Comparing the PS4 PRO and the Xbox One S: Which is Better for You

When it comes to consoles, most people have a favorite that they prefer over the other, no matter what. However, with the updated 4K technology on most TVs as well as games, you might be considering switching your loyalties. Before you make that decision, we’re here to help you through the comparison so you can have all the nerdy knowledge that you need before you chunk down some dough.

Performance

Let’s start here, with performance. The PS4 PRO has a crazy better performance spec than the Xbox One Slim does, mainly because the Xbox One S is the same machine that released in 2013. When they bring out the Xbox One Scorpio in late 2017 however, you can be sure it will rival or surpass the PS4 PRO (which may be a reason to wait if you’re an Xbox person). Right now, here are the specs for each of these consoles:

Xbox One SPS4 PRO
CPU1.75 GHz 8-Core AMD Custom CPU2.1GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar
GPUIntegrated AMD Graphics (clocks as 914MHz)4.2 TFLOP AMD Radeon
Memory8GB DDR38GB GDDR5 + 1GB
4K GamingA few games almost reach 4kYes*
4K SteamingYesYes
4K Blu-rayYesNo
HDR (High Range Dynamic)YesYes
Storage500GB/1TB/2TB1TB
WiFiGigabit Ethernet, WiFi A/B/G/N/AC 2.4GHz and 5GHz802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHZ and 5.0GHz

* Although lots of games can do “4K”, the max you will see is 4K 30 FPS, but usually, it’s a lower resolution upscaled to 4K. Not what I would personally consider true 4K, it just doesn’t have a strong enough GPU. 1080p 60 FPS is very doable though.

Size

We all love the Xbox One S for its size, and it beats the PS4 PRO here too. The PRO is a bit bigger but not too bad like that old clunky PS3. Really size doesn’t matter too much in either of these consoles since the insides are so different.

HDR and Resolution

Both consoles offer HDR, or High Dynamic Range, so this isn’t an issue. However, there is a much longer list of games that you can play in HDR on the PS4 PRO than on the Xbox One S.

What is the issue between the two is the resolution that these consoles offer. The PS4 PRO can play games at a much higher resolution than the full HD, in fact, most are at 4K.

Sound

Both consoles offer great sound output, however, the Xbox One S wins here. It will support the latest surround sound technology, even Dolby Atmos. While you’ll need a solid high quality set up to take full advantage of the sound capabilities in the Xbox One S, it is well worth it. If you already have the set up for great surround sound, then the Xbox One S may be the way to go to ensure you’re taking advantage of it.

Games

Here is the main dividing line for a lot of people: the games that are offered on each console. There will be those titles that are specific only to the Xbox One S, such as Halo; and those specific to PS4 only, such as Uncharted. Of course, there are others that are specific to one console or the other as well. However, it seems that lately there are a lot of games that are making that cross over for both consoles. For those of us who have that favorite game or one we’re looking forward to (i.e. Destiny 2), it is great to see them on both consoles.

One aspect of the games that makes the Xbox One S stand out above the PS4 PRO is its backward capabilities when it comes to playing games. You might not be able to play every one of your 360 games, but you can play a lot of them and the list seems to increase all the time. With the PS4 PRO, you just don’t have this ability.

The Xbox One S also gets another point when it comes to racing games over the PS4 PRO with its Forza franchise.

Movies and TV

The majority of us use our consoles for everything now, from gaming to streaming to watching DVDs. So, which one is better for all these things? Well both of them stream 4k content, which is a huge plus. However, the Xbox One S has a 4K Blu-ray player where the PS4 PRO does not. We prefer to watch movies on the Ultra Blu-rays on the Xbox One S simply for that reason – the crazy magnificence of the picture.

Other than that, both of the consoles are about even when it comes to streaming. Both can do YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and so on, all in HDR or 4K (if it’s offered).

Price

Here is one of the major categories, right? Well, at this moment, the Xbox One S is much cheaper than the PS4 PRO. Again, this will change when the Scorpio is released later this year. If you’re wanting a console now and the price is an issue, then you may want to go with the Xbox One S as you’ll easily save over $100 bucks versus the PS4 PRO.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve given you a rundown of the differences in the Xbox One S and the PS4 PRO, it’s time to make a decision on which is better.

It all depends on how you mainly use the console. The Xbox One S has the better media player but the PS4 PRO’s games will look better.

The Xbox One S has more games (for now) but the game list for the PS4 PRO is growing every day. If games are the biggest issue for you, and you prefer some franchises over others, then you will want to go with the console that offers the games you love. If they don’t matter as much (as there are tons of excellent games on both consoles), then you can pick based on another factor.

For us, we really think that it comes down to how you are going to use the console. We’ve given you all you need to know about both of them so that you can make a decision based on your own wants/needs.

Buy the Xbox One S here or buy the PS4 Pro here.

Trying not to melt away in the heat of Oklahoma, MD Weems has been a writer and artist for over 20 years. Her written works over all types of gaming have been used in college level game design textbooks as well as in US Patents over virtual character design. She has worked with gaming companies all over the world and is even cool enough to have her own Korean cartoon character.
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