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A closer look at the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 retail boxes

As we creep towards the end of 2013, the release of the eighth generation of consoles is almost upon us. Back towards the end of June, Amazon revealed an image showing everything that would come in a standard PlayStation 4 retail box. And at the end of last week, Major Nelson took to YouTube and unboxed the Xbox One for the world to see. So, which console’s retail box reigns supreme?

A couple of months ago, an image of the PS4’s retail box contents was revealed, and showed that the package would come with everything you need (sans display and power source, of course) to hook the console up and get rolling.

As you can see in the image below, the PS4 box will come with the console and one DualShock 4 controller, manuals, a headset, a USB cord for the controller, an HDMI cable, and a power cable. It’s nice that Sony is including a headset, but unfortunate that it’s wired.

The picture below also shows the PS4 mounted onto a stand, much in the same way that the PS2 and PS3 could tower into the sky and not fit on the shelf under your TV. Amazon did not disclose whether or not this would be included in the box.

You might notice the only hook-up is an HDMI cable, and it appears Sony has finally dispensed with composite and component cables, though if you live in the dark ages of displays but live on the cutting edge of consoles, you can buy converters cheaply enough on Amazon.

As is the trend with Sony consoles, the power cord doesn’t have a brick, which means the power supply is within the PS4 itself. Thank Sony for trying to limit the mess of tangled wires behind our cabinets.

Director of Xbox Live programming, Larry Hryb – otherwise known as Major Nelson – took to YouTube late last week and unboxed the Xbox One, which of course gave everyone a detailed look at what comes with the package. It also reminded everyone that “unXboxing” is a good pun.

In the video above, Major Nelson unboxes the Day One edition, which comes with an exclusive achievement, and a commemorative controller. The (enormous) retail box comes with the (also enormous) console, the new Kinect, wireless controller, power cord and brick, a headset, 4K-rated HDMI cable, manual, and a sticker. The Xbox One won’t feature a vertical stand, because if that was the case you might damage your ceiling. Hryb holds the console with one hand at one point in the video, perhaps decidedly so in order to show that the large size doesn’t translate to a hefty weight.

So, assuming the Amazon image for the PS4 remains accurate, then it looks like when the Christmas shopping season rolls around this year we’ll have some very standard retail packages on our hands. However, if Sony really does package the PS Vita with a PS4 in a value bundle rumoured to run to $500 in the US – the same as the current price of the Xbox One Stateside, which could mean such a bundle would be £430 over here – then we might have one of the best console retail packages of all time over which to clamour.

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