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PS4 Professional vs Xbox One X: how are the mid-generation consoles shaping up?



Xbox One X

Sony’s PS4 Professional has loved one 12 months as probably the most highly effective video games console in the marketplace however now, with the arrival of the Xbox One X, its reign has been dropped at an finish.

However, whereas it would bear the title of ‘strongest console on the planet’, this does not routinely make the Xbox One X the precise console for you. Numbers alone don’t a console make and for anybody questioning whether or not they need to purchase a PlayStation Four Professional or an Xbox One X, it is price having a look on the particulars we now have beneath to assist making a decision between these two 4K flagships. 

Xbox One X vs PS4 Professional: specs and graphics

  • Xbox One X has far more spectacular specs
  • Whether or not or not the Xbox One X’s full potential is used is all the way down to particular person builders
  • Each consoles are able to native 4K ouput
  • Each consoles will upscale 1080p video games
  • Each consoles will supersample to profit Full HD TV homeowners

4K succesful 

The headline characteristic of each of those consoles is that they are each able to outputting 4K content material both natively or by way of a course of generally known as upscaling. 

Although the PS4 Professional is able to taking part in video games in native 4K, in the meanwhile the library of video games which accomplish that is pretty small. When you’ll be capable of take pleasure in video games like Skyrim in native 4K, nearly all of Professional supported titles obtain their 4K resolutions by upscaling.

Whereas a superb answer to bettering 1080p outputs, upscaling continues to be inferior to native 4K content material. That stated, the PS4 Professional has a few tips up its sleeve. 

Every recreation handles its upscaling barely in a different way, however a normal theme to this point on the PS4 Professional has been that video games will render at a decision that’s between Full HD and 4K after which use a extra superior upscaling technique known as ‘checkerboard rendering’ to fill its 4K pixels. 

Xbox One X

The Xbox One X incorporates some sensible cooling know-how that permits it to run very quietly, even below load

When speaking about checkerboard rendering issues can get difficult in a short time, however the vital takeaway from that is that the pictures the PS4 Professional is able to displaying look very shut in high quality to native 4K content material by utilizing this technique.

For Microsoft’s half, the Xbox One X can be able to outputting native 4K content material at a stable 60 frames per second, however the actual specs fluctuate from title to title…

Not higher throughout the board

Not all Xbox One X video games will output native 4K at 60 fps. Just like the PS4 Professional, builders have the choice of patching their video games with enhancements for Xbox One X and it is fully as much as particular person builders what enhancements they concentrate on, if any.

On launch, although, the Xbox One X boasted a satisfying record of video games that characteristic native 4K at 60 frames per second equivalent to Gears of Struggle 4, Forza Motorsport 7 and FIFA 18. Xbox has additionally gone as far as to say that each one of its first-party video games will characteristic native 4K from right here on out and a promising variety of third-party builders have dedicated 4K help for the longer term. 

Nonetheless, because of the liberty Microsoft has given third-party builders, you will additionally discover that many video games will ask you to decide on between 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps. It is not assured, due to this fact, that each recreation on the console will run at full 4K and 60 fps, regardless that its energy permits for that.


One thing that stands in Xbox One X’s favor relating to operating 4K video games, although, is that the console helps an adaptive framerate know-how generally known as FreeSync. This know-how generally utilized in PCs ought to see the console deal with cases of screen-tearing far more effectively than the PS4 Professional, significantly in video games which have demanding 4K visuals. 

It should, nonetheless, solely make the console simpler on this division straight away for those who have shows which additionally help the know-how, which have not but hit the market. In response to Eurogamer, adaptive sync will solely be obtainable on TVs geared up with HDMI 2.1 (a show commonplace that hasn’t but been ratified) or laptop screens that help FreeSync over HDMI. 

Based mostly on earlier requirements, we are able to count on nearly all of TVs sooner or later to undertake the HDMI 2.1 commonplace so someday sooner or later you are inevitably going to finish up with a TV that may help FreeSync. Look out for suitable units to reach in 2019.  

Upscaling nonetheless required

Microsoft’s final console, the Xbox One S, relied completely on a really fundamental type of upscaling that generated a 4K sign with out doing a lot to wash up the picture within the course of.

Video games that have not been patched by their builders for 4K output and proceed to run at 1080p will nonetheless be upscaled by the Xbox One X, based on the Xbox help web page. It confirms that “on Xbox One X, 4K content material is displayed in its native 4K decision, and different content material (like video games encoded for 1080p) is upscaled to 4K.”

