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Playstation 4, XboxOne or WiiU?

By Logan French

With all the new platforms on the market for the holidays, which console are you most interested in picking up? With all the choices, how do you decide?

Now, first acknowledging that we are all responsible young men and women in college to pursue our respective majors, we all enjoy taking a few minutes of our day and grabbing a controller and transporting ourselves into a land where we can step away from our lives and become anyone that we wish without repercussions.

In other words, who doesn’t enjoy playing video games?

We game on traditional platform devices, mobile platforms, even on our cell phones.

The real quandary is that we all realize that with the weather changing, the holidays are coming up.

Holidays bring out new devices and games from all the major players in the gaming industry.

The main three seem to be Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

It seems that all gaming companies make the best shopping deals and bundles with their new and existing products around the time that Santa comes.

With this being said, which one of these products is the right one for you?

The wonderful people at Imagine Gaming Network or IGN have done the research on all aspects of each of the three aforementioned systems and have compiled it for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy the chart down below and hopefully this helps you attain the best product that will provide the best bang for your buck!

Just don’t forget about or fall behind in your academic career!

 Hardware Feature Comparison

Feature

PlayStation 4

Xbox One

Wii U

Price

$399.99 [1]

$499.99 [2]

$349.99 / 299.99

Release Date

US: 11.15.2013
EU: 11.29.2013 [3]

11.22.2013 [4]

11.18.2012

Optical Drive

Blu-ray/DVD [5]

Blu-ray/DVD [6]

25GB Optical Disc (Proprietary)

Game DVR

Yes, PS+ subscription not required [7]

Yes, with subscription to Xbox Live Gold [8]

No

RAM

8GB GDDR5 [9]

8GB DDR3 [10]

2GB DDR3 [11]

CPU

Single-chip x86 AMD “Jaguar” processor, 8 cores [12]

8 Core Microsoft custom CPU [13]

Tri-Core PowerPC “Espresso” CPU [14]

GPU

AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine w/ 1152 shaders [15]

853 MHz AMD Radeon GPU w/ 768 shaders[16]

AMD “Latte” 550 MHz GPU w/ 320 shaders[17]

Peak GPU Shader Throughput

1.84 TeraFLOPS/s [18]

1.31 TeraFLOPS/s (estimate)[19]

0.352 TeraFLOPS/s[20]

Storage

500 GB Hard Drive (user removeable)[21]

500 GB Hard Drive (non-removeable) [22]

8GB or 32GB Flash

External Storage

TBA

Yes, USB [23]

Yes, USB

Cloud Storage

Yes [24]

Yes [25]

No

Play As You Download

Yes [26]

Yes [27]

No

Remote Download

Yes [28]

Yes [29]

No

Account Access from Multiple Consoles

Yes [30]

Yes

No

Mandatory Game Installs

No [31]

Yes [32]

No

Required Internet Connection

No [33]

No, but required for mandatory day one update. [34][35]

No

Used Game Fee

No [36]

No [37]

No

Digital game sharing or gifting

No

No

No

Feature

PlayStation 4

Xbox One

Wii U

Backwards Compatibility

None [38]

None [39]

Yes, Wii

Cross Game Chat

Yes [40]

Yes [41]

No

Controllers

PS4 Dual Shock (1 included)

Xbox One Wireless Controller (1 included)

Wii U GamePad (included), Wii Remote + Nunchuk (sold separately), Pro Controller (sold separately)

Controller Batteries

Rechargable (built-in)

AA (2). Rechargable battery packs (sold separately)

GP & Pro: Rechargable (built-in). Wii Remote: AA (2).

Motion Control

DualShock 4, PlayStation 4 Eye (not included), PlayStation Move (not included)

Kinect 2

Wii Remote (sold separately), Wii U GamePad (included)

Second Screen

Vita (not included) [42]
Playstation App [43]

SmartGlass (devices not included) [44]

Wii U GamePad (included)

Voice Commands

Yes (scope, TBA) [45]

Yes [46]

No

Subscription Service

PlayStation Plus [47]

Xbox Live [48]

No

USB

USB 3.0 (2 ports)[49]

USB 3.0 (3 ports)[50]

USB 2.0 (4 ports)

Live Streaming

Yes

Yes

No

Reputation Preservation

Trophies will be ported

Achievements will be ported [51]

N/A

Web Connection

Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi [52]

Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 & 5Ghz) [53]

Gigabit IEEE 802.11 b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 & 5Ghz, LAN via USB dongle

BlueTooth

Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)[54]

No*

Bluetooth 4.0 [55]

Wi-Fi Direct (for Device Connection)

No

Yes

Yes (for GamePad video streaming)

A/V Hookups

HDMI output (4K Support [56]) Optical output[57]

HDMI input and output (4K support), Optical output [58]

HDMI out, Component/ Composite out

IR

No

IR out, IR Blaster (Kinect)

IR Transceiver (GamePad)

Power Supply (PSU)

Internal

External (power brick)

External (power bricks)

Near Field Communication (NFC)

No

No

Yes (GamePad)

Region Locked

No

No [59]

Yes

*Confirmed to IGN by a Microsoft representative.

Online Feature Comparison Chart

Online Services

PlayStation 4

Xbox One

Wii U

Online Game Play

Paid Access Via PS+ Subscription

Paid Access Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [60]

Free

Netflix

Free Access to Application [61]

Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription*

Free Access to Application

HBO Go

None

TBA

None

Skype

Possible[62]

Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [63]

None

ESPN

None

TBA

None

Hulu Plus

Free Access to Application [64]

Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription*

Free Access to Application

IGN App

Yes

TBA

TBA

Game DVR

Free Access to Application

Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [65]

None

Streaming Game Video

Free Access to Application

TBA

None

Web Browser

Yes[66]

Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [67]

Free Access to Application

NFL Application

None

Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [68]

None

*Based on current Xbox Live Gold requirements

Console Bundle Comparison Chart

This chart compares the physical contents of the launch day bundles of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. Other console comparison features are outlined above.

Feature

PlayStation 4

Xbox One

Wii U

Pack-In Game

Playroom (Requires PlayStation Eye, sold seperately) [69]

None [70]

Nintendo Land (included in Deluxe bundle)

Controllers

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller

Xbox One Controller, Kinect [71]

Wii U GamePad

Headset

Wired Mono Earbud [72]

Wired Mono Headset [73]

Not included

AV Cables

HDMI Cable [74]

HDMI Cable (Cat2) [75]

HDMI Cable

Charging Cables

USB Charging Cable [76]

Not included [77]

Wii U GamePad Charging Cable

Camera

Not included [78]

Kinect [79]

Wii U GamePad Camera

Trial Subscription

All PS4 owners get 14 days of PS+[80]

All Xbox One owners get 14 days of free Xbox Live[81]

N/A

Colors

Black

Black

Black, White

Games

A console is not just the sum of its tech specs and features. Games matter too!

Source: http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/PS4_vs._Xbox_One_vs._Wii_U_Comparison_Chart

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