PS4 Vs Xbox One: Console Design Review
If you’re planning on buying into the next-gen, you’re going to be plumping a fairly sizable piece of hardware under your TV, whether that be the PS4 or Xbox One.
With that in mind, we’ve endeavored to answered a few of the questions you might be asking in terms of the consoles’ design.
How do the two machines compare in terms of aesthetics? Which is going to fit most snugly into the space I have available? How do the PS4 and Xbox One hold up in terms of build quality?
Well, read on and your questions will be answered.
PS4 Vs Xbox One: Aesthetics
There’s no doubt about it. The Xbox One does look a little bit like a VCR player from the 1980s.
When Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, way back when, we thought it looked a bit ugly and, when first planting that big, boxy console down on the desk, that initial impression was reinforced.
But, the Xbox One really grows on you. The Xbox One’s two-tone design is simple, bold and, after a bit of time for reflection, appealing.
Microsoft has even gone to the trouble of extending the two-tone look to the Xbox One’s power brick. Let’s be honest, you’re not likely to have your power brick proudly on display, but it’s an indication of the care Microsoft has taken in designing the Xbox One.
When it comes to the PS4, our feelings have swung in the opposite direction, if not quite to the same degree.
Initially, the PS4 was a clear winner for us in terms of aesthetics, but we’re now not so sure about all those slanty edges.
Having said that, The PS4 is still a very nice looking console. Like the Xbox One, it’s got a bit of a two-tone thing going in with the contrast between smooth and matte plastic.
There are also similarities in the simplicity the PS4s design – compare the PS4 to the PS3, for example and it’s instantly apparent that this is a far more elegant piece of hardware.
One other thing that the PS4 has going for it is that it’s far more compact than the Xbox One and, as such, it looks a lot sleeker, perhaps even a little more high-end.
Xbox One Vs PS4: Practicality, Size & Space
It’s not all about looks, of course, it’s also about practicality and in terms of size and versatility, there’s one clear winner: The PS4.
The PS4 is approximately 275 mm wide, 53 mm high and 305 mm long.
The Xbox One on the other hand is 274 mm wide, 79 mm high and 333 mm long.
In other words, the Xbox One is significantly bigger.
If the problems with Kinect on Xbox 360 taught us anything, it’s that Microsoft designs their products with Americans in mind. While all American’s definitely live in massive houses with plenty of space, us Brits live in tiny hovels and, as such space could be an issue.
The PS4 has another card up its sleeve when it comes to saving on space, too. The PS4 can be stood vertically, if you get yourself a stand, while the Xbox One must be stored horizontally.
What about intrusions into our aural space? Does the Xbox One follow in the footsteps of its predecessor by sounding like a jet taking off when you turn it on?
Mercifully, no. In fact, both the PS4 and Xbox One are quiet enough that you shouldn’t be disturbed by intrusive fan noise while playing your games.
For the record though, the Xbox One is a little quieter than the PS4.
PS4 Vs Xbox One: Build Quality
When it comes to build quality, there are no burning issues with either consoles, as far as can be determined at this stage.
Having said that, the Xbox One does feel a little cheaper than the PS4. In particular, we noticed that the front panel next to the disc drive on the Xbox One is a little bit loose. We don’t think it’s going to fall off any time soon, but if you give it a wobble, it’s noticeable.
Speaking of wobbles, we should probably mention that if you push down on the back right corner of the PS4, the console will rock, but why would you do that? Unless you’re actively going out of your way to make the PS4 wobble, it’s otherwise perfectly stable.
There’s a panel on top of the PS4 that can be slid off if you want to replace the hard drive. You might expect that to be a bit loose, but, we’re pleased to report that it feels solid to the degree that you wouldn’t know it was removable, unless someone told you.
PS4 Vs Xbox One Console Design Review
When it comes to the aesthetics of the PS4 and the Xbox One , we think the two consoles are pretty even. Naturally, looks are as much about personal taste as anything else, so we’ll leave you to make the final call.
In terms of practicality and build quality, however, the PS4s more compact size, the ability to stand the console vertically and the Xbox One’s slightly cheaper feel (not to mention the wobbly front panel) all mean that the PS4 edges it.