The basic design of the Xbox One controller is ergonomic and comfortable, with a far superior D-pad than its 360 predecessor and joysticks that have great grip. Additionally, integrating the battery into the controller instead of making the pack bulge out of the back is a plus, and the rumbling triggers are fun if not essential. Unfortunately, said triggers are also kinda mushy, and they're bumper neighbors are even more troublesome than before, making the whole thing less of a step-up from the Xbox 360 controller than it should be.
Like a phoenix rising from melted plastic, the DualShock 4 is a huge improvement over DualShock 3 in almost every way, with a fantastic D-pad, satisfying buttons, and a wider gait on the joysticks that eliminates any thumb collision. The clickable touchpad is, at the very least, an additional button that the Xbox One doesn’t have, and it can make for a handy directional input in the few games that bother to do much with it. Gotta love that headphone plug-in jack, too.