For all you gamers out there, it's finally happening! The next generation of gaming is about to begin, with less than two weeks before the first of the new consoles is released, plus with Christmas coming up, odds are pretty good that one of these bad-boys is going to be one someone's wish-list. But which one are you going to buy, and how are you going to make your decision? Is it the initial batch of launch games that will sway you, or perhaps the tech aspect will impress you, as it will spell out which of the systems will have a more powerful longevity and technical relevance?
As per usual, we here at entertainment.ie are here to help! When it comes to the games, both systems will have the following from Day One: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Just Dance 2014, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, Need For Speed: Rivals, and Skylanders: Swap Force.
Below we've laid out the release dates, the prices (and what your money will get you), all of the tech stuff (don't worry, we didn't understand most of it, either), and the Day One release games, both the one's you can buy in-store, and the one's you can solely download from the comfort of your home.
Release Date: November 22nd
Price: €499, which gets you the console, one wireless controller, one wired headset, the New Kinect Sensor with 1080p Colour Camera, and all of the high-end connections.
Tech Stuff: Slot-loading Blu-Ray drive, 500GB hard-drive, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, three USB 3.0 ports, Cloud Powered (more online memory for games), with headphones and microphones for game chat plugging directly into the wireless controllers.
Xbox One One Exclusive Console Launch Games: Dead Rising 3, Fighter Within, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Zoo Tycoon, Zumba Fitness: World Party.
Xbox One One Exclusive Digital Launch Games: Crimson Dragon, Killer Instinct, LocoCycle, Powerstar: Golf.
Release Date: November 29th
Price: €399, which gets you the console, one wireless controller, one wired headset, a 14-day PlayStation Plus trial, and all of the high-end connections.
Tech Stuff: Slot-loading Blu-Ray drive, 500GB hard-drive (removable for upgrading), Bluetooth 2.1, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, with headphones and microphones for game chat plugging directly into the wireless controllers.
PlayStation 4 Exclusive Console Launch Games: Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack.
PlayStation 4 Exclusive Digital Launch Games: Blacklight: Retribution, Contrast, DC Universe Online, Divekick, Flower, Minecraft, Pinball Arcade, PuttySquad, Resogun, Sound Shapes, Super Motherload, Tiny Brains, Warframe, War Thunder.
Now, for the rest of the good news!
If you would like to get your hands on either or both of these consoles before you decide to buy, the lovely people at Microsoft and Sony are setting up play-rooms around the city for you!
From November 14th to 17th, The Ambassador Theatre at the top of O'Connell Street will house the Xbox One One Event, where the "Area One" will be stopping off during their around the world trip, and they picked Dublin as one of the hotspots for players to drop in and play some of the games and learn more about the console. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/xboxie
Meanwhile, running from Wednesday November 20th to until Sunday December 8th, Sony have set up the PS4 Rooms at No.10, Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 (three doors down from Top Shop, just above Il Posto Restaurant), where there will be 15 PS4's with a full range of games for you to play. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SonyPlayStationIreland
So that's pretty much it! Let us know which of these you'll be spending your hard-earned cash on? Or will it be both?? For more news and information on both consoles, and for full reviews on each of them as well as all the upcoming games, be sure to keep checking back in with us here at entertainment.ie.