rnNot only is Sony’s main focus on games this generation, but with the PS4, it’s the only
focus. The PS4 sorely lacks many of the media playback capabilities its predecessor boasted, but due to this, gets you into the game faster than ever. The entire UI is designed with that goal in mind—it’s simple, and it’s fast. The PS4 also lets you start playing games as they install—the Xbox One does it too, but it's nowhere near as fast and will keep you waiting for extended periods of time. The PS4 does play Blu-ray movies and features 13 entertainment apps at launch, like Netflix, Hulu, and more.
rnThe Xbox One, however, has a very cluttered dashboard due to just how many different media and connected features are available. Xbox One has apps for Skype, NFL, Fitness, TV, Music—everything you could think of—living up to the dream that it's an all-in-one entertainment device. A new Snap feature even lets you run two apps at once, easily swapping back and forth between the two in a picture-in-picture style sidebar tile.
rnWhat the Xbox One doesn’t do as well is get you into the game. There are far too many distractions, with fewer ways to interact with the games you buy a game console for, although interacting with the system itself is easy as saying aloud "Xbox" followed by one of the various voice commands
. As long as you recalibrate the Kinect if it can't hear you well enough and you make sure you pause for a moment after saying "Xbox", voice commands work extremely—and impressively—well. Also impressive is having the Kinect log you in via facial recognition. Simply sit down at your couch, and the Kinect and the Xbox One will say "Hi!" before logging you in.
rnBoth systems feature video game capture in some way, shape, or form. The PS4 does so much faster and more easily thanks to a dedicated share button on the DualShock 4, but the Xbox One’s Upload Studio is more robust with its video editing capabilities, and the option to send the video to Skydrive ensures you can share via any social service, not just Facebook like on the PS4. Live-broadcasting gameplay footage via Ustream or Twitch is only available on the PS4 for the time being, but alreadyimmature users are putting the feature at risk
rnBlu-ray movie playback is also available on both consoles, marking the format’s debut on a Microsoft platform.
rnWinner: Xbox One