Xbox v. PlayStation has long been debated

Gamers have long been debating this very important question, and it’s time to finally get to the bottom of it


Braeden Corliss

The first PlayStation was released in 1995, and the first Xbox was released in 2001.

Ryan Dallas, Writer

This debate — the war of the gaming consoles — has been going on for as long as I can remember. Personally, my stance on the argument has changed from one side to the other and back multiple times. Overall though, I try to stay as neutral as possible when it comes to this intense debate.

On one side we have the Green Machine. Some avid PlayStation players say Xbox consoles are cheap garbage, but that is far from the truth.

On the other side we have the Blue Powerhouse. From my experience, Xbox players see PlayStation consoles as the “rich boy console”, but that also is far from the truth. 

First released by Sony, the original PlayStation came out in December of 1994. A solid console at the time, but nothing memorable to many current teenagers due to when it was released — high schoolers weren’t born when the console was popular. However, it is most likely nostalgic for gamers who grew up during that time, and it was a solid first console for Sony.

The Playstation 2 was released March 4, 2000. It’s been out for 22 years, and I honestly can’t wrap my head around how it’s been out for so long because it was such a staple during my childhood. Most afternoons after school in Grade 2 and Grade 3 I would spend playing NBA 2k, MLB 2k, Madden 2006, and Madden 2007 on PlayStation 2.

The PS2 is the most sold console of all time with over 155 million units sold throughout the years. In my opinion, this is the best console that has ever been made.

In 2001, Microsoft decided to get into the console craze. They released the original Xbox on November 15, 2001, and even though it was not a memorable console for myself personally, I know that a lot of people started their gaming with this console. It is a respectable first console for Microsoft.

The next console that they released was a big one; it’s definitely one of my favorite consoles. The Xbox 369 was released on November 22, 2005.

For many, this is when the war between consoles sparked.

The Xbox 360 was memorable for quite a few of us during our childhoods. For me, it will always represent sleepovers because I remember playing games during sleepovers with friends on their consoles.

The next console released was the PlayStation 3 which was released in 2006 —one year after the legendary Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 was probably the console that truly made me a gamer.

I personally played it all the time, trying to get better at games that I would say have hit pretty legendary status — games like Black Ops 1 and 2. This console made me love video games.

The PS4 came next. A week later, the Xbox One came out. These two releases further sparked the console war. Everyone was debating which one was better.

To answer the ultimate question of which is better, PlayStation or Xbox, we have to put a lot of different things into consideration. 

The Xbox is arguably much more accessible as it is usually cheaper than the PlayStation consoles, especially when we can look at the brand new PS5 and Xbox Series X and S.

The better graphics would have to go to PlayStation because Sony is well known as a movie company, and they make their games look much like their movies. 

Both of them look really sleek, so it would be a tie when it comes to presentation of the consoles.

No matter my personal opinion, people are always going to be divided on the debate of which console is better. From the experiences I have lived through so far, I believe Xbox is better overall.

Looking at each side’s fan base, I believe that Xbox fans tend to lean more humble than some people who are part of the PlayStation fanbase. This doesn’t apply to everyone, it’s just my personal experience.