Apps and media features
Xbox One: Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go will be available on the Microsoft-run Xbox One, which is seeking to integrate gaming, streamed, and live entertainment into one system. The new Xbox will also offer exclusive content in partnership with the NFL and a TV series based on the popular game Halo.
The Xbox One also has a program guide that works with your cable or satellite provider that can stand in for a set-top box, letting you change the channel based on voice commands.
PlayStation 4: The Sony PlayStation will also offer Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video access. Its exclusive content is online streaming of Sony music and movies. Both consoles will play Blu-ray discs and offer access to their own online libraries of movies to rent or buy.
To participate in multiplayer games online, the PlayStation 4 requires users to buy a $50 PS Plus subscription.
Bottom Line: Depending on your preferences, this one probably comes down to budget. PlayStation 4 offers access to these apps for free. There’s a $50 membership fee to access online gaming for 12 months. Xbox One requires a $60 Xbox Live Gold membership for access to all features.