A Historical Analysis of PlayStation and Xbox


A Look back at the long standing feud between Sony and Microsoft and their battle for console gaming dominance

You’ve probably been wondering which game console you should stay with. So many options seem to exist and the names PlayStation and Xbox keep coming up. Well, let’s start by talking about both of these consoles and then we can get further into the conversation. The PlayStation (PS) is a game console that was released by Sony in 1994. Sony has also released the PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5 and the handheld PS since then. The Xbox is also a game console but not owned by Sony, rather by Microsoft. They are currently up to the Xbox Series X. Offerings PlayStation The PlayStation, over the years, has had various offerings and has changed as time progressed. At the time when PlayStation entered the scene, it changed the video game industry from cartridge to discs or from the Flintstones to civilization if you will. Since then, PlayStation has given a magnitude of games, increasing bit consoles, virtual reality, movies and other digital content. The PlayStation 5 is the latest version of the PlayStation Series and there are some features involved that must be mentioned. The PS5 now has Ray tracing, 4K-TV gaming, 120 frames per second (fps), High Dynamic Range (HDR) and can support 8K. Xbox Interestingly, when Microsoft’s Xbox was released, it was immediately meant to rival the PlayStation but they did a few things differently. This game console was meant to be fit for PC and played online. The new Xbox Series X is very apt if you’re interested in gaming as well. Here are some of the things it has to offer. The Xbox Series X has Smart Delivery, 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), 120 frames per second (fps) and Ray tracing. Differences Outside of the current adaptations, what’s really different about the two consoles? The reality is they do have a number of similarities but are still quite different. Let’s look at some of the differences. Firstly, as gaming consoles, they have become popular for different games. The Xbox is known for games such as the Halo series, Forza Horizon 4 and Gears. The PlayStation however is known for God of War, Red Dead Redemption and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Let’s also compare the equivalent generations of these gaming consoles. The PS3 and the Xbox 360 both had the same amount of storage, though the PS3 separated that storage into video and main memory. Both counterparts had 3.2 GHz but the PS3 had greater horsepower therefore, operating faster than the Xbox 360. Between the PS4 and the Xbox One, the PS4 was without doubt a more powerful console with faster memory processing and way more sales. Entry of Microsoft The PlayStation became a reality in 1994 because of a previous deal that went wrong with Nintendo. Sony’s PlayStation quickly became a hit among gamers, selling millions of copies. PlayStation employed a number of facets that Microsoft perceived could have given the Personal Computer (PC) a serious challenge. As a result of that, Microsoft decided they would enter the gaming scene and thus the birth of the Xbox. The Xbox didn’t do extremely well initially but when they reduced their cost, they eventually outsold the Nintendo GameCube which at the time was a huge accomplishment in the gaming world. The Xbox and the PlayStation quickly became rivals as both companies had to figure out how they could keep their current customers and rake in new ones as well. Users The users of either console have a longstanding argument about which console is better. In gaming arenas, discussions will last for hours, just comparing the features of the two. One thing we all agree on, is that the harder you smash the buttons, the stronger the attack (though we play like this and it’s hilarious, it’s not true….yet). Statistically, what’s interesting, is that PlayStation 4 had more sale success than the Xbox One but more people are using the Xbox Game Pass services. Conclusion At the end of the day, both gaming consoles have their advantages in some areas and some disadvantages in other areas. It’s up to you as the gamer to decide which one is more worth it financially and in terms of the specs you’re looking for. Either way, keep gaming, gamer!