Xbox One


We'll start with Xbox One since it came out first. The Xbox One is one big, black beast and packs serious computing power. The ventilation grills look sick and there’s definitely no mistaking the new Kinect – it’s chunky and we’re excited every time we walk into the K-Zone games room and spot it. 

Xbox One Game Console. Photo: Getty Images
Xbox One


The Controller
It’s hefty. As soon as you pick up this new gaming weapon, you’ll notice that it’s bulkier than the Xbox 360 controller. Xbox One controllers have in-built force feedback motors and because of this, games feel hugely different. They vibrate, rumble gently like a heartbeat or even give your hand a proper kick – totally sick, especially for driving, shooting and games with special effects.

Forza Motorsport 5
A new console wouldn’t be anywhere near as exciting without a new racing game. Thankfully, the new Forza is incredible. It’s realistic, looks unbelievable and has some of the greatest cars that have ever been built.

Xbox One Game: Forza Motorsport 5
Forza Motorsport 5: Lamborghini Aventador


Microsoft says the Xbox One controller will survive 3,000,000 button presses. Start counting!






PS4

The PS4 is sleeker than the Xbox One, so what they look like in your lounge room is up to your personal taste. When it comes to power, both are similar. Like the PS2 and PS3, the PS4 can be stood on its side or upright, like a tower. 

Playstation 4 Console. Photo: Getty Images
PS4



The Controller
PS4’s controllers look and feel similar to the PS3’s dual shock and even though they don’t have force feedback in the shoulder buttons like the Xbox One controller, the feedback works a treat. The biggest change of all is the touch panel. Instead of Select and Start buttons, the panel works like a touchpad on a computer laptop – it’s great for moving around menus or swiping and rubbing, to do things like throwing objects. 

The Camera
Sony’s new PlayStation Eye tracks the movement of the back of the DualShock 4 and things like ducking and moving forward is more impressive. Many new games will ask you to take a photo. In Driveclub, for example, an avatar based on your photo can be used if you decide to take the action online.