Know Before You Buy: PS4 Pro vs. Xbox One S

By: Amanda Reichert


As any gamer probably has heard, both PlayStation and Xbox recently released their newest consoles, the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One S. The Xbox One S is not part of the next generation of consoles, but rather, Microsoft decided to fix what many complained about the Xbox One and made it into a new model. Much like Microsoft, Sony released a similarly-based console which improved upon the original PS4 called the PS4 Pro. With all the new models being released, how do you know what you want to buy?


First, let’s talk price. You can buy the Xbox One S with a 1TB hard drive for around $300. You can also buy one with a 500GB hard drive for around $250. The PS4 Pro is priced at $399 for a 1TB hard drive console. But can I play games from my previous model on my new model? Yes. Both consoles allow you to play your PS4/Xbox One games on the new model.


What about graphics? The PS4 Pro offers 4.2 teraflops AMD Radeon-based graphics card and an 8GB RAM. This means it is capable of 4K streaming from services like YouTube or Netflix. It also supports native 4K gaming, as well as upscaling to 4K. The only major drawback for the PS4 Pro in terms of graphics and streaming comes from the fact that there is no 4K Blu-Ray Player. The Xbox One S retains the same graphics as the Xbox One. The XBox One S also has the same 4K capabilities as the PS4 Pro, but you will need an expensive 4K HDR television in order to see the difference. However, the Xbox One S has a 4K Blu-Ray Player.


If size is an issue, you’ll be pleased with the Xbox One S. The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the Xbox One. The PS4 Pro is actually bigger than the PS4. Both consoles are capable of standing vertically or horizontally. The Xbox One S comes in limited edition colors, but the standard color will be white. The PS4 Pro will come in the standard black color.


When it comes down to it, is the PS4 Pro really worth the extra $100? Or is the 4K Blu-Ray Player a deal breaker? Do you want better graphics than your original model? There are many questions you need to ask yourself. It is always best to know before you buy.