PlayStation 4 and Xbox One came out five years ago, but gamers’ debate about which platform is better has not subsided. However, it has always been like this. even twenty years ago there was no consensus on choosing the best console. however, then fans of Nintendo and Sony found out the relationship. In this article, we will analyze the main criteria for the quality of game consoles by points and determine the key advantages of each of them.
Firstly, the Xbox One is significantly larger (343 × 81 × 264 versus 275 × 53 × 305 mm), consider this fact if you have limited space near the TV. Although the PS4 case is smaller and therefore warms up more, it works quieter. Visually, the PlayStation 4 is divided into two parts. glossy and matte. between them passes a luminous strip that changes color depending on the operating mode.
Slim and S
Perhaps due to the fact that the original Xbox One is often compared to a VHS VCR, Microsoft invited designer Andrew Kim to design the look of the updated set-top box. As a result, the Redmond console received a stylish black and white case, got rid of an external power supply and became 40% smaller.
But the “thinner” PlayStation 4 has not so many changes: in the PS4 Slim, the Japanese made the entire case matte. according to the community, the glossy side was badly scratched. In addition, the sharp corners became smoothed and, of course, the console itself decreased in size.
X and Pro
In the case of improved modifications, the situation is the opposite. The appearance of the Xbox has changed slightly, and the PlayStation has changed quite noticeably. So, in the Xbox One X, in comparison with the Slim version, only the color has changed. it has turned black, and the dimensions have remained the same with an accuracy of a millimeter. In turn, the PS4 Pro grew even compared to the FAT and began to look more brutal due to the three-piece case (by the way, that is why the PS4 Slim, consisting of two halves, was called a “sandwich”, and Pro. “a hamburger”).
At the beginning of their life cycle, both consoles were built on the basis of the same AMD Jaguar processor, operating at a frequency of 1.75 GHz. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have 8 GB of RAM, but this amount is used a little differently: Sony allowed 5 GB for games and 3 GB for the OS, Microsoft saved a little on game performance and allocated 4 RAM , 5 GB for games and 3.5 GB for the operating system.
If you don’t go into details, the PS4 outperforms the competitor in a number of less significant parameters: it has more visualization units, graphic card shaders and a higher operating frequency. All this allows the PlayStation 4 to surpass the Xbox in overall performance. 1.84 teraflops versus 1.31.
Slim and S
Reduced versions of consoles have changed externally, but everything remains the same inside. The only innovation is support for 4K and HDR TVs.
X and Pro
With the release of more productive modifications, Microsoft and Sony seriously upgraded their platforms, breathing new life into not the latest devices, but against the background of the characteristics of the fresh X, the PlayStation 4 Pro does not look so convincing.
It is inferior in the number of RAM and its speed (12 GB versus 8 GB and 326 GHz versus 218 GHz, respectively), processor frequency (2.3 GHz versus 2.13 GHz) and overall performance (6 TFlops versus 4.12 TFlops) , only the minimum amount of ROM remained the same, which is now 1 TB. On the other hand, the PS4 Pro remained the same perfectly optimized platform, which also made it easy to cope with VR projects.
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Microsoft decided not to reinvent the wheel and transferred the design of the Xbox 360 gamepad to a new generation of consoles, so here you will see all the same two sticks spaced at different ends of the gamepad, a cross at the bottom of the front panel, X, Y, A, B buttons, convenient triggers and a couple of small extra keys.
The Xbox One controller runs on two AA batteries, but if you wish, you can buy a rechargeable battery for 25, but in terms of autonomy, the first option is much better. instead of five hours of active play, you will enjoy your favorite games twice as long. In addition, there is a more advanced version of the gamepad from Microsoft called the Xbox One Wireless Controller Elite, which is distinguished by its design, better ergonomics, interchangeable triggers and sticks, rubberized handles and three times the cost.