Nonetheless, given the Xbox One X’s larger energy, it’s capable of enhance a recreation’s efficiency in addition to its visuals. The truth is, in lots of cases you’ll discover that if a recreation sticks to a 1080p output, it’ll make up for it with HDR help and a stable 60 frames per second as is the case with ARK: Survival Developed and the improved body fee mode supplied by Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The PS4 Professional may also run un-patched video games higher due to its PlayStation 4.5 firmware replace, which launched a ‘Enhance Mode’. With this mode activated, even video games that hadn’t been patched to upscale will profit from the elevated energy of the console with extra steady body charges. 

PlayStation 4 Pro

Advantages for Full HD

Each consoles are nice for homeowners of the newest 4K TVs because of their native and upscaled output capabilities, however each supply advantages to these with much less highly effective Full HD screens too. 

Even with a regular Full HD TV you are capable of supersample the 4K picture’s of the PS4 Professional and Xbox One X down to your show which ensures wonderful picture high quality it doesn’t matter what form of display screen you occur to be utilizing.

PS4 Pro

A numbers recreation

On a pure numbers recreation, the Xbox One X wins out with a large 6 teraflops of graphics processing energy and its 12GB of GDDR5 RAM.

That is considerably greater than the PS4 Professional’s 4.12 teraflops and  8GB GDDR5 RAM. Primarily, the PS4 Professional simply does not have the identical graphical processing energy as Xbox One X and nor does it have the identical RAM to put aside purely to run its video games. 

So, whereas each consoles are capable of output 4K and run video games at 60 frames per second, the Xbox One X has some severe energy benefits and larger overhead that ought to make it higher at doing so. 

Do the numbers really matter?

Is that this the case? Properly, real-life comparisons between the consoles are nonetheless fairly skinny on the bottom in the meanwhile however we’ve been having a look at a few of Digital Foundry’s comparisons for titles equivalent to FIFA 18 and Center-earth: Shadow of Struggle. 


In terms of FIFA 18, each consoles had been outputting the sport at native 4K. When it comes to uncooked picture high quality there aren’t many massive variations between the 2. 


In response to Digital Foundry, regardless of having far more bandwidth and reminiscence to mess around with, the Xbox One X doesn’t actually use it for something. The one aspect they spot that the Xbox One X doesn’t higher is a slight enchancment on the grass draw distance which implies you may see particulars within the grass from larger distances. 

Regardless of being Xbox One X enhanced, then, FIFA 18 isn’t actually pushing the console to the extent that it might with the intention to carry tweaks like higher texture filtering and improved shadows. 

Traditionally, EA has achieved pretty good parity between the consoles, even on the usual variations the place it was the PS4 that boasted extra energy. A scarcity of scalability is a matter which will crop up with builders working throughout a number of machines as there’s a baseline expertise that the event engines won’t be able to going past. 

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Center-earth: Shadow of Struggle

Nonetheless, a recreation the place the Xbox One X definitely has used its additional energy to beat out the PS4 Professional is the latest Center-earth: Shadow of Struggle. For one factor, Xbox One X affords 1980p whereas the PS4 Professional patch continues to be restricted to 1620p (although there are 4K cinematics that may be downloaded which is extremely beneficial). Neither hit that illusive 4K 2160p, however the Xbox One X has the slight edge. 

In response to Digital Foundry, there are some significantly notable variations between the textures on the Xbox One X and PS4 Professional. The PS4 Professional simply isn’t highly effective sufficient to host the top-tier PC-quality texture packs that the Xbox One X can and nonetheless run easily. 

In consequence, the visuals on the Xbox One X are a lot sharper and clearer than what’s introduced on the PS4 Professional. The Xbox One X is ready to supply the choice to show Dynamic Decision on and off, a mode which is hard-set on the PS4 Professional. When turning this off, the sport prioritizes the decision, although there’s the danger that typically the sport’s efficiency will dip. 

Digital Foundry recommends taking part in with this mode turned on in high quality mode. That manner, you get unbelievable particulars and draw distances alongside constant efficiency regardless of dropping from 4K. It’s price noting that even with this mix, the Xbox One X nonetheless places out the next pixel rely than the PS4 Professional.

Diablo 3

Diablo Three is one other recreation the place Digital Foundry has famous the Xbox One X has the sting by way of efficiency. Whereas each video games are in 4K, the PS4 Professional achieves a full 3840 x 2160 solely in inside areas whereas the Xbox One X hits 4K virtually completely all through.  

Each machines undoubtedly do drop from 4K to take care of efficiency however the Xbox One X does so much less steadily and it solidly maintains 60 frames per second. 

The place Center-earth: Shadow of Struggle has a higher-quality texture pack on Xbox One X than PS4 Professional, Diablo Three really has the identical texture packs which makes this recreation a great instance of how the Xbox One X’s uncooked energy interprets into improved visuals. 

Total, the Xbox One X is definitely able to a lot better graphics and far larger visible customization than the PS4 Professional due to its larger energy. FIFA 18 and Shadow of Struggle collectively, nonetheless, exhibits that higher graphics gained’t essentially be the case throughout each single recreation – it’s actually all the way down to the developer. That stated, the Xbox One X is definitely the extra future-proofed possibility for these fascinated about getting the most effective 4K belongings. 

