The release dates for the Xbox One and PS4 have finally been revealed as the two gaming consoles are set to release just two weeks apart from one another (Photo: Screenshot)

Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4 fans may have just gotten the break they were looking for as some recent leaked release dates seem to be proving accurate according to IGN. The Xbox One and PS4 release dates were first leaked via the Toys R Us website where it pointed to a release date in the U.K. of November 29, 2013 for Microsoft Xbox One and December 13, 2013 for Playstation 4.

Although many have seen these kinds of dates surface on the Web and serve as mere place holders for virtual ordering purposes, when IGN spoke with a Toys R Us representative they found that these dates are actually pretty legit. According to the source:

"I can confirm this information has been given direct from our suppliers and is accurate."

These leaked dates were also reported via BT Games as well, after which time Microsoft came forward offering a statement to clarify regarding the release dates given.

"We have announced that Xbox One will launch this November, but have not shared any further details. It's common practice for retailers to use placeholder dates for pre-order items without an official launch date. Please stay tuned to news.xbox.com, where we share the latest official details about all things Xbox One"

Of course, it's perfectly within the power of Microsoft to change the release date for Xbox One to whatever November day they choose, but we wouldn't be at all surprised to see this after Thanksgiving release date come to fruition. If accurate, this late November release would serve as a small advantage to Microsoft as Christmas shopping is often on the minds of consumers in the few days following Thanksgiving. In addition, the date would position Xbox One t0 become available two weeks ahead of the Sony PS4 release date.

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Any one keeping an eye on the on

going competition between these two gaming console powerhouses knows it's been pretty stiff. At one point it seemed sure PS4 would win the day, but after Microsoft backed down on some of it's DRM policies this summer, pre-sales went through the roof bringing the two gaming consoles neck-to-neck for top-selling new gaming console of the 2013 year.

SEE ALSO: Xbox One vs. PS4: How DRM, Internet Requirement & Phil Spencer's Xbox 360 Comeback Killed Microsoft's Next-Gen Console [Opinion/Analysis] 

In terms of features and specifications, the Xbox One and PS4 are pretty evenly matched when you are looking at speed and performance, but each has a set of special features which will ultimately draw crowds to them for different reasons. Having variances in everything from the controllers, to game offerings and multi-media capabilities, gamers will be hard-pressed to choose between the two powerhouse consoles and determine which is best suited to their needs — the PS4 or the XBox One. Below is a chart break down of all the specs, features, and pricing information for each of the upcoming devices for those who want to compare.

Sony Playstation 4 Vs. Microsoft XBox One: Specs, Features, Price, Release Date

Feature

 PlayStation 4  Xbox One
Price  $399.99 [1]  $499.99 [2]
Optical Drive  Blu-ray/DVD [3]  Blu-ray/DVD [4]
Game DVR  Yes [5]  Yes [6]
RAM  8GB GDDR5 [7]  8GB DDR3 [8]
CPU  Single-chip x86 AMD "Jaguar" processor, 8 cores [10]  8 Core Microsoft custom CPU [11]
Storage  500 GB Hard Drive (user removeable)[13]  500 GB Hard Drive (non-removeable) [14]
External Storage  TBA  Yes, USB [15]
Cloud Storage  Yes [16]  Yes [17]
Play As You Download  Yes [18]  Yes [19]
Account Access from Multiple Consoles  Yes [20]  Yes
Mandatory Game Installs  No [21]  Yes [22]
No    
Required Internet Connection  No [23]  Yes but ONLY for the system's mandatory day one update. [24][25]
No    
Used Game Fee  No [26]  No [27]
No    
Digital game sharing or gifting  No  No
Backwards Compatibility  None [28]  None [29]
Cross Game Chat  Yes [30]  Yes [31]
Motion Control DualShock 4, PlayStation 4 Eye (not included), PlayStation Move (not included) Kinect 2
Second Screen  Vita (not included) [32]  
Playstation App [33]  SmartGlass (not included) [34]  Wii U GamePad (included)
Voice Commands  TBA  
Yes [35]  No  
Subscription Service  PlayStation Plus [36]  Xbox Live [37]
USB  USB 3.0 [38]  USB 3.0 [39]
Live Streaming  Yes  Yes
Reputation Preservation  Trophies will be ported  Achievements will be ported [40]
Web Connection  Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n [41]  Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WiFi [42]
BlueTooth  Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)[43]  No*
A/V Hookups  HDMI out (4K Support [45]) Optical output[46]  HDMI input and output (4K support), Optical output [47]
Region Locked  No  No [48]

