I got to play on both consoles at Eurogamer, after very long queues for both I can say that the only difference I could tell was the controller, we know that Xbox One is only 720p native and the PS4 is 1080p native, but unless they’re side by side you won’t be able to tell the difference. What I say about the controller is relative to me, as an example the Xbox 360 controller is a bit small for my hands but feels much more comfortable in my hands than a PS3 one.
The Playstation 4 controller is much bigger than the PS3’s and feels much more comfortable however there is a bulge in the hand grip that felt a bit weird for me though I assume that people will adapt to that. The controller is also wider and the triggers feel much easier to press with less of a travel distance probably because they’re now curved which feels so much nicer. The sticks on the controller feel much better and the small indent on the top improved my grip by a surprising amount, with the games I briefly tried the touchpad wasn’t a function available, it felt quite nice to the touch and I’m sure it will be a good feature for developers to use. The light bar on the controller is something sneaky that Sony has included which I will go into after I’ve talked about the Xbox One.
The Xbox One controller is so much of an improvement over the 360, there really was some thought that went into it to try and make it extremely ergonomic those 40 improvements really work. It feels smaller than the 360 controller but is much more comfortable, it fits my hands much better due to the internal battery. The triggers are familiar but new and the response is a bit better than the 360 due to the new magnetic sensors, the bumpers took a bit of getting used to but after 5 minutes I had no problem using them. The sticks are smaller but have better grip, have a wider range of motion and are more sensitive, the offset thumbsticks feel more comfortable to me overall than the PS4’s. The vibration feedback of the triggers was really good, for example changing gear in Forza gave a slight shudder which made me feel a bit more immersed in the game, I revved to the redline and I felt the triggers tell me that I should change up.
Overall I prefer the Xbox One controller, maybe it’s because I’m used to the 360 but it definitely feels much better. In regards to Sony being sneaky, they say you can use the light bar but don’t mention that you need the Playstation camera for it to work, this is the reason why the PS4 is cheaper than the Xbox One, Microsoft have included the Kinect in with the Xbox One hence the higher price, Sony haven’t included the camera which if you want to use the controller to its full ability you need it. I’m guessing that if you buy the camera the price would be the same if not more than the Xbox One.
Overall I didn’t see any difference while playing them separately, I honestly don’t think there is as much difference between them as people like to think, if you care about high quality graphics and 60FPS, give PC gaming a go, you can use Xbox and PS3 controllers if you really want to. I’m going to get the Xbox One at some point next year purely because of the fact I don’t want to start again from zero with trophies and that I already have a 360. Hopefully once we get some decent games out and people have actually used the consoles for a while we’ll have a more level playing field.