Sony & # 39; s PS4 Pro has had the most powerful gaming console on the market for a year, but now, with the arrival of the Xbox One X, his reign is coming to an end.
But even though it is the title & # 39; most powerful console in the world & # 39; can not make the Xbox One X automatically the right console for you. Songs alone do not make a console and for anyone who is wondering whether they should buy a PlayStation 4 Pro or an Xbox One X, it is worth taking a look at the details we have below to help you to make a decision between these two 4K flagships.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro: specifications and images
- Xbox One X has many more impressive specifications
- Whether the full potential of the Xbox One X is used depends on individual developers
- Both consoles are capable of native 4K output
- Both consoles will scale up 1080p games
- Both consoles will be supersample to take advantage of Full HD TV owners
Suitable for 4K
The main feature of both consoles is that they are both able to produce 4K content, either natively or through a process called upscaling.
Although the PS4 Pro is capable of playing games in native 4K, the library with games that are currently doing this is quite limited. Although you can enjoy games like Skyrim in the original 4K, most Pro-supported titles achieve their 4K resolutions by scaling.
Although an excellent solution for improving 1080p output is still inferior to native 4K content. That said, the PS4 Pro has a number of tricks in store.
Each game processes the scaling slightly differently, but a general theme so far on the PS4 Pro has been that games will render with a resolution that is between Full HD and 4K and then use a more advanced upscaling method with the name & # 39 ; checkerboard & # 39; to fill his 4K pixels.
When it comes to rendering chessboard, things can get complicated very quickly, but the important conclusion from this is that the images that the PS4 Pro is capable of showing come very close to the quality of the original 4K content by using this method.
For Microsoft, the Xbox One X is also capable of running native 4K content with a solid 60 frames per second, but the exact specifications vary from title to title …
Generally not better
Not all Xbox One X games deliver native 4K with 60 fps. Like the PS4 Pro, developers have the ability to patch their games with Xbox One X enhancements and it's up to individual developers to see what improvements they're targeting, if any.
At the launch, however, the Xbox One X had a satisfying list of games with native 4K at 60 frames per second, such as Gears of War 4, Forza Motorsport 7 and FIFA 18. Xbox also went so far say that all his first-party games will have native 4K from now on and a promising number of third-party developers have pledged 4K support for the future.
However, due to the freedom that Microsoft has given to third-party developers, you will also notice that many games will ask you to choose between 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps. It is therefore not guaranteed that every game on the console will run at full 4K and 60 fps, although the ability allows.
Something that stands in favor of Xbox One X when it comes to running 4K games, is that the console supports an adaptive framerate technology known as FreeSync. This technology, commonly used on PCs, should make the console handle screen cracks much more efficiently than the PS4 Pro, especially in games with demanding 4K images.
However, it will only make the console more effective in this department for those who have screens that also support the technology that has not yet appeared on the market. According to Eurogamer, adaptive synchronization will only be available on TVs that are equipped with HDMI 2.1 (a display standard that has not yet been ratified) or computer monitors that support FreeSync via HDMI.
Based on previous standards, we can expect most TV's to use the HDMI 2.1 standard in the future, so somewhere in the future you will inevitably end up with a TV that supports FreeSync. Pay attention to compatible sets that arrive in 2019.
Upscaling still required
The last console of Microsoft, the Xbox One S, relied entirely on a very simple form of upscaling that generated a 4K signal without much effort to clean up the image in the process.
Games that have not been patched by their developers for 4K output and still run at 1080p are still scaled up by the Xbox One X, according to the Xbox support page. It confirms that "on Xbox One X, 4K content is displayed in its own 4K resolution and other content (such as games encoded for 1080p) is scaled up to 4K."
Given the greater power of the Xbox One X, however, it is able to improve both the performance and image quality of a game. Indeed, in many cases you will find that if a game holds on to a 1080p output, it will compensate with HDR support and a solid 60 frames per second, as is the case with ARK: Survival Evolved and the improved frame rate mode. offered by Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The PS4 Pro can also perform non-patched games better thanks to the PlayStation 4.5 firmware update, which has a & # 39; Boost mode & # 39; introduced. If this mode is activated, even games that are not patched for upscaling will benefit from the increased power of the console with more stable frame rates.
