It seems to be a battle that has been going on for years with Sony and Microsoft long being the top dogs of the games console scene. Every generation of consoles sees Sony and Microsoft go head to head and after the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched back in 2013, there’s constantly been a debate over which of the two next gen consoles is the best and of course for what reasons.
We’re no longer dealing with the standard consoles which were released 5 years ago as both the PS4 and XB1 have been updated, redesigned and improved significantly. The PS4 now has a slim version as well as the PS4 Pro which can produce 4K. On the other hand, there’s the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X, which is Microsoft’s 4K console. So, it’s a battle between numerous consoles if you will.
One of the first things to check out is the console available to both systems. While both the PS4 and the XB1 offer their players the likes of Rocket League, Monster Hunter: World, Prominence Poker and Fortnite: Battle Royale, the PS4 has some brilliant exclusives such as Marvel’s Spider-Man and this is a big plus for Sony fans. There are exclusives on the Xbox too such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds but that in many ways has become overshadowed by Fortnite which is available for both.
This leads us onto backwards compatibility, which is important for many people. With so many classic games out there, people love nothing more than enjoying a bit of nostalgia. There are more than 400 Xbox 360 games to play on the Xbox One, including casino games. Plus, there are always more titles being added all the time. The PS4 also has PS3 games available for their players to enjoy, but Microsoft offer more at a better price.
Down to the nitty gritty and the hardware. You could say that the updated versions of the original PS4 and XB1 both offer that sleek look, while the stock versions were kind of big and bulky. Both have 500gb of storage as standard, which can be added to via external devices. There has long been debate over the control pads too, with the PS4’s being richer in features, while the XB1’s has a textured grip. The PS4 is also VR ready thanks to PlayStation VR.
In terms of performance, both the PS4 and the XB1 are about the same, but when it comes to graphics they’re slightly topsy turvy. The standard PS4 has the slight edge over the original XB1 in terms of resolution, but The Xbox One X is in a different league compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro. It’s comfortably the most powerful console out there and its games are played in true 4K, while the PS4 Pro often upscales to 4K.
It’s hard to call a clear winner between the PS4 and the Xbox One as people like them for different reasons. Some prefer the Xbox One X because of the better visuals it produces, while others prefer one or the other due to the controller. It really comes down to personal preference as they’re both great consoles.