The gaming console market has been known for being simple, allowing almost anyone to get into gaming without having to deal with any technicalities. For a really long time now, console gaming has provided gamers with two simple choices: the PlayStation, and the Xbox gaming consoles, each of which have their own perks and drawbacks. If you are planning on getting a gaming console then you are going to have to pick one console for yourself, so let’s take a look at what each console has to offer and what makes it different from its competition.
The PlayStation 4:
Sony’s PlayStation family has been a huge success ever since it first came out and the latest version of this console (which came out in 2013) has so far beaten the Xbox in sales by quite a margin. Since its launch date, Sony has released upgraded versions of the PS4 as well; the PS4 Slim and the latest being the PS4 Pro, Sony’s mid generation upgrade that was pretty much necessary since Microsoft did the same thing in order to keep up with the rapid pace at which gaming software has been advancing.
The PS4 Pro is what you should go for if you plan on gaming at 4K or at normal 1080p for the next year or so. The Pro version of this console is heavier but costs the same as its previous versions, Sony managed to keep the price tag from inflating by making use of checkerboard rendering to mimic 4K resolution without actually having to equip the console with the hardware required to render at actual 4K.
If you are looking for a simple to use console that lets you enjoy your gaming experience without any hiccups then the PS4 is the way to go, and if you are not planning on going 4K anytime soon, then you might as well just get the Slim version instead of the Pro one.
Microsoft’s most recent console; the Xbox One, has taken a step off the traditional path followed by consoles and has instead decided to not only provide gamers with a powerful console to game on, but also a device that can be used to setup an entire ecosystem in your home. Just like with Sony, Microsoft has made a couple of upgrades to the Xbox One as well in order to keep the console from becoming obsolete too quickly.
What makes the latest Xbox so promising is the fact that Microsoft has been making an effort into bridging the long ignored gap between PC gaming and console gaming by implementing their “Play Anywhere Program” with the Xbox One. The Xbox One offers a lot of great features and it just might become even more versatile if Microsoft plans on fully implementing cross platform gaming.
However, the Xbox can also be a bit technical and is pricier than the PS4, it all comes down to what are your requirements and which gaming platform do you feel more comfortable with.