THE latest games consoles from Sony and Microsoft are truly incredible, but which is best: Xbox One X or PS4 Pro?
We weigh up both devices, and help you decide which of these formidable 4K gaming machines is right for you.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro – what are they?
These two machines are the most recent (and most expensive) games consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
They’re designed to play games in 4K resolution, which is a tough ask due to the immense computing power required.
A 4K video has four times the number of pixels compared to standard Full HD video, so it’s often much sharper and more detailed.
If you’ve got a 4K television, you’ll be able to use these two consoles to play video games in eye-watering 4K resolution.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro design – which console looks better?
The Xbox One X is a beautiful, boxy console that will look good in basically any living room.
It’s incredible small, in spite of its powerful hardware, and is absolutely the best looking Xbox ever made.
Sony’s PS4 Pro has a unique sloped design that makes it look like a small set of stairs.
We reckon it’s a little less attractive than the Xbox, but it’s still a gorgeous machine that’ll look great under your 4K TV.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro specs and 4K – which console is more powerful?
Both consoles can play 4K video games, but which one is more powerful?
The best way of measuring a console’s computing heft is in TFLOPS, or trillion-floating-point-operations-per-second.
That sounds fancy, but it’s basically a unit of measurement that describes how many “things” your console can do at once, and reveals which device is more graphically powerful.
The PS4 Pro manages an incredible 4.12 TFLOPS, but the Xbox One X hits an even higher 6 TFLOPS, so it wins there.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro specs
Here are the key specs compared…
- Processor: Xbox – 2.3GHz | PS4 – 2.13GHz
- Graphics: Xbox – 6 TFLOPS | PS4 – 4.12 TFLOPS
- Memory: Xbox – 12GB | PS4 – 8GB
- Bandwidth: Xbox – 326GB/s | 218GB/S
- Price: Xbox – £449 | PS4 – £349
But the Xbox One X wins in a couple of other ways too: (1) it has more memory, boosting overall performance, and (2) its memory has higher bandwidth, which means it can move gorgeous game visuals to your TV quicker.
In practice however, both consoles will look amazing when beaming 4K games to your TV, so don’t let these minor differences put you off a PS4 Pro.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro features comparison
Microsoft and Sony are constantly improving the user interface (all the menus, apps and other stuff) of their consoles.
Both consoles let you watch content from popular apps like Netflix, and let you stream your gaming footage to the web. There’s no major difference between either console, really.
The console joypads are down to personal preference, but the PS4 is a winner in our books. It’s got a built-in touchpad and speaker, and comes with a rechargeable battery straight out of the box.
Microsoft’s big winner is the fact that the Xbox One X has a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, which lets you play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs without forking out for a dedicated player.
Meanwhile, Sony customers will benefit from PlayStation VR, a paid-for add-on pack that lets you upgrade your PS4 Pro with a virtual reality headset. There’s not a huge selection of games just yet, but the PSVR is amazing and relatively cheap at £250 – and definitely worth picking up.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro games – what are the best exclusive games?
One of the biggest reasons you’ll buy either console is the exclusive games.
For PlayStation, you’ve got: Horizon: Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, Persona 5, Nier: Automata, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Street Fighter 5, and Driveclub.
For Xbox, you’ve got: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Forza Motorsport 7, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Halo 5: Guardians, Ori and the Blind Forest, Quantum Break, and Halo Wars 2.
There are others that we haven’t included, but those are some of the main exclusive games you’ll need to consider when buying an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro verdict – which console should you buy?
So what’s the verdict?
Well, the Xbox One X is more powerful, can play 4K Blu-ray discs, and has great exclusives like Halo, Gears of War, and PUBG.
But the Sony PS4 Pro is also very graphically impressive, and supports PlayStation VR. It’s also got a better controller pad, and has the incredible Horizon: Zero Dawn as a platform exclusive.
In terms of price, a PS4 Pro will set you back around £349, while the Xbox One X is more expensive at £449.
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When buying one, you’ll want to consider whether you prefer a console’s exclusive games, and whether you think the slightly more future-proof Xbox One X is worth the additional £100.
It’s also worth asking your friends which console they have, because it’s no fun when you can’t play multiplayer games with your mates.
There’s no real “winner” here; you’ll just have to use the info we’ve provided to decide which console suits your own needs best.
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