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iPad vs Xbox One for games; Xbox One vs iPad comparison and buying advice

Matt Egan | Dec. 4, 2013
Should you buy an iPad or Xbox One? We compare the Xbox and iPad

iPad vs Xbox One for games: display, controls
Of course you need an external display for the Xbox One, although not one for the iPad. But if you are a hardcore gamer, you probably want to play on a massive display. Similarly, you need external controllers to play on your Xbox One, where the iPad's touchscreen is its own controller. But again, for gamers this is properly a positive. The Xbox One's new controller takes the well-loved design of the Xbox 360 controller and refines it further. You get one bundled with the console and, well, it's great. Smaller than is the 360's, it has yet more precise and -responsive sticks, a vastly improved D-pad, and buttons that are a little closer together and easier to press. The triggers have their rumble motors, which is really effective in some games and gimmicky in others. Either way it offers a better gaming experience than can the iPad.

And then there is Kinect, the Xbox One's motion sensor controller.

The new Kinect is leagues beyond the Xbox 360's Kinect. It's great, if not perfect: smaller, and works well in dim light. Eighty percent of the time, it works every time. And it offers something more than can the iPad (or any other gaming device).

iPad vs Xbox One for games: choice of games
Below is a putative list of Xbox One games out now or in the next year, 15 of which are exclusive according to Microsoft. You'll note that versions of many are available on iPad. Not all are out now, they may not all be great, and all will be expensive (around 50 quid). You'll also note that some are ports of existing franchises, versions of which are available in the iOS App Store:

Amazing Spiderman 2; Angry Birds Star Wars; Assassin's Creed 4; Battlefield 4; Capybara; Call of Duty: Ghosts; Carmageddon: Reincarnation; Child of Light; The Crew; Crimson Dragon; D4; Dead Rising 3; Destiny; Dragon Age Inquisition; Dying Light; Elder Scrolls Online; Fable Legends; Fantasia: Music Evolved; FIFA Soccer 14; Fighter Within; Final Fantasy XV; Forza Motorsport 5; Halo for Xbox One; Halo: Spartan Assault; Just Dance 2014; Killer Instinct; Kinect Sports Rivals; Kingdom Hearts 3; Lego Marvel Super Heroes; The Lego Movie Videogame; LocoCycle; Lords of the Fallen; Madden 25; Mad Max; Max:The Curse of Brotherhood; Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain; Mighty No. 9; Minecraft; Mirror's Edge; NBA 2K14; NBA Live 14 ; Need for Speed Rivals; Peggle 2; Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare; Powerstar Golf; Project Spark; Quantum Break; Ryse: Son of Rome; Shantae: Half-Genie Hero; Skylanders Swap Force; Sniper Elite 3; Star Wars Battlefront; Sunset Overdrive; Thief; Titanfall; Tom Clancy's The Division; Trials Fusion; Valiant Hearts: The Great War; The Walking Dead: Season Two; Warhammer 40,000: The Eternal Crusade; Watch Dogs; Whore of the Orient; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt; Wolfenstein: The New Order; Xbox Fitness; Zoo Tycoon; Zumba Fitness World Party.


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