Benefits for Full HD
Both consoles are great for owners of the latest 4K TVs thanks to their native and upscaled output capacity, but both also offer benefits for people with less powerful Full HD screens.
Even with a standard Full HD TV you can give the 4K images of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X a taste down to your screen that guarantees excellent image quality, regardless of the type of screen you happen to be using.
A numbers game
On a game with pure numbers the Xbox One X wins with a huge 6 teraflops of graphics processing power and 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM.
This is significantly more than the 4.12 teraflops of the PS4 Pro and the 8 GDDR5 RAM of 8 GB. In essence, the PS4 Pro just does not have the same graphical processing power as Xbox One X and does not have the same RAM memory that is only available to run the games.
So, while both consoles can run 4K and run games at 60 frames per second, the Xbox One X has serious power advantages and more overhead that should make it better.
Are the figures really important?
Is this the case? Well, real comparisons between the consoles are still fairly thin at the moment, but we have looked at a number of Digital Foundry comparisons for titles such as FIFA 18 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
As far as FIFA 18 is concerned, both consoles delivered the game to native 4K. In terms of unprocessed image quality, there are not many big differences between the two.
According to Digital Foundry, the Xbox One X, despite having much more bandwidth and memory to play with, uses it for nothing. The only element they notice that the Xbox One X is not better is a slight improvement in the grass gap, which means you can see details in the grass from a greater distance.
Although XIFX X X has been improved, FIFA 18 does not lower the console as far as it could to create tweaks, such as better texture filtering and improved shading.
Historically, EA has achieved a reasonably good parity between the consoles, even in the standard versions, where it was the PS4 that had more power. A lack of scalability is a problem that arises with developers working on different machines, because there is a basic awareness that the development engines may not be able to carry.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
A game in which the Xbox One X has definitely used its extra power to beat the PS4 Pro is the recent Middle-earth: Shadow of War. To begin with, Xbox One offers X 1980p, while the PS4 Pro patch is still limited to 1620p (although there are 4K cinematics that can be downloaded, which is highly recommended). Neither the illusive 4K 2160p, but the Xbox One X has the slight edge.
According to Digital Foundry, there are some notable differences between the textures on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro is simply not powerful enough to host the very best PC-quality texture packages that the Xbox One X can still run smoothly.
The result is that the images on the Xbox One X are much sharper and clearer than what is presented on the PS4 Pro. The Xbox One X offers the possibility to turn Dynamic Resolution on and off, a mode set on the PS4 Pro. When this is turned off, the game gives priority to the resolution, although there is a risk that the performance of the game may decrease.
Digital Foundry recommends playing with this mode enabled in quality mode. That way you get incredible details and reach your distances alongside consistent performance, despite dropping 4K. It is worth noting that even with this combination, the Xbox One X still yields a higher number of pixels than the PS4 Pro.
Diablo 3 is another game in which Digital Foundry has determined that the Xbox One X has the advantage in terms of functionality. Although both games are in 4K, the PS4 Pro reaches only 3840 x 2160 indoors, while the Xbox One X touches 4K almost everywhere.
Both machines are certainly out of 4K to maintain performance, but the Xbox One X does this less often and securely stores sixty frames per second.
Where Middle-earth: Shadow of War has a higher quality structure package on Xbox One X than PS4 Pro, Diablo 3 actually has the same texture packs, giving this game a good example of how the raw power of the Xbox One X translates in improved images.
In general, the Xbox One X is certainly capable of much better graphics and a much larger visual adjustment than the PS4 Pro thanks to its greater power. However, if we look at FIFA 18 and Shadow of War together, it turns out that better graphics will not necessarily be the case in every single game – it's really up to the developer. That said, the Xbox One X is definitely the more future-proof option for those interested in getting the best 4K assets.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro: appearance
- Neither consoles breaks a new area with their appearance
- This is the smallest Xbox ever, but only with a very small amount
- PS4 Pro has more special edition and color options
Now that we've seen the Xbox One X in person, we can safely say that it resists the looks of the PS4 Pro.
