Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro: Battle of the 4K consoles
Xbox One X (Scorpio) vs PS4 Pro
We take a look at the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X specifications to see how they compare.
Both machines will support all existing PS4 and Xbox One titles respectively while also adding plenty of new features and hardware improvements. This blurring of the lines is something we’ll be seeing plenty of in 2017, with Sony and Microsoft pushing their 4K flagships further than we’ve ever seen before.
At this point, let’s be very clear on the fact that these consoles are very different offerings that aren’t exact side-by-side rivals. While they both offer 4K gaming, they fill different parts of the market due to their different pricing. Still, a side-by-side look at specs never did anybody any harm, did it?
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PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X– Pricing and Availability
PS4 Pro is already out on the market, having launched in November 2016. Retailing at £349.99, Sony’s upgraded console is pretty good value considering the quality of its specs.
The Xbox One X, meanwhile will launch on 7 November for £449/$499. That’s not a massive leap up from the PS4 Pro, but it is still a jump that some people might not be willing to make.
PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Processor
Xbox One X: 8-core, 2.3GHz processor
PS4 Pro: 8-core, 2.13GHz processor
PS4 Pro is using an improved version of the original model’s chip with a slightly boosted clock speed. The Pro now runs at an impressive 2.13GHz, while the vanilla console lags behind at 1.6.
The One X meanwhile, has stolen a bit of a march on the Pro and has a slightly faster processor, but the real meat of this comparison lies in the graphics.
PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Graphics
Xbox Scorpio: 6 TFLOPS, 326GB/s, 12GB GDDR5
PS4 Pro: 4.12 TFLOPS, 218 GB/s, 8GB GDDR5
First, let’s bust the jargon: TFLOPs stands for trillion floating point operations per second, which is the simplest way of measuring graphical horsepower. GB/s is the bandwidth of that memory, which tells you how quickly the GPU can move frames through the memory and out to your TV or monitor. The more memory, the more high-resolution textures the GPU can access quickly at any one time, increasing performance.
The PS4 Pro possesses 8GB of GDDR5 with an additional 1GB of RAM set aside for handling background processes, while the Xbox One X nets a full 12GB of GDDR5. Both consoles will share their memory between the GPU and CPU, although how much each gets is unknown.
How will this affect gaming?
Technical jargon aside, this difference in graphics power will make a difference when it comes to both consoles’ 4K chops. Microsoft is aiming for full, native 4K at 60fps, while not all PS4 Pro games meet that specification. Some games run at 30fps in 4K, while others manage full 60fps performance at full, native 4K. The rest are a combination of games that only run at 30fps in 4K, or ones that render at sub-4K and use clever upscaling techniques to appear to be in 4K.
All Xbox One games will run better on One X, whether or not they’ve been specifically updated to do so. You’ll be able to play One X games at Full HD, too, and you’ll get the choice as to whether you want to downscale from Ultra HD resolution for ultra-sharp graphics, or simply run games at 1080p for better performance. This is notably different to the PS4 Pro, which has a habit of hiding these settings from the user unless they’ve specifically opted to run their console at Full HD only.
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PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Games and content
If you’re worried about being left behind with this new wave of consoles, don’t be. PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will support all existing PS4 and Xbox One titles respectively, with some even benefitting from notable visual and performance enhancements.
Microsoft has also confirmed that Xbox One backwards compatibility will roll over to the One X. The service currently has more than 300 titles, which is nothing to sniff at.
There will be no One X-exclusive titles with the exception of experiences that support certain virtual reality peripherals – support for which still remains unconfirmed.
Like UHD Blu-rays? Xbox One X will support ’em, along with Dolby Atmos. PS4 Pro only supports HD Blu-rays and there’s no Dolby Atmos support. But both consoles will support the HDR 10 standard on both streaming
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PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Conclusion
Since launch, the PS4 Pro has come into its own with an assortment of improved specs and the newly implemented Boost Mode. Introduced in PS4 update 4.50, this new feature amps up the performance of all PS4 games to varying degrees, enhancing some titles by almost 40%. It’s the best PS4 iteration on the market today, although it’s not entirely worth it for those without a 4K display.
Xbox One X is still several months away, but Microsoft clearly has some ambitious plans in the pipeline with new features, and IP yet to be announced for the console.
However, the kicker is just becoming obvious. The Xbox One X will launch for £450/$499. This puts it some way above the PS4 Pro, but not by a gigantic margin. If you were already saving for a 4K games console, this could change your plans. Especially if the 4K Blu-ray player is something you were mulling over.
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