While both gaming machines boast very similar specs, they were positioned as two very different consoles. Sony focused on the new PlayStation's social features, including a share button on the Dual Shock 4 controller and a new dashboard for interaction among players. The ability to freely play used games was another selling point for the PS4. Microsoft's always-online Xbox One can't play used games, unlike the PS4.
The Xbox One was designed as not just a gaming platform, but as the "ultimate all-in-one entertainment system." The new Kinect now comes standard with the console and is a pivotal part of the Xbox One experience. The motion-sensing technology has been updated to work with more conversational speech and gestures, or scroll with the revamped controller to quickly move between game mode, Internet, music, Blu-ray DVDs, and live TV.