oversized 80s VCR unit. PS4 is smaller in size compared to the Xbox One and a little bit sleeker thanks to its angular shape and two-halves design.
PlayStation’s Single Chip vs Xbox One’s 8-core x86
The PS4 uses a single-chip custom processor within a CPU of low power x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores. The GPU incorporates a 1.84 TFLOPS & a AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine. The Xbox incorporates the x86 processor, which allows you to switch from a game to an entertainment app with absolute ease.
Xbox One & PS4: Toe-to-toe Memory
The Xbox One utilizes 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. So does the PS4
Microsoft’s HDMI Pass-Thru
The Xbox connects your cable or satellite box to your Xbox One. The HDMI pass-thru enables you to watch TV through your Xbox, which makes switching inputs seem almost pre-historic. The PS4 uses a standard HDMI port out & a Digital output (optical) port.
Xbox One allows you to play games & watch movies on blu-ray alright, but the PS4 brags about its BD/DVD (Read Only) slots in 6 CAV & 8 CAV respectively.