PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U features comparison

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We rank the features of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo’s latest video game consoles against each other so you can choose the right console for you.

A game console can be one of the best entertainment purchases you ever make, but with systems usually enjoying a lifetime of four to five years and sporting high price tags, you want to make the right decision.

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There’s a lot to think about when fitting a console to your lifestyle and the demographic of your household, especially if you need to stick within a certain budget. In the table below you will find a deep overview of the various features each of the consoles offer, and we invite you to research further into the various components by using our side menu.

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Released 11/22/2013 11/29/2013 11/30/2012
Predecessor Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Price of premium model RRP $549 RRP $479.95 RRP $429.95
Online service Yes Yes Yes
Price of online subscription $89.00 per year $69.95 per year Free
Free monthly games with online subscription Yes Yes
Console dimensions 27.4 x 7.9 x 33.3cm 30.5 x 5.3 x 27.4cm 17.2 x 4.6 x 26.9cm
Processor Customised AMD 8-Core x86 64-bit Chip Jaguar AMD 8-Core x86 64-bit Chip IBM 3-Core PowerPC Espresso
Clock speed 1.6GHz 1.6GHz 1.24GHz
Graphics processor 853MHz AMD Radeon with 768 Shaders 800MHz AMD Radeon with 1152 Shaders 550MHz AMD Radeon Latte
Visuals Operational Speed 1.23 TFLOPS 1.84 TFLOPS 360 GFLOPS
Internal storage 500GB - 1TB 500GB - 1TB 32GB
External hard drive support Yes No Yes (SD Card)
Internal hard drive swap No Yes No
Hard drive space used by operating system 138GB 93GB 5GB
4K support Yes Yes No (Max is 1080P)
7.1 channel support Yes Yes No (5.1 Channel)
Game DVR (recording to hard drive) Yes Yes No
Backwards compatibility Yes No Yes
Size 13.5 x 10.4 x 3.2 10.8 x 12 x 2 Smallest
Voice assistant Yes No No
HDMi Yes Yes Yes
USB Yes (3x USB 3.0) Yes (2 x USB 3.0) Yes (4 x USB 2.0)
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes
Ethernet Yes Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes No
Headphone port Yes Yes No
Microphone (built-in) No No Yes
Microphone (through headset) Yes Yes No
Microphone (through camera) Yes Yes No
Syncable controllers 4 8 6
Camera peripheral Kinect 2 PlayStation Camera GamePad
Virtual Reality (VR) peripheral No PlayStation VR No
Blu-ray Yes Yes No
DVD Yes Yes No
Remote play Yes - Through Vita Yes - Through Windows 10 Yes - Through GamePad
Mobile app Yes Yes No
Content streaming and sharing Yes Yes No
Video editing Yes Yes No
Controller battery life 30 7 4
Extra controller price $79.95 ($199.95 for Elite model) $89.95 $69.95
Touchscreen controls No No Yes
Power supply External Internal External
MLB.TV Yes No No
AnimeLab No Yes No
Break Yes No No
Crackle Yes No No
Crunchyroll Yes Yes Yes
DailyMotion No Yes No
EA Access Yes No No
Foxtel Play Yes Yes No
Gamereactor No Yes No
GoPro Channel Yes No No
IGN Yes Yes No
Internet Explorer Yes No No
Kdrama Yes No No
Machinima Yes No No
Major League Gaming Yes No No
NBA Yes No No
Netflix Yes Yes Yes
NHL Yes No No
OneDrive Yes No No
Pandora Yes No No
Plex No Yes No
Qello Concerts No Yes No
Quickflix Yes Yes No
Rosetta Stone Yes No No
SBS On Demand Yes Yes No
Skype Yes No No
Stan No Yes No
TED Yes No No
TenPlay Yes No No
TiVo No No Yes
TuneIn Yes No No Yes Yes No
UFC Yes No No
Uplay Yes No No
Upload Studio Yes No No
Vevo Yes Yes No
VidZone No Yes No
WWE Network No Yes No
Yahoo 7Plus Yes Yes No
YouTube Yes Yes Yes
PlayStation Video No Yes No
PlayStation Music No Yes No
Presto No Yes No
ABC iView No Yes No
MUBI No Yes No
Xbox Video Yes No No
Xbox Music Yes No Yes
Nintendo Video No No Yes
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