Despite being the most powerful Xbox ever, this is also the smallest Xbox console ever, which is somewhat in contradiction to the decision of PlayStation to make its PS4 Pro look like a bigger PS4 Slim.
Like Sony, however, Microsoft has not decided to do something completely different from what it has done before in terms of the overall physical design of the console. Although he is small, he looks similar to the Xbox One S, so neither PS4 Pro nor Xbox One X will do anything other than what you already have in terms of changing your living space.
Personally, we think somewhat about the clean lines of the Xbox One X than the three-layer sandwich approach of the PS4 Pro, but your own opinion may differ.
Xbox One X versus PS4 Pro: games
- Xbox has much better backward compatibility on all its devices
- Xbox Play Anywhere brings together the Windows 10 platform
- PS4 has more exciting first-party exclusives in the making
- Both consoles receive the largest third-party games
4K graphics and impressive hardware will only come in handy if you want to play the games from the console. Fortunately, both PlayStation and Xbox have a number of excellent exclusives and there is also a lot of overlap.
Both Sony and Microsoft have promised that although Xbox One X and the Pro are more powerful than the Xbox One S and standard PS4, they will not have exclusive titles, so you do not have to worry about being left behind by this new half-generation. Instead, they share all release titles, with some taking advantage of the greater power of the new consoles.
One advantage of Xbox is that the compatibility with previous versions is in a much better condition than that of the PS4. Although you can not play any Xbox 360 game that was ever released during the 10-year lifetime of the console, there's an ever-growing list of 360 games and original Xbox games that can be played on the console.
Some of them will even receive improved Xbox One X patches that improve their appearance.
Xbox also has said that the Xbox One X also wants to "wipe out" the upgrade cycle of the console and that games can work seamlessly on Xbox One, Windows 10 and the new Xbox One X.
This process has already started with the Xbox play everywhere scheme that allows gamers to purchase certain games on the Xbox One and the PC when they are purchased digitally through the Microsoft Store.
As part of the same platform, this scheme is also open to Xbox One X.
Where the Xbox falls down is in its brand new first-party exclusives and Microsoft has been constantly criticized for that. It is important that the company invests more here, because it is the first-party exclusives that are most able to show how powerful the Xbox One X is, and give it the content advantage it desperately needs on the PS4 Pro. .
The PS4 has a number of excellent exclusives, although there is no similar compatibility with earlier versions or platform independent options. The exclusives vary from Uncharted 4, to Horizon: Zero Dawn, to excellent remakes of The Last of Us and the original Rachet and Clank. The most recent hit planks are the latest Spider-Man releases.
However, the debate on specific releases aside, the vast majority of the biggest games of this generation have come to both Xbox and PlayStation.
Assassin & # 39; s Creed Origins, Battlefield 1, Overwatch and Wolfenstein 2 have all appeared on both the PS4 and the Xbox One, and it is expected that most external publishers will support each of the more powerful console iterations.
Given the constant existence of time-bound exclusives, exclusive DLCs and the lower specifications of the PS4 Pro, this may not always be exactly the same (take Middle-earth: Shadow of War as an example of this).
On the E3 of this year, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One X this year would have 22 exclusive titles for the console, which is a significant number. Only time will tell whether this is more or less exclusive than Sony offers. Some titles such as Sea of Thieves and Ori and the Will of the Wisps can really be hardware vendors.
PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X: Virtual Reality
- Both consoles will ultimately support the virtual reality
- PS4 Pro currently has PSVR
- Xbox One X does not have an exclusive headset yet, but will eventually use the Windows 10 Mixed Reality platform
Both systems will ultimately support virtual reality experiences. Although the PS4 Pro already has the special PlayStation VR headset, Microsoft does not have exclusive hardware. Instead, Microsoft will use an existing VR headset such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, although no specific headsets are mentioned as partners.
