Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Showdown: PS4 vs Xbox One

It has been a year since the PS4 and Xbox One were released. The PS4 has sold 13 million units, while the Xbox One is lagging behind with 10 million sales. Is the PS4 really the better console?



Many websites have compared the technical specs of both consoles, but much of it is gibberish to me. How do you compare "AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine w/ 1152 shaders" against "853 MHz AMD Radeon GPU w/ 768 shaders"? Other websites take a more qualitative approach, but individual opinions can differ.

As a result, I decided to take a different approach. Here, I looked at games there were available on both the PS4 and Xbox One. Exclusive games were not considered. For each game, I examined if its Metacritic rating was higher on the PS4 or the Xbox One.

The results are shown below. PS4 ratings are shown on the x-axis, and Xbox One ratings are shown on the y-axis. I've also drawn a 45-degree line. Dots above the line, for instance Rayman Legends, play better on the Xbox One, while dots below the line, for example Diablo III, play better on the PS4.

Source: Metacritic
As the chart indicates, the dots are quite evenly spread out on both sides of the line. Out of the 65 games examined, PS4 had a higher rating on 31 games, while Xbox One had a higher rating on 30 games (there was a tie for 4 games). On average, PS4 games had a rating that was only 0.4% higher than the Xbox One, so we can call it a tie.

If you are looking for specific titles, you can refer to the list below (correct as of 20 Nov 2014)

Title PS4 Xbox One
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition  90 86
Rayman Legends  90 91
Dragon Age: Inquisition  89 86
FIFA 14  87 88
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition  87 88
Battlefield 4  85 81
NBA 2K14  85 86
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition  85 86
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor  84 87
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare  83 82
Metro Redux  83 84
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015  83 82
Child of Light  82 82
FIFA 15  82 82
Madden NFL 15  82 80
NBA 2K15  82 84
Need for Speed: Rivals  80 75
Watch Dogs  80 78
Alien: Isolation  79 77
Trials Fusion  79 80
Wolfenstein: The New Order  79 79
Outlast  78 80
Skylanders Trap Team  78 79
Chariot  77 73
Strider  77 76
Valiant Hearts: The Great War  77 81
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate  77 73
Assassin's Creed Unity  76 73
Destiny  76 75
DG2: Defense Grid 2  76 78
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition  76 75
Just Dance 2014  75 71
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham  75 73
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes  75 76
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare  75 76
Stick it to the Man!  75 76
The Evil Within  75 79
Watch Dogs: Bad Blood  75 77
Madden NFL 25  74 73
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments  74 69
LEGO The Hobbit  72 69
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry  71 76
Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition  71 73
Just Dance 2015  71 74
The LEGO Movie Videogame  71 69
WWE 2K15  71 77
EA Sports UFC  70 70
Shadow Warrior  70 75
Lords of the Fallen  69 74
Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut  68 67
Sniper Elite III  67 63
Thief  67 69
The Golf Club  66 64
Warframe  64 62
Worms Battlegrounds  62 70
Flockers  61 65
NBA Live 15  60 51
NHL 15  60 59
Murdered: Soul Suspect  59 51
The Legend of Korra  55 50
Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition  53 65
The Amazing Spider-Man 2  49 46
Angry Birds Star Wars  47 53
NBA Live 14  43 36
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark  43 47




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