The current generation of gaming consoles, which is still bizarrely called next-gen in the gaming press, was launched with great anticipation a few years ago. The biggest question was whether Sony’s PlayStation 4 or Microsoft’s XBox One would rise to the challenge of presenting games at the glorious 1080p resolution at a constant 60 frames per second. Disappointingly, the short answer is that neither console quite managed that feat. The PS4 did come out ahead in the fidelity stakes due to its more powerful hardware, and delivered consistently higher resolutions at more stable frame rates. Microsoft made the mistake of launching the XBox One at a much higher price with a lot of unwanted features in order to turn it into a comprehensive home entertainment management system. The included Kinect was later ditched and the price was lowered, which increased sales tremendously.

The next, more important question, is about the availability of titles. After a few years on sale, the PS4 has emerged as the undisputed performance king, but initially, it beat the Xbox One in terms of the depth of its catalogue of exclusive titles. The XBone has caught up, though, and now the choice of which console to choose lies with which range of exclusives you prefer.

Both the consoles launched with significantly improved controllers over the previous generation’s stock controllers, with Microsoft maybe slightly taking the edge over Sony. It remains a matter of preference, though, since some people prefer the Xbox One’s more ergonomic asymmetric analogue stick layout to the PS4’s traditional Dual Shock parallel layout.

Both manufacturers have since released more powerful versions of their consoles to address concerns of performance, and to provide support for 4K displays. Sony’s PS4 Pro was first out of the gate, followed soon by Microsoft’s confusingly named Xbox One X, that is both a more powerful and more expensive console.