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PS4 or Xbox… Which gaming console is right for you?

8 April 2020

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.

Both are awesome gaming consoles and while the PS4 and Xbox One base models are very similar, there are some differences between the next level PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X.

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.

 

Let’s compare the key details

 

  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
RAM 8GB 12GB
Memory Bandwidth 218GB/s 326GB/s
Streaming Yes Yes
4K support Yes Yes
Dolby Atmos support No Yes
Supports VR Yes No
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.

 

Hey! What about the Nintendo Switch?

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:

  1. Connect the console to your TV with the controller shell and play with friends and family at home.
  2. Prop up the stand attached to the console and hand a Joy-Con to a friend to play co-operative or competitive games right on the console screen.
  3. Take that cooperative or competitive game play from the Switch screen to your TV.

Good things come in small packages, and you might find the Nintendo Switch is more your jam.

 

Cutting through the jargon

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 resolution / 4K streaming

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 and GPU

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

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

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 inputs

HDMI = High-Definition Multimedia Interface.

A HDMI input is used to connect a TV, computer screen or other device to the gaming console.

 

ODD

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.

 

Remote Play

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

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

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!

 

Keen to look at some gaming consoles now? We have a great range available, including Xbox, PS4 and the Nintendo Switch.

 

 

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