Which console will you purchase on release day? The Xbox One or PS4? Have you pre-ordered or will you wait to buy it in stores?

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Xbox One vs. PS4: Price, Game DRM, Cloud Computing, And Other Features That May Make All The Difference For Next-Gen Consoles Sales

 

PS4 and Xbox One are headed for a fierce battle as gamers prepare to choose the console which provides the games, price point, specs and feature to suit their needs (Photo: Twitter)

Microsoft Xbox One vs. Sony PS4 -- the fight is heating up over which next-gen console gamers will want. Now with Sony preparing to reveal remaining specs and features for the PS4 at E3 next month, there is a lot of debate over which console will come out on top.

The last few days have been particularly interesting as new details have been revealed about both the Xbox One and the PS4. The new details could be the deciding factors in which console will end up as top seller this release season. Some of those details include price, DRM on games and integration of cloud computing. Not to mention hardware specs, features and game availability. Let's take a look at some of the latest information on Microsoft vs. Sony's next-gen consoles and see what factor scores as a win or lose between the two.

SEE ALSO: Xbox One Vs. PS4 Specs, Features & Game Releases: Which Next-Gen Console Has What You're Looking For? [REPORT, VIDEO & PHOTOS]

Xbox One vs. PS4: Price

 

Xbox One price was reportedly leaked last week via Germany Amazon where it was listed at 599.00 Euros. (Photo: Twitter)


O.K. So one thing both Microsoft and Sony have been pretty tight-lipped about has been price. How much will the Xbox One with included Kinect be in comparison to the PS4, and will the features be worth the dollars shucked out? Let's take a look at latest speculation.

PS4 Price - So in terms of PS4 pricing we really have no solid information about this period. One thing most people feel fairly certain of--it won't be getting any cheaper. In fact, with more powerful hardware incorporated it's likely we'll see PS4 jump in price over the previous model PS3.

Going back to Sony's PS3 sales, we know they retailed at $600 on launch, though truth be told the machine cost a whopping $900 to make. This loss on the machine however is made up through the sales of games.

According to ExpertReviews of the UK however, it's possible the new system could come out cheaper than the earlier model due to some better hardware decisions made by Sony this go around.

"The PS4 should be less of a financial burden ... by sourcing hardware from AMD rather than developing its own chips, Sony has saved a lot of money on development; plus the new console's Blu-ray drive is no longer a huge cost, as it was when the PS3 was launching with the then brand-new disc format."

With this in mind we can see where some of the rumors that PS4 will launch at just $400 came in. These rumors are backed by reports from a prominent Japanese newspaper which reported the PS4 would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of YEN 40,000, which translates to about $400 in the US, or £310 in the UK.

As nice as these figures sound, we're still not convinced those figures accurately reflect the price of the next-gen Sony gaming console when taking into consideration inflation and beefed-up specs, but here's hoping. Now let's take a look at what's being said about the Xbox One price.

Xbox One Price - So up until yesterday there was also not a lot of information available concerning the price of the Xbox One, but Sunday it seems Amazon in Germany may have accidentally leaked the price through its online pre-ordering service. If the information seen there is correct it looks as though the Xbox One could cost a pretty penny--510 British pounds to be precise, equaling $775 in the US. If you are like me you probably just flinched a little bit when reading that. Keep in mind this does include the newly redesigned Kinect system, which has some pretty amazing new capabilities and features. Still, no matter who you are $775 for a gaming machine is a bit of a bitter pill to swallow-especially considering the Xbox 360 is selling at just $300 now with Kinect and $200 without.

