Gamers who picked up an Xbox One or PS4 in previous years thought they were safe knowing that the major expense of the latest console was in the past. After all, most major games consoles are only updated every 5-7 years.
But their contentment was shattered this year when first Microsoft introduced an updated Xbox One–the Xbox One S, and then Sony announced an updated Playstation 4–the PS4 Pro.
While both consoles are better than their respective predecessors, their unveiling raises that age old question again: which is better, the Xbox One S or the PS4 Pro? We take a look at both to find out.
GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine
Memory: 8GB GDDR5
Hard Drive: 1TB
Disc Drive: Supports Blu-Ray and DVD playback
4K Gaming: Yes
4K Video: Streaming only
Size (inches): 11.6 x 12.8 x 2
Xbox One S:
CPU: 1.75GHz AMD 8-core APU
GPU: 914 MHz AMD Radeon GCN
Memory: 8GB DDR3
Hard Drive: 500GB or 1TB (a limited edition 2TB launch model is now officially sold out)
Disc Drive: Supports 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-Ray and DVD playback
4K Gaming: Upscaled only
4K Video: Streaming and UHD Blu-ray
Size (inches): 9 x 11.5 x 2.5
Xbox One S vs PS4 Pro: Design
Though both consoles got a design overhaul–and both are thinner than their predecessors, the Xbox One S wins in the design department. Yes, both console snow have their power supplies built-in, but the Xbox One S manages to do than and keeps it a smaller machine all around. Plus we love the the white color of the Xbox One S–a bold and more welcoming choose than the black and blue of the PS4 Pro.
Xbox One S vs PS4 Pro: 4K support
This is where things get tricky. From a gaming perspective, the Ps4 Pro wins on the 4K front. That’s because it actually supports 4K gaming. On the Xbox One S, games will only be upscales to 4K resolution–they won’t be true 4K. However, when it comes to 4K entertainment, the Xbox One S crushes the PS4 Pro because it supports both 4K video streaming (as does the PS4 Pro) but it also supports UHD Blu-ray playback (4K Blu-ray discs). Bafflingly, Sony chose not to support 4K Blu-ray on its otherwise awesome 4K machine.
Xbox One S vs PS4 Pro: Performance
Hands down, Sony wins it here. The PS4 Pro is a performance powerhouse. It features a monster 8-core chip and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. It also offers a 1 TD hard drive as standard. The Xbox One S has a quad-core chip and 8GB of slower DDR3 RAM. One of the reasons the PS4 Pro has so much more power is because–you guessed it–it needs to support true 4K gaming.
Xbox One S vs PS4 Pro: Backwards compatibility
Both consoles offer full backwards compatibility with existing Xbox One and PS4 games, respectively.
Xbox One S vs PS4 Pro: Cost and Release Date
The Xbox One S will be available on September 21. It comes in two options: a 500GB model for £249 and a 1TB model for £299. Microsoft previously offered a 2TB “launch edition” of the Xbox One S for £349 but that has officially sold out and they will not be making more. The PS4 Pro will be available on November 10 and cost £349 for the 1TB edition (the only size it comes in). This means the Xbox One S is at least £50 cheaper than the PS4 Pro–or £100 cheaper if you opt for the 500GB version.