Best Console for Network Gaming: PlayStation 4
Sony and Microsoft have online multiplayer for their consoles, but you have to pay for them. PlayStation Plus costs slightly less than Xbox Live Gold for an annual membership, but is the same price month-to-month. There are perks to either membership, including free games every month and access to exclusive sales, but PlayStation Plus edges out Xbox Live Gold with more freebies.
One of the PS4’s biggest differentiators is its DualShock 4 controller. Though many critics don’t find it as comfortable as the Xbox One’s controller, the DualShock has features like motion control, a touchpad and a dedicated share button. When you’re in game – assuming you have a PlayStation Plus account – tapping the share button lets you trim and upload a video snippet of your most recent gameplay to the cloud. It’s a great one-touch extra that can make multiplayer experiences all the more fun.
There’s a caveat to our recommendation: If you want to play with friends, they would also need to have PS4s. Though this could change in the future, right now online multiplayer only works across the same platform; if you want to play with friends, you’re best off buying the same console they have.