title: Microsoft Xbox One vs. Sony PlayStation 4: Compatibility, Release Date & Price / url: Microsoft-Xbox-One-vs-Sony-PlayStation-4-Compatibility-Release-Date--Price

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Backwards Compatibility

Sony PlayStation 4

If you’ve managed to hoard a mountain of PS3 games over the last few years, we’ve got bad news for you – you won’t be able to use any of them with the PS4.
However, lots of old PlayStation titles will be available to download digitally instead. And yes, in all likelihood that means you’ll be paying for them again. Rats.

Microsoft Xbox One

The Xbox One will not be backwards compatible either, unfortunately.

That said, given the considerably online infrastructure that Microsoft already has with Xbox Live, Live Arcade and Marketplace, we fully expect that many Xbox 360 classics will be available as digital downloads.


Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Release Date

Sony PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 arrives in the US on the 15th of November, and two weeks later in the UK on November 29th.

Microsoft Xbox One

Microsoft unleashes the Xbox One worldwide on November 22nd.

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Price

Sony PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 will cost £350 in the UK,  - a very reasonable price point given what's on offer. And we hear that pre-orders are already selling out among certain retailers, so you might want to get yours in quick.

Sony has confirmed that the camera will cost £49, with the DualShock 4 costing £54 if you want extras.

Microsoft Xbox One

The Xbox One will cost you £430 in the UK, and $500/€500 if you're elsewhere in the world. Obviously, this is significantly more than the PS4, but prospective buyers should bear in mind that the Xbox One cost includes the mandatory Xbox Kinect unit, whilst the PS4 equivalent comes separately.

That's the spec showdown but who won the battle of the keynotes? Take a look at our battle of the keynotes video below.

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