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Gaming consoles have evolved from video games machines to complete home entertainment packages. Our guide looks at all the features of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3 and the Xbox 360 to help you decide which game console is the best fit for you.
In A Nutshell: The most powerful next generation console; share your gaming experiences via social media; integrated with your iOS and Android devices; watch Blu-ray discs, online gaming, download games, stream music, movies and TV.
Hard Drive: An impressive 500GB worth of storage.
Exclusive Games: Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, inFamous: Second Son, The Order: 1886.
Connect to the Internet: PlayStation Network is your gateway to a world of entertainment for games, movies, TV and music - all delivered directly to your PS4. Features include:
- PlayStation Plus: A membership service giving you access to online multiplayer, monthly games, online storage for your precious game saves and other exclusive member benefits
- Music Unlimited: A music subscription service that allows you to stream millions of tracks, create your own playlists and even stream music over your gameplay
- Video Unlimited: Stream the latest blockbuster movies or TV shows to own or rent
- Other Services: Including Vidzone and Quickflix with more to come
- DualShock 4 Controller: A major design improvement on the DualShock 3 gamepad with great features like a 3.5mm headphone jack, a touchpad, built-in speaker and a 'Share' button, allowing you to instantly share your gaming moments with screenshots or video and upload them directly to your Facebook page. Or broadcast yourself LIVE via Twitch TV or U-Stream.
- Remote Play with PS Vita: Seamlessly connect your PS Vita to your PS4 and continue your gaming away from the TV and anywhere in your home
- PlayStation App: Lets you connect to your PS4 and PSN wherever you are so you can browse, buy and download games directly to your PlayStation 4; chat with your friends when they're playing and use your device as a second screen for some games
- Blu ray & DVD: Plays BD and DVD discs
- Upgradeable Hard Drive: Whilst 500GB is a healthy size, you can upgrade the hard drive on your PS4 using a standard 2.5 inch SATA HDD
- Connects to your Home Theatre: Via HDMI or Optical out
Cool PlayStation 4 Accessory: The PlayStation Eye Camera delivers high quality video and audio for some incredible, innovative gaming experiences. It also features voice and facial recognition so you can sign in to your PS4 with your face and use voice commands.
PS4 is a Good Choice For... Gamers after the best in next generation gaming technology, social media fans and TV, music and movie buffs.
Gaming, Movies, Apps, Video Sharing, TV Streaming, All-in-one entertainment system.
Hard Drive: A whopping 500GB.
Games Exclusive to Xbox One: Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5.
Connect to the Internet: As with the Xbox 360 the Xbox One features the fantastic Xbox Live network, great for online gaming, TV, music, movies and more. Download or stream movies, TV series or games in full High Definition 1080p and 5.1 surround sound on fantastic streaming apps like TED, Crackle and more.
Cool Xbox One Features:
- App Snapping: The Xbox One multi-tasks with ease thanks to the app snapping function that can run two apps at once - one app occupies two-thirds of the screen and another takes up the other third - ideal for gaming whilst listening to music
- SmartGlass: Xbox One SmartGlass enables you to use your smartphone, tablet, PC and more as a second screen with your Xbox One
- Xbox Music: Millions of songs that can be downloaded or streamed through your console, PC, phone and tablet. Using app snapping you can enjoy music whilst you game
- Blu ray: Xbox One is equipped with a built-in Blu-ray Player
Cool Xbox One Accessory: The Xbox Kinect camera conveniently comes with the console bundle and has received an upgrade from the Kinect associated with the Xbox 360. Facial recognition signs you in to your Xbox One automatically and voice recognition allows you to control your Xbox One with simple commands.
The Xbox One is a Good Choice For... Gamers, especially if you like to play online, and having all of your entertainment needs in one place - games, movies, music, TV, Skype and a bunch more.
In A Nutshell: Play games, watch DVDs, connect to the Internet and watch Foxtel or stream movies through Xbox Video.
Hard drive: Choice of 250GB or 4GB model.
A Few Games Exclusive to Xbox 360: The Halo series, the Gears of War series and the Forza Motorsport series.
Connect to the Internet: The Xbox 360 features built-in WiFi (802.11n) for connection to Xbox LIVE, the online gaming and entertainment service, where you can:
- Download or stream movies, TV series or games in full high definition 1080p and 5.1 surround sound
- Connect with friends on Facebook and Twitter
- Enjoy the best in online gaming
Cool Xbox 360 Accessory: The gaming headsets are compatible with most online games like Halo, for teamchat and group chat between users.
Cool Xbox 360 Features:
- Kinect: Xbox's motion-control system, which uses a camera — not a controller — to mimic your body's movements. There's a range of Kinect games involving dancing, sports, car racing and exercising, plus you can control your Xbox 360 using voice commands
- Compatibility: Xbox 360 recognises most MP3 players and hard drives, so you can connect these and play music, view photos and watch videos on the console
The Xbox 360 is a Good Choice For… Online gamers and home-entertainment buffs.