By: DECLAN EGGERT
The PS4 vs Xbox One battle has been a long one, lasting an entire generation. Now that the current generation of consoles are preparing to move aside for what’s next, however, are we likely to see a victor declared?
Well, don’t expect anything definitive just yet. Sony and Microsoft’s consoles are very closely matched and the problem with choosing a console is that it’s a very personal thing, so one person’s winner may not be the same as another’s. If you’ve been eyeing up Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One but you’re not sure you know enough about what sets them apart to allow one to win you over, I can help you out.
You might even be wondering whether or not you should pick up one of the new consoles coming out. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are just on the horizon. When they release these new consoles at the tail end of 2020, these next-gen powerhouses are expected to offer a significant power boost over their current-generation counterparts.
However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the PS4 and Xbox One are excellent consoles with plenty of top-tier games still in the pipeline. Not only that, they’re increasingly reasonably priced and you can find some great offers out there at the moment.
It’s worth noting that since the current console generation started in 2013, there’s been a mid-generation refresh which has made the PS4 vs Xbox One debate a little more complex. When Microsoft and Sony threw the Xbox One S, Xbox One X and PS4 Pro into the mix it stopped being a two console game and those who own 4K TVs and want to make the most of them now have more to consider. At the moment, Sony is offering two versions of its PS4 console—the standard slim version, which is capable of HDR playback, and the more expensive 4K-capable PS4 pro.
Microsoft, on the other hand, has three Xbox consoles to choose from: the 4K HDR-ready Xbox One S, the disc drive-free Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, and the top-tier Xbox One X; a console that’s not only capable of 4K HDR native gameplay but, in some cases, plays games at 60 frames-per-second too. What that means is if you already own a 4K HDR TV, you should probably opt for a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X to really get the highest visual fidelity from your console. If you’re gaming on a 1080p TV, however, an Xbox One S or PS4 Slim makes much more sense and will cost you less.