In Depth: Best of TechRadar: this week’s star features and hottest reviews

In Depth: Best of TechRadar: this week's star features and hottest reviews

Xbox One and PS4: the verdict

Xbox One and PS4: two boring black boxes with a lot of promise

Two amazing console, no reasons to buy either of them

How is it possible for two competing products to be so similar and yet so different? Both the PS4 and Xbox One run the same AMD CPU and very similar graphics hardware. They’ve both moved over to x86, they both rock the same half-matte, half-gloss finish. Neither are good looking, though the Xbox One is particularly ugly. They both run FIFA 14 and Call of Doody, both respond to voice commands and they even smell similarly musky out of the box. And yet, they’re so different it’s almost unreal. So should you go out and buy one, and if so, which one should you go for? Continue reading…

5 reasons to buy an Xbox One today (and 5 reasons to wait a bit)

5 reasons you should buy an Xbox One today (and 5 reasons to wait a while)

Being an early adopter is a joy and a pain

Eight years after the launch of the Xbox 360, the next-genXbox One is finally here, promising more power, superior multimedia mastery and games that will blow your mind with levels of unprecedented detail. Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 are astonishing. And there’s the prospect of Titanfall, Watch Dogs and Halo 5 in the future. But should you buy an Xbox One now? Or should you wait? There are good reasons to support both options. Continue reading…

5 reasons to buy a PlayStation 4 today (and 5 reasons to wait a bit)

5 Reasons to buy a PS4 today (and 5 reasons to wait a while)

Should you p-p-pick up a PlayStation?

With the PlayStation 4, Sony hopes to correct some of the mistakes that it made with the PS3. The new console features a tried and tested 64-bit x86 architecture, making it easier to develop for, and Sony has trimmed its machine of media frills to concentrate on delivering a pure gaming experience. Best of all, perhaps, the PS4 is cheaper than the rival Xbox One. Should you buy one now? Or bide your time? Continue reading…

Xbox One: Best bundles, deals and where to buy one for Christmas

Xbox One: Best bundles, deals and where to buy one before Christmas

If you want an Xbox One, don’t delay!

With launch day behind us, you can now order an Xbox One and stand a good chance of getting it before Christmas (or in some cases, before the end of the year). These Christmas delivery dates mark the arrival of the second wave of stock from Microsoft, but the challenge is getting one without paying over the odds for a console that’s often part of a higher-priced bundle. Read: Best Xbox One deals and bundles

PS4: Best bundles, deals and where to buy one for Christmas

PS4: Best bundles, deals and where to buy one before Christmas

Who’s got the best bundles and deals?

Post-launch, some UK retailers are still offering to sell you a PS4 in time for Christmas, although it will typically be part of a more expensive console plus games or console plus accessories bundle. These bundles represent the last remnants of the launch stock and some sellers are cashing in on the PS4’s limited availability. Read: Best PS4 deals and bundles

Xbox One: The launch games you need to play right now

Forza 5

Unmissable games for new Xbox gamers

So you’ve managed to bag yourself an Xbox One. Good work. But there’s only so much fun you can have seeing if Kinect recognises rude words, so what are you actually going to play on the console? The One’s launch lineup is pretty beefy, but once you’ve cut through it, which games are the essential ones? We’ve narrowed down the list of big names to help you on your quest, rounding up the verdicts from some of our Future pals. You’re most welcome. Continue reading…

PS4: The launch games you need to play right now


Must-play games for the new PlayStation

If you pre-ordered a PS4 early enough, or were one of the die-harders who braved days in the cold to get one, you’re probably now faced with the task of deciding what to play. It’s a conundrum, we know. While the PS4 launch lineup isn’t by any means massive, there’s still plenty to choose from. So to help you out, we’ve pulled together our top titles for the PlayStation 4 early adopters. Here are the games you need to go and play right now. Continue reading…

Oculus Rift creator: Xbox One and PS4 are far too limited

Oculus Rift creator: Xbox One and PS4 are far too limited for what we're planning

Motion man planning for much bigger things

We’re sat opposite Palmer Luckey, 21-year-old inventor of the Oculus Rift. There’s so much we want to ask him but right now he’s too busy explaining his plans to build the ultimate Pokemon team. "Charizard’s actually competitive again now that you have mega Charizard Y because his ability brings the sun out, so he’s a great sweeper." Seeing him geek out with so much passion, we’ve never been more glad that this is the person who controls the fate of Oculus Rift. Continue reading…

Next-gen console reviews…

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 review

The most powerful games console ever made is now out worldwide

llThe PlayStation 4 is the most powerful games console on the planet. With more graphical power than the Xbox One, 32 times more system memory than the PS3 and a firm focus on pure gaming experiences rather than media mojo, it has established itself as the next-gen console to beat.

It’s a games console built by gamers for gamers. It won the hearts and minds of many from the word go, with lots of prospective next-genners left feeling alienated by some of Microsoft’s bizarre policies and choices for the Xbox One – many of which were reversed as a result of a backlash.

Coming in at £350, the PS4 is also £80 cheaper than the Xbox One, making it appear terrific value. It doesn’t come with the PlayStation Camera (the One does come with Kinect) but this can be bought separately for £45 if you so wish. PlayStation 4 review

Xbox One review

Xbox One review

With all-knew Kinect and a best-ever gamepad, the is the One the one to buy?

One console to rule them all. One console to find all your devices, one console to control all your services and in the living room bind them.

That’s Microsoft’s plan. Gaming, cable television, music and movies all streaming into one system: the Xbox One. It’s ambitious, but the hardware seems capable.The real question is this: can the Xbox One overcome the mixed messaging, the now-canned 24-hour online dependence and the other potholes that had it stumbling out of the gate, and allowed Sony to win E3 2013 with some sharp PlayStation 4 counter-programming? Xbox One review