Xbox One X vs PS4 Professional: look

  • Neither console breaks any new floor with their look
  • That is the smallest Xbox ever however solely by a really small quantity
  • PS4 Professional has extra particular version and coloration choices

Now that we have seen the Xbox One X in particular person, we are able to safely say that it stands as much as the PS4 Professional by way of look.

Regardless of being probably the most highly effective Xbox ever, that is additionally the smallest Xbox console ever, which barely goes within the face of PlayStation’s choice to make its PS4 Professional appear to be a bigger PS4 Slim. 

Nonetheless, like Sony, Microsoft hasn’t determined to do something overly totally different from what it is achieved earlier than by way of the general bodily design of the console. Although small, it is related in general look to the Xbox One S so neither PS4 Professional nor Xbox One X are going to do something too totally different from what you have already got by way of altering up your residing house. 

Personally, we’re barely fonder of the clear traces of the Xbox One X than the PS4 Professional’s three-tier ‘sandwich’ strategy, however your individual opinions might fluctuate. 

Xbox One X vs PS4 Professional: video games 

  • Xbox has a lot better backwards compatibility throughout all of its units
  • Xbox Play Anyplace unites the Home windows 10 platform
  • PS4 has extra thrilling first-party exclusives within the works
  • Each consoles obtain the most important third-party video games

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X

4K graphics and spectacular {hardware} are solely going to be helpful if you wish to play the console’s video games within the first place. Fortuitously, each PlayStation and Xbox have plenty of wonderful exclusives and there’s a great deal of overlap too. 

Each Sony and Microsoft have promised that although Xbox One X and the Professional might be extra highly effective than the Xbox One S and commonplace PS4, they gained’t have unique titles so that you don’t have to fret about being left behind by this new half-generation. As a substitute, they’ll share all launch titles, with some being able to profiting from the larger energy of the brand new consoles. 

Some extent in Xbox’s favor is that its backwards compatibility is presently in a much better state than the PS4’s. Though you may’t play each Xbox 360 recreation that was ever launched through the console’s 10-year lifespan, there’s an ever-increasing record of 360 video games and unique Xbox video games that may be performed on the console. 

A few of them will even obtain Xbox One X enhanced patches which can enhance their look. 

Xbox has additionally stated that with the Xbox One X it additionally desires to “wipe out” the console improve cycle and permit video games to work seamlessly throughout Xbox One, Home windows 10 and the brand new Xbox One X. 

This course of has already began with the Xbox Play Anyplace scheme making it attainable for players to purchase choose video games throughout the Xbox One and PC after they’re bought digitally by way of the Microsoft retailer.

As its a part of the identical platform, this scheme can be open to Xbox One X.

The place the Xbox falls down is in its model new first-party exclusives and Microsoft has been regularly criticized for this. It’s vital that the corporate invests extra right here, because it’s the first-party exclusives that would be the most able to exhibiting simply how highly effective the Xbox One X is, and provides it the content material benefit it sorely wants over the PS4 Professional. 

The PS4 has plenty of wonderful exclusives, although nowhere close to the identical backwards compatibility or cross platform capabilities. Its exclusives vary from Uncharted 4, to Horizon: Zero Daybreak, to wonderful remakes of The Final of Us and the unique Rachet and Clank. The latest to hit cabinets is the newest Spider-Man launch.

Nonetheless, debating over particular releases apart, the overwhelming majority of this technology’s largest video games have come to each Xbox and PlayStation. 

Murderer’s Creed Origins, Battlefield 1, Overwatch and Wolfenstein 2 have all appeared on each the PS4 and Xbox One, and going ahead most third-party publishers are anticipated to help every of the extra highly effective console iterations. 

Given the continued existence of timed-exclusives, unique DLCs and the PS4 Professional’s decrease specs, although, this will not all the time be precisely equal (take Center-earth: Shadow of Struggle for instance of this).  

At this 12 months’s E3, Microsoft introduced the Xbox One X would have 22 unique titles for the console this 12 months, which is a substantial quantity. Solely time will inform whether or not this is kind of exclusivity than Sony will supply. A number of the titles equivalent to Sea of Thieves and Ori and the Will of the Wisps may very well be genuinely {hardware} sellers. 


PS4 Professional vs Xbox One X: Digital Actuality 

  • Each consoles will ultimately help digital actuality
  • PS4 Professional presently has PSVR
  • Xbox One X doesn’t have an unique headset but however will ultimately make use of the Home windows 10 Blended Actuality platform

Each these techniques will ultimately help digital actuality experiences. Whereas the PS4 Professional already has the devoted PlayStation VR headset, Microsoft doesn’t have any unique {hardware}. As a substitute, Microsoft will use an current VR headset just like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, although no particular headsets have been named as companions.

