After more than a year of teaser trailers, undulating public opinion, and a flurry of redesigns in the midnight hour, the time is finally approaching for the release of the next generation of consoles: the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, launching on November 15 and 22 respectively. And we at the mace are here to give you a handy comparison guide.Cross-platform launch titles include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, and Watch Dogs.Both systems will feature a 500 GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, and 8 GB of RAM available, though the PS4, with its GDDR5 memory compared to the Xbox One’s GDDR3, will be able to process more information at once and run slightly faster.Xbox exclusive titles include Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Forza Motorsport 5 all launching on day one with eventual releases of Fable Legends, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Titanfall coming to the platform. Priced at $499, the system will come with a wireless controller, headset and a Kinect sensor for voice and gesture controls.Microsoft has been highlighting the all new Xbox One SmartGlass app for iOS, Android and Windows 8 phones throughout its development. Although the app won’t be available until later in this holiday season, it enables your phone to control functions on both your TV and console, with up to 16 devices allowed to be synced in at once.Through it you can access Xbox live while playing a game, purchase games while you’re away from your console and have them start downloading automatically. You can also check another new XboxOne feature called “OneGuide”, which shows you what’s playing on TV similarly to a regular channel guide. Microsoft has also consulted with developers to include guides for their games in the SmartGlass app, making help in difficult situations just a few taps away. Some titles will feature gameplay through the app itself as well. For instance, in Dead Rising 3, players will use their own cell phone in place of the in-game one, if they have the SmartGlass app.Back in May, the Xbox One reveal was met heavy criticism that mounted instantly against the consoles DRM restrictions and always online connection requirement. Last month, however, the company retracted these features, recovering some of its cultural clout. If anything, its game line-up has fans excited: Titanfall alone, an FPS resembling the spectacular combat of Pacific Rim with gameplay mechanics reminiscent of Mirror’s Edge, received six game critic awards at E3 and won Best Next Gen Console game at Gamescom.PS4 exclusive launch titles include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, and Skylanders Swap Force, with Infamous: Second Son, Diablo III, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain coming to the system in 2014. Sony has poured the majority of its commercial focus into the tech of its new console, and they fit it under a $399 price tag. Its DualShock 4 controller will have a touchpad and motion sense features, as well as a share button that allows you to instantly upload screenshots and video to social media without interrupting your play experience. Additionally, there is a feature called “hand holding,” where you or a friend can remotely take control of one another’s controller to help them through a difficult part in any game.