We’ve got the lowdown on the PS4, Xbox (and Switch) and cut through the jargon to help you decide which gaming console is right for you.
Gaming consoles have come a long way from just playing games, they’re now full entertainment hubs and advances in technology only fuels the duel between Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s Xbox One.
Is there a clear stand out console that has better games? Well, it depends who you ask! While there are many games that can be played on the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro, both gaming consoles do have their own exclusive games that cannot be played on other devices. Overall the PS4 Pro does have a more diverse range of exclusive games, however Microsoft loves the “Play Anywhere” concept so when you buy a digital game through the Xbox Store you’ll be able to play it on your PC too.
While similar, the Xbox One X does have more power and a faster CPU/GPU than the PS4 Pro. But the PS4 Pro has a better game line-up and gamers using the PS4 Pro enjoy Boost Mode, which amps up the performance of games.
It’s been noted from gamers that the User Interface (UI) on the Xbox One pales in comparison to the UI for the PS4, which is said to be easier to navigate.
What else can you do with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X besides gaming? You can watch DVDs, Blu-ray, download apps, stream music, stream TV shows, movies and sports from apps like Netflix, Stan and Disney+ and more.
|PlayStation 4 Pro||Xbox One X|
|CPU||2.1GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar||2.3GHz 8-core custom AMD Jaguar|
|GPU||4.2 TFLOPS AMD Radeon||6.0 TFLOPS AMD Radeon|
|Dolby Atmos support||No||Yes|
|Record gameplay||Yes, up to 15 mins||Yes, up to 5 mins|
|Optical Drive||Blu-ray, DVD||4K UHD Blu-ray, DVD|
|Online services||Yes, PlayStation Plus $79.95 a year or $11.95 a month||Yes, Xbox Live $79.95 a year or $10.95 a month|
If you’re really stuck on the fence with which one to go with, ask your mates which gaming console they love to use and why, check out some online reviews, check if the games you’re keen to play are exclusive to one console, or borrow one from a friend to give it a try first.
If you’re one who wants the very latest tech, then keep your eyes out for the new PS5 and Xbox Series X, both launching this year.
Above we’ve covered the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but if you wanted to instead go with Xbox and were looking at the Xbox One S, keep in mind that the One S it is not as spec’d as the One X, so the processor isn’t as fast, it has less memory and the 4K support is limited.
If you’re looking for something that just focuses on just the fun of gaming, is more tablet and less big console, and is portable so you can play anywhere, the Nintendo Switch might be more your style. It’s also at a lower price point than the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you on the go and also provides the opportunity for both single-player and multiplayer thrills. You can play 3 different ways with the Nintendo Switch:
Good things come in small packages, and you might find the Nintendo Switch is more your jam.
Sometimes all the specs can be confusing, so we’ve explained some of the jargon for you. This list might come in handy if you’ve never used a gaming console before and are trying to understand all the lingo!
4K gives you up to four times the picture resolution of full high definition (FHD), giving you incredible sharpness, clarity and depth when watching a movie or playing a game provided in 4K.
When 4K resolution or streaming is mentioned for a gaming console, it means the console supports 4K and is able to play and/or stream games, movies or TV shows that are available in 4K, to a smart TV that can display 4K.
Much of the normal content or games you play or stream through a gaming console won’t be 4K, however 4K content is becoming more and more available. A gaming console and a TV that both have 4K capabilities will help you future-proof.
CPU = central processing unit
This is the brains of the console. It processes and executes all the instructions and data.
GPU = graphics processing unit.
This handles the visual output as it renders graphics and images to the monitor or TV.
GB is an abbreviation of gigabyte, a measure of data storage for computers, mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles, etc. You may have heard the slang term before… gigs.
HDD = Hard Disk Drive, or Hard Drive
The HDD is the main data storage hardware on a computer or gaming console and permanently stores and retrieves data. It uses spinning disks to read and write the data it stores. The bigger the size of the HDD, the more it can store.
HDMI = High-Definition Multimedia Interface.
A HDMI input is used to connect a TV, computer screen or other device to the gaming console.
ODD = Optical Disc Drive
An optical disc drive reads from CDs, DVDs and sometimes Blu-rays. The ODD enables the gaming console to play games from a CD and also allow you to watch movies through the gaming console from DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
A feature of PlayStation 4 that enables you to, via the gaming console, stream and play on any compatible device that’s on your Wi-Fi network. Helpful if someone else is watching the TV and you want to get your game on!
Streaming refers to accessing games or content on your gaming console without downloading it first. Instead of downloading it, the console streams from an external source (via an App). Remember, every time you stream content you’re using data.
TB is an abbreviation of terabyte, and like gigabyte a terabyte is a measure of data storage for computers, mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles, etc.
When you do select the right gaming console for you, or for the recipient of your awesome gift, have fun with it. With such a wide variety of games available to play, gaming consoles are fun for all ages!
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