The list of similarities between PS 4 Pro and Xbox One S is not long at all. They both got a vibrantly colored makeover and they can stream content in 4K. The One doesn’t support gaming at that high resolution. PS Pro delivers both and also have the option for virtual reality. We will compare nine specifications of these two consoles to see which system would come out on top.
The Xbox One S measures 6.4 pounds and 11.6 x 2.5 inches. You can choose between black matte and shiny design. There is also all-white matte frame but it is not so popular. This design is great in comparison to the first model of Xbox One that looked like a VHS device.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is taller than PS 4 – 7 pounds, 15.6 x 11.6 x 2.6 inches. Sony has also got rid of shiny, black plastic and now it uses textured, all – matte design. It has structured, modern look but in my opinion, Xbox One S looks better because of the more compact design.
Graphics and performances
The PS 4 Pro’s CPU is overclocked to 2.1-GHz compared to the Slim and PS 4’s 1.6-GHz.The Pro has also ramped up its 8 GB of GDDR5 of RAM bandwidth for more efficient performance. It has 8 cores but there are many features from AMD’s new Polaris architecture, raising the TFLOP’s from 1.84 to 4.2, which doubles the Pro’s power. The combination of these specs enables this console to play games and stream Hulu and Netflix content in 4K. It lacks the ability to play UHD Blu – Rays. You can play in High Range (HDR) mode and the Pro is compatible with the new PD VR so you can taste a virtual reality if you want.
The Xbox One S has the same 1.75-6Hz AMD processor as the Xbox One. The TFLOP is raised from 1.31 to 1.4. You can play some games in HDR but titles can’t be run in 4K. Fortunately, you can play Blu – Ray DVD’s in 4K and stream UHD content from Netflix and Hulu.
The One S has a lot of ports and buttons. There is a single USB 3.0 port along the front left side with HDMI-in, HDML-out, IR Out, S/PDIF, Ethernet, a Kensington lock slot and power jack. The One S lacks proprietary port but you can use special adapter. Microsoft will send it to you via Kinect website for free.
The PS4 Pro has a pair of USB 3.0 ports along the front and another along the rear. Console also holds a HDMI-out port, optical out, Ethernet, Auxiliary and power port.
PlayStation VR is compatible with the PS4, PS Slim and PS4 Pro. You can play games like Batman: Arkham VR, Carnival Games and the upcoming Resident Evil 7 in an 360-degree environment with binaural audio. PS VR delivers a fun experience and it also has one of the most comfortable headsets on the market.
Microsoft hinted that the Project Scorpio console, which will release by the end of the year, will allow gamers to use a Rift or a Vive with the console. We still don’t know a lot, but it is announced that several partners will be launching Windows 10 VR headset.
Interface and special features
Both consoles have great interfaces. Xbox offers the big, colorful tiles and the PlayStation has a bit smaller presentation. Both of them allow player to broadcast games to Twitch, but only PS can stream to YouTube and share on Facebook. It has the DualShock 4 Share button while the Xbox gamers have the Home button. Both of them have remote play options.
The One S gives you the ability to connect the system to a cable or satellite box to watch TV or you can even snap TV show to the smaller window to watch it while gaming. You can also stream from DLNA-enabled device to the One S.
The PlayStation console can be connected to TV for $40 monthly using PlayStation Vue subscription service. Vue can offer you many major channels like MTV and Nickelodeon, limitless DVR and local affiliate channels.
Both consoles offer Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, WWE Network and NBA Game Time. Xbox offers even more – HBO Now, HBO Go, Fox Now, CW and Comedy Central. The One is currently the only console with the ability to play UHD Blu-Ray DVD’s and Spotify.
Both consoles offer a wide range of titles from famous publishers such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Bethesda. On the Xbox you can play Gears of War 4, Quantum Break and Halo 5 while on PS you can enjoy playing Uncharted 4, Bloodborne and Until Down. Currently, there are over 100 available titles and the list is expanding every month. Also, games like ReCore and Gears of War 4 can be played on PC thanks to Microsoft’s cross-platform Xbox Anywhere program. If you have a compatible TV, the Xbox One S can display games in HDR.
Sony offers PlayStation Now subscription service. Using this service you can play some PS3 games for $20 a month or you can play PS2 games for $15 a month.
If you pay $9.99 a month, online services grant access to online multiplayer – this refers to both consoles. There are also some free games you can download. PS Plus has 10 GB of extra cloud storage for saving your games. Despite this, Xbox has better online stability, better cloud storage and gives player more to play.
The regular price of the Xbox One is $299. It includes a 500 GB hard drive and a controller. You can get a copy of Minecraft, Halo 5, Battlefield and Gear of War 4.
The PlayStation 4 Pro costs $399 and for that money you get 1 TB hard drive. This console doesn’t support external hard drives.
After comparing these nine specs, our opinion is that PS4 Pro is better option. Although the Xbox one is not bad at all, there are still some things that have to be improved by Microsoft. If you want to watch Netflix or Hulu in 4K Xbox One S is for you, but if you want to play actual games in 4K, buy PS 4 Pro.