> (In reply to DogmaLook2)
> I think i remember reading that the Xbox requires an internet connection to play even if you are playing 'normal' games at home (I.e not online games, multiplayer, etc)
> On that basis alone i wouldn't get an Xbox
Xbox One does not require internet connection to play games. You can play either console offline but both need an internet connection for maximum functionality.
Agreed. I think the original plan from both Microsoft and Sony was to have internet access as a requirement. Microsoft announced this but received huge negative feedback. They quickly backtracked and Sony changed their own plans as a result.
Best console is what your mates have as its multiplayer experience that is getting more important nowerdays.
However taking them on their merits the Ps4 is a more powerfull machine and cheeper.
In addition to the must be online comment they backtracked and nolonger need to be online to play. However for the xbox to actually use it you need to download some software so if you have no access to internet its an expensive paperweight. for the ps4 you need to download additional software for online multiplayer but can play offline without ever connecting to the internet.
Personally i have always been an xbox fan but this gen Ps4 is offering better value.
Look carefully at the games on offer. There aren't any really unmissable releases for either console yet. My feeling is that the wise gamers will stick to the Xbox 360 and PS3 for at least 6 months to a year until big titles start to come out on the PS4 and XBox 1.
but to answer your orignal question i'd opt for PS4 personally but then i'm approaching middle age and have always opted for Sony. The youths today seem to be more keen on the XBox so your kids might prefer it.