Why You Should Buy An Playstation 4 Instead Of Xbox One
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both launched in 2013. We didn’t expect a renewed interest in the console wars until the next generation of consoles were upon us, but we were wrong.
The PS4 Pro is more than three times as powerful as the Xbox One S.
Probably the number one reason anyone should consider buying the $399 PS4 Pro over the $299 Xbox One S is horsepower.
From a purely power-minded perspective, the PS4 Pro is the beastlier machine. It boasts 4.14 teraflops to the Xbox One S’s 1.32 teraflops.
Teraflops are a unit of computing speed equal to one trillion floating-point operations per second and, essentially, tell us how fast a computer is in very raw terms.
The PS4 Pro outstrips the Xbox One S by a wide margin, leaving Microsoft’s little console in the proverbial dust. Three times the power for $100 isn’t a bad deal at all.
Both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S are billed as 4K-gaming machines. Neither console truly is, but both make their own attempt at 4K. Both also take advantage of HDR (or high-dynamic range) technology which vastly expands the color palette and richness of color in games and TV.
The Xbox One S attempts 4K gaming by upscaling in a fashion very similar to a 4K TV. This is the most rudimentary sort of upscaling available, and doesn’t fundamentally change the games in question.
The PlayStation 4 Pro, on the other hand, allows for much more in-depth upscaling that requires software-side programming in order to achieve. This means older PS4 games will need to be patched to work in the PS4 Pro’s 4K environment, and new games will operate in multiple game modes that will either take advantage of 4K television sets, or add greater detail and performance to 1080p gaming.
The PS4 Pro’s solution is more advanced, and promises much better results, which makes sense given how much more powerful its GPU is.
Sure, this is a subjective claim. So what? I’m of the mind that Sony has had in the past, and still does to this day, the better lineup of exclusive games from both first and third party developers. From Uncharted 4 to Bloodborne, the games out on PS4 right now beat Microsoft’s lineup, though I have to give Microsoft credit where it’s due: They are nipping at Sony’s heels in this regard, with more unique exclusives than I’ve ever seen before.
Still, the upcoming PS4 games look more exciting than what’s on offer from Microsoft. Whether that’s Horizon Zero Dawn or the new God of War.
Complicating matters, Microsoft has begun its “Play Anywhere” initiative. So long as you have a good gaming PC running Windows 10 Anniversary, you’ll be able to get most Xbox One exclusives in two-for-one deals and play them on your PC or Xbox One. That means you won’t even need an Xbox One S for a lot of Microsoft’s offerings. You can just play on your PC. In other words, if you care about exclusives, PS4 Pro is the way to go — especially if you already have a gaming PC.
Source – Forbes
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