Microsoft has additionally stated that Xbox One X and Xbox One will help all Home windows Blended Actuality headsets, which embody fashions from Lenovo, Dell, Acer and HP in 2018.

Because of this Xbox One X will find yourself supporting combined and digital actuality experiences. If that is achieved proper, it might give Microsoft the sting by way of breadth and maybe depth, significantly as its far more spectacular processing energy ought to make it a lot better at operating digital actuality experiences.

Xbox One X vs PS4 Professional: movies and media 

  • Xbox One X has a built-in Extremely HD Blu-ray participant
  • Each consoles stream 4K content material from companies like Netflix and Amazon

Movies and media is one other space the place the 2 consoles are related in some respects, however very totally different in others. 

The largest distinction is that Xbox One X has an Extremely HD Blu-ray participant which permits it to play Extremely HD Blu-rays in all their uncompressed 4K HDR glory. 

The discs aren’t all that widespread in the meanwhile, however when a film or TV present is out there within the format, it’s nicely price choosing the 4K model. As time goes on it’s possible that the format is slowly going to overhaul Blu-ray in the way in which that Blu-ray overtook DVD. The Xbox One X’s Extremely HD Blu-ray participant is an effective manner of future proofing your self on this occasion. 

In terms of streaming, each consoles are on far more even footing; each are geared up to deal with Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube in all of their 4K/HDR glory. 

Each video streaming and Extremely HD Blu-rays have their drawbacks. You’ll must have a fairly meaty web connection to get a great high quality 4K stream (Netflix, for instance, recommends a connection velocity of 25mbits or above), and 4K discs are costly and never obtainable for the overwhelming majority of films and TV exhibits. 

Nonetheless, whereas they each have their drawbacks, the Xbox One X provides you the selection between them, whereas with the PS4 Professional your alternative has been made for you by the shortage of an Extremely HD Blu-ray disc drive. 

Xbox One X vs PS4 Professional value 

  • Xbox One X is $499/£449/AU$649
  • PS4 Professional is $399/£349/AU$559.95 and there are higher bundles going round

Though we’d love for cash to be no object relating to gaming, the fact is that for most individuals value is a big consider figuring out what to purchase.

In the intervening time you may decide up a PS4 Professional for round $399/£349/AU$559.95 and it’s possible that having a powerful foothold available in the market will enable Sony to supply good reductions when the subsequent vacation season rolls round. 

The Xbox One X, nonetheless, is a more moderen launch and is priced at $499/£449/AU$649. That is considerably greater than the worth for the PS4 Professional and regardless of having many wonderful options in addition to exclusives, Microsoft might discover it difficult to persuade gamers to half with the additional $100/£100 (which might primarily purchase them two extra video games to nonetheless take pleasure in in 4K on the PS4 Professional).

In terms of value the PS4 Professional wins out on worth for cash for anybody going by way of the pricey strategy of upgrading to 4K.

PS4 Professional vs Xbox One X: so which is best? 

When it comes to pure on-paper energy, Xbox One X completely wins out over PS4 Professional.

Xbox One X’s reminiscence bandwith, RAM, CPU and GPU all outperform PS4 Professional and with Center-earth: Shadow of Struggle we have already seen proof that this may have a graphical impression.

Nonetheless, not each developer will use the Xbox One X’s energy to its full potential, and in the meanwhile it appears possible that there might be quite a lot of parity throughout the consoles for a while but.

When it comes to third-party future-proofing, the Xbox One X’s energy makes it your greatest guess. 

There may be, nonetheless, nonetheless the issue that the PS4 Professional has a way more thrilling current and upcoming library of unique first-party video games than the Xbox One X. So whereas the draw distance by way of regular efficiency is best for the Xbox One X, the content material future is barely higher for the PS4 Professional. 

That stated, exterior of gaming content material, the Xbox One X boasts an Extremely HD Blu-ray participant and incredible backwards compatibility that may scale back the disruption you’d normally count on from mid-generational upgrades. 

The Xbox One X additionally has the advantage of being Microsoft’s smallest console ever, regardless of being its strongest. 

Nonetheless, there may be the matter of value to think about. At $499, the Xbox One X is $100 costlier than the PS4 Professional, which can give some gamers pause. 

Total, it actually relies upon what you are on the lookout for. If cash is of little object and also you need probably the most highly effective console ever, a full leisure system, a great diploma of future proofing and you are a fan of the Xbox again catalog, the Xbox One X simply is smart.

If, nonetheless, you are seeking to enter the period of 4K gaming extra cost-effectively and you’ll’t stand the thought of lacking out on PlayStation’s participating exclusives then the PS4 Professional is the console for you.