PS4 Pro, PS4 and Xbox One S, what’s the difference? Which console should you choose?

With the arrival of the Xbox One S and the announcement of the PS4 Pro, the market has gotten fairly complicated and a lot users are confused. If you are thinking about buying one but have questions don’t worry, this article will answer a very direct and clear question, which console should I buy?

Before we begin, we must understand that there isn’t a universal answer, in other words, there isn’t a console that is completely superior to another one and that we can say is the best choice, instead, this will depend on different factors which we will explore in this article.

Without further a due we will dive into it, but as always I invite you to leave any questions or comments in the comment section, I will do my best to answer all of them.

Previous thoughts

In this section we will closely evaluate some points that need to be made clear right away. The first one is that Sony as well as Microsoft have clearly stated that these new consoles won’t affect the life cycle of the original ones, so you can forget life cycle as something to consider when choosing one or the other.

On the other hand, we should make clear that it doesn’t matter which console you choose, you will still be able to enjoy the same games, the same interface, the same online possibilities and the same applications and features, at least the basic stuff, so that’s another thing that should be clear from the start.

Finally, we still need to talk about the subject of controllers. On the new consoles, Xbox One S and PS4 Pro, as well as with on the previous ones, Xbox One and PS4, the same control system is used, also the same controllers and accessories (except for the the lack of Kinect support on the Xbox One S) so this also won’t be important when making your decision.

Hardware and features to consider

Now we will talk about the major differences between the Xbox One and PS4 and the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro, all of them regarding hardware and some concrete features that we will explore next.

First of all, we will go over each console’s characteristics and features:

PS4 Pro:

  • AMD APU with low with energy-efficient eight core Jaguar CPU at 2.1 Ghz
  • 8 GB of shared GDDR5 with a bandwidth of 218 GB/s
  • AMD Radeon Polaris 10 GPU with 2.304 shaders at 911 MHz.
  • 4k and HDR rescaling support, but no Blu-ray UHD drive
  • 1 TB hard drive on the base model
  • Price: 399.99 dollars.
  • PS4:

  • AMD APU with low with energy-efficient eight core Jaguar CPU at 1.66 Ghz
  • 8 GB of shared GDDR5 with a bandwidth of 176 GB/s
  • AMD Radeon GPU from Pitcairn with 1.152 shaders at 800 MHz.
  • 500 GB hard drive on the base model
    • Price: 250 dollars for a refurbished model, 299 dollars for a new one.

    Xbox One S:

  • AMD APU with low with energy-efficient eight core Jaguar CPU at 1.75 Ghz
  • 8 GB of shared GDDR5 with a bandwidth of 68.26 GB/s
  • 32 MB of eSRAM that support the main RAM with a bandwidth of 219 GB/s
  • AMD Radeon GPU from Bonaire with 768 shaders at 914 MHz
  • 500 GB hard drive on the base model
  • Blu-ray UHD drive
  • 4k and HDR rescaling support
  • Compatible with Xbox 360 games
  • Price: starting at 299 dollars
  • Xbox One:

  • AMD APU with low with energy-efficient eight core Jaguar CPU at 1.75 Ghz
  • 8 GB of shared GDDR5 with a bandwidth of 68.26 GB/s
  • 32 MB of eSRAM that support the main RAM with a bandwidth of 204 GB/s
  • AMD Radeon GPU from Bonaire with 768 shaders at 853 MHz
  • 500 GB hard drive on the base model
  • Compatible with Xbox 360 games
    • Price: starting at 200 dollars for a refurbished model, 259 for a new console.

    As you can see the PS4 Pro is the most powerful solution out of the four but also the most expensive, since it costs almost twice as much as an Xbox One. The Xbox One S, on the other hand, costs almost the same as the PS4.

    If you are looking for the most powerful console on the market you should go for the PS4 Pro, but keep in mind that it doesn’t have a Blu-ray UHD drive and that it isn’t compatible with PS3 games.

    The second most powerful system is the PS4, which offers better performance when playing games, but also lacks backwards compatibility, which the Xbox 360, Xbox One S and Xbox One have.

    Next in line when it comes to performance are the Xbox One S and the Xbox One, even though it’s important to mention that the difference between them is negligible.

    Which of the four should you choose?

    In terms of quality/price ratio, Xbox One offers an incredible value, for 200 dollars you will be able to enjoy every game that comes out during the next few years and also you will be able to play your Xbox 360 games.

    Only if you have a 4K screen, you have Blu-ray UHD discs or you have Xbox 360 games that you wish to keep playing, should you consider buying the Xbox One S.

    I’m saying this about the Xbox One S because the PS4 Pro is a better option when it comes to the quality/price ratio for someone who just wants to play, since the latter performs much better and there is a 100 dollars difference, but you should keep in mind that the former comes with a 500 GB HDD and the latter has a 1 TB one.

    Finally, we have the PS4, a console which is certainly not bad, since it offers very good performance for the price. You should choose this one if you don’t care about 4K but want to have a more balanced performance and don’t mind paying a bit more money.

    Exclusive games can also matter when making a purchase decision, that’s obvious, but this is a very personal matter that depends on each person’s individual tastes, so I won’t delve into this.

    Final Notes

    As always it’s you who will ultimately make the decision, but I do wish that this article has helped you and that it has explained the pros and cons of each of these four consoles.

    Here is a small overview of what I would do in four different situations:

  • I have Xbox 360 games which I don’t want to lose and I can spend 250 dollars: I would buy a new Xbox One with one game.
  • I don’t have any Xbox 360 games and I can spend 250 dollars: I would buy a refurbished PS4.
  • I have a 4k screen but I only want to play and I can spend 400 dollars: I would get a PS4 Pro.
  • I’m addicted to 4K content, I want the physical format to obtain the best bit rate and I have 350 dollars: I would buy the Xbox One S with one game.
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