Microsoft has also said that Xbox One X and Xbox One will support all Windows Mixed Reality headsets, including models from Lenovo, Dell, Acer and HP in 2018.
This means that Xbox One X will ultimately support mixed and virtual reality experiences. If done correctly, it could give Microsoft the lead in terms of breadth and perhaps depth, especially as the much more impressive processing power would make it better for virtual reality experiences.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro: movies and media
- Xbox One X has a built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray player
- Both consoles stream 4K content from services such as Netflix and Amazon
Films and media is another area where the two consoles are similar in some ways, but very different in other respects.
The biggest difference is that Xbox One X has an Ultra HD Blu-ray player that allows Ultra HD Blu-rays to be played in all their uncompressed 4K HDR glory.
The discs are not that common at the moment, but if a movie or TV program is available in the format, it is worth choosing the 4K version. As time goes on, the format will probably catch Blu-ray slowly in the way that Blu-ray has overtaken the DVD. The Ultra HD Blu-ray player of the Xbox One X is in this case a good way to prove yourself in the future.
When it comes to streaming, both consoles are much more uniform; both are equipped to process Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube in all their 4K / HDR glory.
Both video streaming and Ultra HD Blu-rays have their disadvantages. You need a pretty strong internet connection to get a good quality 4K stream (Netflix recommends a connection speed of 25mbits or higher), and 4K disks are expensive and not available for the vast majority of movies and TV shows .
Although they both have their drawbacks, the Xbox One X offers you the choice between them, while with the PS4 Pro you have made your choice due to the lack of an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive.
Xbox One X versus PS4 Pro price
- Xbox One X is $ 499 / £ 449 / AU $ 649
- PS4 Pro is $ 399 / £ 349 / AU $ 559.95 and there are better bundles around
Although we want money to be no object when it comes to gaming, the reality is that for most people the price is an important factor in determining what to buy.
At the moment you can buy a PS4 Pro for about $ 399 / £ 349 / AU $ 559.95 and it is likely that Sony will have a strong position on the market, so Sony can offer good discounts when the following holidays are running.
The Xbox One X, however, is a more recent launch and has a price of $ 499 / £ 449 / AU $ 649. This is significantly more than the price for the PS4 Pro and despite the fact that it has many excellent functions and exclusivity, Microsoft might be a challenge to convince players to peel the extra $ 100 / £ 100 (which they could actually buy two more games to play) in 4K on the PS4 Pro).
When it comes to price, the PS4 Pro gets value for money for everyone who goes through the costly upgrade process to 4K.
PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X: so what's better?
In the field of pure performance on paper Xbox One X definitely benefits from PS4 Pro.
Xbox One X's memory bandwidth, RAM, CPU and GPU all perform better than PS4 Pro and with Middle-earth: Shadow of War we have already seen evidence that this can have a graphical impact.
Not every developer, however, will fully exploit the power of the Xbox One X, and at the moment it seems that there is still a long way to go between the consoles.
In terms of future-proofing of third parties, the power of the Xbox One X makes it the best choice.
However, there is still the problem that the PS4 Pro has a much more exciting existing and upcoming library of exclusive first-party games than the Xbox One X. So while the range distance in terms of stable performance is better for the Xbox One X, the future the content is slightly better for the PS4 Pro.
That said, beyond gaming content, the Xbox One X features an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and fantastic backwards compatibility that will reduce the distortion that you normally expect from mid-generational upgrades.
The Xbox One X also has the advantage of being the smallest console in Microsoft, despite being the most powerful.
However, there is the question of the price that must be considered. With $ 499, the Xbox One X is $ 100 more expensive than the PS4 Pro, allowing some players to pause.
In general, it really depends on what you are looking for. If money is of little importance and you want the most powerful console ever, a complete entertainment system, a good degree of future stability and you are a fan of the Xbox back catalog, the Xbox One X just makes sense.
However, if you are looking for a more cost effective period in the age of 4K games and you can not resist the idea of missing the attractive exclusivity of PlayStation, the PS4 Pro is the console for you.