Last week saw the global release of the Xbox One. This week, the UK gets the PS4, two weeks after the US release. "How is it possible for two competing products to be so similar and yet so different?" asks James Rivington, noting the striking similarities between their processors and architecture. While the Xbox One and PS4 may be siblings under the skin, they're very different devices - and our in-depth reviews have explored aspect of their next-generation appeal.
First, we investigated the PS4, a "great machine" where gaming is "fantastic" and the performance is "really impressive." Then, we looked at the Xbox One. It "has the stronger launch lineup", Kinect is "surprisingly good" and it isn't the "Jack of all trades, master of none" that many observers feared. It's not perfect, but "the most important things are there: good games, a solid interface and reliable servers for hours and hours of online gaming."
What if you’re waiting for a Steam Machine? We got first word of a price this week, as iBuyPower says its Steam Machine will be US$499 (about £307) when it goes on sale next year. Rather brilliantly, the firms' two prototypes have names that Steam fans may find familiar: the first one's called Gordon, and the second one Freeman.
It finally happened: the Xbox One has arrived in stores, nestling next to the PS4 on shelves the world over. But Instead of all the media organs pleasing their hardware gods by giving the launch titles suspiciously high scores, the initial games for both Sony and Microsoft's new home consoles are getting a rather lukewarm reception. Read more
Microsoft isn't sticking it to gamers by charging more for its Xbox One console than Sony does for PS4 - it really costs that much more for the parts. The more expensive Xbox One's price is $471 (about £291, AU$516) at cost, according to the teardown analysts at iHS iSuppli. Its bill of materials amounts to $457 (about £282, AU$501) and manufacturing is estimated to be $14 (about £9, AU$15). Read more
Eight years after the launch of the Xbox 360, the next-gen Xbox One is finally here, promising more power, superior multimedia mastery and games that will blow your mind with levels of unprecedented detail. But should you buy an Xbox One now? Or should you wait? Read more
Canon’s 12-megapixel entry-level DSLR offers impeccable image quality, and reviewers have stated that “the improvements Canon has made internally on the EOS 1100D, particularly with its high ISO performance, blow its predecessor out of the water and bring the EOS 1100D’s image quality in-line with other contemporary models from higher up the pecking order.”
Very beginner-friendly and offers something genuinely new over its rivals. The display is sharp and ideally suited to movie watching, the stereo speakers are suitably punchy, and those dual-core CPUs drive apps, games and HD video along very well - all for a bargain price. Access to the formidable Amazon ecosystem is its main strength, however, and there's no arguing with the sheer range of, or easy access to, movie, music and book content.
The new MacBook Air is a definite and significant step up from last year's release. The battery life is little short of incredible. Business travellers taking long flights and students who need it all day for lectures and then throughout the evening for writing an essay will love its all-day power.
Post-launch, some UK retailers are still offering to sell you a PS4 in time for Christmas, although it will typically be part of a more expensive console plus games or console plus accessories bundle. We've rounded up all of the current deals in this article, which we'll keep updating so you know just where to get the best deal on a PS4.