One downside for the new Xbox One is that Kinect is no longer optional. It comes packaged with all Xbox Ones sold. There have been some rumors that Microsoft may be looking at some form of subsidized pricing for the Xbox One, allowing customers to purchase with a certain amount down and a 2 year subscription to Xbox Live, shaving a few hundred dollars off the top of the price upfront, but thus far those rumors have not yet been substantiated.

Xbox One vs. PS4: Used Games DRM

 

Both gamers and used game retailers like GameStop stand to lose much if DRM on Sony and Microsoft used games is added.


Xbox One DRM Confusion - This is probably one of the biggest controversies out there right now. DRM on used games. While Microsoft has taken a long and swerving trail toward some kind of compromise with gamers, in the long run, I don't think anyone is going to get exactly what they want out of this deal, and quite frankly, DRM on used games may be one point that could do serious harm to Microsoft's next-gen console sales.

Early on we thought the Xbox One would require a constant Internet connection and a fee would be required to play a game disc that somebody's already played. After a massive outcry from gamers, however, that proposition was revised to where now, my understanding is, the Xbox One will not require a constant connection. It will though, require a "regular" once a day connection to allow for automatic authentications. This would ensure that only those who have purchased a license to the game are actually playing it.

Well what about lending to friends? Apparently if you have a disc and lend it to a friend, it will work for them, but will be deactivated on your side. Though I'm sure there's still plenty more being ironed out as to how Microsoft will handle used games, one thing we have to keep in mind, as mentioned above, is that these console makers often lose money on the hardware itself. Where their money is made is in the sale of games, but if most gamers are trading or purchasing used games then who is making the majority of the money? Not Microsoft or Sony-rather middlemen like GameStop who sell the used games to gamers. Of course, many gamers aren't really too excited about the idea of putting out $60 for a brand new game that probably won't be usable on their next console. As we know, Xbox One has no backward compatibility so in this manner I think Microsoft might take a bit of a hit.

PS4 Used Games DRM - There had been some stir this last week that PS4 may look to impose some kind of used games DRM as well the way Microsoft intends to. That possibility caused such a stir amongst PS gamers they soon took to Twitter under hashtag #NoDRMPS4 or participated in discussion via a NeoGAF forum thread stating their concerns. The overflowing sea of voices lead to a quick response on the part of Sony this weekend.

SCEA producer Nick Accordino, had this to say.

"Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you."

Meanwhile Head of Hardware Marketing at Sony PlayStation, John Koller, added:

"This is why I love PlayStation fans- the passion bucket overflows."

PlayStation fans took these comments to mean the company was backing down from the possible DRM for used games but industry commentator, Geoff Knightly, doesn't' think it's quite so cut and dry.

 "Sony, I think, has been seen as this kind of white knight so far that's not going to restrict used games. Based on some of the things I'm hearing, I don't think that's entirely true, because I can't see publishers allowing one system to do one thing and one do another."

What both Sony and Microsoft intend to do concerning DRM on used games is yet to be seen but expected to be fully divulged at E3 in June 2013 at which point many consumers will be making their final decision based off the information shared there.

Xbox One vs. PS4: Cloud Computing

 

Xbox One is set to feature cloud computing integration which could up the console's game against the more powerful PS4 (Photo: Twitter)


Okay, integration of cloud computing is one way developers looking at the PS4 and Xbox One are saying Microsoft could come out on top here. Avalanche Studios' chief technology officer Linus Blomberg spoke with VideoGamer.com last week stating that, though PS4 definitely features more impressive hardware specs and "raw power," cloud computing could level if not tip the scale in favor of the Xbox One.

