Now that Microsoft has finally released the Xbox One X to the world, the inevitable question that many are asking is here – what makes the Xbox One X a better purchase than the PS4 Pro?
Sure, the Xbox One X is $100 more expensive than the PS4 Pro, but the system has a lot of things to offer that makes that $100 difference worth going for the extra plunge.
For those who are still having second thoughts or weighing in the pros and cons of Microsoft’s new console, here are the things that will help you lean towards the Xbox One X rather than the PS4 Pro.
1. The Most Powerful Console
When Microsoft touted that the Xbox One X is the most powerful console yet, they weren’t lying. From the specs itself, the power that the Xbox One X delivers is far superior than its competitor, which is the PS4 Pro. Regardless what side you look at, games will play better and will be far smoother on the Xbox One X than the PS4 Pro. From the many games we tested like Assassin’s Creed Origins and Call of Duty WWII, the Xbox One X version shows better performance and much better textures than the PS4 Pro. The differences aren’t significant, but those who have a 4K TV bigger than 40″ will see these notable improvements. Sadly, the only people that will benefit on the raw power of either console are those who have a 4K TV.
2. Can Load High-Resolution Textures and do native 4K
Thanks to the power of the Xbox One X, the system is highly capable of streaming high-resolution textures whereas the PS4 Pro can’t due to the lack of RAM and GPU power that it has. In the majority of the exclusive games of the Xbox One, they are able to do native 4K, unlike the PS4 Pro where it heavily relies on checkerboard rendering and super sampling most of the time. For gamers who have a keen eye when it comes to the visuals, there is a clear difference between the native 4K and checkerboard rendering but for the most part, they are clearly identical. Some PS4 Pro owners may say that the differences between the two are not that big of a difference but let’s be real here, the Xbox One X has the capability to actual true native 4K gaming than the PS4 Pro.
3. The Cheapest Way To Achieve Native 4K Gaming
For gamers who want to have a real 4K gaming machine, the cheapest possible option that they could have is the Xbox One X. If we were to build a comparable PC that can have the same power and do the same thing the Xbox One X can, you will be spending more, which PC World did where they ended up spending $712. While the comparable PC they built is just nearly close, it’s still not as good as the Xbox One X.
4. 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
For gamers who love watching 4K Blu-Ray movies, the best way to go for the ultimate entertainment media device is the Xbox One X. Aside from achieving true native 4K gaming, the console also has a 4K UHD drive, which the PS4 Pro lacks – maybe that explains why the PS4 Pro is much cheaper. Yea, there are streaming services that can do UHD movies like Netflix but let’s be realistic here, Blu-Ray movies are still a thing and many would appreciate if the PS4 Pro has it – which unfortunately it doesn’t.
5. Backward Compatibility
One of the things that that is really disappointing on the PlayStation 4 is the way the console doesn’t support backwards compatibility. I’m sure a lot of us have a lot of games from the last generation that have been gathering dust and it would be awesome to play those on a current machine. Luckily, only the Xbox One can do that and with the Xbox One X that are now available, Microsoft is giving an opportunity for developers to update their games and make it run better on the Xbox One X. An example of this is Halo 3 and Fallout 3 where the game look a lot better on the Xbox One X as textures have been improved and frame rates are much better as well. Not to mention that the Xbox One X will also run the original Xbox One games a lot better like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Ninja Gaiden, which are now available on the Xbox Marketplace.