The Japanese are not looking for simple ways, so they changed the design of the previous generation of the controller, making the new DualShock 4 more massive, heavy and, at the same time, Sony reduced the length of the case. But its main difference from the Xbox One Wireless Controller is the presence of a large touch panel, built-in speakers and a gyroscope. The touchpad is used to simplify navigation in the browser and additional actions in games, the speakers allow you to make the gameplay more interactive (for example, in GTA V the gamepad plays phone calls and talks on the police walkie-talkie, in practice it turns out very cool), and using the gyro you can control the cursor when keyboard input and aim at some games like Blue Estate. The DualShock 4 is powered by a built-in battery; replaceable batteries are not needed.
The range of accessories for current consoles is, frankly speaking, small: Microsoft offers only the Kinect non-contact game controller, Sony has a station for recharging several gamepads at once, its own virtual reality helmet, PS Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera for capturing movements.
Also here you can record a portable PS Vita console, on which thanks to the Cross play function you can play “adult” games on a small screen. However, PS Vita was discontinued in 2018.
When choosing a platform, many players are guided by the number and quality of games available only on this console. Sony is the undisputed leader in this indicator. in its arsenal there are such masterpieces as the zombie shooter The Last of Us, the bloody tale of revenge on mythical creatures God of War, the hardcore Action / RPG Bloodborne, the cult car simulator Gran Tourismo, the cartoon adventure Ratchet & Clank, Uncharted adventure action, Spider-Man and many others, including a lot of VR projects. Including the latest Days Gone, an overview of which can be read on our website.
The Xbox also has something to play with, but the quality of most Microsoft exclusives is no match for the games on the PlayStation. And yet, the owners of the Xbox One have at their disposal a series of Halo shooters, the Gears of War action, the Cuphead platformer and a whole bunch of simulators of anything.
Backward compatibility and online services
Xbox One supports compatibility with games from the Xbox 360. that is, without the X360 itself, you can easily run blockbusters five or ten years ago. The PlayStation 4 does not have such an opportunity, most likely, the Japanese will introduce it in the next generation of consoles, but this is not a fact.
If Xbox wins due to backward compatibility, then in terms of additional gaming services. Xbox wins too. Sony offers a PlayStation Plus subscription, which gives two major free games every month, access to Share Play (a remote game on a friend’s console in his games), good discounts on the PS Store, the ability to play online and exclusive early admission to closed beta tests.
The Russian representative office of Sony offers three subscription options: a month for 499 rubles, 3 months for 1599 rubles and 12 months for 3899 rubles. Users who regularly subscribe to PS Plus from the moment the console appeared in 2013 have already accumulated a huge number of hits of the first magnitude in their library. For beginners, there is a free 14-day trial subscription, which can be renewed using special account replenishment vouchers, or by linking a bank card to your account.
Microsoft customers have significantly greater freedom of choice because they have access to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft gaming subscription services have long been nicknamed “Netflix from the world of games” for the opportunity to try any game available in them.
The most popular of these is Game Pass, its cost is 10 (
650 rubles) per month. It gives a 20% discount when buying games from the current catalog, as well as an additional 10% discount on any addition and additional materials. Xbox Live Gold members get between two and four free games every month and enjoy discounts of up to 50–75% when shopping at the Xbox One Store.
You can choose the third method. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. It will appear later this year, the cost will be 897.99 rubles per month.
As of the first half of 2019, three device models are relevant for both Sony and Microsoft.
- Sony PlayStation 4 (1 TB). 25 990 rubles
- Sony PlayStation 4 Slim, 500 GB / 1 TB. 20,990/24 990 rubles
- Sony PlayStation 4 Pro (1 TB). 29 990 rubles
- Microsoft Xbox One S (1 TB). 23 990 rubles
- Microsoft Xbox One X (1 TB). 36 990 rubles
- Xbox One without optical drive. 18 990 rubles
Xbox One and PS 4 are just as similar as they are. On the side of the PlayStation is a rich library of famous titles, high-quality optimization of cross-platform projects, a line of branded accessories and active work with the Russian-speaking community. The Xbox can respond with an interesting subscription, backward compatibility and integration into the Microsoft ecosystem.