The addition of cloud computing allows developers to off-load non-latency sensitive processes to the cloud. This thereby frees up some of the system resources on the console. An example of features which could be off-loaded to the cloud are physics modeling, fluid dynamics and cloth modeling according to Ars Technica. All of these features are CPU-intensive; therefore, relegating them to the cloud could help the Xbox One make up what it lacks in power compared with the PS4.

According to Blomberg, Xbox One's ability to compute processes on the cloud is "definitely an area where the Xbox One has a step up over PS4, and it opens up for many interesting things"

Blomberg went on to say,

"It's perfect for open-world games like ours as it enables techniques to make the game worlds more alive and social, such as persistence and asynchronous multiplayer features ... We are already using server-side computations in our PC hunting game the Hunter, so that's nothing new for us as a concept. But Microsoft's solution may allow us to do this more efficiently and to a greater [extent]."

Of course, it's very likely that with Microsoft introducing cloud computing as a new tool in its arsenal, Sony PS4 could very soon answer with something similar. However, only time will tell on that point.

When talking with readers, the two overwhelming points that keep coming back are price, and game availability. In the long run I think these two factors will play the largest role in who wins the console war. E3 should definitely hold some much-coveted details concerning both.

Check iDesignTimes technology section soon as we will continue to bring you the latest details on both the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PS4 as they become available.

 

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Xbox One Vs. PS4 Specs, Features & Game Releases: Which Next-Gen Console Has What You're Looking For?

Published May 22, 2013


Does Ps4 or Xbox ONe hold what you are looking for? We've taken a look at the hardware specs, features and gaming choices to offer you a little help in your decision making (Photo: Twitter)

Xbox One or PS4? Which gaming console will have the specs, features and game choices made available to satisfy you? Though each gamer chooses their gaming machine for a variety of reasons, for those who might have been considering the Xbox One (formally thought to be named the Xbox 720) or PS4 over their PC or are just trying to make an educated choice between Sony and Microsoft's upcoming gaming consoles, we've taken a little time out to compare in terms of specs, features, game releases and other details we think will be important for gamers looking to make a system change, or give them enough information to hang right where they are if that seems best.

With the Xbox reveal event having taken place on Tuesday, May 21 at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters, we got a good taste of what Xbox 720 -- um, I mean the Xbox One -- will bring to the table. Microsoft right off the bat declared that its hope with the latest next-gen gaming console is to make it an all-in-one device which will take care of every need of the digital media consumer, from offering a unique gaming experience, to greater social networking integration, music, video, television and more.

Though these options certainly will be attractive to consumers, the question is, how well will these new specs and features stand up to players like Sony PS4, and does Wii U even have a chance? Sony has already proven it's not about to go down without a fight, releasing a PlayStation 4 video teaser trailer just the day prior to the Xbox One reveal event which took place on Tuesday. The teaser trailer caused quite a stir amongst those in the gaming community and signaled just how fierce the competition will be this gaming console release season.

Check our breakdown of the Xbox One vs. PS4 (for a complete side-by-side comparison chart of PS4 vs Xbox One specs and features, scroll to the bottom of the article).

Xbox One vs. PS4 Specs - CPU (Processor)

 

Both the PS4 and the Xbox One will feature an 8-core AMD CPU (Photo: Twitter)

First and foremost, I think we all want to know how powerful the Xbox one will be in comparison with the PS4. The answer? Well they're pretty equally matched, though one console will pull slightly ahead on a few of the CPU specs.

The new Xbox One features an 8-core X86 AMD Jaguar CPU clocking 1.6GHz speeds. This system has been made to support DirectX 11.1 graphics and comes with 32MB of ESRAM memory.

