Green vs Blue
If you haven’t been living under a rock recently you probably know about the juggernaut consoles released by Microsoft and Sony to grind out as much graphical performance as possible. Although Sony had quite a big edge for a while, the Xbox One X changed the game. Is Microsoft’s heavy-hitter enough to sway the average console gamer? Afterall, the gamers are prone to always wanting the newest. shiniest toys around. Can PlayStation’s vibrant catalog of exclusives win over gamers’ hearts?
PlayStation 4 Pro
Released on November 10, 2016, the PlayStation 4 Pro claimed the title of “the most powerful console.” The main difference from its predecessors was it’s improved hardware that enabled 4k rendering and improved framerate for PlayStation VR. With the beefier guts of the Pro. some doors opened up for game developers to make all that hidden power shine. “PS4 Pro Enhanced” games can be tuned towards resolution, higher graphical fidelity, or HDR support.
Xbox One X
Released on November 7, 2017, the Xbox One X one-upped the PlayStation 4 Pro to crown itself as “the world’s most powerful console.” As you might imagine, a year is quite a bit for technology to improve. This helped Microsoft make sure the X surpassed the Pro in just about every measure of performance. This is great news for all gamers. A rivalry like this spurs innovation and better gaming experiences for us. It’s clear the components are top-notch, but what about the experience?
Both the X and the Pro are backward compatible with their predecessors game library. The X has two technical predecessors, the One S and the One, which are both compatible. The Pro’s predecessor is just the regular PlayStation 4. Luckily, both companies decided it was for the best to include these libraries. The great thing about these high-end consoles is their ability play boosted versions of certain games instead of just making new games altogether. In this case, both the X and the Pro pass this test.
This one is a rather obvious choice. The Xbox design team blows Playstation’s out of the water. The X can easily blend into a modern home with little exceptions. The Pro is loud, a “triple decker” of rows that make it look very odd, and has quite a bit of weight to it. The Pro is also known to get rather loud and hot when running games in 4k. The X still has this issue sometimes, but it’s way less prominent. As for controllers, that one is personal preference. It’s probably safe to say the Xbox’s controller looks better, but no guarantees there. Both of these modern controllers will get the job done. Overall, the X takes the cake in this department.
As the lifeblood of consoles, games are what gamers are truly after. If there aren’t many fun games in a console’s arsenal, you can expect sales to be poor no matter how good a console is. This is the case for the X. Microsoft has struggled the past couple of years getting their hands on AAA exclusives. The Pro, on the other hand, has a very bulky collection of amazing quality games and more to come later this year. Xbox’s Crackdown 3, Halo, Forza, and Gears of War are their shining stars. However, most of these franchises have faced some criticism lately. As we mentioned in this article, PlayStation has no shortage of exclusives. Some of these include The Last of Us 2, Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, Crash Bandicoot, and for the future, God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Spiderman.
At this very moment in time, I’d argue the PlayStation 4 Pro still has an edge over the Xbox One X. All else aside, the PlayStation’s game library is too good to pass up. However, given enough time, The Xbox One X might be able to build their own amazing library and shine at the top as the most powerful console as well as the best gaming experience a console gamer can get.