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PS4 vs. Xbox One: What's the Best Next-Gen Game Console?

PS4 vs. Xbox One: What's the Best Next-Gen Game Console?

Console video game fanatics, rejoice. This holiday season you have your pick of not one, but two next-generation game consoles: Microsoft's Xbox One console and Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4). These brand-new game consoles are, of course, the evolutions of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Both systems promise to deliver edge-of-your-seat gameplay with stunning graphics. Their technical specifications are very similar, however, which can make it difficult to choose between the two.

 

Price is a big consideration for many people. The PlayStation 4 will come out with an MSRP price tag of $399, versus $499 for the Xbox One console. Also consider the costs associated with their premium subscription services. PS4 charges $50 per year for the optional PlayStation Plus package, which allows multiplayer gaming. The Xbox One charges $60 per year for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which is required not just for online gaming but also for using online extras like streaming online content.

 

PS4 and Xbox One Specs: Hardware Differences

At first glance, the specs of these next-generation game console systems look similar. They each have a 500 GB hard drive, Blu-ray player, 8-core x86 AMD processor, 8 GB RAM, and plugs for USB and HDMI. They even look similar; both are black rectangular boxes, although the PS4 is 9-pounds compared to the Xbox One's 15-pounds.

 

There are some important areas where they differ, however. Both systems come with one wireless remote; additional remotes will cost $59.99. The PlayStation's new remote, the Dual-Shock 4, has undergone a significant redesign with many improvements over the Dual-Shock 3. This remote has a clickable touchpad, a built-in speaker and a headphone jack. The Xbox One's controller is largely similar to the control of the Xbox 360 with a few ergonomic and other improvements.

 

The Xbox One comes with a built-in motion sensor device, called the Kinect sensor. This sensor can do some pretty amazing things. It can detect 25 skeletal joints, allowing the console to detect your gestures and providing a more immersive gaming experience. The camera also comes with facial recognition that can follow you around the room during Skype conversations. The PS4 motion sensor, called the PlayStation Camera, is a PlayStation 4 accessory that you can purchase separately.

 

PS4 vs. Xbox One, Round Three: Which Has the Best Software and Games?

Many people's general impression is that the PlayStation 4 is more of a straightforward gaming device, while the Xbox One is more of an all-purpose media center. In other words, the Xbox focuses not just on gaming but also on providing a rich experience when playing videos, movies and music. The Xbox One has more content channels available, although both consoles will have the ability to stream Netflix, Amazon and Hulu Plus.

 

Lastly, consider which platform's games you would most like to play. A few of the popular titles available on the PS4 are Call of Duty: Ghosts, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Some exclusive Xbox One games include Halo 5, Dead Rising 3 and Killer Instinct.

 

These two next gen gaming consoles promise to take video games to the next level in terms of graphics, online content and interactive gameplay. Whether you decide to go for the powerful PS4 with its Dual-Shock 4 controllers or the innovative Xbox One with its Kinect sensor, you're sure to have many hours of fun ahead. Once you've made up your mind, shop here at Kmart for great prices on consoles, games and accessories.

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A mattress can still be structurally sound while still having other problems that keep you from falling asleep. Dust buildup, for example, is a common problem with older mattresses. It's definitely not fun to think about, but skin particles, pet hair, dander, insect parts and dust mites can all add up to create an unhealthy sleeping environment, especially for those with breathing problems. Consider replacing your mattress if you're noticing that coughing and sneezing is preventing you from getting good sleep, or that you're waking up with a sore throat and stuffy nose.

 

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