Which discount bundle should you buy: PlayStation 4 or Xbox One?

Ster Kinekor and Microsoft South Africa recently announced the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles would be selling for discounted prices from 1 – 3 May 2015.

The PlayStation 4 deal sees the standard Sony console selling for a recommended retail price of R5,299, down from R5,999. Microsoft’s option offers the Limited Edition Sunset Overdrive bundle for R5,299, down from R6,299.

The standard edition Xbox One with either Forza Horizon 2 or Halo: The Master Chief Collection included is also on special, selling for R5,999.

With all deals set to tempt gamers, which platform should you go with: PlayStation or Xbox?

PS4 vs Xbox One

The table below highlights the details of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sunset Overdrive specials. The standard Xbox One deal has been left out for the sake of the comparison.

PlayStation 4 Standard Bundle Xbox One Sunset Overdrive Bundle
Console PlayStation 4 500GB Xbox One 500GB (white)
Controller DualShock 4 controller Xbox One controller (white)
Games N/A Sunset Overdrive Day One Edition
Extras Mono headset, USB cable, power and HDMI cable. Mono headset, power and HDMI cable.
Price R5,299 R5,299
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
White Xbox One
White Xbox One

Is it a good deal?

The next step is to look at how the price reduction compares to the current prices available through local retailers.

The table below shows what the PS4 and Xbox One were selling for at the time of publication. (Bear in mind that the Xbox One special includes the game Sunset Overdrive, while the prices below are for the standard Xbox One, unless otherwise stated.)

PlayStation 4 Xbox One
1 – 3 May Specials R5,299 R5,299
Takealot R5,799 R5,999
Makro R5,999 R5,999 (incliudes two games)
Raru R5,999 R6,285
Dion Wired R6,000 R6,300 (Sunset Overdrive bundle)
Incredible Connection R6,299 R5,999 (Sunset Overdrive bundle)
Game R6,199 (includes two controllers) R5,799

Exclusive games

An important aspect to look at when buying a console, besides price, is which platform exclusive titles you will have access to.

The table below details current and upcoming major exclusive titles for the PS4 and Xbox One.

PlayStation 4 exclusives Xbox One exclusives
The Order: 1886 Forza Horizon 2
Bloodborne Forza 5
Driveclub Sunset Overdrive
Infamous: Second Son + First Light Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Killzone: Shadowfall Dead Rising 3 (console exclusive)
The Last of Us: Remastered Titanfall
LittleBigPlanet 3 Ori and the Blind Forest (console exclusive)
Still to come
Alienation Halo 5
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture Quantum Break
Gran Turismo 7 Scalebound
Street Fighter V (Console exclusive) Fable Legends
No Man’s Sky Crackdown
Uncharted 4 Rise of the Tomb Raider (timed exclusive)
Until Dawn Gears of War (not confirmed)
Note: “Console exclusive” titles may be available on PC, or handheld devices.

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