Differences in Xbox One and PS4 Versions of Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14

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Posted November 26th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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One of the most common questions out there relating to the Xbox One and PS4 is whether there are any differences in multi-platform games. As far as sports games go on a technical level there shouldn’t be – they are running at the same resolution and framerate – but that doesn’t mean they are exactly the same. Continue on for my observations after having played both Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14 on the two consoles. 

Madden NFL 25
What stood out instantly on the Xbox One was a sense of greater player control. More precise movement with the left stick is possible in the running game – running the ball was notably easier on Xbox One – compared to the heft of steering players on the PS4. On defense where a greater number of tackle attempts in the open field on PS4 are missed (too often running right by the ball carrier) no such problem is being had on the Xbox One.

In going back and forth between the two games over a few days this initial impression did not change. The theory that makes the most sense for why this is would point to the controllers. It could have to do with the tension in the sticks, a greater range of motion, or a combination of the two. Regardless player movement is tighter on the Xbox One. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “better” for the game but certainly some would prefer it that way.

Graphically the game on the Xbox One is brighter but that is the only difference noted between the two. Otherwise the two versions probably couldn’t be told apart.

The Xbox One version does have exclusivity this year on the CoachGlass feature which utilizes the SmartGlass app. Unfortunately this feature is completely broken. The games either don’t sync up or lose the sync after a single play. Even worse is that connecting to the SmartGlass app before the game will result in a freeze when exiting the game. This is either related to being tied to the mobile app itself or to the extra step of signing into a profile when that connection in Madden to SmartGlass is made.

NBA 2K14
Unlike Madden there is no variation in how NBA 2K14 plays between the Xbox One and PS4. The game is incredibly smooth and responsive on both systems. The Xbox One version does have a flatter look to its colors (which I somewhat prefer for basketball) but 2K14 looks brilliant regardless of which console it’s played on.

The one thing that separates them is the rumble in the triggers of the Xbox One controller. When dribbling the trigger representing the hand that has the ball will rumble. It’s a jarring feeling at first but neat in a way that is something new. Unfortunately there is really no point to it. Most of the time it feels like both are rumbling and even if not there is no distinct way in which that information could really be used to any benefit.

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  • Jason Lewon

    can’t wait to play nba 2k

  • Mark R. Morales

    XBOX ONE FOR DA WINNNNN, YESSS

    -Marv Albert

  • Details

    Interesting…I have the PS4 version of Madden & I haven’t played the Xbox One yet. The game runs butter smooth during plays but I’m noticing a lot of framerate drops during some replays & cutscenes. It’s really an eyesore when it happens. Are you noticing any of this on the Xbox One Pasta?

    • Skopin

      I haven’t played it myself but I have heard that those framerate drops are not there on the XBO version.

  • B-Dog

    NBA Live 14 sucks ass om BOTH systems, that much we do know! LOL!

  • Muzz_Tech

    Is there a way to turn of the rumbling while dribbling? Seems like that could annoy some people really fast.

    • kenmid

      don’t know if there a way, but I just go used to it, don’t even notice anymore but definitely different at first .

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Actually there is no differences in either game NBA2K crashes on both consoles and Madden NFL 25 is simply a next gen “PORT” on both consoles

  • Chiryder

    Any differences in the Connected Franchise Modes?

  • Santini

    The EA titles will probably look and play better on the Xbox One for at least the next two years, especially considering the Ignite Engine was introduced at the Microsoft Presser first. It seems pretty clear that the XBO was the lead console for their games. If the markets shift, you can suspect that they’ll shift to leading on PS4.

  • IAMDJBOB

    How about a FIFA 14 comparison.

  • RIck

    I am a bit surprised, as i thought the ps4 had the better hardware to produce better graphics . I hope we’re not in for another ps3 / 360 situation where the multi-plat games look inferior on the ps4 but the exclusives look a million times better than what the one will offer..

    My experience with the one has the colors too bright w/ the contrast ratio suffering a lot , but that’s just me..

  • Dreneel

    Pasta,

    I have the ps4… Is the differences worth switching consoles for…Im a sports guy first and foremost.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      I wouldn’t say so. All things being equal, I like the way Madden plays more on Xbox One. But not enough that I would move consoles over it.

    • HUSTLExXxMAN

      its worth it for sure, I had the PS4 for a month but it don’t respond as good as the xbox one version of Madden 25

  • CSaint

    I just ran into a problem with NBA 2K14; The whole menu doesn’t show. If I’m lucky enough to get passed the Loading Files screen, it just shows a blank menu. Absolutely nothing, just deleted the whole application and will reinstall it. This better work.

  • TJAce

    Would a Hybrid Drive on the PS4 make a difference.

  • kingofmaddensp

    This is a crock I have both systems and Madden on both go look me up Kingofmaddensp on both systems. The game looks better on the PS4 and I preferred the 360 over the PS3. XBONE has framerate issue also but the PS4 version just looks more smooth. I like the game on both systems but if I had to choose one it would be XBONE personally because of my friends on the system but PS4s version of Madden 25 is a little bit better…. PERIOD….I know what my eyes saw sorry. Pasta said XBONE is brighter what a crock….Happy Thanksgiving! THE AI seems smarter on PS4 also…..

  • Pistol Pete

    EA invented something that doesn’t work at all? I, for one, am shocked.

  • rAgent23

    The heft of the player movement on the PS4 is frustrating. It’s not that I can’t run the ball with success. But cutting is nearly impossible and especially frustrating when trying to make tackles. The momentum and heft involved with stopping or changing direction is unrealistic. The players feel like mechs.

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ Keep It Re4L

    Naw there is no control problem on the PS4 at all. Sounds like he just not compatible with a dualshock.

  • HUSTLExXxMAN

    I actually owned and played Madden 25 on the PS4 for about a month and then traded it with someone for their xbox one and this guy is dead on, the gameplay is definitely better on the xbox one and colors pop better also, the PS4 has better and more Smooth round edges but the color is dull and the gameplay is more like the 360 exactly and it definitely sucked dick on the xbox 360

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