Microsoft Vs. Sony: How Do The New Systems Stack Up?

Steven shares his thoughts about the two newest gaming systems on the market.

Steven shares his thoughts about the two newest gaming systems on the market.

Steven Cantos '17, Staff Writer

Note: I am blind, so any of the topics discussed in this article shall be from a blindness perspective.

Microsoft’s Xbox 1 and Sony’s Playstation 4 are two great next generation consoles; They each have their positive and negative attributes. They also have some very new changes to the last generation consoles of the years 2000-2009. But which one is better?

This is quite a difficult question to answer fully. This is due to the fact that these gaming systems are new and have been recently developed by Microsoft and Sony. This article discusses the positive and negative attributes of the two gaming systems.

Sony’s Playstation 4 has revolutionized gaming in terms of new features. This is due to the new design of the controller. The new design of the controller makes it larger. Also, the controller has motion activation that enables you to use a camera to view the screen in different ways. Apart from these features, the layout is the same except for a different button that brings you to the home screen of the Playstation 4.

The controller of the Xbox 1 has not changed as much as the controller for the Playstation 4. The thumb sticks have been redesigned to be more comfortable and easier to control. Also, the triggers for the Xbox 1 controller have been made to be easier to reach, which makes it easier to press when playing Shootters like Battlefield 4.

The sound quality of the two gaming systems depends on the quality of your television. However, the Sony Playstation 4 utilizes the sound, while Microsoft’s Xbox 1 utilizes the graphics. This is ironic because the Xbox 1’s configuration (look up Microsoft Xbox 1 Configuration) process contains a Sound test that enables you to configure your surround Sound home theater system using the Xbox 1.

Based on the configuration of both systems, the Xbox 1 is easier to configure than the Playstation 4. This is due to the fact that the Playstations configuration takes longer. It is also due to the fact that there are more notices to read when configuring your Playstation 4 for the first time.


Both of the systems discussed here have positive and negative qualities that make them unique. For example, the Playstation 4 has a touch pad, making it less accessible for blind people to play shooting games such as Call of Duty Ghosts (new) and Battlefield 4 (also new.) Unlike the Playstation 4, The Xbox 1 has a more accessible interface, due to the small changes in the controller and the voice activation feature on the Kenect. These features make the systems unique in that they target different people. For example, the playstation 4 targets sighted people while the Xbox 1 targets people who are blind or visually impaired.

Also, the two gaming systems have different ways of functioning. While the Playstation 4 has a touch pad, the Xbox 1 has the Kenect, which makes it play differently than the Playstation 4. These two systems have revolutionized gaming and both must be congratulated for their uniqueness. They are both systems that must be remembered through the years for their outstanding gameplay and sound (and graphics, perhaps.)