The PS4 Pro is better for gaming, as it has better exclusive titles, VR support and offers a nigh-identical experience at a lower price tag. Xbox One X, on the other hand, is superior when it comes to multimedia features, as it has both 4K streaming capabilities and a 4K Blu-Ray player, both of which are absent in the PS4 Pro.
Are you ready for 4K gaming? The two major mainstream consoles sure are ready for that!
Many thought that consoles would not achieve 4K-rendering capability until the next generation, but Sony and Microsoft have moved early so as to be able to live up to this coming standard as soon as possible.
In this article, we will be comparing the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X, looking at the advantages and disadvantages of both, as well as help you decide which of these two consoles is the better match for you.
Both consoles have improved their CPU slightly compared to the original PS4 and Xbox One. Their CPUs still have 8 cores, although the Xbox One X has a slight advantage over the PS4 Pro, as its CPU is running at 2.3 GHz while that of the PS4 Pro is runs at 2.1 GHz.
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Now, this is where the biggest improvements can be seen.
Both consoles present a massive improvement in the graphics department, with the PS4 Pro having a 4.2 TFLOP GPU and the Xbox One X having a 6 TFLOP one. Furthermore, the PS4 Pro has 8 GB of RAM with an extra 1 GB reserved for background processes, while the Xbox One X has a total of 12 GB. Both of them use GDDR5 memory.
Apart from the most important specs listed above, it should also be noted that:
- Both consoles come with 1 TB of internal storage
- The PS4 Pro has a regular Blu-Ray player while the Xbox One X has a 4K one
There was some controversy surrounding the PS4 Pro because it does not actually run games in native 4K. Rather, it only renders games in a near-4K resolution and then resorts to advanced upscaling techniques so as to make them appear to be in 4K.
The Xbox One X, on the other hand, aims to deliver a true native 4K experience. And indeed, its more powerful GPU does make this possible, even though the difference in image quality is almost unnoticeable.
There is a bit of a price gap between the two consoles, with the PS4 Pro being the cheaper of the two. Namely, Sony’s 4K-capable console launched with a $400 price tag, while the Xbox One X sits at a heftier $500.
Let’s be frank: you don’t really care about the hardware and performance nitpicking when it comes to a console. Unlike a gaming PC, consoles are meant to be the simpler, more affordable, and more convenient alternative with a single purpose – playing games.
So, how do the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X fair in this regard?
The PlayStation has always had more and better exclusives than the Xbox, and that applies to this generation as well. It is also a major reason as to why the PlayStation 4 sold so much better than the Xbox One.
On top of that, there is also another important aspect to consider: VR. The PS4 Pro has VR support, as does every other PS4 version for that matter. The PSVR is also one of the better value VR headsets currently on the market. Conversely, Xbox One X has no VR support.
One advantage that Microsoft has over Sony is that the Xbox One X, like the other Xbox One versions, is fully backwards compatible with the previous generations’ Xbox games. This allows users to play any games released for the original Xbox or the Xbox 360 that they own on the Xbox One.
Sony, on the other hand, only supports backwards compatibility via PlayStation Now, a subscription-based game streaming service. Regardless of whether you already own an older PlayStation game, you will have to pay a $100 yearly fee in order to have access to PlayStation Now. Not only is this quite pricey, but it also:
- Completely disregards the fact that you might have already bought the available games at full price
- Requires a stable internet connection of at least 5 Mbits
- Only allows users to access a selection of games, not all games that were released for the older versions of the PlayStation
While we’re already at the topic of Sony’s subscription-based services, there is also the PS+ subscription that is required if you want to play games online, and it costs $60 per year. But that’t not all – the PS+ subscription also entails several free games each month: 2 PS4 titles, 2 PS3 titles and 2 PSVita titles (although Sony will allegedly remove PS3 and PSVita games from this offer sometime next year). Users keep all the games they get through PS+ and they can play them for as long as the subscription is active. On top of that, subscribers enjoy deeper discounts in the PS Store.
Meanwhile, the Xbox has Xbox Live Gold, a similar subscription based service that also enables multiplayer, offers up to six Xbox One and Xbox 360 games each month (also only playable while the subscription is active), and offers subscribers deeper discounts on the Microsoft Store, much like PS+. It has recently also become cheaper, as Microsoft lowered the yearly subscription cost from $60 to $40. Furthermore, Xbox One consoles are backwards compatible with most Xbox 360 games, so you are free to play them even if you don’t own a working last-gen console.
In the end, which console is superior? Our answer is: PlayStation 4 Pro.
Why? Several reasons:
- It presents better value. Yes, the Pro doesn’t run games in native 4K. However, the difference is nigh-indistinguishable. As a matter of fact, Sony’s solution is actually quite clever, as it brings games to a 4K screen at a lower price.
- It has better exclusives. As we have already mentioned, superb exclusive games have contributed greatly to the PlayStation’s popularity. With the PS4, you have access to masterful games such as Bloodborne, the Uncharted series, The Last of Us, Horizon Zero Dawn, and many more which are already out there or on their way.
- It has VR. Granted, you will have to buy the PSVR headset separately, but in the world of gaming, VR is just as big news as 4K is.
It is true, the Xbox One X has better hardware and slightly better graphics, but as stated above, it is just not worth the extra $100. The only concrete reasons as to why you might want to get the Xbox One X over the PS4 Pro is if:
- You are a long-term Xbox fan with a library of older games that you want to be able to play
- You really want a 4K Blu-Ray player in your console
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What exactly do we mean by that? Simply that the PlayStation 4 had sold much better than the Xbox One since launch, that there is a greater bias towards it, and that Microsoft should have tried to offer more and better features at a similar price rather than trying to compete with the Pro through raw power.Of course, it is still a matter of preference. Note that we are not saying that Xbox One X is a bad console – quite the contrary, it is superior to the PS4 Pro from a technical standpoint. What undermines it is the market situation and Microsoft’s poor decisions.
If you have made up your mind, then go ahead and get your favorite console now! Be sure to also check out our comparison of the PS4 Pro vs PS4 Slim!
Samuel is GamingScan’s editor-in-chief. He describes himself as a hardcore gamer & programmer and he enjoys getting more people into gaming and answering people’s questions. He closely follows the latest trends in the gaming industry in order to keep you all up-to-date with the latest news.