Xbox One vs Nintendo Wii U vs PlayStation 4: Specs, features comparison

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    The three are going to slug it out in the market. Xbox One vs Nintendo Wii U vs PlayStation 4 specs and features comparison makes interesting reading

    By Abdul Vahid V

    The technology world is rocking with the latest news from Microsoft. The next major upgrade to its Xbox gaming console, the Xbox One has just been unveiled. What is marvelous with the Xbox One is that it is not a mere game gadget, but a platform that puts together several advanced techniques in gaming and multimedia industries. Along with primarily being a game console, the Xbox One is a device for surfing web, watching TV and more. Here we compare the Xbox One with its possible key rivals, Sony PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii U.

    Nintendo Wii U
    It is the portable version of the Japan game device maker Nintendo. The follow-up to its famous Wii console features a tablet-like controller with a touchscreen namely GamePad. Thus, gamers can use the Wii U both to play games on TV sets as a controller and play games separately as it is on a tablet. Well, the GamePad also works as a fancy remote controller to let you navigate a TV-watching feature namely TVii.

    Nintendo Wii U supports high-definition graphics, catching up to the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. The gadget is powered by a multi-core IBM PowerPC “Espresso” processor, 550MHz AMD Radeon GPU and 32GB of internal memory. However, sales of the Wii U have been quite frustrating as it could only sell in 3.5 million units as of March 31. Its pricing starts at $300 but some retailers have lowered its price further to grab customers.

    Sony PlayStation 4
    It is the latest upgrade to Sony’s popular PlayStation gaming console series. The Japan tech firm has just revealed little information about the device. It has been said to become a “supercharged PC” similar to Xbox. It might be a departure from its old idiosyncratic PlayStation design and should be a dazzling platform for developers to make games and other apps. But, its integration of PC chips will make the gadget not compatible to feature the games designed for the older PlayStation variants.

    The new Sony gaming machine will be equipped with a Semi-custom 8-core AMD x86-64 processor,     8GB of RAM, and a Semi-custom AMD Radeon graphical processor and more. It will tout DualShock 4, PlayStation Move, PlayStation Vita as controller units, and the connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 3.0 port, Ethernet and more. As a whole, the PlayStation 4, which is set for official release in the fourth quarter, will be the strongest rival to the new Xbox One, rather than the Nintendo Wii U, which is not a big success.

    Microsoft Xbox One
    Lifting stiff competition to the Wii U and PlayStation 4, Microsoft has now come forth with its brand new Xbox One, which is slated for release by the end of the year. The Xbox One differs from the rest of similar devices with its nature as not just a game gadget. Apart from a mere gaming console, it is a platform for watching TV, making video chats via Skype even for letting you recognize voice and heartbeat. But, it has many similarities with the Sony PlayStation 4, the right rival to the One.

    “Hardware aside, the two systems will offer a unique spin on cutting-edge entertainment experiences, social sharing, and extraordinary games with astonishing graphics,” says CNET’s Christopher MacManus. As consoles for entertainment, these two machines have a lot more things in common. They are two exclusive machines for letting users go beyond the typical limits of enjoying gaming or multimedia content.

    The Microsoft and Sony game consoles share a lot of new and advanced things. They mainly include Blu-ray, Motion control (respectively a Kinect controller and a Move controller), 8-core x86 AMD processor, 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0, Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI ports, background downloading and a lot more. In nearly all major special features, the Xbox One and PS4 have the same attributes under the hood.