It’s that time of the year again: holiday season. Consumers will be rushing to stores to purchase their favorite clothes, car, toys and amongst the hustle surrounding gift-giving season, for gamers, the choice between the Playstation Pro and the Xbox One S arises.

The battle between the Xbox and the PlayStation has always served as a great discussion point for casual and hardcore gamers alike. On the contrary, it is important for consumers to understand that new generations of consoles may not be as revolutionary as the original Playstation 4 or Xbox at their initial release.

Even from the birth of these so-called ‘next generation’ consoles, they were already outpaced by the sheer raw processing power of the PC market during the 2012-2013 period, even more so than the previous generation. Despite the differences in processing power between the PC market and the next generation consoles, pundits and industry analysts were proven wrong when people flocked in masses to buy these game consoles.

A couple of years later, the question still remains: does the world need upgraded versions of these gaming consoles in the ever-growing world of technology? What sets them apart from their competitors?
New Features

Both the Playstation 4 Pro and the Xbox One S have a tonne of new aspects worth discussing. Starting with the Playstation 4 Pro, the standout feature is its introduction to 4K gaming and higher frame rate gameplay feature that allow for more eye-popping visuals and smoother gameplay. The Playstation Pro also replaces the standard 500 GB model for the original PS4 model and replaces it with a 1TB model, allowing for more space to store games, music and movies. The upgraded Playstation Pro also comes equipped with a slightly modified controller; the only difference with this controller is an added light bar in the touchpad.

Of those features discussed, a valid inquiry comes to mind: which of the features mentioned above are gimmicks and which ones are not? The biggest trump card of the Playstation Pro is its ability to play games in 4K resolution. 4K resolution is intended for mediums such as television, which tends to offer the standard 1080p resolution. The biggest problem with this feature is that the 4K resolution has not become a household feature like the blu-ray player. The second problem is that it is not exactly affordable compared to the standard 1080p televisions on offer.

Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you do decide to spend a fortune and obtain a 4K television: you can’t wait to turn on the brand new PS4 Pro and play all the games in 4K, right? Unfortunately, for the consumers that are willing to spend a fortune, not all the games support 4K resolution; only select titles like Uncharted 4, Battlefield 1, and The Last of Us Remastered can support it.

For those that can’t afford the luxury known as 4K television, the higher frame rate feature comes into play. Essentially, this enhances the frame rate of a particular game, making the game look sharper while making gameplay a lot smoother. This works especially well for those that have the standard 1080p HD television because the feature works best on a lower resolution; however, once again, just like with the 4K feature, this novelty only works with select titles.

The Xbox One is a whole new ball game. It may not have the support for 4K gaming yet, but that is compensated for by its 4K blu-ray player. The average price of a 4K blu-ray player is roughly $400, so this is definitely a win for the Xbox One S. It is essentially an affordable 4K blu-ray player with additional features such as gaming. The biggest factor for the Xbox One S, however, is the build quality. Upon comparing the Xbox One S and Playstation Pro in a side-by-side, they are like night and day. To put it in statistical terms, the Playstation Pro measures at 12.9 x 11 inches and weighs in at 7.3 pounds, while the Xbox One S measures at 11.6 x nine inches and weighs in at a mere 6.4 pounds.

Another great feature that the Xbox One S has that the Playstation Pro does not is its function to allow users to design their own controllers. The customizability option of the controller is not just limited to different colour schemes; the purchaser also has the ability to change the bumpers and D-pad, as well as the aesthetic build-up of the buttons. Lastly, the Xbox One S may not have 4K output support for games, but it still has HDR (high dynamic range) support for select games and televisions, which makes for an overall more pleasant visual and graphical experience with sharper colour.

Pricing 

Prices for the Xbox One S vary because there are several models to choose from. The price ranges from $299 for the basic 500 GB model, all the way to $499 for the 2TB model. Unlike the Xbox One S, the Playstation Pro is limited to one model–the 1TB model–and it costs $499; however, it is important to note that consumers are not limited to these prices and models, as there are tonnes of options to choose from, and there is always the option to upgrade storage from third-party brands.

Before buying either console, there are some important things to consider. On the Playstation side of things, for those that are intimidated by the $499 price tag for the Playstation Pro, Sony is selling an updated version of the PlayStation 4 at a cheaper price: the Playstation Slim. The Slim features a much narrower body, but is hindered by its lower level of power.

For those on the fence about wanting to get an updated Xbox One model, Xbox One S is definitely the best option; however, there is a more powerful Xbox One coming next year, code name ‘Project Scorpio,’ and it already promises to deliver true 4K gaming.

Deciding between the two consoles can provide consumers with quite a conundrum, seeing as they have both been remastered to offer eager users a number of incredible new features. In the end, it all comes down to personal preferences, so do some research before making an investment!