Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles have both made huge technical leaps since their first models came out in 1994 and 2001. The competition to be the best gaming console has never been more fierce.
With 4k rising in popularity and more people owning 4k TV’s, it was time for Microsoft and Sony to upgrade their existing Xbox One and Playstation 4 to more capable 4k resolution compatible consoles.
Therefore, the Playstation 4 Pro launched in November 2016 and the Xbox One X launched in November 2017.
Choosing between these two equally great consoles can be difficult.
Which one you should purchase mostly comes down to personal preference. However, understanding the few key differences between them can help you decide.
The Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro can be compared by its technical specifications, variety and quality of games and overall entertainment value.
Since Microsoft released its gaming system, the Xbox equivalent to the Playstation has always been cheaper to buy. The difference is usually around 25%.
However, both are often available in bundles with games and accessories at overall discounted prices.
The Xbox One X has a 2.3GHz 8-core x86 processor.
PlayStation 4 Pro has a 2.1GHz x86–64 AMD Jaguar CPU with 8 cores.
The Xbox One X is a more powerful machine compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro regarding speed.
The Xbox One X has 12GB GDDR5 with 326GB/s of memory bandwidth.
PlayStation 4 Pro has 8GB GDDR5 with 218GB/s of memory bandwidth.
The Xbox One X has the advantage here too and can smoothly play 4k streaming at 60 frames per second. PlayStation 4 Pro can also play 4k but fluctuates between 60 frames per second and 30 frames per second.
The Xbox One X has a custom AMD GPU with 6.0 Teraflops of performance, 1.172 GHz, 40 complete units, Polaris features.
PlayStation 4 Pro has an AMD Radeon based GPU with 4.20 Teraflops of performance.
Both are well-equipped but the Xbox One X has more graphic processing power with almost 2 more Teraflops than the PlayStation 4 Pro.
4k HDR Support
The Xbox One X offers a full 4k at 2160p resolution and HDR at 60 frames per second.
PlayStation 4 Pro also offers a full 4k at 2160p resolution and HDR but switches between 30 and 60 frames per second.
The Xbox One X has a 4k UHD Blu-ray drive.
PlayStation 4 Pro has Blu-ray/DVD drive.
Xbox One X has the advantage here with 4k.
The PlayStation 4 Pro supports virtual reality and can be used with the PlayStation VR headset.
The Xbox One X does not support virtual reality and there are no VR headsets that connect to the Xbox One X yet.
If VR is a priority, the PlayStation 4 Pro wins.
Judging by technical specifications the Xbox One X is a more powerful device than the PlayStation 4 Pro. It has a better graphic capacity and significantly larger RAM.
So if better visuals and smoother game-play are your priority- choose the Xbox One X.
Both the Xbox One X Wireless controllers and the Playstation 4 Dualshock controllers are excellent controllers and updated versions of previous models.
The Xbox One Wireless controller is a better version of the Xbox 360 controllers and additionally has Bluetooth connectivity and easily pairs with PCs.
The Dualshock 4 comes with an in-built speaker and a touchpad in the center.
One awesome feature is that the Xbox Design lab lets you build a custom Xbox One Wireless controller. You can choose from endless patterns and colours.
When you’re purchasing a console it is obvious that one of the most important factors will be what kind of games you are seeking to play.
Both the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro have an extensive list of exclusive games from first-party studios.
The Xbox One X has games from Microsoft first-party studios like 343 industries, Compulsion Games, Double Fine, InXile Entertainment, Mojang, Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Rare, The Coalition, The Initiative, Turn 10, Undead Labs, World’s Edge, and Xbox Global Publishing.
Some of the most popular Xbox One X exclusive games are Halo Wars Two, Halo: Master Chief Collection, Sea of Thieves, Forza Motorsport 7, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Sunset Overdrive, Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5 and Forza Horizon 4.
PlayStation 4 Pro has games from Sony exclusive studios like Bend Studios, Sucker Punch, San Diego Studios, Guerrilla Games, Media Molecule, Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studios, Polyphony Digital, Japan Studio and a lot more.
Some of the most popular PlayStation 4 Pro compatible games are God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Remastered, Shadow of the Colossus, Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Ratchet and Clank, Tearaway Unfolded and Bloodborne.
Sony’s PlayStation has a better and much larger exclusive game library than Microsoft’s Xbox.
Also, all of Microsoft’s exclusive games can be played on a Windows 10 supported PC so an Xbox console is not essential to play the game.
Sony’s PlayStation consoles also have more third party games supported than Microsoft’s Xbox consoles.
So if a larger pool of games to choose from is the most important factor in your decision-making, choose the PlayStation 4 Pro over the Xbox One X.
Online Gaming Experience
Online gaming has become a very important part of the gaming experience. PlayStation 4 Pro connects to the PlayStation Network and the Xbox One X connects to Xbox Live.
To play games online, you’ll have to subscribe to their premium subscription plans Xbox Live Gold for the Xbox One X and PS Plus for the PlayStation 4 Pro. Both are priced equally at $9.99 per month or $59.99 for the year which is the much better deal.
With a subscription, you get free game downloads per month and you can play games online with your friends.
Both the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro have 4k support for streaming but the Xbox One X also has an inbuilt 4k Blu-ray drive that lets you play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.
The Xbox One X has a larger library of Apps than the PlayStation 4 Pro. Both of them support video streaming Apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, HBO, and YouTube but the Xbox One X additionally also has Spotify and an overall better App library.
The Xbox One X also has an HDMI In-port that allows you to route your cable box through your Xbox so you can watch live TV on your console.
The Xbox One X is a better-built entertainment device.
So if you’re looking for an overall great entertainment device, go for the Xbox One X.
Currently the Playstation 4 Pro is the more popularly purchased device compared to the Xbox One X but that might mainly be due to the huge price difference. People expect better quality from the higher-priced item.
Overall, which one you should purchase entirely depends on what you’re looking for and the games you are interested in playing.
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