Holiday shoppers can now get their hands on the newest gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Before making the purchase, here are a few things you should know about the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro.
Both home devices released earlier this year. The Xbox One S debuted in August while the PS4 Pro launched in November.
Xbox One S vs PS4 Pro: Performance
Microsoft and Sony stated that their latest offerings are more powerful than the Xbox One and PS4. While that seems to be the case, the performance difference between the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro is widely obvious.
Trusted Reviews noted that the Xbox One S is basically the same gaming engine as the Xbox One. Minor performance upgrades can only be noticed during specific circumstances.
On the other hand, the PS4 Pro is equipped with an entirely new hardware. It may have the same eight-core AMD Jaguar x86-64 processor as the PS4, but it runs on a faster AMD Radeon 4.2 TFLOPs GPU. It’s graphics processor is twice as fast as that of the PS4.
The PS4 Pro is also the bigger console. It measures 295 x 327 x 55mm while the Xbox One S is 229 x 292 x 63.5mm. It is thinner but longer than the Xbox One S.
The Xbox One S and PS4 Pro have support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) gameplay. The former is capable of HDR video streaming and 4K Blu-ray playback. The latter can stream 4K videos but does not support 4K Blu-ray playback, as per IGN.
Xbox One S vs PS4 Pro: Compatible Games
Both newer consoles can play Xbox One and PS4 games, respectively. Some titles will just be upscaled to 4K resolution without extra graphical improvements.
According to Neurogadget, fans of console-exclusive games will have no problem choosing between the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro. Microsoft boasts of video game franchises like Gears of War and Forza while Sony has the rights to Uncharted, Bloodborne and The Last of Us.
The 1 TB versions of both consoles retail for $400. Interested takers can buy them for much lower prices, especially this time of year.