Xbox vs PlayStation: What Is the Best Gaming System for Streaming?





Update: It has come to our attention that Plex dose work on the Xbox. It is still not listed on the Xbox site as a official app but you can download it to your game system. We still stand by our view that both systems are very similar. With the only major app not on both being Sling TV on the Xbox.

Video game systems are one of the most used devices to stream content in North America. So the question is which one of these systems is the most favorable to cord cutters?

Please note we only will be looking at each system purely as a streaming device. Game selection and game performance will not be considered here.


Both the PlayStation and Xbox have game controllers that work well for controlling your content apps. If you want a traditional remote control for your TV both devices have separate remotes. Overall your experience controlling the media on your game system will not be very different.

Controllers: Tie


We counted every video and audio app on each device. The Xbox has 55 apps and the PlayStation has 32 apps. Yet that is not the end of this story.

Both systems have native content stores to buy movies and TV shows. Xbox has Sling TV and PlayStation has Vue. PlayStation also has Plex something the Xbox does not have.

Overall both systems have great exclusive apps and are missing apps the other has.

Content: Tie

Xbox Gold

If you have been around gaming for a bit you probably know that Xbox used to require a yearly membership to access online content. About a year ago Microsoft ended the requirement that Xbox owners pay for a Gold Membership before they could access Netflix and other apps. So a yearly fee should no longer be a consideration for streaming on the Xbox.

Online Access: Tie


Side by side both systems have similar capabilities when streaming content. The two real stand outs are Plex on PlayStation and Sling TV on Xbox. Beyond that I would suggest just picking the game system that best fits your needs or preferences because as of today both are great streaming devices.

What do you think? Is the Xbox or the PlayStation a better streaming device? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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