UPDATED: Xbox One vs. PS4: Side-by-Side Comparison
How basic things like multiplayer and sharing games will work on the Xbox One and the PS4.
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UPDATED: When it was first announced, the Xbox One's specs included strict digital rights management software, or DRM, that restricted players' ability to trade and resell video games. The Xbox One also needed to check in online every 24 hours, even if a player was playing an offline single-person game, or the whole console would shut off.
These announcements were immediately unpopular, and Microsoft received criticism from journalists and backlash from consumers. And the company responded, announcing on June 19 that these two regulations would not be part of the Xbox One system when it ships this fall. [See: Xbox One Drops Online Restrictions]
At first blush, Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 have a lot in common. Both will have a 500GB hard drive. Both will have an AMD 8-core processor. Both can play Blu-rays and DVDs, and support streaming content from Netflix and Hulu. And both have 8 GB of RAM, or (random access memory), but the PS4's RAM is a different, more powerful variety (GDDR5 vs Xbox One's DDR3), which lends itself to better graphics.
Not all "next-generation" gaming consoles are created equal. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are more similar now that Microsoft has rolled back on the Xbox One's DRM restrictions, but the consoles still have some key differences to them. (Nintendo's Wii U is also part of this generation, but it came out last year and doesn't have the processing power or graphical capability that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will have.)
The consoles were first announced this spring and were demonstrated at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.
Some details about the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are still vague, and may change before the consoles go on sale this fall. But by and large, here's how the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will work.
Which console — if any — are you going to buy?