Total Launch Cost Of Xbox One: $591, Total Launch Cost Of PS4: $460

By William Usher 2013-12-12 12:21:59 discussion comments

Up next is the PlayStation 4... let's see how that rolls out.

$399 for the console. Again, this is the launch day system and it includes a lot more than you may have been anticipating. You get the console, you get a controller, you get an HDMI cable so you can hook it up to your TV and you get the power cable. There's also a $10 PS Store promotional card and a free month of PlayStation Plus included. Surprisingly, you also get a rechargeable battery pack in the controller and a micro-USB charge cable, too.

$0 for a month of PlayStation Plus. You won't need to spend more to find out if PS Plus is your cup of tea. The 30 days of free service will enable you to experience multiplayer, discounts, free games and more. The promotion code is included in package. Additionally, even without PlayStation Plus you still have access to third-party apps such as Hulu, Netflix and some media streaming services, something that was announced by Sony back during E3.

$0 for a charge kit. Sony included a rechargeable battery pack with the DualShock 4 controller, so you won't have to buy a set of rechargeable batteries or a charging cable since they included one in the package. I thought it was very odd that Microsoft didn't include the cable in the package, especially considering that the controller runs on AA batteries. This was a very smart move by Sony.

$0 - $60 for a game. The PlayStation 4 launched with a few free-to-play games, so even if you're strapped for cash after picking up the system you won't have to spend a dime on any games. Alternatively, if you're a casual and you just want to dabble in the system's offerings before committing to purchasing an AAA title, you can check out titles like Warframe, Blacklight: Retribution or DC Universe Online. As a third alternative, the PS4 also supports cross-platform purchases, so games like Flower and Sound Shapes are also available to those who purchased them for other PlayStation platforms.

By comparison, it's terribly obvious that Sony offers the better deal based on what's available at launch and what you can access on a limited budget. The inclusion of the 30-days of PS Plus and a free $10 PS Store card is a great way to get people hooked on the service. For me, the big killer is the charge kit, which seriously should have been included with the Xbox One's final package. You can check out the comparison for the total price of both systems (tax not included) below.

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