Sony's PS4 will match Microsoft's CPU with an AMD 8-core Jaguar processor as well, but will slightly out edge Mocrosoft's Xbox One, offering a 2Ghz chipset which will likely allow the next-gen Sony gaming console to clock somewhat faster speeds than its Microsoft counterpart. The difference in speeds however will be barely detectable when you compare it to machines like the Wii U with only 3-core. In this case the difference would be clearly seen as both the Xbox One and the PS4 would produce smoother and more realistic graphics than the Nintendo console, while also having quicker load times for pictures, videos, apps and other media. Speedy load times will be essential for all the upcoming gaming consoles, as social interaction and sharing will be more heavily integrated in each machine.
 
Xbox One vs. PS4 Specs: RAM
 
Okay, so when you talk CPU soon behind it comes a discussion of RAM. Well on first glance it looks like Xbox One and PS4 are quite equally matched with 8GB of RAM each, leaving Wii U out in the cold with just 2GB; but in reality, there is one winner here as it all comes down to usable RAM. Out of the 8GB it boasts, only 7GB are available for use, as 1GB is required to run the Sony's PlayStation 4's operating system (OS). Xbox One on the other hand has a full 8GB available for users and in this round outclasses both the PS4 and the Wii U.
 
Xbox One vs. PS4 Specs: Graphics Processor (GPU):

 

With more high resolution games coming to both the Xbox one and the PS4 the demand for a higher bandwidth processor is great and on this point PS4 comes out as the superior gaming machine. (Photo: Twitter)


Next stop graphics. And yeah, we know this is one thing gamers can be pretty uptight about. Between the Xbox One or PS4 it really depends what your preference is when gaming. Both the Xbox One and the Wii U come with DDR3 RAM, while the Sony PS4 comes with GDDR5 RAM. Though Xbox One will have some advantages when it comes to smaller operations, as the high bandwidth in the PS4 will cause the CPU to slow a bit but in the long run, the PS4 will be the winner as higher bandwidths are better at supporting the higher resolution graphics that are a staple of most games being developed these days. According to Timothy Lottes, a game developer and blogger, here are the reasons PlayStation 4 will be the developer's preferred choice.

"A fast GDDR5 will be the desired option for developers. All the interesting cases for good anti-aliasing require a large amount of bandwidth and RAM. A tiny 32MB chunk of ESRAM will not fit that need even for forward rendering at 1080p. I think some developers could hit 1080p@60fps with the rumored Orbis specs even with good AA. My personal project is targeting 1080p@60fps with great AA on a 560ti which is a little slower than the rumored Orbis specs. There is no way my engine would hit that target on the rumored 720 [Xbox One] specs."

 
Xbox One Vs. PS4 Specs: Hard Drive
 
Microsoft's reveal event confirmed the fact that the Xbox One will have 500GB hard drive plain and simple. Meanwhile details are pretty murky on what the PS4 will have. But we know it is a built-in hard drive. Without much knowledge though about the PS4 hard drive, all we can really look to is what the Xbox One will offer, and I have to say it looks pretty good. Not only will there be a Blu-Ray drive for playing games on Blu-Ray disks, but the pretty amazing thing about the Xbox One is that it will already have some games installed on the device. No loading the disc player, just there and ready to play. For now, till we know more about the PlayStation 4's hard drive capabilities, the Xbox One seems pretty nice.

Xbox One Vs. Sony's PS4 Game Releases
 


The Xbox One reveal event by Microsoft came to a close with fans infinitely stoked about the gaming choices coming to the next-gen console as not only did we get to preview a trailer of Call Of Duty: Ghosts, we also heard that 15 exclusive games would be coming to the Xbox One. In addition here are a few of the titles named for release on the Xbox One:

Madden NFL

FIFA

NBA LIVE

UFC

Forza Motorsport 5

Quantum Break

Call of Duty: Ghosts

A Halo live action TV series directed by Steven Spielberg is coming to ‪Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox has traditionally outplayed the PS4 in terms of available titles for the console with the Xbox 360 sporting 774 titles while PS3 has 606 titles. The game could change this time around, however, as not only will PlayStation have hardware that is more desirable for developers to create games on, but there is also the issue of the Xbox One not having backward compatibility. This means all the games previously owned for the Xbox 360 will not be playable on the new Microsoft console.There is no news yet if PS4 will have backward compatibility, but I imagine that will be one of several deciding factors for many.

