Xbox One X vs. PlayStation 4 Pro - The Battle of the Best
Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro?
Xbox One X is Microsoft's reply to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, the gaming beast. The Xbox now is the most powerful console in the world. In this article, we shall see the advantages and disadvantages of both the consoles, and which console suits you best.
Microsoft Xbox One X vs. Sony Playstation 4 Pro
After the release of Sony's PlayStation 4, and Microsoft's Xbox One, gamers worldwide have been arguing about which one was better. You could never browse a page on the internet that focussed on one of them being the better console. The dilemma was mind boggling.
Then, after a while, Sony released a console, penned, PlayStation 4 Pro. It was the game-changer. Whatever the regular PlayStation 4 could do, the Pro could do better. If you're thinking that it's just a tad "better", you're wrong. It took everything to the next level. Visuals, performance, anything you can name of. From then on, the dilemma was solved. The PlayStation 4 Pro beat, no, CRUSHED the Xbox One. That was it. End of discussion. Microsoft didn't have a proper comeback to that one. But, a few years later, Microsoft released it's next console. It was called the Xbox One X, a.k.a Project Scorpio. First of all, it came in matte black. Oh yeah. Black. Second, it came with specifications that were unheard of, in the console world. Microsoft took time to think of a comeback, but they were back with a bang. Did the Xbox One X beat the PlayStation 4 Pro? Well, we shall see.
First, I'm going to put in some numbers for you geeks out there.
Sony Playstation 4 Pro:
This processing beast has a lot of juice under it's hood. For starters, the processor is a Single-chip custom processor CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine, and runs on 8GB of GDDR5 memory. You can get it with a 500GB or a 1TB hard disk. The console itself weighs at around 2.1KG, and the dimensions are Approx. 265×39×288 mm (width × height × length)
(excludes largest projection). It supports 2 Super Speed Ports (3.1) for connecting external drives, and the networking specs are Ethernet（10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T）×1
Now for the ultimate gaming console in the world, the Xbox One X.
Microsoft Xbox One X:
This is Microsoft's reply, more like comeback, to Sony's processing beast. It boasts of never before seen specs. The processor is 2.3GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar and it houses 12GB of GDDR5 memory. It comes in 1TB or a 2TB storage variant. Even though this is the world's most powerful console currently, it still manages to pack all this in a tiny package.
Now that's enough with the numbers. Numbers prove that the Xbox One X is the superior console. Not everything that shines is gold. This is an exception of course, but still. Let's now compare all the other aspects.
Performance: Both consoles support 4K resolution, but the One X doesn't need to upscale the visuals to 4K, but is natively so. On the other hand, the PlayStation has to upscale quite a bit to make it 4K. The One X and the PlayStation support HDR, and render high resolution visuals. But, the One X has an FPS lock on many games, to make them run at a smooth 60FPS, at all times.
UI: The PlayStation UI is a tad bit irritating to use, as compared to the Xbox. Every time you load a game, it gets recorded on the menu as recently played. So, if you want to play something you haven't played in a while, you will have to search for the one you want, in a potentially never ending list of games. On the Xbox, you can access all your games, purchases and stuff in neatly arranged sub menus.
Controller experience: Gamers haven't only debated on which console was better, but also on which controller was better. That said, the PlayStation brought out the DualShock 4 along with the PlayStation 4. It's probably the most celebrated controller ever. It's well built, it can do a ton of stuff, it has a touchpad, it acts as a motion controller, it comes with an inbuilt speaker for immersive gameplay, and you can connect your earphones to it to channel the sound through it. Although, the controller itself feels low quality, as compared to the Xbox. The touchpad feels flimsy, and doesn't have much of a use, other than to, for example, open the map in games like Grand Theft Auto V and Watchdogs. The analogue sticks are slippery, and are not as good as the PlayStation 3. The One X on the other hand, is equipped with pretty much a similar controller as the previous models, except for some variation in the shape and overall design. The build quality is as good as the 360. Maybe better. The Xbox 360 had an amazing controller. When it came out, people found the analogue stick position to be awkward, but when you hold it, it feels like you can do anything. The One X recreates that same feeling. The only drawback, is that the controllers are still powered by batteries. Yeah... batteries.
Size: The PlayStation 4 Pro is bigger than it's sibling, but hey, with all that hardware, it's only fair. The Xbox One X, meanwhile, with a boatload of upgrades, is 40% smaller than the One S. Microsoft did it. Don't ask how, but they did it.
Next, the decider. The deal breaker.
Games: This is what we've been waiting for. Heck, we bought a console for this. Now, down to business. The PlayStation 4 has a huge collection of games, an ever expanding collection of PlayStation exclusives and a bunch of free games on the store. The average gamer should find any famous release, on the PlayStation. The Xbox is known for being inferior to the PlayStation in terms of games. Needless to say, the collection is expanding. And fast. Microsoft may not have a huge load of exclusives, but what they do have, they have the best. Minecraft, Gears of War, Halo, Quantum Break, Mirror's Edge, you name it. So, it comes down to what you prefer.
The Xbox trumps the PlayStation in terms of size, performance, controller experience. The PlayStation comes out on top in game collections. So, what matters more to you? Performance, or games? You decide.
'til next time.