Playstation 4 vs Xbox One Face-off!

More than any other time of the year, the holiday season is an important and exciting one for gamers all around the world and this one in particular promises to be one of the biggest we've ever seen. 

Nintendo may have gotten the early edge in with its release of the Wii U late last year but it's this season that the titans of high definition, cutting edge gaming will be going head to head trying to get into your homes and, more importantly, into your wallets. 

Whether you've been following the release news word for word as the information becomes available or you're a new entry into the crowd watching these two gaming giants raise all the hype they can, here's everything you'll need to know for the upcoming launches of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One

Playstation 4

Sony's powerhouse PC-styled mega-console is set for official release on November 15th, 2013 putting it a full week ahead of the Xbox One. 

Noted for its incredibly high performance hardware, the PS4 boasts some of the best graphical processing capabilities seen in console gaming just about ever. It has a completely redesigned controller, an awesome camera accessory for enhanced gameplay, and additional features like an app for smart phones and tablets, gameplay recording and streaming right from the console, and tons of remote play and viewing features if you also own a Playstation Vita. 

On the flipside, online multiplayer is now restricted to the paid premium “Playstation Plus” service (as opposed to a free service from the PS3). In addition, we're still also seeing a lack of backwards compatibility for older games, though whether this is an attempt to kill second hand game sales or just a way to boost digital game downloads is yet to be really seen.

Xbox One Info - What You Need To Know

Powerful enough to easily pace the Playstation 4, we can look forward to the console's release on November 22nd 2013.

They say that he who laughs last laughs best, but only time will tell whether releasing after its competitor will be a solid choice. Selling itself as not just a gaming console, the Microsoft Xbox One touts its media center capabilities, like live TV and exclusive partnerships with the NFL for exclusive sports content. That's not to say that it doesn't have an all-star lineup of AAA titles, some of which are even classic exclusive series' snaked away from Sony's ever tight grasp, giving Xbox players a chance to try titles they wouldn't have had a chance to play. 

Additional features of the Xbox One include the Smart Glass app that allows you to turn a wide array of mobile devices into attached Xbox One accessories for browsing and even unlocking additional in and out of game features and the highly improved and, most importantly, bundled new Kinect camera. Still though, while it isn't an “always on” system the XB1 still requires a first time online check-in to function properly and many people are upset by the fact that you are unable to turn the new Kinect's camera feature off at any time.

Both of these consoles are a great reason to look forward to the coming months in gaming, but only time will tell which one of these two super consoles will be crowned the king of the console war!

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