There are many raging debates that are far from being settled. For example, there is Star Trek vs. Star Wars, Apple vs. PC, iOS vs. Android, classic car restoration vs. restomods, and then of course there is the quest to definitively declare whether the best all-around gaming system is Sony’s PS4 Pro or Microsoft’s Xbox One X (sorry Nintendo Switch, you’re a lot of fun, but not a contender just yet).
And so, at the risk of being used for target practice by some offended gamers around the world plan on being buried with their beloved gaming system, we’re going to go ahead and crown a champion: take a bow PS4 Pro.
Why does PS4 Pro get to sit on the Iron Throne? It’s not because of the specs, which are impressive for both gaming systems, and in some cases identical. For example, both Xbox One X and PS4 Pro have 1TB hard drive storage. No, the reason that PS4 Pro gets to preen on the podium and get showered by giant champagne bottles, is because of its advantages in the following three areas:
- Exclusive Game Library
Both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X offer impressive game libraries that will keep even the most hard core gamers entertained for hours on end (and, alas, late for school, work, flights, funerals, weddings, and so on). However, when it comes to exclusive titles, there is no comparison: PS4 Pro triumphs. Indeed, titles like God of War, Uncharted 4, and Horizon: Zero Dawn are not just spectacular, but they have fundamentally changed how games are crafted and produced.
For titles like Shadow of Mordor, gamers experience full 1080p resolution on PS4 Pro, but 900p resolution on Xbox One X. While the variance isn’t massive, it’s still enough to notice a difference when games are played side-by-side.
- User Friendliness
While both gaming systems are pretty easy to configure and use, PS4 Pro has the edge in overall user-friendliness. There are also mini wired PS4 controllers available for kids. However, kudos to Microsoft for making the setup process much better compared to earlier generations of Xbox One (sorry if this triggers any traumatic flashbacks for those of you who wept instead of celebrated because your Xbox One didn’t work properly!).
The Battle isn’t Over
As we’ve learned from Game of Thrones, victory is a temporary rather than a permanent state of affairs. As such, it’s quite possible that in the near future Xbox One X (or subsequent generations) may take the crown. Indeed, Xbox One X already has the edge over PS4 Pro when it comes to the online multiplayer experience and backwards compatibility. One thing is sure, however: the more intense the battle between Sony and Microsoft, the more titles, features, benefits and options for gamers to enjoy.