Microsoft took the stage at E3 this week and announced its long-awaited response to the PS4 Pro—the Xbox One X. It’s a black and white box that packs a ton of gaming power and is essentially future proof with things like 4K gaming and 4K Ultra Blu-ray support.
Sony announced the PS4 Pro at last year’s E3 and has been in the market for some time already. It too is a powerful gaming console with 4K gaming and an impressive list of exclusives right now.
So naturally the question on everyone’s mind is, which one should I purchase? Before we give you an answer, there’s a few details you should know about each console. Big caveat before we proceed. Yes, we understand that there are more powerful gaming rigs out there, but right now, we’re only focusing on these two consoles.
On sheer power alone, the Xbox One X beats out the PS4 Pro. Both offer 4K gaming, but only the Xbox does it completely at sixty frames per second. The PS4 Pro selectively pumps out sixty frames per second, but not always. (This is due in part to devs and should be adjusted over time) Octa-core processors are present in both consoles, but the Xbox is clocked higher at 2.3GHz compared to the 2.1GHz found in the PS4 Pro.
The Xbox One X also computes 6 teraflops and has a memory bandwidth of 326GB/s as opposed to the PS4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops and 218GB/s memory bandwidth. The PS4 Pro is no slouch with power, but Microsoft wasn’t messing around when it full-loaded the Xbox One X with top-of-the-line specs.
This is where the schism between the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X is evened out. The PS4 Pro offers a ton of game exclusives and a rich VR experience with the PSVR. As of today, the list of exclusives available for the PS4 Pro includes Death Stranding, God of War, Grand Turismo, The Last of Us 2 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. That’s a lengthy list. It also offer compatibility with the PSVR headset, something the Microsoft still doesn’t offer at all for the Xbox One X. This last part may change thanks to the partnership between Oculus and Xbox.
The Xbox One X responds with intuitive backwards compatibility, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray support and a few exclusives of its own. With the last Xbox, you will be able to pop in first-generation Xbox games like Halo circa 2001 and it’ll work. It’s that easy. The PS4 Pro has a confusing and severely limited backwards compatibility procedure. It will also offer compatibility with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, something the PS4 Pro confusingly doesn’t do. The list of exclusives for the X includes Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2.
Pricing and Availability
The PS4 Pro was announced last year and thus is already available today. It will set you back $399. The Xbox One X won’t be available until November and it will cost $499, a $100 premium over Sony’s console.
We can argue all day where those $100 are worth it or not, but at the end of the day, the PS4 Pro is a better value at this point over the Xbox One X.
If I had to spend my hard earned cash on a gaming console right now, it’d be the PS4 Pro. It’s cheaper and available today. Sony made concessions that are understandable with lack of 4K Ultra HD support given how everything is moving towards streaming or digital copies. The clumsy backwards compatibility is a big flaw, but one you’d have to live with.
Don’t count out the Xbox One X. If you end up opting to pick it up instead, it’d be a fantastic decision. You’d be getting a beast of a gaming machine along with many other perks.
There really is not a wrong answer here, it just comes down to personal preference. I’d go with the the PS4 Pro.
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