Xbox One vs. PS4 Price
 
How much will the Xbox One or PS4 cost? One thing the Xbox reveal event failed to mention and many were hoping would be revealed was the cost of the next-gen console. While plenty of rumors have swirled concerning both the PS4 and the Xbox One price, with estimates coming in around $400, still it is unclear what we will be looking at in terms of prices.

While watching all the upcoming new features, such as reworked Kinect coming with the Xbox One, and the astounding new sensitivity of this device, which can even sense heartbeat, many feel the $400 estimate may be too good to be true. Of course there have also been rumors that Microsoft Xbox One could relieve the pain of forking out several hundred dollars at once by offering a kind of subsidized subscription plan. With an Xbox Live plan for two years, some users could see the cost of the gaming console reduced by a couple hundred dollars up front. They would be bound to a two-year subscription. But it might make the pill a little easier to swallow. There has been no confirmation concerning this possible choice in pricing but that is one feature I believe could definitely be a strong point. We've see these kinds of plans for a while now work with new smartphones. Why not try it for the latest gaming consoles, as well?

E3 2013: Sony and Microsoft Both Have Something To Say
 

The Sony PlayStation Twitter account left a nice message for gamers on Tuesday just before the Xbox Reveal event letting everyone know that soon the wait to see the next PlayStation 4 would be over, while setting a hardware reveal date of June 10 at 6:00 p.m. PT or 9 p.m. ET. PlayStation will be participating in the E3 2013 Press Conference at that time and this is when more details about the PS4 specs and features will finally become available.

It is also likely we will hear more about game availability for both the PS4 and the Xbox One at the E3 2013 event. So until then don't set your mind firmly on either console.

Just as a gut choice we're thinking PlayStation 4 might really work its way to the top this go around. Still, there's a reason Xbox has been the best selling device for several years in a row now.

Either way, the E3 2013 event on June 10th will likely bring us everything we need to know to make that final choice. Be sure to check back regularly as we will bring more update on both the Xbox One and the PS4 specs, features, games and release dates as they become available.

Full Xbox One Vs PS4 Feature Comparison
 

Feature

PlayStation 4

Xbox One

Optical Drive

Blu-Ray/DVD [1]

Blu-Ray/DVD [2]

Game DVR

Yes [3]

Yes [4]

RAM

8GB GDDR5 [5]

8GB DDR3 [6]

CPU

Single-chip x86 AMD "Jaguar" processor, 8 cores [7]

8 Core Microsoft custom CPU [8]

Storage

TBA

500 GB Hard Drive [9]

Second Screen

Vita

SmartGlass [11]

[10]

Cloud Storage

Yes [12]

Yes [13]

Mandatory Game Installs

TBA

Yes [14]

Always Online Connection

No [15]

Maybe [16]

Used Game Fee

TBA

Maybe [17]

Backwards Compatibility

None [18]

None [19]

Skype

TBA

Yes [20]

Motion Control

DualShock 4, PlayStation Eye

Kinect 2

Voice Commands

TBA

Yes [21]

Subscription Fee

TBA

TBA

USB

USB 3.0 [22]

USB 3.0 [23]

Live Streaming

TBA

TBA

Reputation Preservation

Trophies will be ported

Achievements will be ported [24]

Web Connection

Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n [25]

Ethernet, WiFi [26]

BlueTooth

Bluetooth 2.1 [27]

Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR) [28]

A/V Hookups

HDMI (4K Support [29]) , Analog (Component, RCA), Optical output[30]

HDMI input and output (4K support), Optical output [31]

Which next-gen gaming console has you interested? Xbox One or PS4? Share your thoughts in the comments below.